I have been attending this school for 5 years. I joined first because of friends and I was seeking a change. At my old public school I was getting B +'s and I was satisfied with it but didn't care that much about it. The first thing I noticed was how nice all the students and staff were. I then noticed how after adjusting to the homework schedule I was getting straight A's and i was enjoying the curriculum. I think this school is a perfect school for grades 6-8 because it teaches them good study habits to be used later in high school and college. The high school at GP is not everyone and requires a lot time and effort but the rewards so far that i have noticed are amazing, which include me thinking about what I should be doing to get ready for college and what I should major in. The staff at this school is just amazing they spend almost all there time devoted to helping the student with constant tutoring throughout the week. They also have a love for the subject which allows for the students to interested in it also, for example i am taking the AMC , a nation wide math test that could help with sholarships. Finally I have to say the the sports are amazing.
My son is in the 6th grade at Glendale Prep. The school is to focused on classical education. Students who go here are unlikely to acquire a job in modern technology. The only bits of technology used in the classroom are a small PC used for attendance and 1 old, yellow projector missing a wheel. Compared to other charter schools, this is below average. In the 6th grade students take a Science class. The class is to focused on pre-Socratics and Greek philosophers. The month they did spend on actual science just lead back to philosophy.I never was in need of such courses. The restrictions on a students life is also a negative. There is a ban on any "pop culture" in the school. My son was scolded for speaking at his locker about football before school even started. Also the homework takes my son till 10:00pm to finish, yet he got strait A's on the semester finals. This leaves no time for family activities. One positive aspect is that the school provides a wonderful extra-curricular program including clubs and sports. They cultivate a need for excellence inside the classroom and on the sports field although I doubt my student will return next year.
I will say this, for having such a bad AD and coaches the football team was the first AIA division VI team ever to win a playoff game in their first year in the division and won back to back state championships in the CAA the previous two years. Of course, the emphasis is on academics. We bring our children to GP so they are prepared for college and careers, not to play in the NFL. If you want your kid to play professional sports send them to a large division I school. My children will come out of GP ready for college and life, which is something I could not say after graduating from high school here in Phoenix.
It's really interesting how two parents' reviews are bashing the sports at GP, when school has barely been going on for 1 or 2 wks. Yes the emphasis at GP is about academics and character...and sometimes losing actually builds character. Last yr many of the teams actually won their championship, but those parents probably didn't do their research. Don't bash the coaches and parents who give of their time....how much volunteer time do you give? This isn't a private school where people pay $10,00o-20,000 a yr, so if that's what you want move your kids there. :) as for me, I'm ecstatic about the school and sports my kids are in.
Bad sports program. I agree with the previous comment, they don't hire real coaches. The staff training our children in ports are teachers and parents with little knowledge in social & sports' life. GP is nothing other than a bunch of smart kids trying to play sports, and the staff teaches that is OK to not win, as long as you have good grades. If your child love & is good at sports, GP is not for them.
GP is great in academics; however, the athletics program is ridicules. The AD continues to say they care about sports and they try to giver their students the best possible coaches. NOT TRUE. The coaches are not certified, they are parents & and teachers with little or no experience at all. My daughter competes in the highest level of her sport in club and decided no to participate in the GP team because the coach is just bad. The coach is bias to her daughter, her favorites and is more of a after school program. The other sister school (Scottsdale & Phoenix Prep) hires real coaches and it shows on the quality of their sports. GP is more academics and they give you a load of BS full of excuses, politics and reasons that just don't deliver results. On top of that, they compete at the lowest possible interscholastic level, were is worst than a recreational city league. So, academics- good, athletics-really bad.
The classroom participation portion of grading is way too high - up to 30%. If you have a child that is shy this can and will bring down their grade. If you have a child that is outspoken this can and will bring up their grade. Classroom participation should be part of a grade, but 30% is ridiculous. The weighted grade also does not work for most state schools that take applications through computers. Private schools that Great Hearts has relationships with recognize the weighted grade, but if your headed toward a state school you better think twice about your child's GPA. High turn over rate with teachers and most teachers are straight out of college so little experience.
I think the academics are great. But as for your concern about the athletics and athletes, unfortunately, there may be merit for concern. Example of athletic special treatment, they don't have open try outs. Prior to start of season positions are filled. Even if your child is more skilled and qualified if a position may be filled even before registration for that sport. It's the politics of schools not managed well, unfortunately. Politiking unchecked. Also, there has been an instance of enrollment maniuplation for star players. It's unfortunate. I fiind the academics great, teaching staff outstanding, individual school administration mediocre and sports programs seriously wanting. So if your priority is the in-classroom instruction, these are good schools. If it's great administration and athletics, keep searching.
I love this school! My son LOVES this school. He and his classmates typically arrive at least an hour early and when the day is done they don't want to leave!! The kids seem to genuinely enjoy being here. They are interacting, discussing literature, SMILING...that is what I see consistantly, they are smiling. Age differences don't stop the students from getting to know each other, I always see the older kids with the younger kids, being leaders and good role models. Here I don't worry about drugs, sex, and what style is most popular....the kids, at least from that ones I've met, don't show interest in those things. This isn't your typical school, this is a prep school. Preparing our children for a different kind of life. A life where friend worship and pop culture don't rule their hearts. Exploring classic literature, achieving academic goals, and comradery are encouraged. The kids respect the teachers, because the teachers repect the kids. Just ask about how they structure parent-teacher conferences. You'll be amazed!
I really love this school and I wish all of my friends could come here. My teachers are amazing and I'm glad I was moved here from a public school. I got a boost from KUMON which took me to a higher level at this school. I really can't wait to get a scholarship and I hope newcomers will enjoy this school too.
This is my son's third year at Glendale Prep. My 5 older children all attended public schools, and I can say that the education here is far superior. At Glendale Prep, learning is an exciting adventure! Scholastic achievement is encouraged and respect for others is demonstrated by the teachers-- and it filters down to the way students treat each other. The teachers are wonderful, caring, and knowledgeable and have a passion for their subjects in ways I have never seen before. As a student you will be required to listen, study, and participate. You will need to be respectful of your teachers and other students. You will have to do homework. But you will love what you are learning and you will be able to make connections between history/math/culture/the arts and the current world problems in amazing ways. I do not know of another school that even begins to compare with Glendale Prep. My only wish is that I could start over and send my older children to Glendale Prep. Heck, I wish I could start over and go there myself!
This is simply one of the best schools around. The best students, teachers, faculty and parents in the Valley. I've never seen a school like this one. It is amazing.
I was a student here and I hated it at first! My grades fell because I didn't put in the effort needed. I didn't like how much homework there was and overall it was way too much for me. When I left I was so happy but public school was just way too easy for me. I had straight a's and didn't even have to try. Weirdly it was one of the top schools in my area. Now I am begging my dad to let me go back. I am craving a good education.
Sure, participation is a vital key to learning but should it really be worth that much? It was the reason some of my grades would usually fall at a B. I did not leave and take the easy way out, in fact, I go to BASIS (where half of the to be eighth and freshman class of 2012 went) which has a much more modern curriculum and a higher ranking than GP could ever hope to recieve. My comment about the awards was to point out the high level of bias within the GP community as the same five or so students recieved all the awards each year. Did I mention anything about me wanting the award or getting bad grades? No, I am happy our generation is being taught how to read.
Any other parents happen to see how many more teachers are leaving Glendale Prep this year? Something's not right at our school.
I could not be more happy with this school!! My son is THRIVING and so are all of his friends that left Challenge Charter school a year early to come here. I'm not exactly sure what the previous poster is talking about, but I will say this isn't a school for everyone. The work load is considerable, but my son is managing it well. He has grown up a lot at GP. I appreciate the fact that they don't teach pop culture and focus on the classics, it is building an introspective reasoning into my son more than a hundred lessons on current events could ever do...(All you have to do is turn on the news to see what is happening around our world right now). I always see the kids smiling when I visit the school. My son wants to come in an hour early and stay an hour late!! The sports program had given my son so much joy and everyone in my family really likes attending the games. The office staff is wonderful and they are very welcoming of parental support and volunteering. I've jumped right in and started helping wherever I can! This is a small school, I feel like it is family. Maybe not a perfect fit for everyone, but for my son it is absolutely spectacular!!
By the way, I feel I need to comment on the parent who said Mr. Garrison was run off. He was most certainly not run off-he left on his own, three weeks before school started. Also, to the parent who said the school has no extra-curricular activities. WRONG! My son is in five clubs (four that require a lot of extra work), and maintains a straight A average at the school. If someone thinks that there are no extra-curriculars, they are not trying very hard to participate. The sports program at GP is excellent, run by the the caring/character driven teacher/coach, Mr. Rickey. None of the GP's sports students exhibit the poor character and sportsmanship of other schools-Mr. Rickey would not tolerate it. Our football, cross-country, volleyball, softball, and basketball teams have all won state championships!
My son has been attending GPA for 1-1/2 years starting in 6th grade. Overall, the school is nothing short of exceptional, and the the entire Great Hearts institute settles for nothing less. That is, of course, within what the schools deems as exceptional. It is a classical education. What that basically means is that your kid will learn a broad range of core knowledge, how to communicate ideas, and have a self-confidence that will be apparent in the child's stature (the way the child walks, talks and acts). It's not religious teachings, but one of that is based on basic human morals and questions surrounding what makes us human and how the world works around us. It is a rigorous education. I would guess every student studies every night for 2-3 hours a night (that's 5 days a week). If they have sports there is a lot of driving around (big parent commitment, although there are car pool opportunities). My child is used to working hard in school, but some kids just don't enjoy it that much and drop out or fail. Because GPA is so good, most kids study hard because they enjoy it and because they respect the knowledge they are gaining in the process.
For those of you who are wondering where Mr. Garrison went, he is now the music instructor at Phoenix Country Day School in Scottsdale, I would not say he was run off but rather jumped at the opportunity to teach at the most prestegious school in the Phoenix Metro area. Perhaps his tenure at Glendale Prep helped him get this next position. My daughter loves this school and has attended since it opened, previously she attended Rancho Solano from 3 years old through the end of fifth grade. In my opinion Glendale Prep is a much better school in many ways. My daughter struggled the first year but has caught up and is now performing wonderfully.
This is a school where true learning occurs. GP's focus on developing a community of learners where participation in class is just as important as a grade on a quiz is creating thinking individuals, something our country desperately needs. Along with all the Great Heart Schools, character is valued and the respect students have for each other and their teachers is evident on the campus. Great Hearts, by the way, aptly describes the mission of these charter schools. We are thankful to Mr. Williams and his staff for creating such a wonderful environment of learning for our children.
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