I went to St.Patrick's for seven years and I can honestly say I wish I had gone the whole nine. When I got to high school the level of education and rigor found in a St.Patrick's classroom really prepared me for HS academics. I was placed in the honors program got into the highest math class offered to freshman and graduated in the top 2%. I am now going into college with a full ride scholarship and I can truly attribute my strong background in my faith and my dedication to academics to the staff and curriculum at St. Pat's.
St Patrick School is a private middle school in Wadsworth. The principal of St Patrick School is Marcie Bretzlauf Bosnak. 637 students go to St Patrick School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian/Pacific Islander. The ratio of students to teachers at St Patrick School is 27:1. Gurnee Christian School is one of the nearest middle schools.
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While I love the fact that my children are receiving their education as well as their religious knowledge I am sadly disappointed with some of the teaching staff. They are non responsive and do not seem to care whether your child sinks or swims. If your child fails any class you are required to hire a $1000.00 tutor for each class failed just to properly teach your child what they should have already learned in class before you can pass on to the next grade. Keep in mind that you are already paying $3000. + a year just to have your child go to that School. Unacceptable if you ask me. I will say there are some teachers and aids that perform above and beyond for the kids but they are becoming few and far between. As for the salary's for the teachers I can understand they are not happy with what they get paid but this is the profession they have chosen and if they are unhappy with that they can always change jobs.
I went to this school for 9 years and graduated recently in June. Yes the classes may be big but somehow some way we blaze through stuff and learn quite a bit. If you've seen rowdy public school kids all you're life you'd never believe how well behaved 8th graders can be during class. It's cramped small but if you ignore the aesthetics it's a very good school. I'm taking all honors at Carmel Catholic now and they're very easy after my basis at St. Pats!
We are so completely pleased with St. Patricks School. The communication is amazing from both the teachers and the principal. There is so much parental involvement which really makes a difference in the quality of education our children are getting. There is full day Kindergarten and although the class size is large 31 kids there is a full time assistant that the children LOVE. There are also parent volunteers that come in on a daily basis to read or lead a project. Our son is just having a great time and can't wait to tell us what he did each day! We are looking forward to 8 more years at St. Pats!
The reason that everyone doesn't rate this school 5 stars is that the parent involvement rate is through the roof. Everyone has an opinion about everything. The truth is just about every kid who graduates from here will go on to honors/AP classes in high school even if they were otherwise average because there is an accelerated nature to the ordinary curriculum at St. Pat's. I love it because it is unapologetically Catholic which is hard to come by even in Catholic schools. Yes there are some clique-y issues among the middle schoolers but girls will be girls. They try to keep them under wraps but your daughter will end up somewhere in the natural spectrum that exists and have middle school girl experiences I haven't been able to avoid that yet. (when I'm all said and done there will have been 6 of my kids through this school)
My daughter loves this school and her teachers. This will be our second year at St Pats. I hope we can keep going there. Tuition is on the high side.
Though teachers do try and some more than others. I saw it in the classrooms over and over again. Children behind the curve or ahead of the curve didn't get enough attention. The feeling of community and caring was great from parents children and most teachers but I felt a better education could be found elsewhere. The principal was not receptive to parents' questioning or criticism. It seems to be her way or the highway. She is very defensive of her teachers and practices. This wasn't a bad school but not nearly good enough.
I am very satisfied with the education my daughter is receiving at St. Pat's. Yes you hear the class sizes are large at about 35 students especially in the lower grades. But from my experiences and observations class size is not everything. Prior to enrolling my daughter at St. Pat's I visited 5 private and public schools and observed in the classroom. Even in the schools with smaller classroom size I saw more chaos and disharmony than at St. Pat's with larger classes.Don't always judge by just class size. My daughter is developing into a very well rounded independent thinker who loves learning. I always am able to approach the teachers when I have questions and am always welcome in the classroom where I volunteer frequently. There is great parental support for the school. Yes fundraising is a large part of being involved in the school but it keeps tuition low.
We are absolutely thrilled with our child's teachers. The level of care and commitment shown to their students in addition to the excellent age-appropriate curriculum have exceeded even our high expectations. There has been much focus on social and spiritual development and we believe these are key components in shaping caring competent and moral individuals. There is lots of parent involvement which further strengthens the sense of school community. I can't comment on extracurricular activities because our child hasn't yet reached the 5th grade when participation in sports etc. is offered. We are very proud that our child is on an excellent academic path that will provide the challenges and opportunities required to compete in high school and beyond.
Class sizes are very large most are at 35 students. Little personal attenion is given to students. The school compensates by relying on parent involvement in the classroom. The school philosophy is to teach the class and not the child. If your child is ahead of the curve do not expect accomodations. Accomodations are only made for ld/special needs. There is a strong parent community and many opportunities for parent and family involvement. Afterschool care is available for working parents. More attention is paid to fundraising and less to academic quality. Curriculum outlines are not readily available to review and compare to other schools. St. Pat's school is riding on the reputation and success of the church falling short of our expectations.
St. Patrick's provides a wonderful community of parents and children. The parents are very involved in the school. The principal is not very open to parent criticism. Some teachers are known for poor discipline procedures and have been for some years. Even though people continue to leave the school because of these teachers the principal will not make a change. Unfortunately low salaries paid for Catholic School teachers means that sometimes you have to put up with bad teachers.