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300 East 11800 South
Draper, UT 84020

(801) 984-7614
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Develops honesty: Disagree
June 24, 2015
The middle school is the weakest of the three schools on the Skaggs Catholic Center Campus due to the inept administration. They do not foster a caring and nurturing environment for the students or teachers because details are overlooked. From what I have seen, the principal and vice principal know very few of the students by name. They don't praise students or teachers for a job well done and instead spend too much time trying to catch students doing the wrong things. Teacher morale is down and turnover is extremely high. In turn, they hire whatever teachers will accept a job there.

- submitted by a community member
Teacher effectiveness: Somewhat effective
June 16, 2015
This greatly varies. All teachers here are nice people, but many do not have much experience and there is absolutely NO oversight by administration.

- submitted by a teacher
Amount of homework: Not enough
June 16, 2015
Teachers are not permitted to give much homework (I was told 20 minutes a night was too much). Time for sports is emphasized above all else.

- submitted by a teacher
Develops grit: Disagree
June 16, 2015
This school does not follow a rigorous curriculum. If parents complain, teachers are pressured by administration and grades will be changed.

- submitted by a teacher
Develops honesty: Neutral
June 16, 2015
Students are treated differently based on who their parents are and what their connection is to the school. Rules are not equally applied to various students. Politics governs this issue more than anything else.

- submitted by a teacher

June 16, 2015
Sadly, this could be a much better school but it is not run well. Nice parents, good kids... but administration cuts corners to hire the cheapest teachers who have little to no experience. "Rookie training ground" comes to mind. Ask how many teachers have experience and are certified - you'll be shocked. Yes, there are a few veteran teachers there, too, but it is a coincidence. Experience is simply not valued at this establishment. It's a top-down, heavy handed approach to administration. If you ask questions, you will be out of there. Heavy turnover.

- submitted by a teacher

March 14, 2014
If there was a better option for middle school I would have skipped SJB. The elementary school is wonderful w/ an exceptional principal and caring teachers from our experience. The middle school has many exceptional teachers that bring out the best in your child, particularly the honors teachers. Unfortunately there r also a few that are inexperienced and a couple that have just lost their desire. That is normal for all schools. The good teachers @ SJB middle outweigh the bad. The administration tho is the worst of all 3 schools. It is rare to hear a child being praised for good work or great accomplishments but normal to hear of students getting punished or reprimanded. The VP criticizes students often and thinks it is funny. She is a very good honors math teacher though. Ideally, she would serve our students better if she stayed a teacher and not a VP. The Principal unfortunately is not much better and does nothing to boost morale of the school. It doesn't seem there is a lot of respect for him from the talented teachers either. Academically, SJB middle is good but unfortunately the morale is dismal due to the principal and vp. It's unfortunate.

- submitted by a parent

September 16, 2013
Very entitled community, they value money, and sports ability, nothing more. Many teachers lack experience, there are many fresh out of college. The math program at the Elementary school is simply AWFUL (everyday mathematics) and the middle and high schools use a completely different program. Worse yet the Elementary, Middle and High School principals are all related, so there's no chance anything will change until one or all of them moves on.

- submitted by a parent

September 03, 2013
We have only attended from PreK4 and have just started Kindergarten. The teachers seem nice and I love that my student has multiple special classes (PE twice a week, art, music, Spanish, library, etc.) The quality of the food is the complete opposite. Although we are not Catholic, they do an outstanding job of creating a community and parent involvement (they require 25 hours each academic year).

- submitted by a parent

March 24, 2013
The academics are quite good. The culture is unfortunately very elitist. Teacher's children get priority in almost everything, but especially athletics. Your child may well get an excellent education but good luck outside of class.

- submitted by a parent

October 24, 2012
I attend the school and I like it very much! The kids and staff are kind and the education is great! It may be considered "hard" but you will end the year learning SO much more. I definitely recomend this school!! I have seen no problem with bullying or "dinsengaged principals".

- submitted by a community member

October 12, 2012
We moved our son from another private school, in Sandy 3 years ago. This has proven to be the right move. Our son is excelling. His self esteem has grown leaps and bounds. I belive due to the academic, social and spiritual enviornment. I see diversity, zero tolerance for bad behavior. We are not Catholic, but the teaching of being a true christian and being tolerant and loving to all has allowed him to grow in his studies. Parental involvemt is huge here. The kids are taught to work hard for what you get. I have not seen any entitlement attitude here. Just respectful, loving, hard working students and educators. The sports are gravy. Making the school a true family. I expect my child will have great memories of his school years. I recommend this school to any parent willing to be involved and expecting a well rounded education. They seem to graduate ready for the real world!

- submitted by a parent

November 08, 2010
My kids have attended this school for several years. I have watched the middle school and high school decline over the past 2 years. The middle school principal is disengaged and uninterested in improving the school in any way. Bad behavior is tolerated and many students have an entitlement attitude. Not what you would expect from a catholic school.

- submitted by a parent

August 09, 2010
We love this school! Middle School is a hard time for any student and I have no idea why a few of the reviews here are so negative. Cliques are going to happen at ANY middle school and after two years at this school, we've seen no problem with bullying. In fact, we've seen quite the opposite since bad behavior is not tolerated. My son has attended another private school and a public school in the Sandy/Draper area and this is the first school he's been completely happy with! I have nothing negative to say about this school and I highly recommend it!

- submitted by a parent

October 08, 2009
Great! Teacher and students there are friendly and there is a great campus.

- submitted by a parent

August 18, 2009
SJBMS is awful and i wish to never return. Bullying there is beyond belief and the teaching there is far too hard. They are unorganized and they act very unproffesional.

- submitted by a community member

June 10, 2009
The curriculum is too easy, and the atmosphere of the school is too inclusive/cliquish.

- submitted by a parent

May 20, 2009
this school is amazing i go there and i adore it.

- submitted by a student

December 30, 2007
I graduated in 2007 from SJBMS and the staff is great. It is a little tight on space but it is on the beautiful Skaggs Catholic Center campus. It really helps you get ready for high school due to there unique scheldules. The Skaggs Catholic Center is 6 weeks old to 12th grade and is a craddle to college program. They have and exellent campus to bring out the best in every one.

- submitted by a student

July 17, 2007
This school is horrible and I will never send my son there again!

- submitted by a parent
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St John The Baptist Middle School
300 East 11800 South, Draper, UT  84020
(801) 984-7614
Last modified St John The Baptist Middle School is a Private school that serves grades 6-8
St John The Baptist Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top