For many parents, the overarching theme for their child's elementary school education is: how will their child get into the Boston Latin School? Let's not make any bones about it.
We all know the preference is to get your son or daughter into one of the public West Roxbury neighborhood schools: , , or .
If the Boston Public Schools school assignment lottery lands your progeny outside of West Roxbury then many parents elect to send their child to either one, of two local Catholic schools: or .
Both schools are celebrated for their Catholic school educations, but what is the difference between the two? Are there differences? Both schools send oodles of students to Boston Latin School, Boston Latin Academy and other prestigious schools around the area.
Sure we could ask the principals, but let's hear from parents, students, alums, educators - and Holy Name and St. Theresa's officials - please feel free to comment below the article.
Historically, parents sent their children to the school of their parish, which was often based upon geography. The closest parish is where you attended.
Now, just as always, many parents prefer their children receive a Catholic school education.
How are the teachers at each school? What about the principals?
Is one school known more for its athletics? Its music department?
Are there smaller classroom sizes at one school, better field trips, a focus on science, or any characteristic that makes a school desirable?
Years ago, Holy Name was said to be better because it had a bigger gym and dances. St. Theresa's had a cafeteria. How are the gyms, dances and food options today?
More importantly, between Holy Name and St. Theresa's schools, is there one that prepares your son or daughter better for their next level of education?
Please leave your comments below and let's have a discussion about the two schools, both of which are highly valued in our community.