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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When I first sent my children to this school, I thought is was great until I found out if your child has any sort of extra needs academically the school will and cannot accommodate them. It is a shame that people spend so much money to have a quality catholic education, and if you don't fit the cookie cutter profile, they are not willing to work with the child who has any special needs. This school has also experienced tremendous growth within the past three years, and I suspect that their attitude will only get worse regarding issues like these.
My child has attended this school for three years now. My nephew has attended and graduated from this school. Both have been very successful academically, socially, and emotionally. I would recommend this school to anyone interested in challenging their child to achieve more and aim high.
My children have been students at St Gregory for 6 years. We love the administration and faculty! I personally recommend St Gregory to everyone I know.
An environment which develops the total child in an atmosphere of Christian values. Teachers are great and the principal is wonderful.
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