St. Michael School is a private "Catholic" School that panders to the wealthy. Tuition costs have gone up with no justification or reasoning. Money raised during any and all fundraisers I believe is highly misused. It is sad that a middle class family cannot send their child to receive religious education. What happened to the nuns who used to teach and lead our children in Catholic Schools? I believe that the St. Michaels Priest has too much of a financial role in this school. He needs to focus on the spiritual and religious part and stay out of the politics. This school focuses too much on money-making and not on the enrichment of each and every child rich or poor or just average income backgrounds. This Catholic School seems to forget Christ's teaching. I am very sad about this review but I refused to afford to send my child here anymore.
Saint Michael School is a place where teachers search out the child that has learning difficulties, then destroys their self esteem. They separate them from the other children during fun activities, and mark correct answers wrong while using lame excuses to do so. A parent can't defend their child without being criticized and receiving sarcastic remarks. The teachers are always "right" and parents and specialists are "wrong". They deliberately give low grades on well done work just because they can. (I showed my child's report to other teachers, and they agreed that it should have had at least a "B", not a "D".) Teachers and parents are segregated. They favor the wealthy. It's only those who are that have the best roles, their pictures all through the yearbooks, win everything, and get treated with utmost respect. The staff is too proud to admit that they aren't perfect. The majority of students are very sweet. My child has never been teased or made fun of regardless of the difficulties. The teachers could learn a lot from their students, parents and specialists if they would just remove their pride. We refuse to continue to be a part of this sad and abusive school. We are done!
St. Michael's is both good and bad. Great in academic and religious preparation. Bad in allowing children to simply be children as there is very little play time during and after school (due to amount of homework). The interactions with parents are striated and some would say segregated. Well to do (and known) families are the focus while the average family is left in the background. Like St. Michael's parish, the focus is on funds, not families.
My wife and I are amazed at this school. We have a first and kindergarten student in place and they are both earning religion and requirements of upper education. Tuition is a little high but worth it. The quality of educators staff at this school is worth the price. For more of the point...I have see Catholic teachings reach my first grader, and kindergarten child, more this year than last. We have a Catholic Parish that is strong on Catholic beliefs...this year the school seems to value the beliefs.
This school has definitely slipped from it's glory days. There are too many individuals and not enough community. There seems to be an almost endless priority on money, fundraising, fees, and I'm not sure all of it even goes to the school. I think some school support actually goes to the parish. Anyway, the teachers are a mixed bag. Some are very dedicated and caring while others seem to be there just to collect a paycheck. Many of the parents are involved in a wide variety of activities but it almost seems like their is different levels of parents and how we are respected, recieved, communicated to at times. Really there are a few excellent indivdiuals or programs here and there but as a whole we think this school is average. With somewhere around 10+ private school options in this area it's getting harder and harder to justify the tuition at St. Mike's. I hope things can get turned around where they need to be and St. Mike's gets back to it's faith and community roots.
Currently have two children attending this school and am contemplating pulling both of them out due to many things: no school counselor, bullying (non-physical) being addressed in a passive-agressive way instead of dealing with the offending children/families/teachers directly, unprofessional relationships with administration/teachers and parents creating an unapproachable environment, discovery that auction proceeds do NOT go entirely to the school, but rather are supporting the church and nothing mentioned about this in donation paperwork, children are forced to spend rainy day recess in their classrooms doing non-active tasks rather than getting exercise and letting them unwind by running outside (covered outdoor play area desperatly needed or indoor gym access should be allowed during those times), and much more. We keep our children in the school at this point for the religious education, but are seriously condsidering pulling them out to go to public school if things do not impove soon. Sad that the principal does not address the many serious issues at the school and panders to those that have the most money.
It is more prep school than Catholic School, in that most of the teachers and Principal accept the values of the parents rather than stand for anything more: for example, favoratism based on affluence/volunteer time of parents.Complacency is a big problem. Resting on your reputation leads to mediocrity.
The teachers are caring and competent at this school, but in our experience they don't offer much individualized instruction for the advanced student. Class sizes of 30+ students make this close to impossible, so I can't really blame the teachers for this. As stated by others, the main focus of the principal seems to be how much money each family can provide. There are a lot of cliques and social bullying going on here that seem to be accepted by staff if the tormentors belong to families who bring in a lot of money or whose parents are able to commit a lot of volunteer hours. Science and math are slightly below public school level. Other subjects seem to be on par with public school level.
Although the education is good, this school is only concerned with how much more money you can provide, and with what the students are forced to do without due to 'the economic downturn', such as no longer giving the children apple juice and animal crackers during standardized testing, and no longer participating in the Kris Kringles at Christmas which the kids loved! The school sending home a letter last year about how much money (or lack thereof) paid to the parish was outrageous as well!
ST Mike's has a dedicated staff but the loss of the schools counselor (funding) really has lead to an overall drop in the christian atmosphere of the school. The teachers are tops but the leadership is not willing to deal with the more difficult problems.
This is a great catholic school. Parents are very involved and the teachers welcome you into the classroom. The principal is visble and involved. Relgion is not just a subject to be learned but incorporated throughout everyday all year long. The class sizes are large but the teachers and staff deal with it very well.
This school has really gone downhill in the past two years. The emphasis has gone from quality education in a caring environment to 'How much money can we bring in?' Wealthy families are pandered to, and discipline issues with their children are overlooked. Academics are strong, teachers are caring and committed, but this wasn't enough. Class sizes are also ridiculously large for a private school.
For the most part, we have been very happy with this school. The parent involvement and sense of unity is terrific. Academically, the school is wonderful for an average to slightly above average student. It doesn't offer much to challenge the advanced student, or to help the struggling ones. Language arts, math and music are strong while science, art and foreign language are weak. It also seems to be very slightly lacking in the area of discipline. There are behaviors tolerated in the primary grades that I wouldn't expect to see in a private parochial school. Overall, though, the teachers and learning environment are wonderful and we are very happy with the school.
I have three children enrolled in the primary grades and have had nothing but a positve experinece. The teachers show large amounts of concern not only for the child's learning experience but also for the child's well being. Parent involvment is very high and very positive. Academics are good but more pronounced in reading and writing than in math and science. This is a wonderful school.
Our family has really enjoyed our learning experience at St. Michaels. Not only has my son received a sound academic start, but more importantly he has grown spiritually. The teachers are caring and inspiring. Parent involvement is high with the school motto reading, 'A family of families.' I could not agree more.
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