Nolan used to be a great school. It was academically competitive and was a great, tight-knit community that really helped kids prepare for college. However, in the last 8 years or so- all of that has changed. The biggest problem is the administration. The current principal- Benedict Reyes- was a mediocre religion teacher who was hand picked by the previous principal to be Academic Dean. His performance as AD was abysmal. Nevertheless, Mr. Reyes is a very devout Catholic and that- at Nolan- goes a lot further than real credentials. Within a few years he was made principal. He simply is in over his head. He does not know what he is doing. In the last year over 16 teachers (many of them who have been there for 10 years or more) have left. Nolan has also become extremely right wing Catholic. One religion teacher told kids that being gay was the same thing as having sex with animals. Another cautioned the kids to not shop at Target or drink Pepsi because theses companies support Planned Parenthood. It's crazy. Fortunately not everyone is like this- but the powers that be are. Nolan used to have a proper admissions test. They still have a test- but rest assured, if you can pay the tuition- you are in. The admissions test and the subsequent interviews are all for show to make it seem like theres some sort of cache in getting in there. If all you are concerned about is an extremely right wing Catholic education with no real regard for the real world (many of the religion teachers reject the pope's stance on homosexuality btw..they are making up their own dogma) then this is the place for you. However, if you want your child to have academically rigorous classes and be fully prepared for college- well, look somewhere else.
The heart is in the right place here. There is a genuine desire to raise good young men and women, whether the (spoiled?) students acknowledge it or not. Unfortunately, the faculty and staff aren't the best at getting across to the students the life lessons which they would like for them to learn. A lot of this has to do with the fact that many of the students close their ears to any sense of authority and believe that by the age of 16 they truly do know more about life than those teachers who are speaking from experience. That being said, many teachers do not fully understand the teachings of the Catholic Church themselves, and their inaccurate teachings tend to drive students away. I would still send my kids there one day, but with the understanding that just because these are Catholic school kids, parents and teachers doesn't mean they embody or fully understand what Christ calls us to be. Other than that, it's a school experience I enjoyed for the most part.
Terrible school! If you want to actually learn something that will help you in the real world once you graduate, then do not go here. Everyone at the school is a religous extremist and is in denial of the outside world. I graduated last year, and realized that I was way to shelterd there. They brainwash the students and give them no skills on how to interact with people Of diffrent beliefs. I hated my time here. Also of your not a teachers "favorite" then don't expect to get any help from them! This school will do nothing for you but shelter you from reality. If your into religion and all that, that's great. But at this school they are more concerned about making sure you don't have sex before marriage and become a nun, instead of teaching you real life lessons.
As someone who has attended Nolan, I loved it. There is something at Nolan that you can't get at public school, and that's the ability to voice your religious opinion. Not only does it make students take theology courses, but it offers a variety senior year that allows you to explore and learn about other religions. You are able to pray, or refrain from it if that's your choice, and go to mass during school. This freedom IS something you see in college and every student in my graduating class got into a college of some kind. I think that investing in education here is a good idea and they offer financial aid to students who need it. I got a lot from going to this school and I think others did too.
Nolan has widespread drug and alcohol use among students. Living the Faith is not encouraged. Homosexuality is accepted as "good". I had a son at Sam Houston High School and he never saw drugs or had any friend who did drugs or drank. He is shocked over what my daughter has said about Nolan. (they are both in college now and were both active in school athletics and band - lots of friends) I think at bigger public schools kids can find their niche of friends who think and act like they do. At a school like Nolan (or any private school) it's a bit harder avoid the near occasions of sin when it seems "everyone" is doing it. I am rating teacher quality, principal leadership based on how I believe they are role models for the Catholic Faith.
I have been a fan on Nolan, long before my children were old enough to attend. many of my friends graduated from Nolan in the 70's. My oldest graduated fro Nolan in '05, the next in '08, the next will graduate in '12 and the youngest in '14. As part of the Catholic education system since Pre-K, my kids have received a quality education and have made dozens of life-long friends. Especially in today's economic climate, cost is always a concern. I've seen the cost of tuition double in recent years, but Nolan is still a bargain at any price.
due to internal conflicts in the administrative block, the focus of the facility has shifted and the "greatness" has plummeted. athletics are outstanding and academics are way above par, however the staff differs and is stuffed by the administration, which is a failure. the student body is dangerous as well. i would describe the vast majority as fake, spoiled little kids. there are serious drug and alcohol problems as well as frequent sexual promiscuity. Just go to a public school, private schools do not expose children to reality and the diversity they will be FORCED to live in during and after college. you people who make 500 grand a year: hey it might be hard to believe, but just because a school is old, expensive, has uniforms and an apparently challenging curriculum, that doesnt mean its any better than a public school with an honors program right smack dab in the middle. nchs is a potentially dangerous and harmful environment to subject a high school student to. many who go to prestigious schools drop out because they dont know how to handle anything other than their own little world. how do i know? former student, i went there for 4 years before transferring.
We have several Nolan Catholic High School graduates in our family. The school's academic standards are high and students are prepared for success in college. If you want your children well-educated and exposed to values that will make them contributing members of society, Nolan is the right choice. Caring teachers and supportive parents working together in a faith-filled community is a plus.
My son is a sophomore. He commutes 45 minutes each way to attend Nolan Catholic. He typically has at least an hour of homework every night and we virtually never hear a complaint. He enjoys the respect that comes along with high expectations. His favorite teacher, Ms Corbitt, teaches theology, but more importantly she teaches the kids to care about themselves and their school family. No school is perfect. But the majority of teachers and administrators at Nolan seem dedicated to helping kids find their unique 'gift' or talent.