What Families Are Saying About Saint Elizabeth
The Grant Family
Parents: Greg and Megan Grant
Students: Maggie, Class of 2018; Lizzie, Class of 2019; Caitlin, Class of 2021; Bridget, Class of 2022.
"We thank the Saint Elizabeth teachers, for the time and energy they have devoted to our oldest daughter's education throughout her nine years at Saint Elizabeth. Maggie entered Kindergarten as a little girl not sure of herself, or what to expect from the classrooms. Nine years later, she is leaving as a respectful and confident young lady with an excellent foundation of Catholic education. She is ready to take on the challenges of High School!
The teachers have also been generous with their time and patience with our younger daughters. Their commitment to Catholic Education and the growth of Maggie, Lizzie, Caitlin and Bridget's Catholic faith is greatly appreciated. We are blessed to be a part of Saint Elizabeth Parish School!"
The Schaeffer Family
Parents: David and MaryBeth Schaeffer
Students: David, Jr., Class of 2015; Patrick, Class of 2016; Pierce, Class of 2017; Andrew, Class of 2018; Matthew, Class of 2020; Phillip, Class of 2023.
"We wanted to raise our six boys in a structured environment that would build a solid foundation with a strong emphasis on Catholic values. Saint Elizabeth has taught our boys to live as Jesus would; to have unconditional love, respect, and an intimate relationship with the Lord. In doing so, they live by the Golden Rule: To love and treat others as you would want them to treat you.
"All of our boys have attended or are currently attending Saint Elizabeth since Kindergarten. Our older boys have graduated and have developed into young, respectable gentleman. They have transitioned into high school beautifully, confidently, and with honors. Saint Elizabeth prepared them academically for high school. Our younger two boys are still attending . They were all involved in CYO sports, Crusaders football, and basketball and were student council representatives. The foundation that Saint Elizabeth provided them was invaluable.
"We are so proud of the decision that we have made for our boys in attending Saint Elizabeth. All of the teachers have been exceptional. One of our boys had been diagnosed with an IEP. The principal, Dr. Greco, and the wonderful staff were extremely cooperative, understanding, and helpful. They attended all of our IEP meetings. Together we developed a plan. We can now say that that our child overcame his IEP, and is in now enrolling into honors!
"We would strongly recommend Saint Elizabeth to any family. We will have a total of 17 years when it is all said and done. That’s a marriage! A marriage of education, combined with respectful, loving teachers, and most of all, with a cornerstone of Catholic faith. We know that when that 17th year comes to an end, we can confidentially look back and say…we did it! We did it as an excellent team of educators, priests, parents, children, and the Holy Spirit!"
The O'Connell Family
Parents: Vince and Christine O'Connell
Students: Evan, Class of 2023; Gavin, Class of 2024; Olivia, Class of 2026; Liam, future student
"Our two older children started in the Downingtown Area School District. Although we are fortunate to be in an area that has a well-respected public school system, our decision to switch was based on a strong feeling that they needed more than just a quality curriculum and resources. Having a place where they could talk about God and be immersed in a Catholic based environment was key. We wanted our children to have a continuation of what we believe and practice at home also reinforced all day at school. We feel that giving them a solid foundation centered around the teachings of Jesus will help strengthen and guide them as they make choices and face obstacles in life.
"Our children truly look forward to going to school every day. They always come home happy with stories of all of the different things they learned and experienced. We have been very impressed at how the school balances everything to incorporate academics, camaraderie, play, and faith to enhance their learning. We can definitively say our children are thriving at Saint Elizabeth and are enjoying school more than they ever did before. We feel they are getting the same level of academics they received at public school, but are getting more in regards to their character and spiritual development. Even as they learn and make mistakes they have shown a greater level of self-discipline and maturity. They exhibit a confidence while staying humble, friendships with classmates while keeping their independence, and a sense of determination while showing kindness to others. We feel that this program is helping them to flourish and develop into well-rounded human beings.
We would absolutely recommend Saint Elizabeth to everyone. It is a school that really cares about the children’s overall well-being, helping them to develop a strong sense of self-worth and respect for others. Nothing has been lost by our switch, only gained.
The teachers and staff have been fantastic, and you can tell how much they truly care about the students and families. We really like how when a problem arises, the teachers are able to incorporate our religious beliefs into the situation which results in a much more meaningful solution. We feel this has a huge impact on how our kids are developing and helps reinforce their moral compass. They always have time to talk with you about your children or just to get to know you a little better.
One of the most rewarding aspects is how inviting the school is for families to be involved. Having volunteer opportunities gives the school such a wonderful feeling of family and community. Being able to go into the school on a regular basis helps us see firsthand how well they are doing, and also feel connected to what is going on in their classes. The school also does a great job of creating opportunities for all of the grades to interact and get to know each other, and you can see how much the older kids enjoy being a positive role model to the younger ones."
The Brandt Family
Parents: Jeff and Rachael Brandt
Students: Ian, Owen J. Roberts Class of 2022; Joseph "JJ", Class of 2020; Caroline, Class of 2022.
"We chose Saint Elizabeth because we wanted a Christian values focus within the classroom. We also wanted a smaller school with smaller class sizes. We liked that in addition to all the classes our children were taking, that they would have the additional exposure to Religion and Spanish in a deeper way than they would have otherwise. Both of our children did a shadow day prior to us making a decision. Both JJ and Caroline agreed that the focus of the classroom was kinder, most structured, and a better fit for them.
"Both JJ and Caroline have been academically challenged, particularly in language arts and honors Math. Both were accepted beautifully by the students – they have a wonderful group of friends, they feel proud of the work they are doing, and they are excited each day to go to school to learn. They have homework and have had to learn how to budget their time and prioritize their work. They feel confident in themselves as learners.
"We would absolutely recommend Saint Elizabeth to others. There is a great sense of community. We feel our children are genuinely cared for, and that they have been given the opportunity to learn and explore topics they would not have been able to otherwise. They are supported by their teachers and their peers.
"We are thrilled JJ and Caroline will be able to be in school together through the next two years. We like that the school day starts at 8:00 AM, so that they will be able to get nearly an hour more rest during the middle school years when sleep is so important."