As a former teacher, I took great care in finding a school for our children. St. Veronica's was one of the last schools I looked at, mostly out of curiosity, because we are not Catholic. Now, we have had our children here for three years. Early elementary academics are what you would expect, but from 4th grade on, academics are at a entirely different level. Teachers are happy and REALLY seem to love their jobs - which is rare these days. The principal is wonderfully supportive to her staff and students, yet manages to run a tight ship. There is no messing around here. Students learn good morals and develop an understanding that there are consequences for their actions. Thanks to this school, my children love learning. They feel good about themselves because they are supported and encouraged to do their best. They are developing strong study habits and time-management skills. My husband and I have been very impressed. I often see the public school kids playing outside -- after school on the weekdays. Why aren't they studying? Don't they have homework? I know we made the right decision to go to private. We strongly support this school.
The school is excellent - As a parent of K and 2nd Grade students, I am very impressed by the attitude and performance of the staff. Parents are fully involved and informed, and there is a real community feeling to the school. Our children have made great progress at this school and are always happy to go. The kids at the school are always smiling and while they don't have a gym, the PE instructor is excellent as can be seen from all the presidential fitness awards the pupils achieve each year. pupil to teacher ratios are quite low and the kids seem to get plenty of individual attention.
As a parent of several children that attend/have attended Saint Veronica School (since K), I would highly recommend this school to anyone looking for low student:teacher ratios, solid curriculum, excellent staff, and a strong sense of community. The school was established only 7 years ago and has made tremendous strides in its programs and activities as well as facilities. The only real knock against the school is there is not a gym. However, PE is a main part of the curriculum and offered multiple times a week for most ages. The teachers use edline to communicate with parents online and we have never had an issue in scheduling time with teachers/staff. There are many after school clubs/activities as well as social events for families to attend each academic year.
As a parent of two students at St. Veronica School (both there since Kindergarten) I would highly recommend this school. My children are treated with respect and kindness and have been, and continue to be, provided with structured, disciplined classrooms. There are a number of after school activities and programs for the children to participate in, including Student Government, Girls on the Run, Math Club, Scratch Programming, Certamen (Latin) club, choir, beginning and advanced band, among others. It has been my experience that when discipline issues do arise (as they do at any school), they have been handled quickly and fairly. Parent involvement is encouraged and welcomed at the school. There are also fun family activities throughout the year like mother-son bowling and the father-daughter dance. Perhaps the best aspect of the school is that they are focused on teaching the "whole child", to include academics, and a strong moral and religious development. My husband and I would recommend this school to our friends.
Bad teachers, bullying, and limited resources are problems at this school. Some teachers lack patience and don't communicate regularly with the parents. There is no gymnasium. Almost no resources outside of basic instruction. No music program with instruments and almost no other extra activities. Religous education is vasilates between lackluster or draconian. Better off in Fairfax County.
Our children have attended this school for five years. We choose this school for the God-centered education, and have been so happy with both the spiritual and educational growth that the faculty and staff have provided. As a transfer from a public school, St. Veronica feels more like home and an extension of family life in growing our children in the faith.
challenging academic curriculum, great teachers, strong principal leadership, strong faith, wonderful activites throughout the year
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