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St. Patrick School

Private | PK-8 | 400 students


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Posted June 22, 2014

Our family is not Catholic and was not really considering St. Pats when we first started contemplating kindergarten and beyond for our oldest son. But of the 4-5 schools we toured St. Pats stood out as most welcoming and seemed like it would offer an approach to teaching that fit our hopes for the type of experience we wanted our now three kids to have. That initial impression has not been proven wrong and the last two years have been wonderful. Mrs. Krattli and Mrs. Richards anchor the kindergarten which will be split into two classrooms for the first time in 2014-2015. Both are excellent teachers that were highly communicative and always giving of their time. When our son struggled with some of the math concepts being introduced we worked together to build his comfort and confidence with the material. That type of attentiveness and caring is what makes St. Pats a special place and well worth the cost. We would encourage families of any faith not to overlook St. Pats - the community and educational experience offered are excellent and you are welcomed without regard to religious affiliation.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 20, 2014

Saint Patrick is a GREAT SCHOOL.. The Staff is amazing and the new Principal just puts icing on the Cake. Recently updated the technology with IPADS and ChromeBook shows a real commitment to keeping this school moving forward. Highly recommend anyone looking for a Pre-K through 8 program consider St. Pat's. Especially if Bellermine in in your childs future given the addition of Chris Gavin, you get the sense kids will be prepared for Bellermine and beyond. Class sizes are small , teachers are caring and the school community as a whole is very welcoming. Best decision we have made for our kids!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 12, 2014

My boys have been at St. Patrick's for 5 year now and we are thrilled with education as well as the community. It feels like a loving neighborhood school that is filled with teachers, students and parents who genuinely want the best for 'their' children. This coming year (14/15) we are getting a new leader who has 28 years of experience of leadership at our local Catholic High School and we are thrilled! The future looks bright indeed for our beloved school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 25, 2013

I have three children at St. Patrick School - 1st grade, 3rd grade and 4th grade. All three have had outstanding teachers who have challenged them academically and served as excellent Christian role models. They've also benefited from having technology, music and art classes as a part of their weekly class schedules starting in PreK. Not only is St. Patrick a great value, but also a great community!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 21, 2013

There are some good teachers at this school. However because of a weak administration there are also some teachers who are out of control. This lack of leadership has emboldened these disgruntled teachers and they have spread their negativity like a cancer throughout this community. Even going so far as to actively pull parents into their drama. It is very sad.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 19, 2013

I have two daugters at St Pat's . one going into 4th Grade and other other Kintergarten. They both started in the Pre-K program and have LOVED it. Everyyear we are so pleased withe teacher and classroom environment we expect a let down and yet the next year is just as good!. The girls get a solid Catholic Education with a community of students, families and teachers that really care about them. I can not say enough about the quality of the program Spanish, Technology, even my picky eaters have expanded their pallete because of the lunchroom. Saint Patrick Catholic School is a great value and great gift to your children.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 24, 2012

After several years at st. Pats, we had to leave. The bullying, teasing because of a stuttering just were too much to take. Nothing happening to the children in question, and the knowledge of what was happening was at the forefront. To bring a psychologist in the 6th grade to address multiple nasty issues was NOT the answer, and tossing the bad apples was needed. When that didn't happen, we left. Know that leadership is challenging here, but your big fat check will cover your poorly behaved child. So sad that ghosts still plaque my two. (Both 4.0 kids). Being a native to the north end is always helpful, tolerance to southern accents and being different not embraced. Sad, this is not representative of the faith, nor the parish.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 23, 2012

There are many caring, excellent teachers at St. Pat's who are truly interested in their students' development and success. Unfortunately, some of the parents make it very difficult for the teachers to do their jobs. There is grade inflation in the middle school because some parents of students who struggle academically bully and harrass the teachers extensively. Some parents feel their child deserves an "A" simply because they are paying tuition, even though their child hasn't done the work necessary to earn an honest "A". Teachers who stand up for academic honesty get bombarded by the parents. There is also much disrespectful behavior from students towards teachers and towards other students. The principal and teachers are working hard to make positive changes, but some of the parents are resisiting, and a few are downright mean. Overall, for the preschool and elementary programs, I highly recommend St. Pat's. For 7th and 8th grade, if you want your child to get mostly A's to get into a private high school, then St. Pat's is a good choice. If your priority is the quality of what they actually learn rather than the grade, then this school would probably not be a great choice.
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Posted April 26, 2011

My child came to St. Patrick School 10 years ago in the all-day pre-school program. I knew he would be happy here from the first day when he met his teacher and said she reminded him of a grandma with soft cheeks. The nuturing and faith filled environment has given him a safe place to learn and grow up. This is his 8th grade year and even though he is excited to go on to highschool, he will miss the community he has grown up with. Thank you St. Pats for 10 AWESOME years of fun and learning!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 1, 2011

This school is in a transition phase (or at least we hope it is). There are a handful of exceptional teachers who not only command the respect of the students, but are doing an outstanding job of teaching the curriculum appropriate for their grade level. Unfortunately, these teachers can't make up for the environment of academic deficiency which has sadly become acceptable at the school (as evidenced by weak standardized test scores). There is also a sense of entitlement among the parents and students at the school which makes the social environment unpleasant for many. There is a general lack of discipline and respect among the students. Efforts by teachers and staff to instill discipline have been ineffective, largely because they don't have the support of the parents (many of whom send their children to the school to "keep up with the Joneses"). If you're looking for Christian values, you'll find them only in a very small percentage of children and parents at this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 21, 2009

My daughter attended her first year in 1st grade, really thrived at this school (2008-09). Staff and teachers are very responsive to any concerns we had. Parent/community involvement was very high. This school showed how a positive experience with education CAN foster a love of learning in a child.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 20, 2008

WHAT A GREAT PLACE TO LEARN. Our children have been at St. Pats for a number of years and have found the administrative staff to always be responsive to any concerns that we have had. The school community is fabulous and students are treated with great care and attention. We parents, too, have always had our questions answered candidly and honestly. There is no better school ANYWHERE!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 6, 2008

We've been at St. Pat's four years now and, unfortuneately we noticed a decline in administrative concerns over major family concerns. In particular the WASL test scores for last years 4th graders was only at 50% pass. Nothing has been done by admin to rectify or answer questions as to why the school lacks in science and math.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 22, 2007

This is our 7th year here at St. Patrick School. We were welcomed warmly when we started in Montessori and have been at home ever since. The strong teaching staff ensure that our child is receiving a great education in a nurturing environment. My son loves math and creative writing, I feel it is because his teachers make it fun to learn both. He is doing well in school all around and I know it is because he feels safe. I love that emphasis is placed on community, honesty, and respect for others. Most families exceed their required 30 commitment hours because of the many opportunities to work together with their child and or other members of the school community. We have fun! Our favorite extracurricular activities include; music, especially the Christmas Pageant and the Grandparents Day Program, band, and PE, and playing soccer on the new soccer court.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 7, 2007

After our first year we couldn't be happier with the education. At St. Pats she was consistently challenged and pushed to go further in her studies. She was stimulated the entire year. The religion base is a positive factor.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 7%
Hispanic 6% 20%
Two or more races 4% 6%
Black 3% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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