What is a great school? A great school encourages children to grow and discover their talents. A great school prepares children for life not only academically, but emotionally as well. A great school fosters creativity and independent thinking while teaching important fundamentals which are the basics of learning. A great school does all of this in a warm and nurturing environment. If you are looking for a "great school" you have found it at All Saints
If you are looking for a school with the "drill and kill" method, then All Saints' is for your child. My daughter went through the middle school there, she loved 5th-7th grade but 8th grade was just a nightmare. She's good with time management and doesn't get stressed out too easily, but in 8th grade All Saint's just crammed everything on to her plate to the point where some days she would come home from school crying. I would have to literally drag her out of the house some days, other days she would tell me she had to wear waterproof mascara to school, because some days she would cry in class. One teacher said to her that "She would rather have my daughter finish her homework rather than sleep" These kid's minds are still developing the need sleep! Going to this school, if you want to be in bed by 10:30 pm, don't expect to hangout with friends after school and don't expect to do extra curricular activities, because your student will be in bed by 1:00 am with all of the homework they are given. It is a stressful environment, the children are "puppets on a string"
All Saints has a beautiful tranquil campus and is a wonderful place to nurture young minds.
I have two grandchildren that attend this remarkable school. The student to teacher ratio is low, and the caring from the teachers to each student is readily seen and felt. After teaching myself for 30 years in exemplary schools, I can say this is the BEST. The tuition is worth every penny spent. This school motivates high academic achievement, personal leadership skills, and high self esteem. Without a doubt, this school puts God first in its teaching, parent involvement, and teachers' love for their students. A+++ in all areas Special Friend's Day is a day to attend each year!
My children have been at All Saints' since Kindergarten. One child is presently in 8th grade and the other is in 5th grade. We have been VERY happy at this school with the teachers and the overall community. The academics have been very strong and comparable to PCDS. It is a wonderful environment that is very non-threatening. The children wear uniforms and it makes it very comfortable for the kids. The heart of the school is in the arts and the performances they have. Each child learns early on to speak in front of the congregation and perform in the annual spring play. The children here are lovely as are the parents.
I went to All Saints' for my seventh and eighth grade year and It was by far the best school I have gone to in my life. THey provide excellent financial aid and they are very involved with community. I liked how he classes were split by the level of learning so no one was too far behind or way ahead.
I think this is a terrific school. Two of my grandchildren attend All Saint's. Their knowledge is far above two grandchildren who can only go to the public Madison Meadows Middle School which is sadly lacking in teacher student ratio.
I attend all saints and I feel that many parents that gave it negative reviews probably don't have students that are willing to work hard. I went to Phoenix Country Day School and felt that there was no community feeling present. At All saints that is certainly present. Punishment is not a factor to those who do their homework I am glad I go to All Saints!
We LOVE All Saints'. My two children have had a truly fantastic experience thus far. The schools motto is, 'Smart kids with soul' and we have found this to be the perfect description. The teachers are incredible and the academics are challenging, and it pays off for the kids. The tuition price tag is a bit steep, but I would do anything to keep my kids there!
Our two daughters have attended since kindergarten and are now in 7th and 5th grade. They have thrived here , being challenged intellectually, developing artistically, and learning about service and giving back. The parent community is amazing being comprised not only of successful people but parents who devote time to their kids and school to make it succeed.Driving this is the Episopalian ethos which welcomes all faiths, fosters acceptance of diversity, and insists on the the centrality of religion and morality. Especially in the upper grades there is an emphasis on community service including St Mary's Food Bank, Andre House to serve meals to the homeless, and a carnival for the United Methodist Outreach Ministry- an apartment complpex for the temporarily homeless---just to name a few that my daughter has served. There is a broad sports and arts program. But mostly it is about a community .
I learned in first grade what All Saint s is all about. My child came home sharing that he was nervous about a musical performance. I emailed the music teacher to let her know. That afternoon I asked if he was still nervous. He explained that Mrs. Humpage told him he had butterflies and that even though it felt uncomfortable she hoped that those butterflies would never fully go away because they showed he cared about his performance. The question is not if your child will benefit from an ASEDS education but more for parents. If you need your child in an environment where they breeze through, always receive an A and are able to complete homework during class this may not be the right place. However, if you believe that greatness requires hard work and is sometimes even a bit uncomfortable than I would take a look at ASEDS.
We have been very happy at this school. My two children enjoy the school. They are happy to go each day. We have been there two years and have not found the homework overwhelming by any means. The tuition is a bit expensive, but not as much as some of the other private schools in Phoenix. I have found the teachers to be very involved with the children (15 or less in each class). The children are encouraged to value each other's differences. The school has a fairly diverse population. Because it is an Episcopal School, it is very accepting of other religions, races and lifestyles. I think this is the best part about the place! They are very involved with outreach and have projects for helping others throughout the school year. Many times, I hear that All Saints' graduates are the best prepared for high school.
My child is in her fourth year at the School. The arts & music programs are outstanding! Each year there is a special event that showcases the fine arts department. Each child's art is displayed and each grade level performs a musical number that demonstrates what they are learning in music class - how to read music, follow a director, tone, pitch, etc. Amazing what even the youngest students can do. In the spring, grades 1-6 each have a musical where every child has a speaking part, and either a solo or part of an ensemble. The other 'specials' - science, computers, religion, library, Spanish, and PE are excellent. I like the small class sizes (16 students per section). Very involved parents group. Good community to be a part of. Strong academics. Could be more diverse (economically and ethnic/racially).
Excellent teachers, parent involvement. Teachers able to adapt curriculum to student need. Psychologist on staff to help with middle school changes
Without a doubt, the students are, as a group, much brighter than average kids, which makes the school a better choice for gifted students. But at All Saints', with giftedness comes an overweening sense of entitlement, and, unfortunately, not much of a sense of obligation to give back. (Just look at the July 27th poster's arrogation of the 'track to endless success' resulting from his spending a four years at the school!) About a third of the teachers are excellent--the best in Phoenix. The rest are super-annuated and should retire. Generally, with a very few exceptions, teachers make no apparent effort to impress upon their students the teaching of St. Paul that 'of whom much is given, much is expected.' Nor do they teach, as Jesus did, that 'the last shall be first.' To the contrary, aggressive self-service is, de facto, the All Saints' Way.
As a response to the post of July 17, i respectfully disagree. I've found the teachers to be very creative and helpful in addressing discipline issues, and seek solutions that address the root cause of acting out, rather than senseless punishments. The small class sizes allow teachers to provide individual attention to accommodate students' needs, and while the school is geared toward those who don't struggle academically, it also seeks to give students the tools they need to do well.
I graduated from All Saints' this past spring. All Saints' provided me a strong foundation from which I know I will build on as I receive the best education. All Saints' taught me so much as a student. I know for a fact that I would not be on this track to endless success if I had not been educated by the amazing faculty. I absolutely love this school and I would recommend it to any parent with bright and gifted children. I started my journey at All Saints' in the fifth grade, which is an excellent place to begin. Each class was structured to fit each student's needs. Today, I can say that I am proud to be an alumna of this encouraging, motivating, and stimulating school.
I couldn't agree more with the post submitted on July 11, 2007. The teaching methods are archaic and they are especially severe with 5 and 6 year old boys. The teachers run the school and they prefer to have older boys entering so they do not have to deal with anyone who doesn't want to sit in their seat for repetitive drills. In fact, kindergarten and preschool retention is a common 'suggestion' notwithstanding the clinical data showing the negative impacts of such retention. If your young child is academically advanced or gifted (and this is hard to tell as you are just entering school) this is not the place for them as they will be bored with the routine and bristle at the constant discipline for such 'major' infractions as not sitting still in circle or whispering in chapel. The administration's philosphy is 'get on board or go elsewhere.'
Wow! What a great school! My son has attended 2 other private schools in the valley (starting with a 3 year olds program) & All Saints is the best! The academics are challenging & traditional, which is really what our son needs. All Saints has a wonderful reputation & it does indeed live up to it!
my son went here during the summer. He is 4 years old. They told him if he did not play this game then he would be sent to the principle's office. This school is high pressure and too strict.
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