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Why I Chose Saint Patrick: Dominic Sabella

For the Sabella’s, Saint Patrick was an easy choice. It is in close proximity to where they live, respected by friends and neighbors, and they say they received positive feedback about the school from everyone they know. The fact that it is a same-sex, Catholic school and a place where they always felt welcome made it even easier.

Here is why the Sabella family chose Saint Patrick High School in their own words.

Being at St. Pat’s has exceeded our expectations! The environment is totally engaging, personal and positive. There are so many opportunities for your son to stand apart from the crowd. Our son has become a completely different kid. Our family and friends have noticed the change in him and how much his confidence has grown in the past 3 years. His love of St. Pat’s and the connections he’s made with fellow Shamrocks, faculty and staff is very evident.

Dominic came from a large public grade school where his potential went unnoticed and, in our opinion, fell through the cracks. That changed immediately at St. Pat’s where teachers started asking us right away why he wasn’t in honors classes. He was recognized as a “Student of the Month” twice in his first year which also had a tremendous impact on his personality and outlook toward his education.

Our son’s involvement in swimming, water polo, Chinese Club and National Honor Society (NHS) has contributed greatly to the changes in him. His activities gave him a place where he feels he belongs. They’ve pushed him to come out of his comfort zone and work harder. He had to push through his fear of public speaking when he was asked to participate in a Chinese competition and when Dominic didn’t get selected for NHS as a sophomore he reevaluated what he was lacking in and tried again. In sports he has been named “Athlete of the Week” and is currently the captain of the swim team. He was also asked to be a Kairos leader. We don’t think any of this would have been possible had he remained the quiet shy kid he was before coming to St. Pat’s.

We feel St. Pat’s is a home where all different types of boys can find their place. Even though they are all different and have different interests and goals, being a Shamrock is a bond that links them together. We’ve heard our son use the term “Brotherhood” and truly believe he feels connected to the school and the people in it. We feel confident it’s a connection he will be proud of and carry with him for the rest of his life.

To learn more about Saint Patrick High School, visit us at our Fall Open Houses on Thursday, October 24 and Thursday, November 14 from 6-8 pm. There are also opportunities to be a Shamrock for a Day by scheduling a Shadow Day.

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