It is interesting to read all of the reviews about this school. I have found that there are excellent teachers there. The middle school science teacher is brilliant and I'm still not sure why she is at St. Pius X when she could be making much more money elsewhere. I believe it is her true compassion for the children and belief in rigorous curriculum that will prepare them for high school that motivates her each day. There are a few teachers who I believe are not the best fit but we use this situation to teach our children how to interact in the real world where everybody will not be their best friends. The assistant principal is always willing to help. She is continually available, listens to concerns and finds resolution. My daughter in elementary is encouraged and receives individual attention from people who know her as an individual. I will say that the loss of Ms. Songco was was a tragedy as math is a difficult subject and she had an amazing way with explanation so that students really learned. Ms. Pritchard is missed as a teacher but it is exciting to see that she has moved up to high school and that she is still around as a parent this year.
I feel a need to reply to some of the negative comments (opinions) with facts. The middle school teachers are one of the most talented group of individuals I have seen on any campus. When two of them left this year it was for promotions which they deserved. However, the positions they left were quickly filled with other dedicated and capable teachers. The test results show that our eighth graders were second in Algebra in the Archdiocese. Children get all of the help they need with a Reading Specialist, math tutoring, and a Learning Lab. Learning is supported with IXL math, ABC Mouse, Accelerated Reading, and many educational field trips. The Administration has always responded in a timely manner. Sometimes the answer is "No", but then the explanation and reasoning make perfect sense. No school this size does more. I am very satisfied and recommend St. Pius to everyone.
Yes they are skipping and smiling. I've seen it myself. I'm sorry if St. Pius was not a good fit for you. I hope you find a school that fits you, but please don't be unkind to people who love the school and administration. I've done research and there are families that have had, and still have their children attending this school for over 20 years. I like it at this school and so does my daughter who has her children, my grandchildren, attending. Don't discourage others because it didn't work out for you or make another parent feel bad because she likes what you don't, just move along and keep shopping. St. Pius is the best community and school that could have ever come into our spiritual path. If you like an awesome church, priest and principal, not to mention life long friends, then this is the school for you. If you are the type of parent that thinks you can run the school, then it's probably not a good fit. The principal will listen to GOOD IDEAS but if it's not best for every student, teacher and parent, he probably will thank you for your interest but will keep the intrest of the rest if the community first.
Skipping???? I don't think so. People are leaving because of poor academics and scores. There is a morose atmosphere due to lack of leadership and cohesiveness. It's obvious that things needs to change. This school needs major improvement from the top to the bottom. If anything families are skipping away from this place.
When I walk on campus the children are smiling, skipping, and happy.They are also engaged in the classroom where the teachers are always working with them. Administration has devoted monies to new textbooks and programs which enhance the learning. Modifications are made for the different types of ways children learn. There are extra and supportive programs from small reading groups to fine arts and band. The new gym, library, cafeteria, and computer lab make this a beautiful campus. A very positive place to be. I recommend St. Pius to anyone who is searching for a school.
St. Pius X is a wonderful school! My children love going there each and every day. The teaching staff is strong academically, and spiritually. The principal truly cares about the teachers,students, parents, and the entire community. It is a blessing to be a part of St. Pius, and I am so thankful God led my family to this school.
The St. pius community is warm and attentive towards all students. St. Pius is a school to watch. I hear they are undertaking some really creative and innovative strategies to gear students for 21st learning.
We gave this school a chance and it backfired. Morale is low for parents and teachers. The principal lacks leadership and communication skills. He is sloppy and veiled with school's finances and misleading about its academic achievements. Questions and concerns are either ignored or minimized. When researching this school, make sure to ask about retention rates, teacher credentials, school lunch pricing, fine arts, safety protocols and ITBS testing. Ask to see the school budget and you'll get an excuse about why it is not available. Be prepared for tuition increases and additional fees without warning or explanation. While every school is going to have issues, other schools are offering higher quality programs at a comparable tuition. Do your research.
St Pius X is a fine elementary with a nurturing and competent faculty. Educational standards are above satisfactory and the focus is on providing each child with a solid foundation for academic success. The middle school however is disappointing. The academic standards are not much better than what one might expect in a public school and the teachers do not demonstrate a concerted effort to communicate with all parents equally and appear to favor certain families. It has the potential to offer a much more cohesive and professional environment but lacks leadership. In addition it's focus on the arts is poor if not missing entirely, which is unfortunate for those students that may excel in this area and not sports. It needs new leadership and a fresh perspective. To increase enrollment and become more competitive with other schools, start focusing on nurturing inclusion of all family members treating all children the same based on their unique interests and talents. If your friends with the students parents that's great but don't forget other parents are paying you to educate their child and expect a professional approach that doesn't succumb to nepotism.
Nice campus. Great gym if sports are your most important area. Declining in educational quality. Principal can't keep up with the issues that seem to be worsening. The best kids are leaving. Shop around, there are better Catholic schools in the area that are actually doing a better job. Lots of drama..
Great elementary school, but the worst middle school! Parents and students are wonderful! All of our kids went there through elementary and thoroughly enjoyed it. The teachers and parents seemed to work as partners for the good of the children. Now we're experiencing middle school. Totally disappointed! The teachers are either: (1) incompetent (2) bring baggage from home to school (3) gang up on parents and students for minor infractions. The problem stems from a lack of good hiring practices. Core subjects such as math and science are taught by what seem to be public school rejects who have some sort of connection with the principal, so they're hired on. We're looking at moving our kids to another nearby school which is affiliated with St Pius X, but seems to be doing a better job with middle school. It's a shame since the campus is very nice, especially with the new gym and classrooms.
Wow!!! What a fantastic school, and it's only getting better and better! The new gym is absolutely amazing!! The administration and staff are wonderful, the academics are great, the athletic program and extra curricular activities are growing! I am truly blessed to have my child at St. Pius X. New and wonderful things keep happening at this school, come see for yourself.
What a difference a year makes. Last year SPX was in turmoil, the ship was sinking, rats were abandoning ship. Discontented parents were running amok & some teachers, now gone, weren t teaching but playing basketball & playing with students. This summer, a dedicated group of staff and members of the community went looking for new leadership. They hit the jackpot . Mr. Deming came in with fresh exciting ideas, a wonderful moral value system & the belief that people should be put into positions where their passions & abilities allow them to blossom. The staff is outstanding & dedicated. The students are happy & challenged. SPX has broken ground & the new gym is coming alive. Hallways buzz, the negative has been replaced with SPX is becoming the example that all other schools should aspire to be. The Core Knowledge curriculum is amazing, new Athletic Director is passionate & has energized students. Making Spanish a core class is great. We considered leaving St. Pius X but made the right decision, it s the best thing we ever didn't do. Discontented families & staff who have left , we wish you well, hope you find happiness at your new schools. We are happy & excited about the future.
I have been a parent at St. Pius for many years and I love it! And my children love it! We have awesome teachers, academics and community. The principal is a strong leader and a good person. Keep up the great work St. Pius!!!
What can I say about St. Pius X? It is an amazing school. I have been here for 3 years and on the first day I fell in love with this community. The teachers that are here are always helpful and have a strong Catholic identity. The new teachers that we have received are willing to go above and beyond and want to make this school the best it can be. I have truly enjoyed the Core Knowledge curriculum we teach. The children enjoy it and they learn and retain so much. Every year parents continually tell me that their child comes home telling them so many things that they didn't even know about History or Science topics.
Saint Pius has a brand new spirit and lots of new faces. The teachers and staff are working hard to improve every aspect of the school. It is a positive enviroment for any family and incorporates a challenging academic program with a sound virtue program. The prinicipal, Mr. Deming, is an incredible leader with the potential to make the school grow in spirituality, academics, and enrollment.
I am enrolling my daughter into the P3K program this fall. I was actually impressed by the administrative staff and the elementary teachers that I did meet. You could tell there were engaged and happy to be there. Everyone was very open and willing to speak with us and overall it seems like a great school. I was surprised to read the recent reviews. I am happy and eager to join the St. Pius X family.
I notice new reviews on here concerning the "betterment" and turn around this school is making....well do not believe them. Their "new administration" submitted his letter of resignation last month...not even a full year after being hired to lead this failing school. Most of the "new, fresh" middle school teachers they speak about are also job searching having been fired or are sorry they took a job in such a terrible place and are searching for something better! This school will never fix it's problems unless a total cleaning is done starting at the top with the priest of the parish! How can anyone rate this school with anything decent when current numbers speak for themselves. High teacher turnovers, a principal that resigns after less than a year and a dramatically declining enrollment (less than 150 after this year!) Research it FIRST...you will see!!!
Not so long ago, St. Pius had over 400 students. Currently, the number touted is 260, although it is difficult to tell if that is accurate since no one is allowed to view records or see financial information. The recent incident involving severe bullying has proponents on both sides up in arms. The reality is that if anyone here took the time to actively listen and even pretend that there was genuine concern on the part of the administration and priest, much of the hoopla could've been avoided. Sadly, this is a school whose spirit has been broken by a priest and administration that has continually failed to put children and teachers first. If you are looking for a school that places emphasis on preaching values, this is the place for you. If you are looking for a school that lives Christian values and demonstrates it daily, look elsewhere.
I am a long time parent and currently have 3 children attending. All three have excelled academically, socially and are great examples of a solid catholic education. While there have been problems in the past and no doubt will have problems in the future, I have been mostly pleased that the parties involved have tried to resolve the issues in an honorable way and have tried to set examples that our children can learn from. I believe that learning how to work through issues in an honorable way is an extremely important life lesson that some people evidently have not learned. Recently, it seems that there have been some parents that have left that do not feel the same way and are actively trying to wage an extremely negative smear campaign against the school. Take this into account when reading these reviews and make up your own mind by personally visiting.
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