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St. Gregory the Great School

Private | PK-8 | 615 students

 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $100,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $690.

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Posted September 13, 2014

I cannot say enough good things about this school. We transferred our child from a public school (which by the way had "certified teachers"), because my child could not read or write at grade level. Even though we asked several times how my child was doing and the teacher said "fine." Once I was able to see the work, which I asked for several times, we finally realized that my child couldn't read or write. When we got to St. Gregory's the Great,my child caught up to grade level in no time due to the awesome tutoring offered by the school. Within 2 years, my child is now reading and writing well above grade level. Even now, we are discovering there are other learning issues with my child and SGS school is working well with us to figure out a plan for my child. The teachers love their jobs. It is a calling for them and it shows in how they deal with the children. We have now placed our other children at this school and have experienced nothing but positive atmosphere and outcomes. I love how the teachers love the children, but still expect them to behave and be respectful. They balance this nicely. Again, I can't say enough good things about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2014

I think one of the outstanding qualities of this school is its ability to try to bring out the best in all students. Many of the teachers have been at the school for a long time and so that speaks highly of the administration to maintain a healthy work environment. The students are the number one priority at St. Gregory and so I entrust their education and safety to this school. We are blessed to be a part of the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2014

We have attended this school for years and feel there are many concerns. The curriculum is lacking significantly in math and science and is fair in many other areas. Bullying has been an unresolved issue at this school for a long time and many student victims have left at various grade levels as a result. This is NOT a zero tolerance school by any means and some students remain in this school despite numerous incidents of physical and verbal aggression towards other students which most people would consider serious. There is favoritism and the rules are not evenly applied to all in terms of discipline, financial matters, grading and awards. The administration has been a revolving door over the past several years. There have been 5 vice Principals in 7 years and the principal announced her resignation on the last day of school. There are many fabulous teachers at this school but they lack the support of a strong curriculum and a strong administration. This past year saw a mass exodus of many families who left for other schools due to frustration with all the issues described. In some grades the disorganization has been distressing considering the hefty price tag.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2014

I like how St. Gregory the Great celebrates their Catholic faith! Mass every week, Stations and Chaplet during Lent, prayers, devotions. My child is always sharing with me how they pray and learn more about their faith every day. Beautiful! I like going to Mass with them when I can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2014

This is the last year my children will attend this school. This school has a priority of pointing fingers at students rather than having teaching as their priority. The majority of these teachers are not State Certified to teach. If they had passed the required test, they would be at a public school getting more money. This school has an enrollment of probably 75% Hispanics. Their website reflects many student pictures of others than Hispanics. And then again, those pictured are children of the administration and teachers. These students are the preferred of the school. What keeps this school going is the mandatory raffles and tickets every student is required to sell. The unsold tickets will be added to the student's tuition. I have checked other schools and have found out there are several other private schools where my children will be exposed to better quality of teaching and be recognized as an individual student and helped by a teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2014

As for the standing ovation addressed in a previous review, frankly being outright, the principal nor vice-principal deserve this. We clap for those who have done true teaching and guidance. I do not see a person in this school who deserves this kind of great treatment. Those that deserve the applause are the parents who have put up for so many years of paying for the uncertified teaching our children are getting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2013

I have 2 children in early grades and have been extremely happy with the education that they are getting. My kindergartner is learning to read easily and he has learned to love books. All of the staff from before school, after school, teachers and lunch staff know my children by name and are always friendly. We get much communication through texts, facebooks and emails everyday. My husband is a teacher in the public school system and we are so thankful that St. Gregory's teachers are free to teach core curriculum without having to worry about standardized state testing requirements. Would highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2013

My school is St. Gregory the Great School in San Antonio. I'm in eighth grade and its amazing! There's pretty much no drama and we are like a family. People are mostly really friendly. The only thing I have a problem with is that it can be kinda strict and the main middle school math teacher could better. (and the lunch food could be a lot better) Overall I've basically grown up here and love most of the people here! I'm gonna miss it so much! It is a great school and I know I'm going to be prepared for high school :)


Posted September 13, 2013

Response to post dated 26 August, 2013. "Communication from the school is through students"? You obviously do not go to the school website...or signed up for the school text system...or go to PTC meetings...or even read your daily emails form the school. If you have a problem with a subject matter being taught...there are avenues to express your concerns. Oh wait...you don't communicate with the school. There is not a school in this state that will bounce curriculum off parents for approval. The reason why your child is assigned certain classes is because they are the main core academic subject areas need for your child to be successful in the next level. This is not high school...you will not have a long list of electives to choose from.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2013

Communication from the school is through students. Classes are assigned by the teachers without any consideration for either the parents' or students' desires for student curriculae. Parents are not advised about class assignments or reasons thereof. Considering the $5K/year tuition, I as a parent expect a voice in my child's curriculae, and to be advised of classes assigned and the reasons why. Additionally, the school has the worst math "teacher" I have ever seen for all "middle school" maths -- this person not only doesn't "have time" to answer student questions, the individual doesn't seem to know how to teach math and in fact seems to hate teaching at all. Bottom line: if you are at all interested in your child's math learning abilities, or wish a voice in their classes, GO SOMEWHERE ELSE.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2013

I have two of my children at this school in the early grades, and I have been very impressed with the education they are receiving. Having been a certified teacher myself, I believe these teachers are more than qualified to teach. I think all the teachers my children have had are model teachers. The SFA -Success for All - reading program is phenomenal. I have worked in some schools where the leadership was poor to good, but rarely have I seen a staff give its principal a standing ovation or speak so positively about the principal. I like the values they are teaching my children and the nurturing environment in which they are being educated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2013

This school lacks teachers who are certified by the Texas Education Agency in understanding child development. The leadership and teachers are very close minded to trying well researched approaches to educating children. They also are not receptive towards parent feed back and suggestions. Overall, for the price your better off sending your child somewhere else
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2013

We came from a school where the administration and staff didn't care about the students or parents, so when we came to St. Gregory we were pleasantly surprised. My son loves to go to school everyday and has not missed one day of school since starting at St. Gregory. My only regret is not coming to this school sooner. The administration and staff are excellent and always have big smiles on their faces. My son is learning and he is excelling because he is happy. I would recommend anyone to come to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2013

ACADEMICS POOR DUE TO TEACHERS NOT CERTIFIED THRU THE TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY. ADMINISTRATON LEADERSHIP POOR, ALOT OF FAVORITISM IN THIS SCHOOL . IF YOU WANT A GOOD STRONG EDUCATION FOR YOUR CHILD LOOK ELSEWHERE
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2012

My family and I relocated to San Antonio this summer. Choosing a school was one of our greatest challenges. We feel blessed to have found St. Gregory the Great School. Our children are very happy there as are we. The administration, staff, parents and students are all committed to the school and the success of the St. Gregory's community as a whole. They also provide a wonderful afterschool program with many activities. I highly recommend this school if you are interested in a challenging academic environment with a commitment to discipline and character development in a caring and non-threatening manner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2012

Consistently strong leadership is one of the top reasons for the success of this school. Great teachers who are actually there to take time to teach and who really care about all facets of my child's education. Strong Catholic Identity. Advanced Technology. Over 20 different after school programs available from piano lessons to Astronomy Club.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2010

St. Gregory's has the potential to be an excellent school. My children have been there for 2 years. This year we got a horrible teacher, she has an issue with me, I believe because I am Caucasian (theory, since I have never done anything to her). She hates my child; she will deduct points from his class work, any chance she gets.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2009

Both my children have been attending this school for 2 years now. The staff, teachers and upper class students are very friendly. My children have enjoyed this school tremendously. Tuition is really steep but well worth every penny.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2008

I love the small atmoshpere. The office staff is very professional. Everyone is very caring towards the students. The only thing I dont like is the lack of an Art program and Band for older students. Otherwise, the kids are safe and content.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2008

Wonderful. My son has attended this school for three years now and the family-oriented close-knit feeling you have around the campus is obvious. He is happy there.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 70% 51%
White 16% 31%
Two or more races 12% 2%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Black 1% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
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  • Computer lab

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Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish

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School start time
  • 8:00 a.m.
School end time
  • 3:00 p.m.
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Martha Gomez
Gender
  • Coed
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (210) 308-7177

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Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

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Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Library
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Archdiocese of San Antonio
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  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Dance team
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

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  • Parents live their faith and belief in service to others by getting involved in the education of their children and support of the school. annual requirement of 20 service hours per family.
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  • St. Gregory the Great is ideally situated in the quaint Balcones Heights neighborhood, at the crossroads of I-10 and 410, very near many major employers, the Medical Center and downtown San Antonio.
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700 Dewhurst Road
San Antonio, TX 78213
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