My daughter has attended SOS three years now. Prek3 through Kindergarten full day programs. The teachers are engaged, energetic and loving. The aftercare program is fantastic as well as affordable, and on-site which, truly helps working parents. The principal is always available, supportive, knowledgeable, and caring. As a non-catholic family at this school I have felt perfectly comfortable with the age appropriate religious education. My daughter absolutely loves her teachers, classmates, and the school. When there has been a concern, the teacher or principal have returned my calls immediately. The tuition is affordable when compared to other private schools. They have a Spanish teacher, who is phenomenal, as well as a guidance counselor on staff. They many different after school programs as well, such as Basketball, Girl Scouts, dance, cheerleading, art ect. The school building itself is old, and could use some updating. Do not let that be a deal breaker. The kids do not care, and everything else makes up for it.
We are a military family so when we got orders to Virginia Beach, I worried about finding the right school for our children. After finding Star of the Sea School and my kids attending for 2 years now, I know that I not only made the right choice, but would never send my kids anywhere else! They are exceptionally military friendly, have an awesome staff, a challenging curriculum, and fantastic athletics. We are very grateful to the school that our children have thrived so much both academically and socially.
Caring staff and amazing parents make this a fantastic place to educate your child. Children are able to express their spirituality and gain a strong moral base as they are challenged academically to be the best they can be. You will not find a better environment for you child's full development at the beach.
My kid started at Star of the Sea last year and we could not be happier. Show me another school where a middle school boy will play with and mentor a kindergartner? It is a close knit, community with a faith based (but welcoming to all faiths) school. Each student has a prayer partner and these bonds last for a lifetime. I cannot say enough good things about this school!
My school is Star of The Sea Catholic School in Virginia Beach. I have two boys that attend the school and we love it! It's amazing to have 8th graders who mentor kids as young as 3! My boys are getting a great education and are offered a variety of after school activities. They both have made great friends that I feel will last a lifetime!
The staff is caring and welcoming. The curriculum provided is rigorous and provides a strong foundation in the lower grades.
Today reaffirmed my belief that Star of the Sea is indeed the best school around. I watched as soaked teachers soothed soaked children, gave them the clothing off their backs, hugged them, danced with them, and smiled happily. I LOVE THIS SCHOOL! I love the teachers. I simply cannot say enough good things. I actually had tears in my eyes and a smile on my face watching the teachers and students dance to the SOS song. Thank you for sharing your staff with my family! We are so very grateful.
I have 4 children at Star of the Sea. Each started in Pre-K. My oldest will be attending the Math and Science Academy this Fall. He is graduating with 3 high school credits: Algebra, Spanish, and Earth Science. The academics are strong. Technology is integrated into the curriculum: webpage design, writing computer code, video projects and much more. Sports are also available: cross country, basketball, cheerleading, field hockey, golf and track and field. Some sports have age limits, but there are no try outs. All are welcome. All of the above you may expect at any school: stellar academics and physical development. What Star of the Sea offers beyond that is why my children attend this school. It is character development modeled by Christian values and teachings. It is truly a Christ centered learning environment. The children are taught their faith, how to live it and how to serve others. They are involved in many community service projects. A well rounded student, strong academically and involved in the betterment of their school and community, is important in today s academically competitive environment. Star of the Sea will help your child to be the best person he/ she can be.
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.
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