I cannot begin to express my gratitude and satisfaction with St. Alphonsus. We have been at St. Alphonsus for 6 years and have had one graduate. Our kids have thrived and have been very happy here. We certainly had a few rocky years with some leadership issues but St. Als always had a strong community with dedicated and proficient teachers. Our current principal, Nick Padrnos is making thoughtful curriculum enhancements to an already robust educational program. St. Al kids are ahead in math, able to take notes and write papers, speak publicly, and have above-average standardized test scores. This is the result of outstanding teachers working in a supportive environment. Add now we have the wonderful Father Luigi as our leader! Incredibly grateful for our small and safe school.
I have one daughter who graduated from this school and one currently in fifth grade. This is the only elementary school my family has attended since relocating to Seattle six years ago, so I can't compare directly to SPS or other private schools. While the support of the community has always been great, there were definitely some rocky years prior to the arrival of our current principal Nick Padrnos. However, since his arrival everything has changed for the better. He is a true transformational leader with a vision and plan to ensure St. Alphonsus becomes the best Catholic elementary school in our area. He is passionate about the school, the faculty, the students and their families. He clearly made it a priority to get to know everyone individually and greets students every morning at drop off even when it is pouring rain or smoky. He has adopted new curriculum to ensure that students with different learning needs are learning how to think, not just how to memorize facts, and he has the courage to make difficult decisions, like raising tuition, to ensure we can recruit and retain talented and dedicated faculty. I would not consider sending my daughter anywhere else for the next four years and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for St. Alphonsus.
We moved our 7th grade child from Seattle public schools to St. Alphonsus last year and it was the best decision we ever made for her education. The smaller school provides more personalized attention, sense of community, and the staff and leadership are outstanding. I highly recommend a visit to St. Alphonsus if you're considering making a move from Seattle public schools.
We love the St. Al's preschool program and teachers and staff! We sent our eldest to 1 year of preschool here in 2021-22 and had such a good experience. Mostly, he loved it. The class sizes were great. Teachers were attentive and caring and tuned into student dynamics. It's great they have Montessori classrooms and Exploratory. Our youngest is now entering Preschool for his first year and our eldest is going to Kindergarten with a teacher I have heard GREAT things about so we are all very excited and wanted to share the word about this hidden gem. If it matters, we are not Parish members or Catholic.
This is truly a small school with big heart! We have had our child start his preschool here and this year kindergarten! Everyday coming from the school he is super happy about the day he has spent and loves his teachers. Every teacher or school admin I have met is approachable and keen to listen the concerns for the student and class. They absolutely work on developing a whole child, working on all the aspects ie spiritual, academic and athletic development of every student individually. We