We actually did quite a bit of research. Our kids are very high academically (95-99%tile--mostly 99, in all subjects).It seemed "pretty good?" That's what I want for my child is a "pretty good" school. TTU, did you ask for test scores and ask where SH ranks among national scores? Did you ask the percentage of 8th graders that go on to IWA, CBC, etc.?? Did you review their curriculum and structure? Call me crazy, but kindergartners shouldn't be learning shapes, colors and numbers, they should be learning to read at that point. At the time we researched EVERY private school in Florissant and SH was quickly taken off the list. Internet reviews were horriable, current parents and parents of graduates seemed dissapointed or disgruntled. We even spoke with college age students who graduated from there who said it was a cake walk and they struggled during their secondary education. We know one family who transferred their child from SH to Norberts and their child had to play catch up! Everyone has every right to choose their own school, all I'm saying is to do your research first!
My wife is an elementary teacher and has quite the BS antenna. We toured the school in spring '08 and maybe things have changed, but the kindergarteners were reading typical sight words, etc. They used tracking and scores were reasonably high then. Standard distribution amongst the selective admission and college prep HSs for a N County grade school.
We sensed nothing amiss or out of the ordinary. Quite frankly, it seemed like an above average or better elementary school then. Didn't seem to hear many complaints.
Maybe its gone down hill--anyone else care to comment??