As a student of this school for 2 years, 6th and 7th grade, I believe I can give a fair assessment. Being that I entered the school as a new student among a class who had primarily been educated as a group since a very young age, I was completely ostracized in many ways. I was from a different faith background than the majority of the students and was not only treated differently by the students and teachers, but many parents of students did not allow me to socialize with their children because of my faith. Not what you would expect from a Christian school. I soon discovered the cliques that had been established and recognized that I did not fit. I developed extremely low self esteem because of this. A particularly horrible experience with a clique of students left me broken and when brought to the principle's attention, he favored the student who's mother was the most involved with school activities and fundraisers. My mother being a full time working mother in order to afford the tuition, meant she could not devote the time to become superficial best buds with the administration. The backbiting among students was a direct reflection of the parents.
Wow, just looking at this sight and was very surprised by the previous comment. The truth about the school is that it has a wonderful community that cares deeply about the students. The teachers are all certified and are not washouts or misfits. many have masters degrees and continue to go to workshops and classes. They may be paid less but they are incredibly dedicated. There are no petty rules. It is a Catholic school and that is what people are paying for.I feel badly for the last parent, they seem insecure and it is a shame they feel they need to attack other parents. I have one student at the school and one that went on to high school and is doing great. Most of the parents i know are working parents and work hard to put their kids in the school. I would suggest that the previous parent leave the school if they are not happy. We certainly don't need adult bullies like that around our students. I would encourage anyone who is interested in going to the school to look at the web site and then take a tour of the school during the school day. I will encourage others in my community to post . They will be shocked! I guess every large community has a few unhappy or disturbed people.
The truth about St. Vincent's School is the quality of instructors and instructional technology is poor. 1. There aren't many Catholic teachers in the valley. 2. There aren't many willing to work for substandard wages. Therefore the school hires washouts and misfits from other schools. The school uses the archaic negative consequence motivational system - a plethora of petty rules and warnings. This is bad for students self esteem and is does not prepare them for real life. The only kids this school works for are kids whose parents are wealthy and mothers stay at home. They can therefore spend extra money on tutors, etc., to make up for the teachers shortcomings. These are the same moms that wrote the glowing reviews below and who congregate after school at the outdoor lunch area grinning and smiling and sporting pornographic, skin tight lycra yoga pants to impress themselves.
St. Vincents school was a wonderful place for my three children. They attended since pre-school and the last one recently graduated from one of our Catholic High schools. They were well prepared and they were challenged in all grades. The had a great foundation for high school and college. The staff works very hard to ensure that the students get the very best education possible. The other reviewer is correct on the SCRIP. The school board along with the principal made this decision to avoid selling gift wrap, candy, candles etc..... I spend my share 225 a month on gas alone. The school only really has one fund raiser, which is their auction and it is a great time. This school became my kids neighborhood. They have made life long friends here. I encourage you to take a tour if you are interesting in attending. I know also during the last accreditation that the school received the highest rating.
This school is excellent. From the Principal to every teacher, I have not had one complaint and have been impressed with the level of intelligence and helpfulness. Between teacher emails and conferences I always feel very informed. This school has truly great teachers. Great school. My son is excelling and happy and his test scores are awesome. So glad we found this school. I have another child in a different school. So, I can compare the two. St. Vincent's is the best hands down in every way. The one comment on this website noting you must buy 2250 in script gift cards is not quite correct. We buy $225 worth gift cards to smiths each month for 10 months per year and use them to buy our groceries. We would spend that much at the grocery store anyway, so it doesn't cost us anything. But the school benefits from the purchase of the gift cards. So it helps the school.
I was a student at St. Vincent's and it was a horrible, unwelcoming school. I only went there for year but it was a horrible year. I was in 6th grade. 2 out of the 3 teachers I had, I learned absolutley nothing from them. Do not waste your time or money at here. P.S They say there Tuition is only $4,510 for Catholics and $5,638 for non-Catholic but you have to sell $2,250 in Scrip (gift cards) each year otherwise it comes out of your pocket.
My son has gone to St. Vincent's since pre-K and is now in 4th grade. The school offers an excellent education, along with the teaching of strong christian values. St. Vincent's has an amazing community of involved families. We would not send our child anywhere else.
I am a Parent of 2 children at St. Vincent's. We have been extremely happy with the overall education for our children. The teachers are truly dedicated and loving individuals. We love the Christian community; it is integrated in the classroom every day. This is a safe and positive environment with high standards. Our children are far ahead of the learning curve compared to other public school students. I would recomend this school to anyone.
I am the mother of two children, ages 7 and 9. Both started St. Vincents in preschool. We have been extremely happy with the school s academic program and the religious values instilled. My eldest son has type 1 diabetes and has received exceptional care from the office staff and teachers. There is a strong parent involvement and sense of community that I have also been pleased with so far.
I am a parent of two children that started at St. Vincents in Pre-K and are now in MIddle School . It is a wonderful community both for you and your child. The Christian faith is a big part of this community. The children are taught this starting in Pre-K. Everything isn't prefect here but if you do have problems I think the faculity tries to help solve the problem. The academics here are wonderful. The test scores are well above average. If you are thinking about sending your child here you should come in for a tour.
I am a parent of two children in the school. We are actively involved as parents and our students are as well. I would encourage anyone looking for a school in the greater Salt Lake valley to put this school on the top of their list. If you want your child to feel at home with a great community of parents, staff and the parish, this is your school! I am sure that my children are getting the best education available. The test scores prove it.
I am a parent of kids that have attended St. Vincent in Salt Lake City now for 5 years. I have been dissapointed with the school for a variety of reasons, most of which stem from the administrations resistance to change. I have given feedback on a few occasions, and only if the feedback is positive, is the feedback ever heard. It is my opinon that the school has reached a status quo of collecting money and making rules. Any school program (A direct reflection of staff members) I have seen has lacked creativity, and is the butt of jokes amongst parents. The sports programs are all parent volunteers with no supervision or involvement from the school. Finally, my second grader went 2 years without a teacher noticing he wrote all the letters from the alphabet from bottom to top, as opposed to top to bottom. 2 years!!!!
St. Vincent's is a wonderful school with lots of extra programs in art, music, and sports. There is excellent parent involvement and the school has a friendly atmosphere.
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