Cataldo is an excellent school. My kids are happy to go to school every morning and they are smiling when they come home. The staff is incredible and highly qualified. The Principal is a strong leader and a great advocate for the students and Catholic education. The parent community is really wonderful.
The community at Cataldo is fabulous. There are many solid families working to make the school what it can and should be. But there is something fundamentally broken with its leadership. All will be going along wonderfully until the moment a problem arises and you find yourself needing to advocate for your child. At that point the relationship between principal, teachers and parents becomes strangely hostile. Parents are relied on to fund and organize most of Cataldo's extra programs from drama to art enrichment to community service to hot lunch - but are kept on fringe and not allowed any say or even informed understanding of what goes on with regards to instruction. Again, while the community is strong, I can not recommend the school to new families until there is a personnel change within the administration.
Our children are lucky to attend Cataldo. They receive a caring, quality education and receive the benefit of incredible enrichment programs like music K-8, drama, community service organized by the school, stewardship (older students as 'buddies' to younger students, Catholic school sports. Class sizes tend to be smaller, and parents are active and participate in all different ways. It is a wonderful community.
Cataldo is providing our kids a great education in a nurturing yet challenging environment. They have teachers who care about students receiving not only a great education but also high moral and ethical values. Truly a great school !
The sense of community is strong and the education is solid. My kids bounce out of bed every day eager to go to school. The environment is nurturing and they are challenged to become well rounded individuals.