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St. Cecilia Catholic School

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Posted May 23, 2014

Phenomenal school! My oldest just graduated from here and my 2nd is beginning middle school. They develop young students to be capable, responsible, worldly, compassionate human beings. They emphasize leadership and the graduates basically populate the list of Houston's business and government leaders. This year 100% of the students applying to the top Catholic High Schools were accepted. The school excels in every endeavor.. Academics are outstanding and require focus and effort to keep up to the bar. Sports are also stellar--and they get there by developing the student, not just athletes. The school trains the whole individual, not just academics or sports. When your child goes to SCCS, he/she is joining a family--all SCCS students have a shared experience and they are truly a cut above the others. When you meet a St Cecilia student you remember it. The community (think "family") is amazing as well. Our family went through an extremely difficult time and the school admin, staff and the parents org's were truly wonderful, helping us along with every kind of support.. I am deeply grateful. Submitted by a parent

Posted May 19, 2014

The school is full of snobs and the staff plays into it. The staff plays favorites and many of the teachers have been there for too long and don't value education. There is an excessive amount of drama. The religion part of the education is great but the drama that comes with attending that school pushes many away. There is loads of homework, biased teachers, unfair grading, and many unjust things.

Posted May 14, 2014

The most stressful time in my life was when attending SCCS. Loads of homework. My Mom was teaching more to me at night than what the teachers were during the day. Kids were stressed out and just learning enough to pass. The girls in the school get away with everything. Boys are few and far between. They wanted me on ADHD meds and I'm not ADHD. Horrible school and wish I could have my time back from when I attended.

Posted April 30, 2014

St. Cecilia Catholic School is the right choice for my children - we're impressed with the ongoing focus on enriching and expanding the curriculum with an eye on growing technology in the classroom at all grade levels. We're also impressed with the close-knit community spirit, the dedication to Catholic identity and the importance of social-justice service learning programs. St. Cecilia remains one of the top Catholic elementary/middle school programs in Houston.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 30, 2014

We have three children who attend St. Cecilia, and are very pleased with the education they are receiving. The teachers are excellent, and the administration is committed to the development of the students. It's a positive mix of tradition and innovation.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 13, 2014

This has to be superficially the greatest private school in the Houston area. They look great and pretend to act nice. But, in actuality is one of the worst educations. They don't follow a schedule even though the preach they it to their students. They don't support a great education and aren't willing to dedicate the time it takes to catch up to one. And, most students come home crying from being publicly humiliated. Some of the teachers have been known to be out right mean and cruel, and this isn't acceptable. Send your children elsewhere, this school system hasn't caught back up to its former glory yet.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 5, 2014

The school allows for parents to hire dyslexia therapists to meet with their child that has a diagnosis of dyslexia. The therapist meets with the child during the Spanish/PE time. Some teachers are very good and understanding about providing extra time or reading tests out loud to students that need it after school, some are not Students get "extra time" as an accommodation by coming early to school, starting the test with the teacher, and finishing the test during the regular test time. The school does an adequate job, not outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 11, 2013

My third daughter is starting this year, I've been open to considering other schools and have looked into to others through the years, but felt sccs was the right place for them. I know kids who've left to go onto to other schools...typically because their kids struggled with the academics and the move was right for them. Other kids leave for other they were a discipline problem and the school won't put up with that...I commend them. I went to strake and although I think they need to push math more than they do, my kids are doing way more than I did before I went to strake and I went to public and was behind when I got the b/c I wasn't prepared. There's a right place for every kids and SCCS is where I'm sending them...the catholic environment is important to me too.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 8, 2013

I am currently at St Cecilia Catholic School and it has been the greatest blessing of my life. It is a great school for a faithful Catholic who can meet the challenging classes, a great athletic program and spiritual guidance. The priests here are the best of the best, and the teachers are very knowledgeable. We have many new middle school teachers who spend time getting to know us and provide help before school. The principal is in the classroom or hallway and greets us by name.

Posted March 11, 2013

As a former student I can say with great confidence that this is one of the worst school programs I have ever been apart of. It was a great school until 6th grade. After that it was a terrible experience, one I hopefully your child never has to see. The teacher/student relationships were very poor with most teachers completely uninterested with doing much extra than just teaching. For example, I moved to memorial middle school towards the end of 8th grade. When I entered their algebra program, they were five chapters ahead and I struggled a lot. When the teacher saw how much I was struggling, he offered to come early and stay late to help tutor me. He even suggested a after-school tutor I could see. Also the curriculum was unacceptable. As mentioned above, SCS is woefully behind. Going into high school, most students retook the courses that they took at SCS. Finally the disciplinary action is terrible. Rather than work with the troubled kid, they would rather just punish him. Rather than try to make the situation better and find the root of the problem, they punish the student and expect the parents to take care of it. This causes a lot of fights and arguments. Please do not attend

Posted January 29, 2013

I have been subbing at this school for several months, and I can tell you there are wonderful, kind, intelligent, and patient teachers at this school. The children are very caring, full of life and fun, and work. I worked in the public schools before, and have just started subbing in public schools, too. St. Cecilia's is a wonderful place to send your kids.

Posted August 20, 2012

My child attended St. Cecilia from Kdg.-8th grade. My child not only had a positive experience, but was also well prepared for the challenging high school curriculum. St. Cecilia taught my child how to be responsible, organized and self-reliant. The caring teachers and staff also taught my child how to be a contributing member to his/her community by being of service to others and to God. My child did not always appreciate the homework, but I can tell you each year prepared my child to learn how to face challenges, set goals, and most importantly, accomplish those goals. My child is NOT academically gifted, but has learned that hard work pays off. My child was accepted to each of the Catholic high schools he/she applied to. You cannot get a more well-rounded or academically challenging education than the one offered by St. Cecilia.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 2, 2012

Overview St. Cecilia is a very unsatisfactory school. Recently, there have been many students leaving the school because of its problems. SCS is not worth sending your children there. Your kids will not have an enjoyable experience at SCS. Parents should not take the risk enrolling your children in this school. Student Quality The students at St. Cecilia do whatever they want, and the school will let serious problems involving students escalate. Student behavior at St. Cecilia is unacceptable. The students have no concern on how they treat others in the school. Children will be excluded by their classmates and will be very unhappy here. Administration and Staff The principal is never involved in the school community and is always in her office. There is no involvement with the principal and students. The administration never keeps the teachers informed on problems within the school. Some teachers are nice, but others will give your children many problems. Curriculum The curriculum is not demanding, and you can find much better education at other Catholic private schools within the Archdiocese. You will not prepare your children for high school by sending them to St. Cecilia.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 7, 2011

A challenging and excellent academic environment educating the whole child in a strong faith community. Excellent technology integrated into the curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 7, 2011

I am a graduate of St. Cecilia and am now in high school. St. Cecilia has always been such a negative enviroment for me. The teachers do not want to help you, and it seems like they only want to bring you down. No encouragement coming from them. As you hit middle school they still treat you like you are in kindergarten and have you put up the quite sign when the lights are out- and if we don't obey we have a citation. I am at Memorial High School now and enjoy it VERY very much! The teachers there do encourage you and actually want to help. The kids are very inviting and friendly as well. And the classes are actually smaller than my classes at SCS. If your child does not like SCS or is having troubles I would really consider to pull him out and try public school with him. St Cecilia School was nothing but a negative enviroment for me.

Posted May 16, 2010

St. Cecilia, as of 2008, has a new principal, who is bringing about great change, i.e. differentiated intstruction, new more qualified teachers, and an academic dean. No school is perfect, as it is full of humans, but, at least, the principal is listening. It offers a variety of special classes, starting as early as pre-k 3, such as music, art, computer, Spanish and religion. Now with 600 students, 20 per classroom, the school is coming into its own.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 6, 2009

This is our third year at SCS and lots of changes (for the better!) have occurred since we began. I personally am very happy with the spiritual, emotional and educational growth of our child that we have seen- I have found the teachers to be very receptive and open minded to my concerns, but have always had the same respect for them. BRAVO for giving our children such a remarkable elementary education!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 1, 2008

It's a choice to go to SCS. We made the choice to go here b/c we respect the decisions on the parish and school. It is a fine school. Our children are not only getting a quality education, but the catholic teachings are the most important. SCS has a wonderful new principal who is impressing us all. If someone is not happy at any school, get involved and make changes, or move along and stop complaining. No school the bad karma of complaining parents. It doesn't help you, your child, or the school. There is a huge waiting list at SCS, so I know they are doing something right. The families there are lovely!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 3, 2008

Our children just began St. Cecilia (correct spelling) this year, and we have been very pleased. It is located in a public school district with academically strong schools, but if you are looking for a Catholic education, a dynamic group of parents, and a school with lots of positive energy, this is a wonderful place. It is truly an integrated and supportive church/school community. Not everything as SCS is perfect, but it sure is doing a lot right. As far as the academics, the kids go on to Strake Jesuit, St. Agnes, Duchesne, and St. Thomas, some of the top schools in town. We had lots of choices in our school selection, but SCS is the perfect place if you are on the Catholic high school track and want your kids to have a great experience on the way.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 30, 2008

Expect lots of homework and a stressed children. Administration/teachers are there for a paycheck/retirement and do not show the enthusiasm and drive of truly loving and enjoying their jobs.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 71% 31%
Hispanic 19% 51%
Asian or Pacific Islander 7% 4%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 13%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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