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Teacher effectiveness: Strongly disagree


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The majority of the teachers I saw used "techniques" such as : shame, blame, public humiliation, public punishment, public ridicule, yelling was often used. (point out the slowest or overweight kid or worst at a sport to laugh at and then publicly criticize them for something they couldn't do anything about in the moment)in P.E, english and literature classes(call students stupid in front of the whole class; single some out and talk to them slowly, loudly, and in a condescending manner) history class(make fun of students, ignore others, play favorites) science class(a little oblivious of what students were doing)

Amount of homework: Disagree


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It was always a lot. Thats how it goes at Saint James School. It was like getting clobbered by a snowstorm at times. I don't think HW was the main issue at SJS though.


Develops character: Strongly disagree


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They would teach could values yet practice the total opposite. There were many mixed messages at Saint James.



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Saint James is top notch. The parents complaining likely had children who were unable, despite extensive efforts by the school, to maintain the behavioral standards of this school and were likely asked to leave.



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St. James is a waste of time and money. They highlight their awards, but all that glitters is not gold. They teach a lot of religion, but the parents and much of the staff do a pretty poor job of practicing what they preach.




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I do not recommend St. James Catholic School in Falls Church. We did not receive the support necessary to help out child be successful. It's also old school in it's thinking and approach.



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St. James Catholic School is one of the best academic schools in NOVA. It obtained Blue Ribbon status in 1999, and again in 2014. Very few schools in VA have been awarded Blue Ribbon status twice. Also, the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) talent search ranked St. James #4 in the state. The middle school offers 3 math tracks: pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Geometry, as well as National Junior Honor Society. SJS offers LabLearner, a 100% hands-on supplemental science program for K-8 with a fully equipped in-school lab in its dedicated science room. In addition to the great teaching and spiritual training, SJS facilities and staff are wonderful. It offers a light filled, spacious art room with two art teachers, a large music center with great acoustics and a wonderful music teacher who goes beyond the call of duty, an up-to-date library, a state-of-the-art computer room, and regulation size gym. Most important and best of all, my daughter looks forward to school every day!



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Our experience at this school was just fine the first couple years. We had a teacher who seemed to love and appreciate our child. This past year was not as good. We had issues with communications with the teacher (different teacher than before), she clearly did not enjoy having our child in her class (and as it turns out, many other parents had the exact same issues I had so it wasn't limited to my kid), and it suddenly felt like religion was disproportionately emphasized. I know its a Catholic school but I went to Catholic school and don't remember it being so heavily focused on. There are only so many hours in a school day and so much to learn and I was really annoyed at the religion worksheets the kids had to do for homework. Google couldn't even assist on some of them. These are 8 year old children and time could have been spent much more wisely on something else besides defining every piece of material used in Mass and every single Mass ritual.




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I am a parent of 2 children who go to Saint James. I see there are no current reviews. Saint James is an OK school. I do not think of it as a great school. Everyone in the school is equal. There is no advanced studies for children to excel. The School tuition continues to increase which makes the school only designed for parents with deep pockets. The administration does run the school for profit to fund projects outside the school. Our public school in our neighborhood is the top in Fairfax County. We will be moving out kids to public school.



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St. James Catholic School is one of the best academic schools in NOVA. It obtained Blue Ribbon status in 1999, and has maintained it ever since. Recently, the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) search ranked St. James #4 in the state. The middle school offers 3 math tracks: pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Geometry, as well as National Junior Honor Society. SJS offers LabLearner, a 100% hands-on supplemental science program for K-8 with a fully equipped in-school lab in its dedicated science room. My daughter was recently accepted into CTY, and we just learned that my son, qualifies to test. CTY will soon be offered on-site at SJS. The class size for both my children was 21 students. In addition to the great teaching and spiritual training, SJS facilities and staff are wonderful. It offers a light filled, spacious art room with two art teachers, a large music center with great acoustics and a wonderful music teacher who goes beyond the call of duty, an up-to-date library, a state-of-the-art computer room, and regulation size gym. SJS recently purchased ipads for students' use. Most important and best of all, my children look forward to school every day!

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