About This School
In 2010, Father James B Hay School had 7 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The New Mexico average is 15 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
Students Per Teacher (2010)
Father James B Hay School Reviews
I don't think I would ever put my child in any school that is not staffed by religious sisters. I've heard that this particular school hires Protestants as teachers. When I looked at their website, I didn't even see Religion as a course offered. I believe that most U.S. Catholic schools have had their Catholicity diluted and severely compromised because of lay people coming in and teaching, especially when they embrace another faith. Some Catholic schools hire Jews and Protestants to teach. If our "Catholic" schools are taught by Protestants and have students of other faiths sitting in the classrooms, pray tell, what is so Catholic about the institution? I also disagree with the high cost of tuition. When religious sisters were teaching, this brought the price of tuition down, because they lived in a convent and lived off of a small stipend, but with lay people, you have to pay living salaries and benefits, which jacks up the price of tuition.
I believe in Catholic homeschooling, and would never consider any U.S. Catholic school for my children.
I have had my child enrolled at this school for the past two years. Frankly I am very disappointed with the quality of education my child received here. We recently moved out of state, to California, and my child is behind due to the education received at this school. I paid for a private school education so that my child would not be behind, because the public schools were behind in the area. My child excelled at FJBH school. If the academics were where they should be, my child would know what they need to know at their new school. Frankly, I'm not sure that the education at FJBH school is any better than the area public schools. I would highly recommend looking at other private school options if you want a high qualifty, academic education for your child. If you are only looking for extracurricular activities FJBH school is fine.
I previously sent my child to this school on two separate occasions. As a Catholic, I wanted my child to have a Catholic school education. Frankly I was dissappointed with the level of instruction my child recieved for the price of tuition. Additionally, teachers came and went on a regular basis and there has never been stability among adminstration. Many teachers were not Highly Qualified by NM teaching standards. Most recently I heard that the school was having financial issues with regard to mismanaging money from school fundraisers. I am glad my child is no longer at this school as this totatally goes against the type of character development I want for my child, epecially from a religious based school.
Love this school!! I sent my daughter there many years ago and now sending my son there. They offer so much music, PE, Teakwondo, yes Teakwondo at no additional cost. They offer so may ways to be involved with your child's education. Tuition is reasonable and offer before and after school care. The teachers are great, I love that I have the opportunity to be involved with my child and have so many chances to volunteer at the school. I always feel welcomed and at anytime I have a problem or concern I know I can go and talk to the teacher or principal. I like that the class size are small.