ESPIRITU SANTO CATHOLIC SCHOOL

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2405 PHILLIPPE PKWY # A
SAFETY HARBOR, FL 34695
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Phone: 727-812-4650
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 0
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Catholic
  • Grades: Preschool - 8th Grade
  • District: Diocese Of St. Petersburg
  • Students/Teacher: 11:1
  • Students/Grade: 47.5
  • Number Students: 475
  • Number Teachers: 40
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: NOT REPORTED
  • Principal: Ms Margaret Penn
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  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
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  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
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  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
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School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (30 ratings)
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    School Reviews (28 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-06-23
    "My daughter is getting a great education from Espiritu Santo Catholic School. She always has supportive teachers who know her strengths and help build on her knowledge to excel in every subject. There are many projects that the students do to enhance their faith. My daughter participated in Best Buddies, Pinellas Hope, and the St. Vincent de Paul food drives. She now has a sense of commitment to help others, and I know that she has learned a lot of these qualities from ESCS. I love this school and would recommend it to anyone."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-05-23
    "My daughter went to ESCS for 10 years. At one point there were rumors that the middle school education was sub par. Our experience had been so good up to then, we decided not to abandon ship. I could not be more pleased by the education she received in middle school. Her teachers were excellent. As far as being behind, she tested at the top taking Pinellas County school standard end of course tests (as did her classmates). A contact at the school board said that "all of the Catholic school students are scoring in the excellent range." She just completed a year in a STEM program and was on the dean's list. She misses ESCS. It was a wonderful experience for her and for us."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-02-11
    "In our experience bullying is tolerated at this school and recess is open season. When problems are brought to the administration, the administration does nothing to solve the problems and attempts to blame the victim. The staff and administration ambush parents at meetings when they think you are going to complain or have an issue. Academics are far behind the public schools in every area except for cursive writing. Tuition costs are $1,000 more than other local catholic schools. The tuition increases every year as enrollment drops as more families leave. Most of the staff is not equipped or qualified to meet the needs of students who are Gifted or in need of special attention. We were parishioners of the church for 30 years and are so disappointed with the school. If I could do change things, I would never have put my child at this school. Don't even consider this school. The school puts on a lot of parent events which make everything look perfect when it's not."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-02-10
    "Bullying, and victims get no teacher or administration support. Bullies are not stopped. Victims are blamed and further attacked. Children with any special needs, however mild, are quickly shown the door; there is no support for them and they make it more than clear that they are not welcome. I removed my child after ever-increasing mental and physical bullying incidents and moved to a local public school to find they were sorely behind in all subjects. We spent a year catching up to the rest of the class and this same child is now labeled "gifted" and ahead of peers. If we had stayed at Espiritu Santo, we would have regretted it. After 16 years of being a parishioner, we even changed churches so as not to see the unChristianlike teachers and staff at Mass, after what they did to our child. Tuition costs are too high for a school that does not meet public school academic standards. Be sure to read all the documents given at registration. I recently spoke with a parent who was given a document disclosing their math scores were less than state standards and required their signature. I would homeschool my children before placing them in Espiritu Santo."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-11-03
    "WORST EXPERIENCE AT ESPIRITU SANTO CATHOLIC SCHOOL!!! When my child started kindergarten, it became clear that he had significant learning disabilities of which we were not aware until that time. Basically the teacher and administration rejected him and in turn me, at a time when I needed them the most. I was called into meetings and they continued to tell me all of the problems he was creating, and even said they needed proof that my son was even able to learn. I was desperate for guidance in how to proceed, not knowing anything about how to start the evaluation for learning disabilities and special education needs. While Ms. Penn boasted of how great the Student Support Team was, not a single faculty member gave me any guidance, despite me pleading for help. I was left to figure it out on my own. I called my local public school and immediately felt the Christlike love and acceptance that was sorely missing at this Catholic School. I switched to the public school am proud to say that with the proper evaluation and placement, he is on the A/B honor roll and can learn just fine. If your child does not fit the standard mold..learning disabilities and ADHD, find another school."
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