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Seattle, WA
Students enrolled: 219

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5816 15th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

(206) 782-4363
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November 15, 2015
As a parent I question the school's emphasis on rote learning and memorization in their teaching. I see the same tests, topics and materials given day in day out, year after year especially in the upper grades. As a volunteer, I witness and hear many words of complaint about the cheating from those kids who don’t - which is rife and has never been dealt with despite them bravely raising it. Identifying offenders brings about retaliation, which encourages submission. Teachers turn a blind eye - come on – it’s not that hard - change the tests and packets every year and be diligent during testing!! Tried to bring this up many times but it falls on deaf ears.

- submitted by a parent
Grateful to: Parent
November 15, 2015
Just to those parents who feel brave enough to speak up. Its a hard school if you have a different opinion from the one they want you to portray.

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Teacher effectiveness: Ineffective
November 15, 2015
Grade 5 - 8 teachers are mostly ineffective academically. Can think of only two who really try. Elementary grades can be quite different. But still tend to quash individualism of expression in work, socially or learning styles.

- submitted by a parent
Amount of homework: Too much
November 15, 2015
The homework and most of the project based learning is often the way the children learn in the absence of teaching during the day. Parents and children make up for this lost time by homework. It is a helpful way for parents to know what needs to be learnt and keep an eye on progress, but there is a lot in some subjects that is just left for parents to pick up the slack on. It is mostly rote stuff. Very little application of what they may have learnt during the day. In some years the Math teacher spent the entire class time correcting homework and then gave the new questions for homework as a way for the kids to teach themselves at night. Problem was - no support material to learn content at night. Just the 1999 textbook if you happened to buy your own copy for home. I've heard of flipped based learning, but this isn't it. Parents better be OK at pre-alegebra and algebra.

- submitted by a parent
Develops grit: Disagree
November 15, 2015
Depending on the student you either give up and submit and become like all the others and ignore the cheating and bullying of others or you become more determined not to capitulate. The problem with this is you end up going against the principal. He is very aggressive, very patronizing, treats people he doesn't like with no respect and shows and encourages overt favoritism. So I'm not sure this develops anything other than feelings of hopelessness.

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Strongly disagree
November 15, 2015
No students don't learn respect here. If students aren't respected how can they learn it?

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Develops empathy: Strongly disagree
November 15, 2015
No it doesn't. It tends to try for big picture issues but doesn't practice what it preaches.

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Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
November 15, 2015
Absolutely feel that the school does not develop honesty, integrity or fairness. Cheating, and teachers turning blind eye to what goes on promotes dishonesty. Children who identify problems or people who do the wrong things are victimized and bullied into learning that it doesn't pay to be honest. Favoritism is rife and teachers don't chose to believe people they don't favor. Fairness isn't a word I would associate with this school from the top down.

- submitted by a parent

December 02, 2014
Our child just started here this year and we've got mixed feelings about the school. The community seems very clique-y and not the most open in welcoming new families. We were a bit disillusioned after the school's annual auction as we noticed some ostracizing occurring. We wanted to feel part of a community where our child goes to school but so far that hasn't happened yet. Also, there seems to be a hierarchy there for the folks that volunteer the most are the most favored. or we are just at a disadvantage as we are not stay at home parents and have trouble doing our full time job and volunteering. Regardless - a bit of a let down and we are unsure what's next for our family.

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January 23, 2014
We currently have a kindergartener and a preschooler at St Alphonsus. The teachers are fantastic and the community is very loving and supportive. They have very high academic standards and our kids are thriving at this school.

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March 03, 2012
We are in our second year at ST Alphonsus, it was definitely the right choice for our middle schooler, We love the split gender classrooms for core curriculum as well as the opportunities the middle schoolers have to interact with other schools through sports and social activities. The principal is amazing, the love and respect she shows our children is unmatched to any experience we have had. My daughter is academically challenged and loves her teachers and classmates. We feel fortunate to be a part of this community.

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May 13, 2011
We could not be happier with St. Alphonsus. The principal is fantastic and the staff is amazing. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming while also having high academic expectations. I am constantly amazed by the academic success my children have had at St. Al's and they come home happy! Wonderful preschool, art, and music programs. I would highly recommend St. Alphonsus!

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March 27, 2011
The school teaches you to be dependent on your parents. The principal is so nice that it's scary. There are some cliques but very little. We are behind on learning. I don't know how to talk to boys after being separated from them in middle school.

- submitted by a community member

January 18, 2010
Small classes, involved parents and committed caring teachers have made this a great fit for our family. Our kids are challenged academically and encouraged along the way. CYO sports and instrumental music program enable them to meet kids from other schools. New science lab, up to date technology lab and library being updated in 2010.

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October 05, 2009
The principcal & staff of St. Alphonsus are all committed to the spiritual & academic well-being of every student. The support & family involvement are outstanding. We could not have hoped for a better school for our daughter.

- submitted by a parent

October 05, 2008
I used to go to this school. It wasn't that bad but not having boys in our class wasn't that great because when ever you talked to them it would be awkward. And the new principal doesn't treat kids with respect. It's supposed to be a welcoming catholic school, and the new principal doesn't welcome anyone, whatsoever.

- submitted by a student

September 22, 2008
Great Catholic school in the Ballard neighborhood -- because class-sizes are small, students are respected as individuals.

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January 29, 2008
Great school. Small community with really good teachers. Small classroom sizes with extra attention given to our children. Middle school is segregated between male and female students beginning in 5th grade through 8th grade

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July 25, 2007
Wonderful school with highly educated and caring staff. One class per grade, small classes and single gender middle school. High academic standards. Most graduates are accepted to the HS of choice. Great family and staff participation. Extremely inclusive.

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St. Alphonsus School
5816 15th Ave NW, Seattle, WA  98107
(206) 782-4363
Last modified St. Alphonsus School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St. Alphonsus School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 19 reviews. Top