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10049 Northeast 195th Street
Bothell, WA 98011

(425) 483-8300
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April 26, 2015
I am so very glad I decided to not send my child to this school. It is a shame that the Principal is so odd and I hope that the rumors of her leaving are true. I am all for strict schooling - but there is a difference between strict and flat out bad. We were going to start in the fall but changed our minds. Having almost forty kids in your classroom is too many, particularly for the lower grades. You get more attention and smaller class size in public school. Where is the benefit? The building is in dire need of remodel/repair. Not sure where the money is going for this school but it certainly isn't the facilities. The other parents did seem awfully cold and there was a general coldness in the air with everyone we have dealt with. Hope to see things change in the future there - maybe we will change our minds then too.

- submitted by a parent

April 02, 2015
When the "retiring" principal no longer shows up at school after giving her notice but is somehow still the principal for the rest of the year there is a huge problem. I agree with other reviewers St. Brendan's need a total overhaul. There is way too much truth bending and lack of accountability from administration and staff. Parents who keep salaries paid and the lights on have no rights and no voice. Such a shame. St. Brendan's used to be a model Catholic school.

- submitted by a parent

March 22, 2015
I have attended the school. The fifth to eighth grade science teacher is amazing. He is very engaging and enjoys teaching. The eighth grade teacher is also an amazing teacher. Some of the other teachers on the other hand are quite the opposite. A girl was being bullied a bit from about third grade until sixth grade. None of the teacher (until sixth grade) did anything about it. The fifth grade teacher at the time had been informed and said she would pay closer attention to the student harassing the girl. Nothing changed. The sixth grade/seventh grade language arts/literature teacher was the first to step up and make a change. She arranged a meeting between the two kids, had them talk, and then had them make some decisions to avoid conflicts in the future. The school needs electives. Art, music, and technology are mandatory. These classes had some major problems in the past. Especially music and technology. Art was great for a while until the teacher left part way through the year. Other classes are typically fine, but the principal should come around the classrooms more often.

- submitted by a community member

March 20, 2015
My family has been at St. Brendan School for 7 years. We are very happy with the teachers and the principal. Our principal is retiring at the end of this school year. I am sad to see our principal go as she has been a great principal. She is strict and effective and that is what we need at our school. She may be to strict for some parents and students and that may be the reason for the bad reviews below. I am amazed at how thoughtful and caring the students and parents are when our family has gone through rough times due to health issues. I feel lucky to be a part of this school and community. My kids have done very well at St. Brendan, not only academically but also are respectful and caring individuals.

- submitted by a parent

March 18, 2015
As a past parent, I agreed with this post 1000% Posted July 07, 2013 - a community member I'll leave an accurate review as soon as I know the principal is no longer working there. When our child was at St. Brendan, the current principal did the right thing but she went back on her words to us three days later; she did not follow the school handbook that she approved. I went two steps higher, a register letter with return signature, still no acknowledgment, still no reply. FIVE stars for the excellent, caring teachers and staff

- submitted by a parent

February 08, 2015
St. Brendan asked its School Commission board members to write positive reviews on Greatschools.org at the October 2014 meeting. The board includes the priest, the principal, and a handful of involved parents. This is unethical, and it doesn't address some of the problems addressed in these reviews. The school has a great science program. The teacher is enthusiastic and gets the students excited about science. The art and music teachers are exceptional as well. The homeroom teachers are hit and miss. Some grades have excellent homeroom teachers, but others are weak and don't live up to the mission of the school. Unfortunately, many parents are cliquish, snobby, and rude. And since parents are required to volunteer during the school year, there is no avoiding them.

- submitted by a parent

January 13, 2015
Catholic schools that are thriving have engaged pastoral leadership. St. Brendan's does not. Catholic schools that are successful have compassionate principals. St. Brendan's does not. Catholic schools whose teachers nurture their students have happy children and waiting lists. St. Brendan does not. This school needs an overhaul from top to bottom. Trust what the majority of reviewers on this blog have to say. It's true.

- submitted by a community member

October 13, 2014
Our oldest child graduated from the school last year and we have another chlid still at the school. We have been there for the past ten years and are very happy with the principal, the teachers and the community of parents. We would like to see the pastor more involved in the school though.

- submitted by a parent

October 29, 2013
Students, very cliquish. Parents, some of the meanest people you'll ever meet. Teachers, not helpful. Principal, needs to be fired. School Building, will collapse any day. This school is going nowhere, trust me, I went through it, whatever you do, don't send your kids here, it's a living nightmare, don't listen to anyone that says this school is good. All the principal cares about is money, and she hardly helps anyone. The reviews you see by students, were the ones told by teachers to write those reviews since they all know the school is a complete dump. If you're sending your kid there, think again, you could be doing the opposite of a favor for them, and maybe even ruining they're childhood...

- submitted by a community member

October 18, 2013
I'm graduating St. B this year and I seriously don't want to leave my friends...no they're my family. Even the people I'm not really friends with, I still love them like brothers and sisters. Sure, the school has it's goods and bass but don't all schools? The teachers are great and try to help you as much as possible without giving you the answers. However, they challenge you, but only as much as you can handle and they really prepare you for high school. The science teacher is AWESOME! He answers your questions with a question and makes you think about the possibilities, but in the end you always know what you need to know. Also, the 6th grade homeroom/ 7th grade Lit and L.A. teacher is the best writing teacher in the world. I came to her as a terrible writer, but with her help, I can know say what I have to say clearly and thoroughly in any form of writing: expository, persuasive, stories, fiction/ nonfiction, etc. Since there is only one class per grade, everyone knows everybody. We function as a group so no one is left out. Everyone gets a chance in the spotlight with different roles and jobs. I love this school and honestly I wish it went through high school up till college.

- submitted by a community member

August 10, 2013
We sent our daughter here for the smaller/Christian school environment. She made friends quickly but we were unhappy with the "cliquish" parents more than anything. They have their own little groups, excluding others, even kids. I think the principal has a lot of responsibility placed upon her, not an easy job. A vice principal might help the school a lot. We moved our daughter over to a Northshore School and she is doing great. Parents seem so much more welcoming and accepting. I would not recommend this school, some of the parents need to take a look in the mirror and remind themselves why they are sending their kids there because they are not practicing what they preach.

- submitted by a parent

July 07, 2013
I'll leave an accurate review as soon as I know the principal is no longer working there.

- submitted by a community member

June 26, 2013
I found St. Brendan to be a very warm welcoming community. Even though I was a student only for the eighth grade year I felt like if it was a 9 year experience with faculty and staff. St. Brendan made me grow into a person full of good values and skills that will help me in my future. All of those things I definitely capitalized them and they helped me in high school and now going to college. I found great long lasting friends who I still keep in touch. I highly recommend the school for those parents who wants their children to have prestigious and rewarding catholic education. also there is a lot of things that boys and girls can get into as extracurricular activities that they will enjoy. the community gives a lot of encouragement to everyone to continue their education. I felt that way. I am so thankful of ending up in a school that cares for its families.

- submitted by a community member

June 12, 2013
I don't believe these other reviews are actually from parents. The principal has actually told teachers to write their own reviews. These are very biased. Do not believe them. Also to the principal, get ahold of me. Or I will come to you. You haven't talked to me since I graduated, but I have to talk to you about your choices.

- submitted by a community member

June 03, 2013
We are the parents of two wonderful students who have benefited greatly from the education they have received at St. Brendan and we highly recommend the school to anyone. We have one student in high school now and she was very well prepared by her years at St. Brendan. The teachers at St. Brendan set the bar high, but give the kids the tools to succeed. If you choose to send your child to a Parochial or private school you need to plan on being involved in and present at the school, which is definitely family oriented. In recent years the school has added a pre-school, before and after school care, and the selection of extracurricular activities has grown greatly. These new additions have benefitted the school, which only keeps improving year after year. We will be leaving the school this year as our youngest child graduates and we will leave with nothing but gratitude for the principal, teachers and community.

- submitted by a parent

June 02, 2013
We have loved having our kids attend the school. We have met some great families who we will consider life long friends. Most of the teachers are very caring and want to see your child succeed. We have had a great relationship with the principal. She has been fair and respectful to our kids. The kids have developed good study habits and will be/were ready for high school after 8th grade. We would recommend the school for sure!

- submitted by a parent

June 02, 2013
I found this site while looking for a new school to move our children from St. Brendan's.Student teacher ratio is not 20/1, the class size is to be capped at 30 at least one class has 31.The aides in each class(very nice) are not teachers they are parents.We never thought we would leave, we have graduated 2 kids who attended amazing catholic high schools and are on to Catholic colleges.Since the current principal took over about 7 years ago the school has drastically declined in every aspect.The community spirit that was once unbeatable is no longer.We now have students admitted that are in need of special accommodations that St. Brendan's doesn't offer. In my daughters class there are 2 boys who yell, hit and lack self control. Not the child's fault! He needs special resources to help him succeed and be happy.Each time we have approached the principal to resolve this situation we are told she will take care of it.Nothing has ever changed four years we have endured not one but two impulsive children that bully and taunt in her class.With sadness we are leaving our friends and amazing priest, it all comes back to the lack of leadership and poor choices of the current principal.

- submitted by a parent

May 28, 2013
Making the decision to send your child to a parochial school is one that my husband and I will never regret. Our children attended St. Brendan Parish School and we thoroughly appreciated the impressive education they all experienced and the strong sense of community offered. As young adults, they have often thanked us for the sacrifice we made to provide them the best education possible. To this day, the St. Brendan Community is still an important part of our lives. Strongly suggest attending St. Brendan!

- submitted by a parent

May 27, 2013
We have a recent graduate and two current students at St. Brendan. Our experience has been amazingly good. I beg to disagree with other reviewers in that our experience the current principal a very good one. She is very concerned about the well being of every student and has a very hard job. The teachers are all wonderful too, each one very dedicated. The families from the school are wonderful and care for one another and form a very well rounded community. We have not seen the large number of families leaving, rather we are experiencing a large waiting list on the preschool program! Our eldest child graduated and was offered VERY generous academic scholarships from private high schools around the area. Others in her class received the same outstanding recognition.

- submitted by a parent

May 24, 2013
I have two children at St. Brendan's and have been part of the community for almost a decade! I have been overall pleased with the academics and the wonderful school community. In any school, there are going to be teacher preferences but have come to acknowledge different approaches to teaching and different teacher personalities help prepare children for the real world. I have I am especially impressed with the way my Middle School child has become an individual that is aware of the people & needs around her, confident with herself, and has become an amazing writer. I definitely credit St. Brendan's for contributing to her overall character.

- submitted by a parent

April 15, 2013
We have had children in this school for close to 13 years. The current principal has driven the school down a very unsuccessful path. The teachers seem afraid for their jobs, the school community is no longer the loving and caring environment we came to years ago. Very large number of families leaving this year. If someone would come in and clean house in the administration the school would have a chance to come back to life. Too many parents are on staff as teachers. Would not recommend.

- submitted by a parent

March 01, 2013
Not worth the tuition. The religious/catholic education is great but the academics are a one way road. If a student feels challenged, they fall behind and if a student is more advanced, then there are no honor type classes. Some of the teachers are good, others not. The playground/field are dumpy. Northshore Schools have more to offer, especially at the Junior High level.

- submitted by a community member

March 01, 2013
Very cliquish in some grades, not much diversity and all about money. If you are looking for Catholic Education, I've heard good things about Holy Family. Northshore Schools offer a lot more then St. Brendan. I also agree that the playground is terrible and some teachers are not interested in parent feedback.

- submitted by a parent

May 31, 2012
Great school, wonderful community. If you want to join a family and not just a school go to St Brendan's. Principal is excellent. Some of the teachers are not the best but others more than make up for it.

- submitted by a parent

May 31, 2012
I agree with the post from earlier today, this school becomes family. It is a wonderful community of caring students and teachers. The principal is NOT wonderful. SHe is self serving and quick to rush to judgement based on her personal relationships/feelings and not necessarily the facts. She puts profit above Catholic values often t the detriment of the school community.

- submitted by a parent
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January 15, 2010
St. Brendan is a wonderful community and offers an excellent education for students in grades K-8. The staff is supportive and very available to parents. St. Brendan students continually score higher on WASL tests than students in Northshore School District. This is a wonderful Catholic school with strong emphasis on teaching the Faith.

- submitted by a parent

March 02, 2008
This is great for kids with learning disabilities. The sceince teacher is phenomenal! But if your child is gifted musically or academically, do not go to this school! Some of the classes are cliquish, and there are very few minority families. It has a strong language program, if students apply themselves. It's a very devout school with daily classes on Roman Catholocism.

- submitted by a student

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St Brendan Parish School
10049 Northeast 195th Street, Bothell, WA  98011
(425) 483-8300
Last modified St Brendan Parish School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St Brendan Parish School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top