We couldn't be happier with this school. It offers the perfect combination of academics, community and extracurricular activities. My kids moved from a local charter school that absolutely killed their love of learning. It's back at the Gregory School.
Tucson has so many options for high school, and I looked at each one objectively for my child and chose Gregory for many reasons. Overall it provides the most well-rounded education, if you care about great academics as well as great art, sports and extracurricular clubs and being held accountable for community projects, then Gregory is the best option. The classes are small, teachers respond immediately to concerns and tutoring is offered daily, and encouraged. The athletic teams have great school spirit, we have highly ranked teams going to states, and art classes that are more inspired than those I took in college. The campus is the most attractive in all of Tucson and the science building is incomparable with beautiful labs and inspired teachers. There is dedicated college counseling with a very devoted counselor and a huge college fair annually. The student body has a large international contingent, my child has friends from South Africa, German, Ukraine, China, Turkey and Brazil. It's incredible! I think it's impossible to find a better option for middle or high school, just send your child for a one day on campus visit and they will not want to go anywhere else.
While it was just renamed, the school is still the same. My daughter is in high school and her teachers are excellent. They all have advanced degrees in the field and they are experienced in the classroom. The academics are great preparation for a top-tier college or university, but they value critical thinking, writing skills, and creativity over pure test prep like you see at many other schools. Students are well rounded because of arts, sports, and extracurriculars. The education is great, but the school is run by its biggest donors who are appointed to the school board.
St. Gregory completely prepared both of my children for college. They went to competitive universities and one has sailed through and graduated, while the other is a junior and doing beautifully. Both will tell you that it was their preparation at St. Gregory that afforded them the opportunity to become critical thinkers, have a connection to their college professors, and most importantly have a desire to be lifelong learners. It was worth every cent....enroll today. I cannot believe that my grown children still think that St. Gregory was the best choice they ever made.
Small class size, excellent curricular approaches, family-like student/faculty relationship, rigorous education in preparation for entry into college/university of choice. Minimal teach-to-state/fed test misdirection. Excellent paving-the-way to the higher level experience. The new leadership is bringing an even more superior approach to giving the students every possible step up in his or her journey through the educational process.
omg this place is awesome i love it more than any other school in el mundo
I strongly encouraged my grandson to attend St Gregory's now 3 1/2 yrs ago. I am overwhelmed with the broad education he has received, many of the courses being advanced. The school has provided a medium for him to excel as a leader, as a very creative contributor to the audiovisual needs of the school, as a poised liberal arts educated young man and involvement in school athletics. To put a number on his education, his pre-college testing has placed him in the top 1% nationally. A retired U of A professor.
This is a great school! I highly recommend it to anyone looking for great academics, fun athletics, and to educate the whole child. There are many extracurricular activities and opportunities, for example summer trips to a foreign country to immerse yourself in the language and culture (a big part of learning a language here). Students participate in activities having to do with the core values: character, scholarship, leadership, and innovation. This is not just a school for rich kids. While many of the families here are well-off, many are not. 1/3 of the school is on financial aid, and several students are on scholarship. The teachers here are excellent and very on the ball. Academic-wise, the students are very challenged. They can test into higher level classes, such as those having to do with math or languages. Socially, students are very accepting compared to students from a public middle or high school. Again, this is a wonderful school!
St. Gregory has an outstanding academic course with attention that you will not find at ANY other school. All the grades make a special bonding with each other even though ages differ. You make a special bonding with teachers and the environment is just so welcoming and comfortable that help you study at your fullest.
My children have been at St. Gregory since middle school. We have been very pleased and impressed by the incredibly dedicated, caring and involved teachers/staff. They know my children. They take a special interest in their progress (or lack thereof if there is a problem, the teachers are right on top of it!) The work that my kids are doing in class far surpasses that of any of their peers in town. They are taught how to think critically, how to ask the right questions and to write well. They have to make presentations to their peers and to the school. Learning how to speak in front of groups is a wonderful skill. These kids will be extremely well prepared for college and for whatever career/life path they pursue. St. Gregory is an accredited Independent School, the only one in town. There are national standards that must be met to achieve this.(NAIS.org) This school strives to educate the whole child, not teach to the test. This is a personal choice. If you value that then this is the place for your child. I feel that the school has very strong leadership and a clear direction. The school is also very diverse and has 1/3 on financial aid. Dollars do not talk.
St. Gregory is a wonderful school. My child has been at St. Greg's from middle school and will be here until high school graduation. This school is just as wonderful as the very selective Independent Private Schools where we moved from. The teachers are very caring and committed to bringing out the best in each student. The environment is very positive and the kids are happy. I'm sorry that the person who left the dismal review had such a poor experience. I have spoken to many, many parents and former students and can say that person is definitely in the minority. If you are looking for a school, I can highly recommend St. Gregory for a superb education and a great all around school experience that will benefit your child for a lifetime.
This is an amazing school. My son is in his 4th year at St. Gregory and has received a great education there. We are grateful for the educational rigor, individualized attention and commitment to excellence. My son is a top student and really values being appreciated by the staff & faculty for his intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm. There are many, many bright kids at this school that are thriving. St. Gregory just celebrated their 30th anniversary and has grown in attendance every year that my son has been there. We really believe they are committed to the promises they make in preparing students to be leaders and innovators for the 21st century. It makes me crazy to read reviews like the 2 before this one, undoubtedly written by the same parent, because they clearly had expected an exclusively academic experience and were surprised to find out that St. Gregory offers their students so much more!
To whomever may have read my comment from August 22, 2011. I owe a huge apology if your choice was influence in anyway by that comment. St. Gregory is a sinking ship. The honeymoon period wore off quickly and it was a great disappointment. The curriculum is substandard! There is no expectation and therefore no performance. Every one gets an A as long as they show up. Most of the teachers are okay, but the liberalness of the school is "crazy". I removed my daughter as soon as possible and she return to BASIS. A school I highly recommend, if your student is hardworking. St. Gregory's was a HUGE MISTAKE!
There are some major problems at this school. Staff turnover is high, many of the teachers are disorganized and lacking in ability to control their classes. The discipline of students is sporadic at best and no matter what the infraction a donation will make it all go away. Complain about a teacher and the stock response is your kid is a troublemaker. Teachers use innapropriate language to students. There is a lot of bullying.
If you have been looking for a great middle school, look no farther! Tucson really lacks in this area and is fortunate to have St. Gregory. Students have many opportunities for learning. The faculty is great. The school prepares well for high school.
I am commenting on the Upper School. Our children started at St. Gregory during their freshman years. We wanted them in a good school that was safe. Words can not describe how wonderful we think this school is. The headmaster is one of the finest human beings you will ever meet. Susan Heintz, the upper school head, is the most 'with it' person I know. The faculty members are incredible teachers as well as wonderful human beings.There has been very little turnover and both of our kids have had the same solid core of teachers. We are not wealthy but our kids have been treated just like anyone else. We have never regretted the money we have spent on this school. It has been worth every cent.
The Great teachers never seem to stay more than 1 yr. Head of middle shool has changed a couple of times in 2 yrs. Their commitment to Character is not true. This school used to be known for it's academics and integrity, now it's all about the kids whose parents donate the most.
This is a review for the Middle School. Our child was at St. Greg for the 3 yr. Middle School Program. Something is very, very wrong at this school. High, high, high staff turnover, no leadership. Every leader has left, most teachers (in the middle school) have left in the three years our child attended there. Very high pricetag for the 'quality' of teachers.
I echo the words of praise for St. Gregory. The faculty is a collection of some of the finest educators in the teaching profession. They are truly caring human beings. There was never a doubt that my child would be safe and supported at SG and now that he is excelling in college, I know we made the right decision. It really is a college preparatory school.
St. Gregory Middle School is definiatly the best middle school in the city. I tried sending my kid to Orange Grove Middle School, and found St. Gregory was way ahead in everything. Even though at St. Gregory middle school you might find your child struggling because of the tough curricular, then ends benefits will highly pay off. The middle school prepares their student to be very succussful at almost any public highschool. If you have the money and value education, then send your child to St. Gregory.
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