St. Patrick School has changed over the past 20 years and not completely for the best. St. Patrick used to lead the diocese with a reputation for having one of the most dynamic and positively active junior highs available. Families sought out SPS specifically for: traditional 8th grade "haunted house," a well-respected Speech/Drama team, and professional quality musical theater performances, SPS graduates were once the most sought after students for the Catholic High Schools.This is sadly no longer the case as SPS did not maintain its unique and enviable place among comparable schools. The most significant reason lies in hiring a principal with no teaching experience beyond first grade; she has no practical knowledge at least a quarter of the student population. This combined with many other factors that resulted in the Blue Ribbon School recognition is long gone. SPS is just one of many ordinary places a student might fair well.
THIS SCHOOL IS A DISGRACE TO THE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY, THE OFFICE STAFF IS VERY RUDE TOWARD PARENT AND STUDENT. THE PRINCIPAL IS OK BUT DOESN'T HAVE A CULE ABOUT WHAT GOES ON IN THE SCHOOL. THE POLICE HAS BEEN KNOWN TO BE CALL TO THE SCHOOL FOR PARENT S AND STAFF DISAGREEMENTS . PARENT HAS ALSO VOICE CONCERNS ABOUT BEING TREATED UNFAIRLY BY THE SCHOOL DO TO RACE.
St Patrick's starts with pre-K3, and goes up thru 8th grade. The school was built in 1963. It is a bit cramped w/ older fixtures & heat/AC. However, EVERY classroom has a SMART board and there are two computer lab rooms plus a rolling cart of laptops. 16 kids per pre-school classroom w/ 2 teachers; Kinder has 24 students w/ 2 teachers; 1st thru 8th have 27 students per classroom. There is a waiting list for Kinder, & pre-school kids get top of list into Kinder. Parents with several kids will also be "preferred" for admission. For the most part, teachers are experienced and caring. The school has many informal traditions that new teachers have to get used to. Parents who attend/active in the classroom and PTA will find that their kids receive more attention/extra help when needed. The school is not "super Catholic" but students go to Mass twice a week . Reconciliation, 1st Communion, Confirmation are taught in the classroom and they receive the sacraments as a class. There is a Catholic "gifted" summer program but only 3 to 5 students per grade qualify. Most SPS graduates attend Bishop Lynch HS. Most grads' ISEE scores are not high enough for Ursuline & Jesuit admission.
THIS IS THE WORST CATHOLIC SCHOOL I HAVE EVER STEP FOOT IN. THE OFFICE TEAM IS SO RUDE AND THE TEACHER HAVE ALOT OF GOSSIP GOING ON.
St. Patrick School and has the best parents, teachers, staff, and volunteers, which makes for one of the most wonderful school communities in Dallas!
This school is amazing! I love going here and all the teachers and staff are very caring but at the same time want students to be self-sufficient. I don't recommend going to this school if you don't want to work hard!
Both of my daughters attended this school through the 8th grade and went on to a highly acclaimed high school and both then graduated from colleges magna cum laude. I attribute their success to the Catholic education they recieved at St. Patrick and the catholic high school they attended.
the bullying and moral issues are way out of line and have little consequence to the student. some parents and students are very clickish be ware. some of the upper classes teacher contracts were renewed by outgoing principle. she shouldn't been allowed to do so but, they looked the other way! this is common pratice at this school. in all fairness the new principal is working to fix things but it will take a while
I cannot say enough praise about this school. We moved here temporarily and were welcomed with open arms. It is not just the teachers and staff that make this school so great, but the families and loving environment as well. Parent involvement is extremely high and the academics will keep your kids on there toes. My daughter had Mrs. Oge' in PreK-4 whom she loved. My son had Mrs. Perry and Mrs. Buechel in first grade. I loved that they each took different subjects and gave the kids an opportunity to experience both of these wonderful teachers. Thank you St. Pat's we will miss you.
Best school in the world! Great teachers, good curriculum, great at sports!
St Pat's is an academically rigorous school with lots of options for children who are either above average students or average students with very good parental support. Education and activities up through the 5th grade are led by wonderful, caring teachers and staff. 6th through 8th grade are very challenging and children should be prepared to work independently. Children with pronounced learning differences will have a hard time with the curriculum. Children who are self motivated, interested in studying and challenging their horizons will be able to achieve. Children graduating from St. Pats are very well prepared for the challenges of private high schools in the area. Parents are very involved; Catholic spiritual foundation is strong and getting stronger, providing a solid moral foundation for kids today who will certainly have a lot of challenges in their adolescent years.
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