Public School or not?
NewInTown

Waterloo, IL

#1 Oct 2, 2012
My husband and I recently moved to Columbia. Our oldest child will be ready for school next fall. One of the reasons we moved here was because the school district is supposed to be good. I also know from word of mouth that the catholic grade school here (Ics) is excellent. We are looking for a good environment for our kids that also prepares them well academically. I'd like to hear pros and cons of each.
boom

Millstadt, IL

#2 Oct 2, 2012
i went to ics k-8 as a child, and then attended gibault in waterloo 9-12. i now send my child to ics. i have many friends who have been through the public school here. i also know children currently in the public school.

i am glad that you've heard good things about ics. obviously i am partial, but i feel like i received an excellent education from both ics and gibault. pros? extremely committed teachers, uniforms, freedom from "no child left behind", focus on multiple types of learning, opportunities to be involved in your child's education, a greater sense of community, smaller classes. cons? tuition.
been there done that

Waterloo, IL

#3 Oct 3, 2012
NewInTown wrote:
My husband and I recently moved to Columbia. Our oldest child will be ready for school next fall. One of the reasons we moved here was because the school district is supposed to be good. I also know from word of mouth that the catholic grade school here (Ics) is excellent. We are looking for a good environment for our kids that also prepares them well academically. I'd like to hear pros and cons of each.
Good public school district. go to ics if your child is top 1%, spoiled and you are a snob or like to swap wives. having money helps, that way you can get your way at school. same thing at gibault.
Yeah Right

Waterloo, IL

#4 Oct 3, 2012
I sent my first child thru catholic school and my last three have been in public school and I feel they are getting a better education. I felt that the Catholic schools were limited in their resources. You are going to be paying taxes for that public school and then tuition for ICS and i personally don't feel that the education is better. Good luck to you in whatever road you choose.
boom

Millstadt, IL

#5 Oct 3, 2012
hmm, i didn't notice any pros or cons in the other 2 replies, so i will offer more information.

catholic schools are more limited in what they can offer, but ics does manage to have spanish, art, and a thriving music and theater program. i could make a list a mile long on academic achievements, but all that can be found on the website.

when i graduated from gibault my class had around 80, and only 2 did not seek higher education. 2! in all my education i was never really offered the option of not making something of myself. it was not "are you going to college?", but "what college are you applying to?" from talking to my friends who went through the public schools here they did not have this kind of support.

BUT our public schools are excellent and you have already paid for it. thankfully there are 300ish kids going to ics that paid for it, too, or i fear those public schools might not stay so excellent.
hometowner

Waterloo, IL

#6 Oct 3, 2012
I've also sent a child to both ICS and Columbia and have opposite views of "Yeah Right". My child that went to ICS has received a much better academic foundation than my child who went to Columbia. I wish I would have known then what I know now. A very high percentage of ICS grads end up being Illinois State Scholars. I believe it's in the 30% range almost every year. That is really, really good. They not only teach kids, they also help in developing them into good, morale people. ICS is better, hands down.
A parent

Waterloo, IL

#7 Oct 3, 2012
My child is at Eagleview and personally we love the school, staff and everything that has come along with it. My child is very happy and is thriving academically.

With that said... If I would have been able to come up with the tuition (and also to know that I would have been able to afford it each year), I would have choosen ICS.
Toni

Waterloo, IL

#8 Oct 4, 2012
My kids go to ICS. No school is perfect. Every school has issues. We love ICS. We love the community. We love the support. We love it all! For financial reasons, my kids will go to the Public highschool. It is a win/win if you ask me. I say go to both schools and take a tour. At the end of the day, I think you might choose ICS, but even if you don't, join the parish, become involved. It is an awesome community.
Please don't listen to the person who was ranting about being a snob, top 1% or swapping wives...Snobs are everywhere, every child is different and the swapping wives part I am not so sure about...I hear about that crap everywhere also..don't listen to the gossipy parts, check it out for yourself...
Good luck and enjoy!
Well

United States

#9 Oct 4, 2012
If you truly want the best education that the local area has to offer, then you will not send your child to either Columbia or ICS. And, no, I don't mean someplace in Missouri either...
moob

Millstadt, IL

#10 Oct 4, 2012
Well wrote:
If you truly want the best education that the local area has to offer, then you will not send your child to either Columbia or ICS. And, no, I don't mean someplace in Missouri either...
well, then where the hell are you talking about? incredibly helpful to offer a solution and not at the same time.
a mother

Saint Louis, MO

#11 Oct 4, 2012
My daughter graduated from ICS and if I had to do it all over again I would. LOVED every year of it. Unfortunately I could not afford Gibault so she went to Columbia High.
The Teacher

Saint Louis, MO

#12 Oct 4, 2012
STFU
There, I believe I made my point.
Well wrote:
If you truly want the best education that the local area has to offer, then you will not send your child to either Columbia or ICS. And, no, I don't mean someplace in Missouri either...
Well

United States

#13 Oct 4, 2012
Are you really a teacher, The Teacher? If so, MAKE ME! NA NA BOO BOO! If not, thank goodness! And, no, you didn't make your point; but I guess if you BELIEVE you did, well then...

If you check all the schools in the area and compare performance on state testing, average ACT scores and total college scholarship awards, Governor French Academy in Belleville beats them all.
Real CHS teacher

United States

#14 Oct 4, 2012
I will offer a teachers opinion. You can almost immediately tell the kids from ICS without knowing a single thing about them. They far exceed the public school kids in several subjects, they lag far behind in several others. In the end, it doesn't matter where you attended from K-8, all that matters is the quality of the children AND the parents. As well as both of their commitments to the education.

If I was going to make a real suggestion, it would be save your monty on ICS and save it to send your children to the right private high school. I am not talking about the one in Waterloo either. Spend the money to have them educated by the Jesuits. That will prep them for college properly.

CHS and Gibault are both above average. B the private schools across the river are exceptional.

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