Great community and great elementary school. The administration and the middle school teachers leave a lot to be desired. The middle school teachers are good instructors but terrible at discipline, keeping a positive environment and classroom management. When kids get to be 13 years old, a normal middle school splits them into ability levels. At this school, They keep these kids in large classes with 35 kids. The middle school teachers ignore or appear aggravated with about half of them. They expect the children to act like old ladies. The administration kicks 8th grade boys out of school every year. The administration spends an inordinate amount of time discrediting and spreading rumors about the boys they kick out. It is crazy to see and really messed up.
I have had kids in both public elementary in SLC and now private (Cosgriff). Class sizes are generally the same, but the high level of involvement and dedication to *each child's* special needs (and don't they all have unique issues, no matter their level?) is extraordinary. Academics I would say is on the same level as public school in terms of standards and goals. BUT-- there are more extracurricular opportunities at Cosgriff than Public by far. So if you want more than just basic "readin' and writin'" you will be very happy there (band, orchestra, chorus, basketball team, volleyball team, track team, drama club, community service projects, violin class, after school homework club, computer class (web design for 5th graders, seriously? wow), it goes on and on). Caveat-- this is a Catholic school, no two ways about it. If you are not Catholic, it's gonna be weird for ya, no matter how you slice it. The current Principal is the best I have ever encountered, public or private, ask any parent there, they will agree.
We have four children attending Cosgriff and our academic experience has been outstanding. The principal runs a tight ship and instills an unparalleled level of commitment, discipline and community involvement in the children. She serves as a fine example to the students and is there at the entrance to greet each student, every morning. The school offers a high level of personal tutoring and mentoring, including homework club and breakout sessions for students needing additional instruction. The faculty and staff encourage a high degree of participation in extracurricular activities (band, sports and plays) and create an endearing sense of community beyond the classroom. Exceptional education at a compelling value.
We have now been involved with JE Cosgriff for 6 years. It is a great school both academically and socially. We are not Catholic but have always felt included and welcome in the parish/ school community. We also have personal experience with a myriad of tutoring and mentoring programs and are grateful for the time, interest and care the staff and administration have demonstrated with our children. As in any situation in life you get out of it what you are willing to put in, get involved and you will be rewarded. We volunteer often and are actively engaged in the community. I would give it my strongest recommendation. We are proud that our family is associated with JE Cosgriff. Mark Isaac.
Families who are nervous about sending their children to public schools because of their own negative experiences or rumors of negative experiences in public schools should really hink twice before deciding on enclosing their children in a strict parochial school like J. E. Cosgriff. When our family was first introduced to the school, it seemed like a great community and the small class size appealed to us. However, after your children attend school there, however, you begin to realize the pitfalls of that kid of environment. Bullying situations and poor behavior among students will easily ruin a child's school experience because they cannot be moved to any another class and are essentially stuck in that environment perpetually, for the entirety of their education. A few bad teachers become a really big deal. Spending 7 hours a day with a negative teacher on top of students who are unfriendly really does affect a child's self-esteem and attitude toward other people. The small environment of this school becomes a negative element. Most families will really find themselves better off in a public school, and should be reassured that public schools have gotten much better.
We have been sending our children to Cosgriff for five years now and have been completely happy in every way. Academically, philathropically and the excecptional faculty and staff cannot be matched at any other private Catholic school in Utah. The education the chilren receive enables them so that they are all being challenged at their own learning level. We are a Catholic family but have many, many friends at the school who are not Catholic. We have never experienced anything buy an extremely open and service oriented community, no matter if you are Catholic or not. The children are instilled with a sense of responsibility to their community and respect for their peers and educators, in addition to their unmatched education with many state and national awards
My children attended this school for several years and we left very dissatisfied with most all aspects of this community. We found the school to be EXTREMELY clicky. This community is not accepting of diversity of any kind and exclusion is very much present. There are severe behavioral issues with students as well as parents and since parent volunteers are such a large part of the schools structure, favoritism is abundant. We had negative experiences with the sports programs at Cosgriff due to the favoritism issues as well. We are Catholic but chose not to attend the parish due to the unfriendly and unwelcoming environment. Faculty/management did nothing to solve these issues even after addressing the problems with them directly over a period of time. Faculty behavior actually added to the conflict. The educational experience was positive but not worth all the negative aspects of this school.
Our children attended Cosgriff for years, and we left disappointed. This is a good community if you are staunchly Catholic, attend church regularly in that parish, and feel fine about shunning nonCatholics. Those who are outside the religious majority do not do well there & are treated poorly, both by parish members & faculty. The education that students receive at Cosgriff is, in ways, the most positive aspect of the school. They offer good support to children who need it outside the classroom and fair dedication to academic excellence. But teachers, in general, only teach classes as a whole. And there is a problem with some of the teachers & staff. No individual focus exists for student academics within classes, & there are behavioral problems among both students and parents. The academics are no better than what you get in good public schools. Teacher turnover and friction with management are serious issues. The only reason to pay for this parochial school is to reinforce staunchly religious ideals and retain an extra degree of control over your children's social experience. For a broader, more accepting experience and equivalent academics, find a good public school.
Fair education but with problems. Individual ratings of school services: General quality of academics 4* Effectiveness of teachers 2* Extracurricular programs 1* Attitude of students / willingness to accept others 1* Special programs - science fair 5* Comparison to public school academics 2* Staff support & friendliness 2* Modern teaching of morality & decency 3* Quality of peers - parents & children- attitude, friendliness, maturity 2* Value for investment 1* Fair school academically. Fundamental problems with social structure & environment. One-class limitation makes peer groups so small that kids get sick of each other after the first few years. As a result, many cliques form and children are left out. Most parents seem fine accepting that as long as their own children do not face that. Administration conflicts & ridiculous behavior from parents complicates daily harmony. Is one of most affordable private schools, but with weaknesses in the academic programs --- particularly math. Art program is fantastic. Prevalence of gossip & immature back-biting by overactive parents & studentbody. By and large, a declining atmosphere for the harmony of many students.
Students at JE Cosgriff are well rounded individuals that strive to be life long learners. JE Cosgriff has an outstanding faculty that teaches to each students individual needs. The students at JE Cosgriff are well prepared academically and are furnished with the tools to act in a socially responsible manner.