Last year was my sons first year at STP. We took him out of public school in December of 2013, where he was struggling academically. The first grade teacher, Mrs. Fitzgerald is excellent. Very involved and dedicated to teaching. All the staff is great. We are looking forward to 2nd grade and seeing if my sons confidence level is better. The CONS: The tuition is pretty high. The school is dated, and food isn't included in the tuition. Coming into the school half year through was hard for my son and the principle was an interim principle. Now they have a new principle and we are looking forward to new and good changes.
Great school! Excellent academics! Involved teachers! Thriving children learning at well above grade level. Facilities look great. Nice to have attached gym at middle school for school sports. Great social activities offered such as school dances, clubs, and sports program.
School Community with high expectations! In the 2-1/2 yrs we've been at SPS, we've have met and worked closely with various staff members and teachers. Every person is clearly there for the children- to instill excellent academic foundation, Christian values and to help prepare our children to be future leaders. While our last principal was great, our new principal has shared his wishes to 1) Keep the Lord first for our children and every decision that is made here and 2) to lead/support a school community focused on education. If we keep Christ first, we can't go wrong. Through grace and forgiveness of shortcomings we can achieve so much, because we all fall short and need the same understanding. Communication is very important and this is such an exciting time, with a new year, new administration and a renewed energy among our teachers, families & students. We love being part of the SPS family and encourage interested families to visit and see for yourself! What we have is a diamond in the rough- a hidden gem, with alot to offer and some areas to improve, but our child is doing great academically, developmentally & socially. We are happy to recommend SPS.
We have just completed the first week of school and my child could not be happier to be back! This is our 5th year at St. Peter's and we have seen some real ups and downs but there is a marked increase in energy, excitement, and enthusiasm buzzing around campus this year! Our new administrators are involved, committed, genuine and always available to address any questions or issues. They are very proactive and make communication a focus. I am loving our new and improved Newsletter and the personal note from the Principle each time. The faculty and staff members also seem to be truly happy to be at the school now, and the kids are beaming. There are a ton of facility improvements that have taken place over the summer and while we were never drawn to the school for the "look," I must say that the things that have been done definitely show a renewed sense of pride. As always, the curriculum has been our priority and St. Peter's continues to challenge students and provide a A+ education! I am one happy Tiger parent!
St Peter's has been a great school for my daughter. She enjoys her classes and was ready to go back to school the day after the back to school night. It makes me feel good to know that my child feels so comfortable there. It is a small school so it really feels like a family. There have been a lot of changes from last year but they have all been good. We really like the new principle and vice principle. They are always around and available to help. The school has even started a new lunch program with food that makes me want to go eat lunch there! We are very happy and we are looking forward to a great year!
After 10 years, St. Peters is getting a new principal. We have appreciated all that she has done for our family. We have one daughter at the school and hope to send our youngest daughter to SPS in two years.It is our dream to send both of our daughters to Incarnate Word High School. SPS offers incentives for their graduates to attend IWHS. What we are so in love with is the close community that is always willing to lend a helping hand. I have seen the new curriculum that all of the archdiocesan schools will be required to follow. I am confident SPS will execute the new format beyond well! The Principal-Elect seems to fit right in bringing with him lots of faith, energy and ideas. The final piece which has kept us at this school is the consistency of the staff following and sticking to the handbook. My husband and I rest assure that our values and morals are being enforced when our daughter is at school.
This is the worst school in San Antonio. The principals do not care what problems you bring to them. They don't treat the parents with respect or as if they care that they pay to take their children to this school. It is so sad, because the school is so horrible in such a great neighborhood. They hire teachers who do not know how to teach, and the secretary in the annex is horrible. She has to be the only secretary I have known without a pinch of people skills. The school ultimately is disgusting, and I would not recommend it to anyone. The best thing they can do is close down the entire school and start from scratch with a new set of employees. Please do not waste your time checking this school out or sending your child here. They have nothing but a bunch of idiots working here from the principals, to the secretaries, to the librarian, and the teachers. I have never seen such incompetence all in one place.
When we moved to San Antonio our children were small, we wanted to find a school that would set them up for Incarnate Word High School. We found only a few schools that fed into the high school. We first attended St Peter Prince of Apostles church as the children were still much too young to start attending school. We fell in love and felt at home immediately. We then found out about the Mother's Day Out program and put our oldest in. It has been five years now and both of my children are thriving both academically and socially. As a new parent five years ago it was a challenge for me to step up and give my opinions for fear of sounding like an over bearing parent. I found that the staff and teachers were very open and welcoming. We've built some really great relationships with all of the staff and teachers as well as other families and cannot imagine being anywhere else. I leave with this thought...... You get out of something what you put in. The more involved we have become the better our experience has been.
This used to be an excellent school with a high focus on academics. Now the only focus is money. Adminsitration allows for under qualified, staff members to make decisions that should otherwise be made by the professional adminsistration. The teachers they have now are the rejects that no one else wants. It shows in their lack of organization, structure and appearance. I have never seen such a relaxed attire on so called professionals. The staff that is presented to guests and visitors in the middle school building are in fact the most rude, and unfriendly women one could ever encounter. Add in their flip flops it's any wonder why or how someone could actually pay to send their children there. There is the complete lack of concern for a child's rights.Principals call for and interrogate children without another adult or parent present. Completely intimidateing them. This was our last year of such disfunction. There is complete and utter favoritism towards certain parents its beyond words , it borders on sickening. There is no such thing as privacy, as this very unprofesssional staff exposes everything from grades to family issues and finances to anyone who will listen.
This '12-'13 year will be my son's 3rd year here. He'll be entering Middle School and while I think everone should realize that there is not one single perfect school here in San Antonio; that St Peter's strives to do the very best that they can within the guidelines of the Archdiocese and with the limited financial resources that are available to them. I have found that the teachers will sometimes spend their OWN MONEY to do things for their kiddo's. And the Principal is a God-fearing excellent example of what a Catholic institution needs. Every single concern I have were addressed, maybe not exactly the way I "wanted" but I am also not the one running the asylum either. I am proud that my son is a student at St Peter's and my wife is happy as well. And yes, we noticed that maybe the grounds were a little run down, but, hey, the place is over 80 years old... and it's always clean. I wish I had more money to be able to give these teachers and administrators the money they truly deserve for the great values and education that they instill in my son. Shame on all those neysayers out there who complain just for the sake of hearing their big "yap." - Thank God that we can afford STP!
This school is all about recruiting and completely falsifies the facts especially to new families. I pulled my child out because of the constant bullying by the Principal and staff. This type of behavior is reflected in the students as well which s not a surprise because they are children of the staff. Further, they do not follow policies but implement only when to the staff's benefit. The principal allow the staff members to by pass school policies and advance a lot of their own kids from the PreK program. The PreK program is a joke, the PreK program is not even daycare rated. I am speaking truth to parents and ask that you please explore before placing your child in this very disorganized and unhealthy teaching environment.
I have posted reviews and they have been removed. This is a country that we have have the" right of speech." Principal's only concern is recruiting and telling false facts to new families. Shame. All your questions may not represent the truth about St Peters. Covering issues of bullying, grade changes by teachers and principal for " favorite students. New students are not welcomed by students and harassed verbally and emotionally. The teachers are not highly qualified and do not follow the rules of administration. The principal spends all her time recruiting and never manages the teachers behaviors, or individual policy. Teachers and principal are demeaning and harassing students , setting examples for bullies. I cried at graduation for my child and hope the trauma of attending this school will not be their forever. Shame of the archdiocese for allowing this school to treat students in an non- catholic manner and allow teachers to be cruel. Not representing Catholic values.- Recruiting with falsehoods only make students leave as they see what is really happening. I speak from my heart when I look in the eyes of my children and apologize for their resulting distress.
My family has witnessed the deterioration of this school in the last 4 years under the current administration. In short, the pattern is to tell parents (and prospective parents) one thing in one-on-one meetings that are exactly what parents want and need to hear-with the reality much different. While doing your homework, be sure to ask a lot of questions about a school's School Council and the election process. A School Council is designed to both advise a prinicipal but also to be the voice of the parents. It is really the only "checks and balances" a Catholic School has to impose accountability and limits. You will find that St. Peter's is solely based on "popularity" in the eyes of the principal and "popularity" is defined as "willingness to agree with the principal." The administration is secretive, manipulative and the school inevitably suffers. There is a reason enrollment has dramatically dropped in the last year--and it isn't the economy. It truly saddens me to witness the damage being done by an unchecked leader who does not have the success of the children and the school at heart. Beware.
Excellent teachers, facilities well-cared for and lots of space. Well-qualified teachers are caring and innovative. Academics are challenging and interesting electives. Great Science fair this year, History fair was awesome. Excellent math and language arts teachers. Science lab and art studio are amazing. A walk through campus reveals happy children and involved teachers. School is well run while maintaining reasonable tuition.
Dilapidated facilities, poor management of resources, teachers without a degree in teaching and/or no prior teaching experience, staff involved in scandals at other schools, very low academic levels... suffice it to say they have lost half of their students over the past two years and had to cut staff and faculty down accordingly. This is a poor excuse for a school and there are certainly much better places out there.
My kids and I love the school and would not think of going anywhere else!! Great academics and lots of extra-curricular activities! We now have golf and football will start next year! Great art and drama programs!
In reference to the posting "The school is a welcoming community of teachers and administration", I disgaree strongly! We were active in both the school AND church community. We just did not write a check for tuition and take offense to your remarks! We removed our child from St. Peter's and our only regret is that we did not change schools any sooner! We did our our child an injustice by having the child attend the last two years the child was there! Buyer beware.
In reference to: In reference to the posting "The school is a welcoming community," I don't know you. If you thought that I was speak to you, then maybe something I said struck a nerve. Fact is, if you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem.
The school is a welcoming community of teachers and administration doing their best with scarce resources and lukewarm parent involvement. In fact, I suspect many of the negative reviews you read hear come from the uninvolved segment who seem to feel somewhat entitled to the benefits to be had from being involved simply because they write a check for tuition. If all you put in to a school is money (the going rate, btw), don't expect warm personal relationships. If you put in more of yourself, you will learn more about the others in the school community (teachers and administrators) that are working hard for very little renumeration and, sometimes, even less appreciation. I certainly wouldn't want their jobs. But I most certainly will support them in their work.
The education in Elementary school is commendable. I, a student, recieved a fantastic education from St. Peters. The problem is, as I moved into fifth and sixth grade, the education program became poor, to say the least. There were no challenges and one of my teachers had been a greeter at a restraunt right before taking the job. I was also disappointed in the students there. Some are bullies and some are bad influences. I must sound like I'm complaining, don't I? May I say that I was disappointed in the teachers and education in Middle School, otherwise, it's great! From a student's perspective.
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