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Oratory Academy of St. Philip Neri

Private | PK-12 | 495 students


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Posted August 16, 2014

My son attended oratory from Pk-6th grade. He was awarded highest scholar of his class every year. This meant he had the highest average. We switched him over to public school for 7th grade. He tested for algebra and received the lowest score. He tested for gifted and talented and did not make it. In summary, I paid a lot of money for nothing. There are a lot of better schools out there. Oratory is trying to make changes to compete, but overall they need the money. Therefore,they keep horrible kids in the school that dumb down the system and keep the kids that want to learn behind.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 10, 2014

It's so sad that people use this forum to attempt to sabotage a school system that gives its' students the best in Catholic, dual-language education. That it can't compare with some of the amenities of public schools may be true, but that will be the case of all private schools. You will never find a better atmosphere that promotes the formation of Christian character and inculcates a sense of philanthropy and compassion with people who have great hearts. Personally, I have only known of this school producing an excellent product, that being their graduates. Alumni are currently working in the fields of medicine, law, education and communications, many of who also continue to do their share in charity work because of their experience in Catholic education. These are the kinds of individuals the world needs more of.
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Posted February 24, 2014

this school is horrible in highschool you cannot take ap classes till you are in 11th grade! that is way to late. I went to the enrollment for UTPA and when I said I attend oratory they laughed in my face.

Posted August 8, 2013

Parents, NEVER BRING YOUR KIDS HERE. The Oratory School system has a beautiful message and a strong goal but fails so horribly that it is not enough to make you like this school at all. I went to school here and found that it is all about the money and not about the teaching. The Instructor can't teach since they always seem to be getting mad at the kids that just seem to not care about their education which is predominantly 85% of the class. I used to wake up every morning with pain and fear of what horrible day is looming before me to the point I just wanted to be home schooled. If you are wondering if you should put your kid here, know that you would be paying for the torture of your own child. Sadly a horrible school.

Posted March 25, 2008

A good mission, a good studying atmosphere, and the spirit of strong catholic eduation is the tripod of these schools.
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Posted October 16, 2007

Excellent work of the school with dual language, preparation for collage, catholic education, excellent teachers, students are being prepared to lead their communities in the academics and morally. I am also a mother that has 4 children being educated in this school and would not change it for all the extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted July 13, 2007

This school is great! Dual language is an advantage for our children. The Catholic faith is also priority and it is benefical to these children in this day and age. I appreciate all administrators, faculty, and support staff for all their hard work and dedication. Parents are always going to complain but I am one who can say THANKS... I have understood the trials and tribulations of this school and even then it has still succeeded. It is hard to start something out of nothing and establish what my family and I consider to be the best. Fundraising is crucial to keep this great instituion afloat. With no government or Diocesean help what do you expect. FREE TUITION! Come on people. My children are excelling in their studies, faith and life because of this school. So once more I thank you, Oratory Schools!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 22, 2005

The school seems to have too many new teachers every year, but there are some that have been there many years.The school has a good ratio of new teachers and those that have taught for many years in the public schools.The oratory schools do not have a extracurricular sports program.Students are taught a higher level than in public schools and is a college-prep school,so homework is a daily assignment starting in kinder,making it difficult for the student to persue after school activities,finish homework,etc and still get to bed early.Somethings that I dislike are;there are many occasions that the school will ask for more money/private school is expensive.The school requires that the school uniforms/shoes be bought from a single supplier and they are expensive. The ' me first' attitude of the parents/drivers at drop-off and fetching times,some of them do not understand 'common courtesy'
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 8, 2005

Althou its religous backround is a plus for most,as well as its 'Bi-Cultural' enviroment, I found that my children where constantly complaning about it(irregular discipline, favortisim, wasting class time and the list goes on and on) till I took them out They are now happy at another private institution in Mcallen which I am happy to say was much more at par with thier needs.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 8, 2005

As one previous reviewer clearly stated this school is an atrocity. Its bicultural and catholic backround only helps to exclude the students futher. Half of the classes are lost,and with such a high tution I came to expect only the best. I found the worst teachers programs no extracurricular activites and I regret all my involvment in this institution where fundrasing was the primordial thing then came the learning. The discipline if one is to call it that is irregular and excludes the high rollers at the school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 17, 2004

As a former student of this school I must warn parents of the low standards at this school. The school charges a ridiculously high tuition only to teach your kids that it's important to raise more money for the school. The lack of high standards, both academically and morally is disgusting. The also apparent lack of funds is questionable, considering the high tuition. Where does it all go? I just hope that parents will think before sending their child to a below average school.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted November 4, 2003

As a former Oratory Academy teacher, I must say they are right on track offering an excellent bilingual, bicultural, biliterate program. The Oratory values both languages and fosters leadership in its students. It is a leader in education. Keep up the great work!

Posted September 9, 2003

A slowly well established shcool, with very high academic standards, covering a Catholic, bilingual and liberal arts education. But most of all, teaching their students and parents the need to form strong and valuable individuals, with high moral standards. An ideal school for the area, that lets the students have a bicultural education in this global world. This school is a blessing!
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 92% 51%
White 6% 31%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 13%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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1407 West Moore Road
Pharr, TX 78577
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