ST. JOHN NEUMANN CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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721 POLO RD
COLUMBIA, SC 29223
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Phone: 803-788-1367
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 0
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Catholic
  • Grades: Preschool - 6th Grade
  • District: Diocese Of Charleston
  • Students/Teacher: 10:1
  • Students/Grade: 45.6
  • Number Students: 365
  • Number Teachers: 30
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: NOT REPORTED
  • Principal: Ms Barbara Cole
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    School Reviews (28 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-06-06
    "We have been at SJN for almost 7 years and really are pleased with our investment. By the time the kids reach 5th grade, there is such a strong sense of community among them. I would highly suggest that anyone considering SJN go ahead and get your child into the preschool/kindergarten program so that he/she can bond with the other children before the higher grades. I have never been a proponent of private education but this has been a perfect fit for our son who once had a tendency to be on the shy side. So confident now. The school does have a very strong principal who may be perceived as inflexible but she knows her stuff. The kids have much respect for her."
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    Posted 2013-06-02
    "This is the conclusion of years at SJN, and our family is depressed because we are leaving. We are having to move because of a job relocation. However, we can not say enough about this school. Because of having a job that relocates us, we have been in many schools across the US during our childrens years, and none compares to this school. From the moment you walk in the door, the warm friendly environment is felt by everyone you encounter. The children have not only grown academically by leaps and bounds, but in all other ways too. They are more caring, nurturing, and world focused. The teachers are great. The principal is second to none. Everyone cares about you as a family and has the best for your child as the focus in all they do. I would encourage EVERYONE that is looking for a school that is second to none, check out this school. You will be blessed everyday that you are there. We will miss it greatly."
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    Posted 2013-05-10
    "I guess my previous post was deleted b/c I used the principal's name so here is a summation of what it said. This school is great in spite of the principal. The teachers and parents are what make this school great. The principal is not willing to explore any new ideas (unless it was the principal s idea). New parents are fooled by the principal s notes, signing every paper, etc. The more you deal with the principal; you realize how this person really works. The principal is a dictator. The teachers and students truly fear the principal. Parental involvement continues to decline due to the frustrations with the principal. A new principal is needed to lead SJN into the future because the principal is out of touch with most of the members of the school. New ideas are what will allow SJN to continue to excel and be a leader in academics."
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    Posted 2013-05-01
    "Wow! This Principal is the same one that hand writes cards to EVERY student for EVERY holiday and EVERY birthday...prospective students too. This Principal hands out ladybugs during assemblies for showing good character (my 11-year old still treasures hers). This Principal cooks gingerbread boys/girls with preschoolers and then runs with them around the school trying to find the escaped cookies. She knows every child by name and how they are doing in their classes without ever opening a file! You may not agree with all her decisions but she is passionate and committed like no other! It's a tought job! When asked what they love about SJN, my kids remark on the library (huge and has dedicated librarian who gets even the smallest child excited about reading), teachers (feel safe, loved and know they can ask any question), and kids (they are just "nice" and don't speak bad language or are mean). That's exactly what my kids told me in the car this morning. Wow, I guess if a loving, safe, strongly academic environment that teaches structure and encourages self- disipline aren't what you're looking for in a school then, nope, SJN is not right for you. Seriously?"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-04-26
    "We took both of our children out of this school. One has a mild learning difference, but wonderfully behaved. The principal is a true dictator and micro-manager. She has created a tense and oppressive atmosphere overall. FInd another school or find out the hard way."
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