I agree this school has a significant problem with allowing children who bully and act inapprorpiately to remain here and repeatedly harm other children both physically and verbally with few consequences. We have seen this happen at many grade levels and lots of folks have left due to this concern. The math curriculum and instruction has been lacking for many years. The administration has been laregely unresponsive to many issues for several years and problems with facilities, curriculum, discipline, policies, etc. have been slow to resolve. The faculty are an amazing group of people but don't have the right support or materials they need. This school places a lot of emphasis on helping those who have special learning needs and very little to challenge those who excel. Very disappointed with how things have gone over the years as the decline in all areas has been terrible.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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