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All Saints School5
Posted June 02, 2011
- a parent
All Saints is an outstanding school! Catholic identity and teaching is strong and the academic programs are demanding and progress seamlessly from one grade to the next. From math and science to music and p.e., well-developed programs taught by enthusiastic and well-seasoned professionals provide optimal learing environments for children. The leadership and teachers run a "tight ship". Discipline is consistent,predictable, fair, and embodies the core Gospel message. Communication with parents is fantastic. Larger class sizes has been nothing but a positive experience, offering a wider variety of friendships, and classroom environments are positive and well-managed.
Outstanding Catholic education balanced with strong academic showing. All Sts. has a proven track record of high performance on standardized testing. Actual scores for all grade levels are shared via the "Thusday Folder" with all families each and every year. Our max Class size for grades 1-8 is 27. Not all grades have the maximum number of students, so class sizes average 22-23 children per class. (There has never been 29). Student courtesy and service to the community is superior to most contemporaries in the field. Discipline policy has been completely overhauled and is uniformly applied. If "it takes a village" to raise a child...then I'm certainly glad we've chosen this village for ours.
Some of the staff is very caring but obviously overworked. The class sizes are too large, especially for the younger grades, which means that students suffer in the long run. If you want a Catholic Education for your child, you are in the right place. However, if you want a 'superior education', then you want to make sure you research - they won't release to you, however, any information on how their students place acedmically in the community. The discipline policy has many holes and issues; it is definately lacking.
This is an old school with older traditions. Administration is open to parent ideas but that's where it stops. Curriculum is weak, perhaps because class sizes are too large. Science program especially, needs to be overhauled. Discipline seems to be too big for administration to handle and as a result, good kids fall through the cracks instead of getting the help (or discipline) they need. Parents are holding this outdated school together because they want their children to have some sense of Christian foundation.
All saints has an excellent faculty. The curriculum is adequate in the sense that it emphasizes the current philosophy of homework discipline with an undue attention to ability to score on tests rather than over all ability to reason. The level of parent involvement is extremely high.In this school that is the good news and also the bad news in that the parents literally run the school and the agenda in the face of a weak administration. The consequence is that discipline is not uniformly applied. The trajedy is that the faculty is high quality and if left unrestrained by Parents/principal could provide an excellent academic environment.
We have been to a lot of different schools so we know what makes a good school. It is the school and the parents working together as a team. This school is so supportive, the parents are very involved, and the children are well rounded socially and acedemically. We are so happy that we found a school with great parents, kids, and staff. Thanks All Saints. Keep up the good work!