This school has provided an excellent education for all 4 of our children- k -8th grade. We have been very happy with the education- academically, spiritually, and physically. Our oldest two children have already graduated from SOS and they are in honors/accelerated courses in the public high school and doing very well. The SOS middle schoolers do not have to experience all of the outside influences that are ever present in our public schools. 12-14 are delicate ages and the 8th grade graduates leave SOS with confidence to face all that life can throw at them during the high school years. The areas in middle school that were lacking in the past were changed a couple of years ago- specifically, Earth Science was offered in 6th grade at SOS but public learns it in 8th grade so our students were not receiving the credit. Earth Science is an 8th grade subject at our school now. 5 years ago, the Spanish being offered at the school was less than stellar- now some of the students are going directly into Spanish 3 in 9th grade.
Fantastic learning environment for my children and a great community of parents and volunteers. Super high level of academics for middle schoolers with great success for those looking to move on to public school academies or local private high schools. And good luck finding a better sports program for elementary schools... that's right elementary schools. My kids are both involved in seasonal sports teams that compete with other area Catholic schools to create a great sense of school identity and passion.
Unimpressed by less than stellar academics. This little school was "fine" for K and grade 1 but things went downhill from there. Follows the traditional rote repetition curriculum that parochial schools have been using for decades. A great social shelter for upper middle class kids but if you are seeking strong academics and a dynamic and current administration and staff look elsewhere.
My daughter has been at Star of the Sea for 4 years and we have been very pleased with the parent involvement, the teachers & academic program, the athletic opportunities (who knew field hockey was such a big deal for girls?) and esp. the religious traditions that are so much a part of the school. I like that my daughter is experiencing the same kind of school environment I enjoyed, and I esp. like the continuity of having her go from K-8th grade in the same school with the same kids. While the infrastructure of the school is older, it is filled with forward thinking parents, teachers and a principal who is very dedicated to the school's success. Small class size and oceanfront location make it a special, unique place. Who else can say their kids get to run a timed mile down the VB Boardwalk & have Sand Castle Day?
If you are looking for a catholic or christian environment, strong academics, uniforms and understand the importance of K- 8th grade configuration Star of the Sea @ the Virginia Beach oceanfront is for your children. We love the parents and the religious environment. Our children are so strong academically and emotionally. K-8th Grade configuration builds leadership skills. Our Prayer Partner Program between the younger students and the upper classes is one of the stongest and immediate ways to build leaders and allow a child to develop in a safe environment. Your child will be ready for life after K - 8th Grade @ Star of the Sea Catholic School.
Star of the Sea Catholic School is a great school. The principal and teachers are the best! Any comments to the contrary are inaccurate and inappropriate. It seems some people have problems wherever they enroll their children, so it's no wonder they choose a forum like this to "vent." Their frustrations are transparent and really have nothing to do with this wonderful school.
Middle school has a very mediocre curriculum. Principal defers to teachers so feels like no one in charge. Location is in questionable neighborhood. Parents are not friendly to new families. Best for girls who start at preschool as it is a clique environment. PE and Art are the best programs. Given the rave reviews, this school was a big disappointment.
This is our eleventh and final year of having our children at Star of the Sea School. We have been blessed beyond measure by the faculty, staff, fellow parents, and students at this WONDERFUL school! We plan to keep ourselves involved at the school. Our whole family will continue to volunteer at the school, and we plan to suppot this school as a true ministry of our church. The school is constantly striving for excellence in every area, and is trying to face the challenges of the future. If you are looking for a FINE Catholic Education, you will find it at this small school by the sea It is a true STAR for so many of us! God bless you as you search for what is best for your children and your family. Our family has been blessed in time by the people associated with this school.
Star of the Sea has wonderful and dedicated teachers. Through their guidance the students develop a love for learning and gain respect for each other and the world around them- two very important aspects of education often found lacking in other schools.
We have been at this school 7 years now and have three children enrolled currently. I will tell you that we believe are children are truly getting an awesome education both in terms of traditional book knowledge as well as Christian formation and in community responsibility. The teachers are exceptional and I appreciate all they do for our children. This is a tight community and we like that the 'whole famil' is watching over our children. It is a place of great teamwork!!!!!
Star of the Sea is a wonderful school. The teachers are exemplary. It's a close knit community of caring loving teachers and parents working together to nurture the next generation. Children are taught to be responsible for their own actions (somewhat a concept of the past in this day and age). I pass two other Catholic schools on my way to Star of the Sea School and wouldn't have it any other way.
great school, fantastic teachers,well recomended strong academic program.
I'm very impressed with the teachers and administration at SOS. My children have been attending SOS since 1998 and I would never leave an environment where academics and the well being of your child means something.
Middle School teachers are great. Wonderful student to teacher ratio. Offers band, basketball, volleyball, drama, and more.
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