Sending our daughter to St. Francis de Sales Catholic School was THE best decision we could have made. The teachers are extremely caring and dedicated. The curriculum is both nurturing and challenging. There is a strong campus ministry that the kids thoroughly love. And the parents stay very involved with their students as well as with the school. There is a strong family atmosphere at SFdS School that I didn't quite feel at the other schools we visited. A quality Catholic education at St Francis de Sales School is the best gift we could have given our daughter!
I couldn't rate it more than 3 stars for academics. In other words: teachers can teach better instead of giving students too much paper&pencil homework. Now that is regarding academics, but the adavantage of this school is that it is next to the church and most people who enroll their kids, have some degree of faith. And faith DOES make a big difference in one's life. The fact that there is the church next to it, is a big contributor. Some parents go to daily mass and/or join their kids for Friday Mass and any other holy day. Also, the school stops its activity at 12 to pray the Angelus. Some parents put an alarm at 12 noon to join (spiritually) their kids in prayer, no matter where they are. That's what makes the difference for a kid to succeed or fail. For the rest, the school will do their part but they are all sinners (like you & me) and some teachers/personnel project a negative attitude towards parents/kids. That's why I say it is due to parents's faith and the faith of the community that tremendously help the students to succeed in this school.
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.