As a former student who spent his freshman and sophmore year at Gilbert Christian, I strongly suggest that you do not go here, or send your child here. Most students that go here are fake Christians and do not take the bible seriously. The only thing this school seems to care about is the basketball team. They are constantly recruiting players and even going as far as paying their tuition in full just to convince them to play basketball. And what is even worse is these kids act as If they are above every other student and can be complete jerks to other students. From an educational standpoint it is decent but if you are looking for a christian education, then I recommend looking into other christian schools. (This review only pertains to the high school campus, not the k-8 campus which is run very differently and much better than the high school.)
Gilbert Christian has gone through many dramatic changes in the past 5 years. From changing leadership, school name, philosophy, etc, the former 'Surrey Garden Christian School' is nothing like it once was. This change however is for the better. The quality in staff has gone up greatly, leadership is amazing, the outlook and focus of the school is in line with Christian values and education standards, and most importantly, they have taught and are teaching my children to be mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually strong when they leave this school. I have children who still attend and children who have graduated and are now in college. My college students are on the presidential lists at their universities and received full ride scholarships. They have told me how worried they were for college and thinking they might not be prepared enough, however they will tell you now that they were absolutely well prepared compared to their other college peers. They are excelling at their universities and I could not be prouder. If you want a place for your child to grow in their faith and be challenged educationally, then Gilbert Christian is for you!
I have written a review before that was more focused on the school itself. This review is more about the staff and students. The staff is exceptional with the exception of a few teachers who shouldn't be there. Almost all the teachers hold a masters or are working on a masters degree and could be getting paid more to work some where else but most of the teachers are happy to be there and do the utmost to help there students succeed. Two of the teachers though should not be there and are the only flaw on the spectacular staff. The students on the other hand are so so. Most are good kids who are not as christian as you would expect but are good kids. Others, basketball players, can be very arrogant and think they are too good for everyone else. There are also some kids who think they are better then everyone else, but its a private school so obviously there is a lot of money. But some of these kids need a taste of the real world and need a wake up call that not everything in life is handed to them on a silver platter and need to get over themselves but i digress. This is only a very small portion of them however. I think this school will work out some of the kinks before next year.
horrible school. students are made up of drama creating, gossiping fake people. The only real christians are the staff members. Just finished my freshman year and I really don't want to come back. It looks like a great school, but looks can be deceiving.
GCS is a strong, stable and Christian-based Educational school. Emphasis is on Equipping kids to love God and to place Him above all things. Additionally, GCS has a curriculum that supports strict adherence to the highest educational standards. Highly recommend this school. Elementary Principal, Mrs. Ann Flagg, is a true professional. She is lovingly dedicated to serving God through her unwavering dedication to the kids. She is a genuine person and respected educator!
The parent community at GCS is involved. The teachers are outstanding. The curriculum is research based and implemented skillfully and systematically. Most importantly, the school puts Jesus Christ as the forefront off all learning and activity. This is a wonderful school for Christian families. There is a waiting list because it's excellent!
Gilbert Christian School is an amazing place! Our children have attended GCS for the past four years, and every year, we continue to be HIGHLY impressed with the teachers and administration. They strive towards excellency in all scholastic areas, and yet also do a fantastic job of teaching and modeling a very genuine faith in Jesus, that is relationship and grace-based. In addition, the extracurriculars that they offer are wonderful. Our kids absolutely LOVE GCS!!!
Having taught in both private and public schools, I cannot speak more highly of the administrators and the faculty of GCS. It is an excellent school!
Our child has attended GCS since kindergarten , is now in 3rd grade. The teachers, staff and especially the leadership( specifically the elementary principal ) have been outstanding. I cannot say enough positive things about this school- besides the amazing education my child receives , the caring, Godly people that make this school so special have truly been a blessing.
We have been blessed to have our children attend GCS for the past 8 years. We love the fact that GCS provides a Christian environment, quality education, small classroom settings and an incredible teaching staff. The teachers really know and care about your children's education and spiritual growth. Our children have attended the elementary, middle school and high school. All levels provided the Christian focus we had hoped for. We highly recommend this school if you are considering sending your children to GCS!
The Elementary Principle is less concerned with the well being of the children and more concerned with keeping the parents that donate money to the school HAPPY. The school is all politics. The teachers are wonderful but have to deal with the political aspect of the school. The school is less concerned with raising good, wholesome christian children,and more concerned with your money. They will do whatever a parents with money (or who donates) says.
My issue is not so much with the school, or most of the staff, but more so with the school principal and leadership. I had my child in Kindergarten and he was continually bullied and targeted for acting like a normal immature kindergarten child. At one point they were telling my child what a bad person he was and broke him down enough that I took him to a psychiatrist to find out what may be wrong with him. In going to the psychiatrist, he couldn't believe the bullying coming from the school on my child, even with the immature actions by my son. The principal chose to expel my son for sticking his tongue out at another student after she told him not to do that the day before.
First year family. Amazing school: wonderful music program and specials, love that physical fitness is incorporated into each day in the classroom beyond PE, love that recess and lunch is long enough to enjoy ,( in public schools they sometimes had 10-15 minutes) love that standards are high, class size is small and that God and faith is incorporated into every aspect of the day. Leadership is highly connected with the needs of staff, children and parents.
This school is expensive and not worth the money. The education is lacking. The administration does not know how to deal with problems. Instead of spending the money on the students education they spend it on advertising. I learned more in 2 years in junior high than I have in the last 4 years at Gilbert Christian.
GCS has been a blessing to our family. Our daughter is in her second year and we look forward to her continued academic success and Christian teaching by example. The staff is an amazing group of kind, caring and talented people. As with any school, we will keep a watchful eye on the promise of individualized student teaching; so far our high standards have been met.
Gilbert Christian Schools is a wonderful place for children to learn, a great community, and most importantly, a godly atmosphere which is lived out among the faculty and staff. We feel that our children are getting a high-quality education that will continue through middle and high school. We also know that the Word of God is being honored as they study through the Bible and are taught how to live a Christ-honoring life. We would highly recommend GCS to anyone who would like their children to grow not only academically, but also in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ!
Love the school! We are going into our 3rd year and our experience has been beyond our best expectations. The administration is made up of Godly men and women trying to honor God in all they do. God has blessed their efforts and the school continues to grow despite the bad economy.
The tuition continues to spike even through this bad economy! That isn't the proper way to treat dedicated parents. Politics seem to control this school. Outside looks great until you see the inside!
This is a great school that has experienced many MANY changes in the recent years. With any change there is going to be bumps along the way and that is expected. But with this school, when they face the bump in the road they do their best to change it and make it better. The Staff here is wonderful and i feel like my children are getting such a great education. My kids are way more ready for college and life than I ever was. THere are somethings about this school that i have a problem with and would like to see changed but overall I love it and so do my kids. A lot of people say "Why are you sheltering your kids from the real world?" Well my response is this. THis school isnt perfect and neither are the kids. Not everyone at this school is the christian robot that everyone likes to think they are. My kids see enough of "the real world" in this school and outside of it , but the difference is, is that my children are guided to make smart decisions and have parents and staff who want to help them make those smart choices. I know that my children have not just flourished academically in this school but also emotionally and spiritually and that is what I am most grateful for.
My children have attended GCS - MS and GCS - HS for the last two years. We know there have been changes made in these last two years, but I can't comment since our children never attended SG. However, what my children are experiencing now is an educational institution that is lead by God honoring people from the administration to the custodial staff, instruction that requires higher level thinking skills, creative problem solving and collaboration rather than memorization and knowledge based feedback, a school that has an amazing general music and choir program as well as PE, sports and drama. I feel my children are receiving an exceptional education, couldn't be happier!
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