This school has been a blessing for my son. They treat your child like family and have small class size to meet their individual needs. It is truly a remarkable school and I highly recommend it.
My two sons have attended the JRK3, JRK4, and Kindergarten programs at St.Mary Magdalen school and have had an outstanding experience. The environment is just wonderful - mostly due to caring, devoted teachers who are dedicated to the social and academic development of all the children. Having a full-day Junior Kindergarten program starting at age 3 was a great convenience for us, as working parents, to be able to have one place to have both our 3 and 4 year old go at the same time rather than two school drop-offs to daycare and preschool. This is a rare find amongst Catholic schools. The Junior Kindergarten years prepares them well for Kindergarten. Kindergarten is academically challenging, yet makes learning fun and encourages continued social development. Music, Spanish, Art, PE are all offered beginning at the preschool levels.Their after school program is also excellent - lots of well-supervised time for creative free play outside and inside.The school has a true community atmosphere where the students and parents are very friendly and make an effort to get to know each other even amongst different grade levels. If you want a supportive environment for your children to have an opportunity to grow and learn, and your family to feel welcome and at-home, this is the place.
There's no accountability or transparency in the spending of funds. Socioeconomic diversity is not valued, as the admissions office informed us that our son was "not the right type of diversity for scholarship." Sustainability efforts are not present in many classrooms, such as Kindergarten where the teacher throws away partially used art supplies and materials every year. One student ended up walking more than two miles home without the teachers realizing. My son was "lost" once during the after school program and was found on a playground near the parking lot unsupervised. I repeatedly observed a teacher yell at and degrade students, which was disregarded by administration. Teachers are not observed and hiring/firing is done by the Head based on "a feeling" rather than quantifiable objectives. He has no administrative or elementary experience, resulting in a corrupt business that is more focused on making money than providing young children with a safe and nurturing environment.
Best phrase I could use: inviting community. The school is excellent and the opportunities to grow are available. All are welcome.
This is an amazing school! They truly develop and prepare young men for their future! It truly does feel like a family while you are there & after you graduate!
SCL is a truly remarkable parish and school. The teachers have a real passion for educating young minds and the entire parish family is very supportive. We are lucky and blessed to send our kids to SCL.
Solid bible preaching and the people are friendly
I will strongly recommend IWA to any parent. This would be based upon the great teachers and the school's ciriculum. But in the same breathe warn them of a very disturbing admin policy. This policy will forbid your daughter or daughters from taking their last exams if your family has fallen into financial distress and have not paid her tuition to date. I understand that the teachers must be paid and the school has bills to attend to. What is this action doing towards the positive. My daughter has maintained a Gpa of 3.3 and above and to hear that she is unabled to take her last exams was not only degrading but hurtful. She believed in their so called sisterhood as they sung on their youtube videos. She even performed the community service hours that was required by all students. Her understanding of the school she once admired so much is that they can care less about her academic abilities, content of character, or her future as a female leader. This school is for the well-to-do families. Being Christian based and a school committed to community service is just a lure because they don't act on it in the school itself. Because this has truly hurt my daughter in ways I thought was not possible because she is strong, I will continually warn others about this private privilege Catholic High School. Do not believe that this school will assist you. Make sure that your finances are without flaws and stay in great health. You Have Been Warned!!!!!!
I love this school. The best thing I could do for my second grader.