Pope John Xxiii High School Overview28 Andover Road, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 , Tel: +1 (973) 729-6125
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Pope John Xxiii High School Ratings & Reviews
My son is a Sophomore at Pope John. I am surprised to read some of the reviews posted prior to mine. I'm sure there are reasons for them ,and while I can't dispute them, I can speak to our experience. No school is perfect, but I feel the education my son is getting is far superior to what he would be getting in the public schools. We like the faith based education and the stricter environment which tends to limit the distractions more common in public schools. My son is being well prepared for post secondary education and works very hard to succeed. In the end, no school can force a student to achieve if they are not motivated to do so themselves. You will get out of it what you put into it, and isn't that what life is really like anyway? To the issue of letting kids who are not great students fall through the cracks, I have to say I have seen exactly the opposite. I have seen Pope John go above and beyond trying to help kids with special needs, IEP's, or just needing extra help in general. As long as the student is willing to put in the time and effort, Pope John does a great job helping students who need the help. I have also seen students get numerous opportunities to get extra help and refuse to put out the extra effort, and these are the students who are typically not a good fit at Pope John. A private Catholic school education is not for everyone, and that's OK. It doesn't mean that Pope John is a bad school. If you are considering Pope John, just know that the bar is high and the expectation is that you will work hard. If you're not prepared to do that, perhaps Pope John isn't for you. All that being said, I highly recommend Pope John for your child's High School Education.
My son had been going to this school for 3 years, and this past year was unemployed and couldn't finish paying tuition. So because of my problem regardless of it being unforeseen or not, they decided to punish my son. They decided to wait until the week before exams to kick him out. To take away the entire year he worked for, to take an A student and make him feel worthless. This is the way they treat their kids. Lets face it ladies and gentlemen, regardless of what I could or could not finish paying, punishing the boy is not going to money appear in my pockets. Waiting until the end of the school year to make him leave with an incomplete and lower grades, is not going to make my bank account spit out a check. How do they call themselves Christian? I don't understand that. What logic makes them think its ok to do that to a young man pushing himself to make something of himself. That is mental cruelty any way you put it.
I understand that they are a private catholic school but I think they are to strict about nail and hair color
I'M going to repeat something someone else wrote because it is 100% TRUE.... This school definitely plays favorites and only encourage and helps their students who are either good at sports or in AP classes (who ever makes the school look good really). If you don't fit into either category, they treat you like you are destined to work for minimum wage for the rest of your life. I was bullied and treated poorly in general. I was pushed into a nun by a senior and the nun fell. I received in school suspension which meant I became an indentured servant for 5 days and had to work at the football game selling food and picking up garbage.Now for the education. As this is a private school, there are no restrictions with regards to who can teach what. I recall a gym teacher teaching history. He literally read from the text book teaching us. The only class that was taken seriously was Religion.If you are good at sports and want to get a view from top college programs, this place might be for you. But if you aren't, it couldn't be worse.
Both of my kids are now through college. Pope John prepared them well for college and beyond-- academics, social skills, spiritually, and 'helping others' focus. They are both well adjusted, successful and good contributing members of their communities. High school can be tough and Pope John gave my kids the skills they needed for high school and afterwards.
Lake Mohawk, NJ Education Statistics
- No High School1%
- Some High School22%
- Some College23%
- Associate Degree7%
- Bachelor Degree32%
- Graduate Degree15%
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