At first this school appeared too good to be true. I kept waiting and waiting byt the fact is it is great. Safe, disciplined, educationally rigorous but most of all - charitable. My kids have never been so happy. This school is very Catholic but in a very healthy way and is loyal to the Pope but at the same time it is not traditionalist in any way, and the religious and moral formation aspects have had a wonderful effect on my kids. Of course, it is not perfect, but I cannot recommend this school highly enough.
This is the 4th year our 4 children have attended Northwoods. We are thoroughly happy with the school as are our children. We've been to many other schools in the area over the years. None of them come close to the quality of academic and spiritual formation that Northwoods offers. The teachers periodically evaluate each child individually and set new goals in the 4 main areas of formation: academic, social, spiritual, and human. We have witnessed our children blossom in the environment of the school. They will be well prepared to face the challenges of life as true leaders for Christ.
Northwoods is the ONLY school for my children! As a single mom, I had to plan over a year in advance to have the finances available and to move to this side of town, just so my children could go to NCS. The benefits are evident every day that I see my sons (6, 8) share their knowledge, respect, and love for Christ. Northwoods truly makes education a FAMILY event, extending beyond the beautiful buildings. The teachers are more than professionals; they are friends, faith-filled Catholics, and individuals dedicated to our children - our future. Fundraising is part of everyday discussion, but for some families, like ours, our gift is tuition because that's all we can give. I thank God everyday for the gift of Northwoods!
We moved into the area in time for the 2004-2005 school year and were greatly impressed by the effort that was made by the administrative staff to welcome us to the school. Class sizes (8,6,4) are relatively small and each of my children get an appropriate level of assistance when it is needed. The Principal works hard to advance the academics and athletics at the school and the volunteer coach for the girls volleyball was excellent.
This is our sixth year at the school. My wife and I are very pleased with the academic, human and spiritual formation our children receive. Scores from yearly Iowa standardized tests verify our belief that the children are receiving a high quality academic education. Grade appropriate projects encourage the children to embrace learning as an ongoing process. Critical thinking and reasoning are taught to enable the children to apply lessons learned to real world situations. The faculty and staff address all issues that arise swiftly and fairly, always using Christ as a role model. Northwoods is our partner in educating and forming our children into leaders for Christ and the Church. God has blessed us through Northwoods Catholic School.
I have found the school to be sincere in its love of molding and teaching children. The teachers all seem to love what they are doing and make a safe environment for students to learn in. I do although have a bit af a problem when it comes to the the cost of the school and the amount of fundraising and donation hunting that goes on. Every school project or event that takes place at the school seems to be tagged with a donation request. I fully understand their desire to build additional facilities but I am paying for the education of my child and not for their desire to build more buildings in the shortest time possible. I suggest more of what they do best; teaching.
This is my son's first year at Northwoods Catholic School. He loves it! He is in Pre-K3 and goes three full days a week. His teacher is a highly experienced teacher whom my son loves. When my son 'runs' into school in the morning (he runs because he is so excited to be there) the principal, dean of academics, admission director and other teachers greet him by name! What I like best about the school is the leadership formation. We feel very blessed to have Northwoods in the Houston area. There is not another school like in the greater Houston area.
Our son is in his fourth year at Northwoods and we could not be more satisfied with the education and formation he has recieved from the faculty and staff at Northwoods. There is a great mix of academics, religion, discipline and love that each and every child is exposed to. We really like the smaller class sizes, which allows for advanced cirriculum. In the past year we have become more involved in volunteering at the school and have found the family atmosphere and fellowship rewarding. The school does have growing pains, but continues to move forward. Extra curricular activities continue to expand enhancing the social development of the children and athletics (Northwoods fielded a football team this year and actually won the homecoming game!)for both boys and girls are offered.Come to an open house (Nov. 18 from 6-8pm)and you will see why Northwoods is a great place for all God's children.
We moved from the far west side of Houston to be close to Northwoods before our children were old enough to enroll. Northwoods is the only school for my children! The kids are immersed in a relationship with Christ in everything they do and learn at school, and the faculty loves these kids! Each faculty member knows and believes he or she is doing Christ's work. It is also wonderful to be associated with so many parents dedicated to the faith. Our children will attend Northwoods Catholic School from Pre-K3 through high school!
My son is in his second year at Northwoods and currently in kindergarten. It is amazing to see how much he has developed in the two years. Friends, family and aquaintences are amazed at how impressed they are with the development my son has attained just as a kindergartner. Northwoods develops the person spiritually, acedemically and socially.
We love this school. All 5 of our children attend and even though it is a financial sacrifice it is worth every penny. We believe in the mission of the school and can feel the presence of Christ in every aspect. We thank God for this great school and the fantastic academic and faith formation our children receive.
I am shocked at this review. We found the school to be the most warm & inviting environment we have ever experienced. We have moved over the summer to a new state & we still feel a void. As far as academics, the school is a year ahead of the grade level. I had to find another school for my son and needed to compare an average curriculum in Colorado and Houston, such as the curriculum offered in all diocesen schools, & have found that there is no comparison to the curriculum offered at Northwoods. In addition, my son's total growth as a whole person was phenominal. My personal experience with those 'disgruntled' parents has led me to believe that the level of commitment required on the parent's part is burdensome to some who wish to pay tuition and leave the total upbringing of their children to a school.
Our 3 children attend Northwoods (grades 1, 4, and 7). This is their first year there. Already I have observed a happiness and confidence in each of them. My daughter (7th grade) has commented that the teachers are specifically trained in the areas that they are teaching, therefore they are able to teach clearly without heavy reliance on the text. As a result she is now excited about learning and getting A's despite a previous history of reading difficulty. Previous reviewer's comments are noted - I can agree on one thing - there is no library. But that doesn't bother me as I find the internet to be more efficient, comprehensive, and up-to-date than most well-stocked libraries. There are so many other great aspects (virtue program, after school activities - gymnastics, piano, martial arts, ballet, etc.). Most importantly, they are being formed as Catholic Christians and that will last a lifetime.
Northwoods Catholic School has promised a 'challenging curriculum' and delivered one that is below average. Program lacks direction and good training for teachers. Children are being short-changed. Don't be fooled by the building and the PR. Religion--A+, Curriculum and Instruction--D
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