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St Patrick School4
Posted January 06, 2015
- a parent
Our children have attended Catholic schools in several states. St. Patrick was overall a good experience for us. Some grades have great "chemistry," meaning that the kids and their parents are nice to each other, generally well behaved, etc. and that makes the teachers, aides, etc. respond positively to them. Other grades don't have the same luck. One of our kids has an "easy" group of peers/parents and the other one doesn't. It's almost as if our kids attend two different schools. The school offers a well rounded education, although not always challenging academically for the G&T kids. BUT they do focus on building some skills and habits that have proven to be really important in high school, including the value of applying Catholic social teachings in their lives, the value being organized and staying on top of their work, and the importance of communicating with their teachers and other adults. Most teachers are really kind, patient people who are excellent role models for the kids and parents. A small number seem like they're burnt out and should move on. Local high schools describe St. Patrick students as polite, well rounded, and nice kids. We agree.
St. Patrick is a school where the child is second and the money is first. A parent shouldn't have to donate money for their child to get a part in a play; this is the type of school St. Patrick's is. New Parents please don't fall for lies that St. Patrick have other people to put up here St. Patrick is honestly not a good school.
Both of our children graduated from St. Patrick's and could not have been more prepared for high school and college. St. Pat's provides a rigorous academic experience grounded in Catholic moral and social justice teaching. Year after year St. Patrick's students are among those who garner academic and service awards in the graduating classes of Dallas' Catholic High Schools. So many St. Patrick's graduates have gone on to excel in careers in medicine, business and the arts.
Saint Patricks is a great school. I feel lucky that we have found such high quality, Catholic education within a wonderful community. I have 2 boys and they both enjoy school. We are very happy with Saint Patricks.
We toured many area parochial schools when our son entered K- now in 3rd. Catholic school hallmark: faith centered education, supported by the church. We were interviewing not only the school & its credentials, but the entire church community. The priest is present on campus, supportive of the educators. I see a diverse community; Fr Josef is German, Fr Charles is African American, teachers & students of many nationalities: Asian, African American, Hispanic. In our search we found, ISEE test scores are not public knowledge, but prior to enrolling I spoke directly w/ 2 Catholic feeder highschools re:preparedness of students, St Pat's was glowing in academics & character. I am unaware of an 8th grader who has applied & been rejected. The school is not too large, 2 classes/grade; smaller classes would be nice, but the teachers handle the students remarkably well. So far they've been passionate & accessible. St Pats does not plan to grow beyond current size or campus. Products of small parochial schools ourselves, art room, music rooms, science lab & technology are impressive. Active parent/teacher (PATs club) fund raising efforts are evident. It's been a great match for us.
St. Patrick's has no teacher of color on their staff and that alone should tell you alot about the school. The principal is ok but doesn't have a cule about what goes on in the school she doesn't see the disconnect between the staff and the kids. America is a great piece of a big round world, we should not be teaching our kids one side. We should all stand up against racism in any form, America is colorful lets show our kids that beauty. We Are One!
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.
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.