The education received is mediocre and for a private school, I have many concerns: hiring new teachers right out of school, tenure-like positions for teachers who have been at the school for years without performance measures, un-engaged educators, and large class sizes, an unexpected finding at a private school. Many people send their children to Kumon to augment their educational experience at St. Charles. Indeed, the junior high math curriculum is not on par with public schools, only going to Algebra I for 8th grade. The reviewer is correct about the division between students and parents. By no means is it across the board, but it is there and prominent, so hard to ignore. The tuition may seem low, but there are hidden costs that are not factored into the published tuition so proceed with caution. All schools have issues and we are not so naive to think that these issues do not occur in other private and public schools. But if we had to do it again, we would not have chosen St Charles knowing what we know now. There are great things about the school--the uniforms, the before and after school clubs/activities, the band program, to name a few, but for the cost of a student to attend, especially at the rate for non-Catholic families, the education is lackluster.
Elmhurst Elementary Is The Best Elementary School Possible in This District! The Staff is Beyond Helpful and Thoughtful Especially Ann Hansen Who Teached 2nd Grade For Many Years And Is Now Teaching 3rd Grade For This Upcoming Year. As A Former Student Of Hers I Enjoy Going Back Almost Everyday and Helping Her. My Mother Works in the District and Has Been Bullied By All Of Her Co-Workers Between James Sales and Washington High and Franklin Pierce High School. As a Former Student of Keithley Middle School it Wan't Terrible But There Are Some Teachers There Who Are Absolutely Unfair to Students. Washington High School Has Some Great And Horrible Staff. The Principle James Hester Should Be Fired. I Skipped 1 Class for 4 Weeks Because Of Issues with the Teacher (Mr. Lubke) When My Father And I Repeatedly Went to the Office And Spoke With The Staff About this Issue Nothing Was Done. There is About 3 Good Teachers In The Entire School Who Have Honest Care For The Students. Miss. Fergie, Ms. Waterbly, and Mrs. Fineman This is A School that I Have Two More Years At And I Am NOT Looking Forward To Them!