Gethsemane Lutheran School is the best kept secret in private school education in the Valley! We love the small class sizes, after school sports, the music program and all the family and education focused extra curricular activites. The teachers are wonderful and there is a real sense of community. My child is thriving and feels safe. The curriculum is great and the students are tested and put in classes to challange them at every lever. The 6:30am to 6:30pm before and afterschool care is fantastic. We look forward to 4 more years at Gethsemane. It is truly a great school.
This review is for their summer camp program. We absolutely loved this school after coming from another private school program that was not run as well as this one. My daughter was about to enter K and I am amazed by everything they taught her this summer. The kids learned addition and subtraction, and did all kinds of phonics & reading worksheets. And that was just for a small amount of classroom time as the rest of the time was all activities to really wear the kids out. They had daily swim, field trips that were age appropriate including a visit to the firehouse, PE games and scooters in the gym and arts & crafts. All of the kids were so well behaved that they also had 5 year olds playing board games like Twister and Chutes & Ladders. I was very impressed by how well behaved the kids were and very thankful to the summer camp teachers who clearly were great at what they do. So caring. In fact, my daughter loved the school so much that she asked us to wake her up early so that she could go earlier and at the end of the camp day she never wanted to leave. The price for tuition is very reasonable and if we could afford it for the school year this would be our first choice.
We have been at Gethsemane for 3 years and we couldn't be happier with this school. Teachers do an outstanding job of creating a caring environment that has helped our kids thrive academically and socially. We absolutely love the outside-the-book learning environment which makes Gethsemane unique and helps our kids get excited about school everyday. Our kids get a great education and excel at levels above their grade, but the Chores for Charity, Operation Christmas Child, and WWII Water Balloon Simulation are great examples that make this school special.
I had high hopes for this school for our children. I have been so disappointed in how this school has changed. In just a short time there have been so many staff changes and now the governing board is run by a few parents. There is no real leadership which is a red flag and in my opinion, not good. The school does do a lot of nice things for the community and has a nice Christian environment. We found the small class sizes were actually a detriment and many of the classes now have less than a dozen kids. I did a lot of research and for the money we were paying I expected a lot more from this school. There are many great schools in the surrounding area that are wonderful with a very nurturing environment. Plus not to mention they are free and offer many great electives and community programs.
Why 1 star? Here aresome of the reasons; 1-You would be paying for the Curriculum that is same as the public schools. 2-Bullying is a big issue that nobody does anything to stop it. 3-School has no money and has a lot of debt. 4-They have been combining the grades due to decrease of enrollment.Only 7 kids will enroll for the kindergarten. 5-Most of the teachers quit .They have lost their best teachers already. I hope my review can reach out other parents before it will be removed .It is not unusual that they manage to remove negative reviews before.
This school has continued to positively evolve with an emphasis on academic excellence, the student's character development - all based in a christian atmosphere with a focus on individual moral and character development. The test scores give the school elite status. Our children (3) have benefited from the academic, athletic and Christian community environment. Our family has been blessed to be a part of the Gethsemane Community. This school has earned the opportunity to be part of your educational evaluation process for your children and your family.
We have been very happy with the educational experience at Gethsemane. We have found the teachers and staff to be kind and caring. We have enjoyed the smaller class sizes. Gethsemane is full of great Christian families and we are proud to send our children there!
Gethsemane Lutheran School has been an amazing community in which to raise my two boys. They have both been with the school since they were 3 years old and attended Preschool. The individualized learning and attention to each child has been what has kept us there. My son's first grade teacher recognized that he needed additional things to keep him challenged, as well as several others in the class and she made that happen. By challenging them at an early age, it has set the bar pretty high. My two sons have had the opportunity to participate in sports, music, drama, band, Spelling contests, geography contests, and Accelerated Reader programs, among others. The staff knows each family and is always working with each one to meet their needs. Teachers are accessible and open to discussions. Outside of the classroom, the school has many activities throughout the year to join the families in fun and fellowship. It creates a community atmosphere where you feel comfortable knowing that others are looking out for your family when you are not able to be with them. Thanks Gethsemane for 10 great years so far!
My children have been attending GLS for over 6 years. We love this school because of the small class sizes and advanced curriculum. Our children are eaily a year ahead of their peers who attend public school. Additionally, we enjoy the comminity aspect of the school and the mentoring of younger students by the older children.
We love Gethsemane Lutheran School. Our son is in his 4th year at GLS. The school is not the fanciest looking from the outside but once you get inside the classrooms, the entire experiance changes. State of the art electonics, mobile computer lab with Ipads as well as standard books. The small class size ensures that our child is receiving a great education. While many public schools are cutting non-academic classes, GLS offers many programs such as music & drama & a sports program for the older students. The most important aspect to us as parents is that GLS is a Christia n based school that teaches our child the same beliefs & guidelines that we try to reinforce in our home. The staff cares about the children & we consider GLS an extension of our family.
Gethsemane Lutheran School has been a big part of our lives since 2002 when we moved to AZ from MN. Our three children will spend all of their elementary years at this great school! As parents, a Christian school with teachers that believe and model strong values is important to us. GLS provides that and so much more. Teachers at GLS truly care about their students. They encourage and challenge students on a daily basis. They integrate a Christian viewpoint into all aspects of education - curriculum, chapel, campus life and extracurricular opportunities. Creativity within the classroom is another reason we are raving fans of this school. A WWII re-enactment, Iron Chef and CSI are all examples of courses that have been offered at GLS. Music, drama and sports are a few of the extracurricular activities you can find at GLS. Who doesn't love rooting for the Gethsemane Gators throughout the year? GLS is affiliated with Gethsemane Lutheran Church, which broadens our family even further through great support and integration. We couldn't be happier with the school, the staff and the teachers at GLS. You should definitely check it out.
This school is amazing I am proud that my student can go to Gethsemane.At this school my daughter can be in honors math and most importantly honors kindness.
Gethsemane is a wonderful school with dedicated teachers and support staff. The student-to-teacher-ratio is low enough so that each student is given the support he or she needs in order to reach his or her potential. The teachers are always looking for cutting-edge ways to teach the material to their students. It is a huge sigh of relief to send my child to a school where I am confident he is loved and cared for. All parents should seriously consider sending their child to Gethsemane.
My child has attended this school for 4 years. We really like the school! Gethsemane has gone through some changes but it is heading in the right direction. Teachers and staff are outstanding. The principal is dedicated and is always happy to speak with the parents.
Gethsemane Lutheran School has been a part of our families lives for many years. Our two daughters attended from preschool through the eighth grade. They received an excellent education, learned about God and are responsible high school students. They attend one of the highest ranking high schools in the state and know the education at Gethsemane was a huge factor for them to be admitted to their high school.
I love this school! It is a small school with big school offerings. The class sizes are small. Technology is on the cutting edge. Students use technology to enhance their learning experience. The principal is a loving, compassionate leader whom all the children know. The teachers are outstanding teachers and great Christian role models. I would recommend this school to everyone looking for quality education!
Our family is so very thankful for Gethsemane Lutheran School. The teachers are so talented and the environment is just like one large family. When I send my child off to school I know she is safe, well taken care of, and that she will learn an extensive amount of subjects. Not only does she learn the important subjects but she also gets to participate in amazing extracurricular activities of her choice. Currently, she is participating in hand bells, band, and cooking in addition to advanced math and her important core subjects. We are so grateful and so thankful for all the hard work and time the teachers put into our child every day. We believe our daughter will be very successful because of the time and dedication the teachers put into each and every child. Sending our daughter to Gethsemane is one of the best decisions we have ever made.
This is our third year at Gethsemane with only regret that we didn't start sooner. The Administration is the most compassionate about children and their walk with our Lord. The teachers find joy in teaching their students and it shows. Academically, the standards are high and the small class sizes ensure students needs are met, if they need advanced math, they receive advanced math, etc. Gethsemane is a community of families supporting each other and the love that is shown and shared is absolutely wonderful. Personally, I would recommend Gethsemane to any family who wants to receive a quality education for their child at a great price surrounding by a supportive community of parents, staff and administration.
Our son was in the Gethsemane preschool for a year and a half. We experienced very poor communication between teachers/staff and parents. The teacher quality, especially in the preschool 3's class, was poor. I requested a conference with out son's teacher and she would not even look me in the eye. She said our son was doing fine and she had no concerns about him, but it was like pulling teeth to get any information out of her. Shortly afterwards, we removed our son from the school. None of the staff, teachers, or the principal even asked why we were withdrawing him. I would think twice about sending your child to this school.
My children are entering their 10th year at GLS. The teachers and staff are caring and work in the way of the Lord. The classes offered are advanced and they offer assistance to others in need of extra help. The sports activities that are available are offered to all students after grade 4, with the exception of Cross Country in 3rd grade. The elective classes are also current to what children are interested in. We have 6 more years at the school and would not trade it for anything!
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