When we moved to The Woodlands four months ago, after touring Northwoods, I fell in love. Something was different about this school. For our family, we want the best education for our children and most importantly we want them to grow spiritually. Northwoods offers it all. My gifted daughter who was bored at previous schools began to thrive in her classroom. Her teacher challenged her and I saw her love for learning come back. I can not even begin to explain the transformation in her heart spiritually. Northwoods is unique and special because we have never seen a school be able to meet the spiritual needs of our kids and our family like they do. My children get one on one attention from the Priest, Brothers and Consecrated women. One of the brothers played soccer with my son's second grade class at recess and as he plays with him, he talks to them and instills different virtues and values in their heart. As you can see from this website, Northwoods is not perfect. But if you are looking for a school that develops the whole child and most importantly your child spiritually, Northwoods is the place for your child.
It has been a true blessing to have found Northwoods, a school with a nurturing and caring environment, without having to compromise academics. The pilgrimage of the 8th grade graduating class to the Vatican this year is a perfect example of how Northwoods is able to create a positive integration of education, religion and friendship; with prior in depth research on Rome and the Vatican; guided visits by the Legionaries to numerous holy sites accompanied by daily Mass including the Canonizations; and an opportunity to further develop their friendships; it was an experience of a lifetime. Great job Northwoods for the tireless work!
I really wish I could write a positive review about Northwoods because I wanted my kids to receive their K-8th education here, but after more than 6 years we just can't ignore the schools shortcomings anymore. There is a very high rate of teacher and student turnover. Classes have never been full and enrollment has declined every year we've had our kids enrolled. The music program is awful. The computers are out of date and often times don't work. My kids computer skills have been taught in the home due to little computer time at school. There seems to be a shortage of books in classrooms which I don't understand since our tuition covers books. The other Catholic schools in the area are full and have waiting lists, which is why I can't figure out why Northwoods has never been at capacity. I really wish I could give Northwoods a positive review and I'd love to see the school thrive, but the problems just get worse every year and old issues aren't addressed or fixed. As a parent I can't recommend this school to other parents looking for a Catholic education.
Northwoods Catholic School in Spring, TX is a gift! The students and families go through the same situations as any person but they have resources that I never had. They support each other, have the sacraments, and have a great vision to make a difference. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to serve here! We could improve by having a gym that could give allow students to exercise on rainy or hot days.
My children are new to Northwoods for the 2013-2014 school year. Pre-K4 and 4th grade. I'm pleased with the preschool experience and the grade level experience. i have to say, I did not know what was different about Northwoods when we signed up. I mainly wanted to make a change from public school, even though our public school was a Klein "exemplary" school. I am not an overly religious/catholic parent either. So, this is what I've learned: my kids have become quite the students with the challenging curriculum. My kids, who have always been well behaved and polite, have become more caring and giving. They have also become more aware of their faith and often pray together without parental prompting. This school has proven itself to be just what we were looking for - safe and academically challenging to name the top 2 reasons why we drive 30 minutes each way to school and pay the tuition. If parents want/need more out of this school, I would suggest donated their time, talent and treasure - I have found that by contributing with these things, I've grown as a parent. I am very pleased and happy to be part of this community.
This is my second post and will address several items that've been brought up. I've found the teachers to be first-rate although I know there's been some friction between specific parents and specific teachers - you'll find this anywhere and in any school - Catholic or public. There's a push for donations and I don't like them either. NCS could either: get large amounts of money from the parents at the beginning of term and not ask for donations OR charge tuition that doesn't quite cover operational costs and fundraise during the year. Bottom line: NCS' tuition is not off par relative to other Catholic schools in the area. Yes, there may be some cliquish-ness. Again, you'll see this in any school - parochial or public. Our kids are welcome in just about every group of kids in NCS. Administration will obviously be more attentive to wealthier (donate more) than families that don't - since so much of the school's budget requires donation - this is to be expected. Extended care is expensive and I wish NCS hadn't changed their old program for a 3rd-party without telling us first. Upshot: my kids get a great education and NCS doesn't walk on water - but again, no Catholic school will.
These past 3 years at Northwoods have been a blessing for my family. From the time we walked through the doors we felt that this is where we wanted our kids.The teachers are very helpful and dedicated. The small class size was a plus. I'd say Northwoods is a good combination of religion and academics.
Working at Northwoods has been wonderful. Great families and kids full of talent. The staff and teachers do their best to create a challenging and nurturing environment for the students. So nice to see parent involvement. Thanks, Northwoods!
The curriculum taught did seem to be above public schools in the area, but the teachers did not seem to be. I observed a teacher reading a story about the Garden of Gesthemene and she looked like she had never seen/heard that word before. I did see a few seemingly good teachers, but in different grade levels. There is A LOT of pressure to donate all the time. There is even a huge banner at the front showing how much has been raised. The cost is much higher than other Catholic schools in the area. If your kids need daycare after the regular day, you are looking at at least $1200/month per child including the tuition. It is also very 'cliquish,' even among the adults. Over 1/3 of the kids enrolled last year did not re-enroll and I can't help but think cost is a big factor. Altar servers at the school are boys only even though girls are allowed to serve in the church. A lot of the reviews on this site can be attributed to parents who actually work at the school. You can tell because they are almost word for word the same as the marketing on the site. My son is now in a different Catholic school with a great curriculum that seems to teach Catholic, rather than monetary values.
Do not waste your time applying at this school. Not very christian like administration. Your children are better off else where. You will find out, as you start speaking with the administration.
Northwoods is the BEST choice for your children. The teachers are fantastic, administration is caring and helpful, and the students love the school. There is a Christ-like atmosphere.
Don't waste your time with this school. They lure you in to take your money and you expect excellence by paying so much money, compared to the other catholic schools but you don't get back what you expected. They just take your money. LOOK AT THE OTHER SCHOOLS WITH A PARISH BEFORE YOU EVER STEP FOOT OR CONSIDER THIS ONE!!
I have been reading these reviews and I haven't seen one from a student, the ones actually attending the school. As a former student, I have to say that my time at Northwoods was not pleasant. First and foremost, do not believe what their website says. It claims that Northwoods teaches strong moral character and builds christian values. Ha, the people I attended Northwoods with were anything but that. I was constantly bullied by my peers and what did the administration do about it? Nothing. The people who bullied me never got reprimanded because their parents donated alot to the school. The bullying was constant, and I was miserable. Just because the website looks good and it is a Catholic school doesn't mean that Northwoods is a good place to send your kids. Think twice before considering enrolling your kids
I am so proud to be a parent of a Northwoods Catholic School child. The school is incredible! Northwoods Catholic School has the highest levels of academics, within Catholic schools, which is evident in the 100% acceptance into Catholic High Schools by graduating 8th graders. The Legionary's Integral Formation, which no other school has, educates the whole person. We are so blessed to be part of this beautiful methodology. We have been amazed with the high level of academic programs and the gender separate education within K-5th grades. The school's leadership is excellent and continuing to grow. The school has recently announced a reduction in tuition, which is amazing during this time of financial disaster within the U.S. Again, so very blessed to have the opportunity to have such a wonderful school in the North part of Houston. Thanks Be to God!
I don't know where some of the "worst" reviews are coming from but they're way off the mark. As to tuition, my wife and I thoroughly scrutinized the area Catholic schools and found NCS's tuition to be about median - a bit more expensive than some, a bit less expensive than others. As to whether the kids are "behind" other schools or "ahead" in terms of their curriculum, that's highly debatable. I'm sure there are probably a few very wealthy schools with the wherewithal to provide the "latest" and "newest" everything. Telling a prospective parent to put their kid(s) in a public school instead is as wrong as it is spiteful. Cy Fair and Klein schools are horrendous. Tomball schools are getting that way. How do I know? I live in Tomball, I graduated from Cy Fair schools and my wife works in NW area high school who sees, first hand, the "results" of the area public schools. My kids absolutely love school and the teachers are first-rate. The faculty know each and every student by name. The environment is safe, secure and cheerful. Yeah, there are a few things I'd like to see introduced but I can't see my kids going any to any other school.
This was our first year at Northwoods and our children had a great year. My oldest child finally received the challenge that he didn't get in public school. We'd like to see improvements in technology but overall a great school.
My large family has moved many times and has been enrolled in a dozen schools over the years, across the country and internationally. Northwoods is a stand out! Teachers and students are treated with respect and given support for individuality. The full-time presence of priests and consecrated has exceedingly enriched my child's education, and my own as a parent. There is so much offered for the entire family!
Northwoods Catholic is a most amazing school! From my experience and speaking with parents outside NCS, I know our academics are beyond those of other schools. Parents who are not involved in their children's homework & academic success do so at the detriment of their child. The school where parents drop off & pick up their children & do nothing outside of school to propel their child's academic career, exists only in fairy tales! Our Faith Formation is unbeatable! I do not know of any other Catholic school that has 24/7 access to a Legion of Priests and Brothers and 11 Consecrated Women! That, my fiends, is more that worth the cost of admission! God Bless NCS! You are obviously favored by God - why else would the devil be so active!
Northwoods is a FANTASTIC school both for my child and my entire family! We have been very pleased with the academic, human and spiritual formation that my child has received. I have a background in education/teaching and have been very impressed with the rigorous academics and the support teachers receive from the administration. The school is in transition - for the GOOD! This year weekly bulletin updates along with a new website have helped keep everyone informed. This school is on the right track and we are proud to be part of it!!
I would agree with the previous posting. Each year has progressively become worse. My child has been at Northwoods since kindergarten. We trusted Northwoods with my child but after this year, I m considering transferring my child to another school.
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