We were disappointed in St. Luke based on our children's experience with: behavior of some teachers (yelling), lack of fairness (some students given extra help by teachers or were prompted to go back & correct answers on tests but my child couldn't ask a question about the test), poor planning for teacher absences (non-educational movies shown during absent teacher's class time repeatedly because there was no plan in place), & lack of communication/ attentiveness by staff (issues not adequately addressed). Many people who left St. Luke told us their kids were behind when they entered new schools (public and private). We left & our kids who had received As and Bs at St. Luke, were behind at their new schools. We learned from our children that some of the teachers at St. Luke would allow students to finish timed tests after the time ran out. We learned that if many of the kids did poorly on a test, some of the teachers at St. Luke would have the class re-take the test. Our kids had to adjust to new standards & are now thriving at their new schools & we feel they are better served & won't have to catch up in high school. Academics and teacher quality are important to our family.
We have three children at St. Luke's and I have to say the school is simply incredible. The strong sense of community and involvement that others talk about is truly amazing. I remember when switching schools, we were struggling with where to send our oldest. But I have to say, hands-down, this was the right choice. In terms of the prior post, I'm not sure why they think the school has a hard time recruiting and keeping good teachers. I don't see this anymore of a problem then at any other school. One thing that I have enjoyed about St. Luke is that you can go in and meet with the teachers at any time. Ultimately, the choice between public and private is a personal choice. But I can tell you that St. Luke offers a very caring environment with high parent involvement. The academics seem to be on par with other institutions. The mark of success in all of this is that at the end of the day -- our children come home happy and look forward to going to school.
This school seems to have a hard time recruiting and keeping good, skilled teachers. Several good teachers are leaving this year. One teacher would not send our child's work home and we did not know what our child was learning. Our child said they often watched videos in this class and we feel this is lazy teaching. Public schools in the area have more to offer for students of all skill levels. St. Luke is small and does not have the resources that nearby schools have. We are disappointed and are leaving.
Saint Luke's is the type of school that every parent wants their child to attend. Excellent academics in a warm an nurturing environment. They really know the children so the approach is highly individualized. The sense of community among students, parents, faculty and staff is not comparable. I have had my children in FCPS, which are excellent, but Saint Luke's out matches the experience at every level. Then on top of all the comparable points my children are being educated in a beautiful, faith centered environment. I could not imagine a better school.
The big upside for the school is the community aspect. The public schools put enough pressure so that they maintain acceptable academic rigor, but they absolutely focus on the whole child. Every teacher knows every kid...it's nice. It's family. The biggest negative is that they struggle with those outside the norm...both the gifted and those requiring remedial instruction. Pushing the school to provide meaningful enrichment is a constant struggle. Grades 6-8 are the best academically. Although the grade 1 teacher is honestly the best in the land.
The community of parent volunteers and the great teachers who communicate often and know each child individually is what I love about this school. Our children thrive and they leave very well-prepared for high school and beyond. We love Saint Luke - the community, the education, the emphasis on kindness and the spirituality.
Great school. Great Teachers. Great Families. Great Environment. Our kids are thriving and happy! School and teachers communicate extensively and welcome parent participation.
My son is in middle school at St. Luke and the teachers are really impressive. I feel that he will be prepared for higher level coursework in the core studies in high school. The new principal has infused the school with a very positive learning environment, the teachers are really happy to teach the kids, the parents are friendly and cooperative.
I can't say enough good things about St. Luke. After experiences with public schools and other private schools in the area, this one beats them all hands down! The teachers are amazing and unbelievably well qualified. My sons are learning by leaps and bounds. The best part is that they love school. I am also impressed by how kind the kids are to each other. The kids themselves don't tolerate bullying which is nice.
Wow, what a comeback! New leadership as of summer of 2012. The school is united again, strong and looking forward. The happiness and kindness are contagious and my kids skip their way into class. *sigh* happy parent again. You give peace to parents, St Luke.
Our 2 children started at St. Luke this year and it has been a great experience. The teachers are focused on the students, and the classes are small enough to allow for individual attention. The academics are challenging to each of my kids and there are programs in place both to challenge the kids who might otherwise be bored, and also to support the kids who may struggle a bit. The school community has been fantastic. Both of my children were immediately made to feel welcome and both come home with big smiles each day telling us about what they learned and about the fun they had with their new friends. I have receive better communication from their teachers than I ever had from their previous schools. The parents have also made an effort to include us "new parents" in the community and been very welcoming. We are so pleased with our decision to send our kids to St. Luke. This is a school that truly is focused on teaching the academics and on the other important life lessons they will need to be successful adults such as responsibility, caring for others, and community service. I would strongly recommend St. Luke to anyone in the area.
I am very active in the school community and continue to be impressed by the dedication of the faculty, staff and families. Saint Luke School has been a wonderful community for us. My children comes home happy every day.
My children are so happy at this school. Each day I ask my K daughter how school was she says "better than yesterday!!!" with a grin from ear to ear and my 2nd grade son is no different - all smiles!!
We love St. Luke school. This is our first school year at St. Luke and it has been an "interesting" year with a happy ending! Teachers, children and parents are wonderful. The first months of the school year were hard on us - parents - because the new principal was not incompetent and we did not trust him. Thanks got he left after just a few months on the job. Now the new principal was selected and will be running the school starting 2012/13 school year. We know we made the right choice to send out children to St. Luke school.
Times have changed at Saint Luke. The new principal "talks" about implementing programs, but nothing has been done. He has managed to mess up the programs already in place. Activities normally scheduled by the PTO have been cancelled. Emails from the PTO Board to the principal are not returned. Field trips are cancelled the day of only leading to disappointment for the students and frustration to the parents. He can't even get the 2012/2103 tuition rates correct. One day there was an email from the principal with a double digit increase in tuition and now we have not received the "revised rate" although parents are expected to reenroll in three days. If you come expect continual frustration at the most expensive Catholic elementary school in Arlington Diocese!
St. Luke is a great school because of the community. The PTO sponsors events throughout the year which allow parents, children and faculty to spend time together. Parents and faculty are welcoming and work together to ensure the best for the children. Newer programs to enhance the education of the kids are underway. There is a wrinkle in the fabric of the community at present, but this is because parents are involved in the school and care about its direction. It is no different than the very strong opinions which existed relative to the recent county school board elections. When people truly care about the education of their kids, they express their concerns. The community is working together. While some of the communication has become heated at times, the community continues to be respectful of one another and to work together. At the end of the day, we all want the best for our kids. My kids love St. Luke. They love their teachers, the various events and the school itself.
We really like St. Luke. The children and very polite and respectful and there is a quiet calm in the school that really promotes an optimal environment for learning. The small school feel and structure is great for our kid, much better than the public school she was at before St. Luke. The teachers are very warm and committed, and have a genuine interest in promoting learning so that the children are working to their potential. I highly recommend the school and the tuition fees are very reasonable. It's a great value for a private school education.
Saint Luke is a wonderful place with committed teachers and a strong community. At the end of the day, my children are happy and are learning. We support the attempts to bring differentiated education to the school so all students can learn in a small setting.
Im not sure I could've heard a pin drop the other night, but I definitely heard the gasp when it was revealed that a particular school leader left movie night (he had committed to chaperone) to have dinner and drinks. making it back just in time for parents to see him.The debt is real and solutions need to be found.However, Im not sure that hiring a carpool company, buying calendars as gifts,or purchasing an Otis Spunkmeyer oven (where are those cookies anyway) are steps in the right direction.The issues speak for themselves and it is sad to see personal vendettas try and cloud this dismissal situation.Just this last week the school had a visit from the fire marshall (guess that no one checked about whether it was ok to block the fire lane before enforcing a new drop off procedure) and the state department had to call over the "proposed" diplomatic tuitions discriminatory nature.This is past "change being hard" Change often leads one in a better direction. Lets please stop the pettiness-parents had keys for things like basketball practice.what else would they be for? a hot party on a saturday night?gimme a break. stick to the facts.We all need the one change that offers solution...
St.. Luke is a fantastic school!! I could not agree more - it is fantastic because the majority of teachers are excellent, and they CARE about our school and our children. Those self-entitled moms who "run the school" are actually volunteers that help to make the school a great place - the back to school BBQ, the 5K race, the cultural arts assemblies, hot chocolate day, pizza day, field trips, Santa's Workshop, faculty appreciation luncheons, the basketball teams, the hundreds of thousands of dollars raised....I could continue on and on...none of these things would exist without parent volunteers. Many parents volunteer much more than the required 24 service hours to make Saint Luke School a very special place for our children. Now, our school administration has shown disdain for most of what we hold dear. So please, the attitude of self-entitled moms running the school is at best ignorance, and at worst vindictive and petty. Take some time to educate yourselves about the situation. Read the PTO minutes. See how often our leader is absent and missing from the school.
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