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St Charles Borromeo School

Private | PK-8 | 517 students


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Posted September 8, 2014

I have been a parent at the school for 10 years. Our children no longer attend the school. First and second grades are good. Kinder and 3rd - 8th leave a lot to be desired. It is obvious that the principal has a hands off approach to her post as administrator. She spends all her time putting out fires, and no time is spent trying to make changes for the better. As a matter of fact, the principal seems to want to keep everything status quo and only makes changes in reaction to issues. The enrollment has severely dropped over the years, and more and more parents are unhappy. There is an incredibly high turnover of teachers, as they are under-valued and under-appreciated. The parents who do volunteer are left to their own devices, and eventually burn out due to lack of involvement or assistance from the administration. Classroom management is nonexistent. I am an educator, and I spent time in the classrooms to help with various projects, and the students are allowed to completely run amuck. The scene in the classroom reminded me of monkeys in a zoo. I was appalled. It is clear that the leadership is lacking. I highly recommend doing a lot of research before committing to St. Charles.
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Posted November 6, 2013

Incredibly involved parents at the school though can be clicky at times and thankfully it is not apparent to the students. The rigidity of many teachers, the "cookie cutter" approach to education, and the unwillingness to alow students to achieve their full academic potential is unfortunate, however. With the overhaul of the junior high math program things may get better. The religious aspect of the school is not overbearing. There are some very good teachers, but they control the outcomes more than the principal. There must be a tenure-track for teachers because some seem to linger for years without performance to show the exceptional quality parents expect from a private school.
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Posted October 2, 2009

A good solid catholic education can be acheived at this school. The teachers are dedicated and work very hard to make sure that the students learn. The only 'negative' would be the constant requests for money and the all to frequent parent meetings.
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Posted November 23, 2008

It is an excellent school with great education. It is wonderful to have a school that your kids want to go to everyday.
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Posted October 19, 2008

St. Charles is a great school. I am a sixth grader here and I love everything about it. The enviroment is loving and the grouds are beautiful. Mrs. Lyyn is a great teacher for 5A. I have never been dissapointed with this school.
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Posted March 2, 2005

St. Charles is a wonderful school. The teachers truly care about the kids. The principal is caring and supportive, and parent involvement is extremely high. The basics are well-taught, and there is an awesome music and art program.
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Posted December 1, 2003

The feeling of community at this school is incredible. They really do try to enrich the whole child, academically, emotionally, and spiritually. The teachers and principal sincerely care about each individual child. I am so pleased to have my kids attending St. Charles.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 70% 60%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 18% 1%
Hispanic 6% 20%
Black 3% 5%
Two or more races 3% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 7%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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7112 South 12th Street
Tacoma, WA 98465
Phone: (253) 564-6035


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