"I wanted to share with you how well Andres is doing at Rice University. They did a wonderful job selecting his roommate, a kid from New Jersey named Diego. Andres has hit the ground running and is very confident. It turns out the professor who taught me physics 33 years ago when I went to Rice is still teaching Physics 101...Andres went up to him and introduced himself...the professor laughed and remarked about his age now that he is teaching 2nd generation. Andres received a very generous fellowship and grants from Rice. In addition to that, he has signed up to work as assistant to the women's basketball coach. His earnings go directly to pay for his room and board. His preparation at Subiaco was crucial to Andres....thank you! What a special place Subiaco is!"
-Carrie Brown, mother of Jarrod in the Class of 2016
There are so many outstanding things about Subiaco Academy. We are so glad we chose to send Jarrod to school there. He has opportunities to explore his gifts and talents. He is exposed to art, sports, other cultures, music and so much more. Jarrod is excelling academically. We are so pleased with his grades. His last year at public school we were paying for a tutor, but now he is on the honor roll. That is incredible!
We have also seen wonderful changes in him as a young man. Before he lacked self confidence, and that concerned us, but after just a few weeks at the Academy he had changed so much. He had a whole new outlook. He began to be so sure of himself and he has begun to emerge as a leader among his peers. We are so proud of him. We were worried, now we are just amazed at his progress.
While we know that Jarrod is receiving the very best education, and he has every tool for success that he could ever need at his fingertips, it is what he is learning that doesn't come from a textbook that we really like to see. Things like manners, discipline, and respect.
We give all the glory to God. We know He led Jarrod to Subi. He opened all the doors, and I am so grateful. I also credit the monks, teachers and staff. We believe NO ONE is at Subiaco Academy by chance, but by Divine appointment. I just don't know what else to tell you. We are thrilled! Blessed! and amazed. All we can say is Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
-Rongtao Sun, father of Bokun in the Class of 2011
As parents of an international student, we were looking for a school that not only strives for academic achievement, but also cares about a student’s spiritual life and personal interests. Luckily, we found Subiaco and decided to send our son to Subiaco. Three years past, it has been proven that sending our son to Subiaco is one of the best decisions we have ever made.
Subiaco is a safe place that you can send your son without concerns. Teachers are responsible, and they treat individual student uniquely. Students are polite and friendly. We appreciated that Subiaco sent parents two academic progress reports with comments from each class teacher every quarter, as well as a weekly newsletter so that we knew what was happening in a timely manner from the other side of world.
Besides classes, boys were offered opportunities to join sports teams and various clubs. Our son enjoyed all those activities which he might not have been able to participate in a Chinese school, and built friendships with his schoolmates and his teachers. When he left Subiaco for University, he was firm in what he wanted. At Subiaco he grew up, and became the young man that we are very proud of. If you want your son to have a pleasant high school life while also having a good academic achievements, then send him to Subi.
-Marna Boltuc, mother of Joseph in the Class of 2013
When my son finished his junior high years at the local Catholic school, I knew I wanted to continue his Catholic education through high school. Unfortunately, the closest Catholic high school was over 45 minutes away – Subiaco Academy. At first, I had my concerns of the daily commute and of course my son’s number one concern was “NO GIRLS!” After a tour of the campus, I was sold on sending him to Subiaco and had faith in God that the commute would take care of itself. My son soon realized regardless of what he wanted, I was his parent and would be making the final decision. He slowly came to terms with the decision of attending an all boys’ school in the middle of nowhere.
My son has completed his 10th grade year at Subiaco and it has been the absolute best decision that I have made for my son. He has excelled academically and on the football field, as well as growing spiritually in his faith. In fact, Joseph and I have had several conversations regarding this decision. One of our conversations near the end of his sophomore year went something like this…
Mom: “So, are you happy at Subiaco? Are you glad you are going there? What about the drive from Fort Smith each day on the bus? Too much of a drive or is it ok? What do you think about the monks?”
Joseph: “Mom, I love Subiaco. Thank you so much for making the sacrifice so I can attend. I can’t imagine going anywhere else. The monks are cool. I like that they teach some of the classes. Thank you for making the decision to send me and the drive isn’t bad. Usually we just all talk, sleep or study. Besides when we get there we get to eat breakfast and hang out with the guys. It’s pretty cool.”
On another note, my son commented that since he now attends an all boys’ school he doesn’t feel self conscious about asking questions in class. He commented, “who cares, it’s just a bunch of guys…I could care less if I ask questions that may seem stupid to them.” And by the way, he still finds plenty of time for girls.
-Manuel Alexandrino Joao, father of Stelvio in the Class of 2012
Subiaco Academy has been important in the development of my son. I sent my son to America to give him a special opportunity in education. Subiaco Academy represents my ambition and vision for my son, and I am very satisfied with the results. I wanted my son to have the best possible environment, and I achieved this with Subiaco Academy. The
school and the teachers and the students have all been part of my son's education. I think that the experience at Subiaco will prepare him for University and life, and will provide him with the principles and value necessary to be a fine man, a good citizen, and an excellent leader in Angola.
-Kevin Kendrick, father of Jay in the Class of 2010
I also wanted to give you a report on Jay. He's made it through his first semester of college ……… and he gets to go back for more…..!!!!!!!! The best news….he made a 3.00 GPA his first semester. I give credit to the leadership and dedication of teachers and administrator at Subiaco for his success. It was just three years ago I was praying for help with my son. Subiaco was the answer to my prayer. Subiaco taught him learning skills, coping with living away from us (his parents), and dealing with issues inside and outside of the classroom. You turned a child into a young man. It is without question that Subiaco gave him an advantage over other kids that were leaving home for the first time. And as you know, Jay needed a place like Subiaco to give him direction into his future education.
-Bernadette Post, Subiaco parent 2004 & 2008
My oldest son was self motivated and did very well at Subi. I found out, to our surprise, that our youngest son is also self motivated! He was in a small Catholic school and was not being challenged in academics. It was a safe environment so it was very difficult for us to make the decision to send the boys to Subi. But we felt they had much to learn about becoming Godly men.
Subi has opened the doors for them in their faith and academics. Neither of my boys are interested in sports, but the sports programs at Subi are good and many boys take advantage of them. One thing we love is that Subiaco empasizes 'scholarly' athletes. Boys can excel in sports and/or the arts - art classes, music, drama, and choir - as well as academics. You are not a "nerd" if you do not play sports, but you are also not a "nerd" if you have straight A's and are on the sports team. You can explore your individual gifts and talents and they are appreciated.
I have truly seen my own sons unveil talents they or we did not know they had! There are also opportunities for spiritual growth for those young men who choose to take advantage of that. We were blessed that our sons did that and we have seen their faith flourish.
We live about one hour from Subi so Joseph does come home every weekend. However, many boys only go home on breaks and do quite well with that. They seem to make friends and sometimes get invited home on weekends. We love the international environment. My son's roommate is from Korea. There are boys from all over the states as well as all over the world. It is in a peaceful and very safe place.
It is a wonderful choice for us but it, like any school, is not perfect. It was a very difficult decision for us sending our boys. When my son, Jacob, who is now a sophomore in college, graduated he said, "thanks, Mom, for having the courage to send me to Subiaco!" Yes, it was a joint decision for us, but the mom is the one that has the hardest time, I believe.
We are VERY close to our sons (and all of our children). We are a close knit family and we knew it would be a sacrifice. We feel God has honored that sacrifice.