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St Francis De Sales School3
Posted November 24, 2014
- a parent
The school good attributes: 20 to 23 kids per classroom in elementary. Kids are exposed to Religion, Computer, Music/art, P.E. Science lab,and there is a counselor. Kids go to mass every Friday. School prays the Angelus at 12noon. There are opportunities to get involve in sports, and other academic oriented activities after school. Areas need to improve: teachers and teaching approach. Their classroom and homework shows more an "old school" approach to teaching. You don't see in here: small groups working together, teachers interacting with students in discussions, but instead you see the rigid teacher(you hardly see any of them smiling) lecturing, or sitting in their desk while kids are working individually in worksheets or texts. Not much use of manipulative or other hands on activities to help kids learn. Sometimes you hear a teacher "loosing it" and yelling at students. Homework is mainly workbook, worksheets or from text. Students population: A nice mix, mainly minorities: Mainly from Asia(vietnamese, Philippine), few Latinos, Afro Americans and Anglos. Staff: (Teachers and people in power) Anglos
This school is a sophisticated day care. Not nurturing at all. Half of the my child's illnesses were stressed induced from the Rude teachers and faculty. Most of all from the extremely rude children that attend there. This so called school says things to the children that are not supposed to be said and told what happens at school stays at school. Oh sure, just to keep their funds coming in, That is UNETHICAL !!
As an educator of 13 years with a background in both public and private schools, as well as a parent of 2 children, I feel confident in my evaluation of St. Francis de Sales. St. Francis de Sales provides a nurturing, high academic education in a diverse setting. Several of the teachers here are either former students, or have children or grandchildren attending. I am the School Counselor, and I am thankful every day for the opportunity to work with such a committed staff, and incredible students!
I attended this school for 8 years, kindergarten to 8th grade. nothing but bad memories and bad treatment from students and teachers alike I certainly do not recommend this community for a child, especially a black child, unless they have a very strong and encouraging source of support outside of the school.
This school is very educational. GREAT academics. We won 1st in the St. Pius academic rally which is amazing.also , Everything is so diverse. Many many different races are in this school, so if you are worried that your child will be the "only one" then you're wrong. This school is extremely diverse, you won't believe your eyes till you see it. The only problem I have with it's school is it's athletics and "cheapness". The school was never cheap until now! It started somewhere around "10 when many things changed. Lots of changes in the staff. Some of which I think should be fired! Most of the activities at the school WERE very exciting but now its like the same old joke. Knocking down the church as well was unnecessary, renovations in the inside makes more sense.it take 1 yr to knock down a church and add statues, and it takes 1 year to renovate the bathrooms(still not done), example of cheapness. Also athletics NEEDS improvement. It's a shame knowing the students win 4 games per season. I remember when they used to win almost every single game, that's also the time when the school wasn't cheap. So if you want a good school do it's ACADEMICS. Then this is the place for you.
We were living in Central America for a while and when transfered to Houston we focused on looking for a Community-Oriented, Down-to-Earth & Highly-Involved-Teachers environment for our children, and we found it almost by coincidence. I truly encourage you to talk to Mrs. Wooten (Principal) or Mrs. Overbeck (Admissions) and they'll make sure to answer your initial questions. After that, go visit the school and talk to your potential teachers - that will seal your deal. My kids (3 & 6) are in the best hands. Mrs.Gabler from Kindergarden is a truly magnificent Human Being - you'll love her.
My child transferred to this school from St. Thomas More. The teachers at St. Francis are the best and your child will become part of a family attending here. I believe it to be one of the best grade schools in Houston.