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St Louis Catholic School

Private | K-8 | 411 students


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Posted August 4, 2014

BEST EXPERIENCE! We are a military family and we're thrilled with our time at St. Louis. We had a pre-schooler and a first grader there for the 2013-2014 school year. It may not have the fanciest, brand new facilities, but the school has it where it really counts.The front office staff was welcoming, knowledgeable, and efficient and continually went out of their way to assist my family. The PTO is fantastic and had a stellar welcome program for new families for the entire year. The 1st grade staff was enthusiastic, open to parent feedback, and tailored an education plan for the needs of my son. They sincerely card for each child. The curriculum is comprehensive and includes great specials like music, art, science lab, liturgical music, Spanish, PE, and religion. On a whole, the staff at St. Louis is consitantly professional, kind, and possesses obvious esprit-de-corps. The school integrates the Catholic faith in all parts of the curriculum and throughout the day. My children grew leaps and bounds in their faith because of the wonderful Christ-centered environment at St. Louis. We truly felt a part of the St. Louis family and were heartbroken we had to leave so soon.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 25, 2014

St. Louis Catholic School is truly a wonderful school! I volunteer at the school often and could not be happier that my children spend their school days in such a loving, caring environment. The teachers make learning fun! They clearly love children. In my capacity as a volunteer, I see happy children with smiling faces. I've also been impressed with the administration and front office staff. If you're looking for a Christ-centered school with high academic standards, you don't need to look any further than St. Louis School.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 11, 2013

My child has been at St. Louis for three years now and we are so happy as a family there. Great teachers and administrators. Solid Catholic education and academics in a nurturing environment. We are actually in one of the best public school districts in Fairfax County and we are so glad we chose St Louis.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 4, 2013

We transferred from a public elementary three years ago and could not be more pleased with our decison. Our daughter began to blossom and thrive under the caring and thoughtful care of her teachers. The community itself is very caring and nurturing of the students. The parental involvment is amazing! It is like night and day compared to public school. The parents and teachers truly care and it shines through. We have been extremely pleased with academics and feel as though we are partners with the teaching staff. I have never felt that our questions or input was a bother. I would highly recommend St. Louis to any family that wishes their child to have a Catholic education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 3, 2013

My son attended St. Louis for one semester of first grade. While the academic aspect of the school seemed sufficient, the administrative staff at the school is extremely cold. Time and again my interactions with those running the front desk, finance etc. was less than pleasant and usuallt condescending. If you are looking for a school that respects you as a parent, appreciates your investment in the school or simply has a customer service demeanor you will not find it at St. Louis. Thankfully my husband's job moved us to Maryland where we have enrolled my son in a new Catholic elementary school that has a very inviting, appreciative and happy environment. I believe the environment surrounding your child every day makes a dramatic difference in their education and their overall demeanor.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 12, 2013

As part of the latest graduating class at St. Louis, and completing my elementary/middle school education at this school, I can reassuringly tell parents that your child will love St. Louis. Having attended public school and international school as well, I can tell you that our school has the closest bond I've ever witnessed at a school before. I felt like St. Louis was my second home. Parent involvement here is outstanding, from volunteers to subs, and class size is small. You will feel right at home here. Many of the teachers here are alumni or have been working here for almost or over a decade. Teachers here know what they're doing and the school is run accordingly. After your child's first year they'll feel as if they're part of a great big family. I know I have. Of course like any other school it does have it's quirks, but it's all part of the system. All families have ups and downs, correct? Seeing this school grow from the time I began here to when I graduated this year was one of the beautiful things I've ever witnessed. St. Louis was like my extended family and seeing that I switched schools from time to time, I can justify that statement. It was so hard to say goodbye.

Posted January 11, 2013

We are new to Saint Louis School and are very pleased that we transitioned from public to Catholic school. We had some concerns about doing this because our son receives special services from the county. But as we learned, St. Louis is a very caring community that strives to help every student, including those with special needs. We opted for Saint Louis because we wanted our son to receive a Catholic education and to be guided by the strong moral compass that Catholic Schools provide. Our son is embracing this and is thriving in every way. We also really love that the principal and staff greet students by name, as this was not done at our son s much larger public school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 25, 2012

St. Louis Catholic School does a nice job encouraging their students to model their life after Jesus Christ. The teachers are caring and compassionate and many of the families are invested in the school. We are very blessed that our three children attend the school and are well cared for with respect to their academic, emotional, and spiritual needs.
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Posted August 29, 2012

It is very early in the school year, but we transferred in to St. Louis from the local public school and are overcome with the positive, nurturing individuals who make up the school. From the principal, teachers and support staff down to the parent volunteers, it is evident that all are committed to providing a supportive environment for our children to excel. Communication is significantly better coordinated here than in our experience at the public school We have high hopes for the remainder of our time at St. Louis.
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Posted July 22, 2012

Our family is very pleased with the middle school and know that we made the right decision to send our child here rather than to the public school. The teachers are firm, yet loving, and teach in a manner which is preparing the students for preparatory high school and college. The students leave this school with excellent communication and writing skills necessary to succeed in their future educational experiences. The teachers, staff and principal are readily available and are willing to help students and assist parents with any concerns. I highly recommend this school to those looking for the perfect combination of education, family life, and Church.
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Posted July 11, 2012

I sent my child here, for not even a full school year. The school does not attempt to accommodate kids with the transition of coming from public school over to private school. If your child does not keep up with the other kids they will inform you that they do not have the resources to assist you in helping them get up to speed. The teachers are slow to respond to emails and return phone calls. The principal is even worse as far as being available to parents and responding in a timely fashion. For example, the principal sent out a weekly report that was unreadable. I emailed every week that I was unable to read the report. He didn't respond until the end of the first semester, and even after leaving the school I continued to receive the unreadable report. I do not recommend this school to minorities, or anyone whose child may have trouble transitioning from schools out of state or public school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 19, 2012

My husband and I pulled our children from Waynewood elementary school (a public school with a good reputation) to enroll them at St Louis in Alexandria. We simply could not be happier with St Louis. It has the smaller classroom sizes and religious education we wanted for our children but what we have been most pleased with is the sense of community / family! The parents, administration and teachers are so compassionate and aware of all the children. After two weeks there the principal greeted my children by name and engaged them on a personal level about their class and friends. Academically they are as challenged as they were at the public school. There isn't one thing we regret about our decision.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 16, 2009

I am an 8th grader at this school and i think that this school is amazing. The parents who say that our school is bad are wrong. They don't attend this school. I have been at this school for 9 years and this is my final year, so I have had a lot of experience at this school. The teachers are very nice and caring for the students. Please ingore any mean comment because this a wonderful school. Please send your child here because there is a safe environment here and the whole class would be your childs friends.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 9, 2009

As a parent of St. Louis Student I am extremely pleased with how this school is evolving. A few years ago there was a change in the principal and administration at the school. The first year or two were years of adjustment, and now it seems that all the bumps of that transition have been mastered and the school is better than ever. The middle school is fantastic! I cannot say enough positive things about it. I am so pleased with the teacher diversity and academics. I could not imagine my son in any other school, and would highly recommend it. The lower school has a solid group of teachers in all grades. No need to want a specific teacher as all of them are great! The prinipal really connects with the students and deals quickly and fairly with all student issues. I am very happy with this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 17, 2009

While this school does attempt to provide a caring, nurturing environment, it is obvious an inexperienced administrative and teaching staff detract from this school s effectiveness. Our son s teacher was unable to accommodate our son s quiet and shy demeanor and recommended that we change schools before he was left behind the other kids. She admitted she did not have the time to provide the attention or instruction necessary for our child and did not offer any suggestions for parent involvement or any other recommendations. In orientations, the principal misrepresented the school s curriculum focus and resources. Unfortunate, as another Parochial school within the same Archdiocese easily met our needs. I would not recommend this school for anyone whose child does not easily fit within the teaching staff s comfort zone. If considering the school, ask direct and pointed questions of the teachers and principal before committing.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 29, 2007

I am impressed with the many young men and women that teach at St. Louis. They are models of virtue as well as dedicated teachers. Sound academics and solid cathechesis make this an excellent choice for parents who care for their child's mind, body and soul.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 3, 2005

I think this school is great! They have exceptional sports teams. They have also won many times in dioecan science fair competitions. The school band and choruses have won first place many times! It is a great school to be a part of! Come check it out! They are deeply religious! Like they say 'We believe we Achieve'
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 26, 2005

This school believes that every child is a star. The classroom sizes are small, and parent involvement is mandatory. If your child is up to the challenge, then this school is great. There is a lot of homework, but your child will be a year or two ahead of the kids in public school. We believe we achieve!
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2901 Popkins Lane
Alexandria, VA 22306
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