St. Patrick's is one of the least expensive Catholic elementary schools in Dallas. Because of that, and the active parent base, it is packed to overflowing capacity. Also, many parents find several other Catholic schools too snooty and not giving the aura of good values. The school has rigorous coursework, but doesn't help students who have trouble...the teachers don't have time, they need to teach the majority that can keep up. Its a tough situation, because you'd expect private school to have smaller class sizes and extra effort for struggling students, but they can't give it at St Patricks...but they don't claim to either....the administration and staff fully admit that they are a good education for alittle money, but nothing special. However, St. Rita and St. Thomas Aqcuinas don't offer anything exceptional either, and both of those schools are more expensive than St Patricks.
All three of our children attended MIS from K-8th grades. I thank God every day for the great foundation they received there...not only in academics but in moral values, self worth, and appreciation of others. Our children were very well prepared for rigor of pre-AP and AP classes...and well prepared for everything that life has thrown at them since!
This Perish made my wife and I feel right at home, it is a place I would hope to raise my family. It has a great school attached and great groups that will help with any thing that you might need help with. The only down side to this church is that there are so many services that not all people are known by all, it is hard to get to know every one.