My daughter attended our local CFSD elementary school from kindergarten and it was great up until 5th grade. Partway through that year ('14-'15) she was unhappy and did not love school as much as she had previously. So she did a shadow day at The Gregory School. She loved it so much that she begged us to send her there right away. We had her switched within two weeks and have never regretted it. The teachers have been fantastic, the small class sizes are wonderful, and the two combined mean that the kids get to do lots of hands-on and interesting learning activities. The campus is open and lovely, there is a great farmyard with goats and chickens that are cared for by the students, and the teachers really get to know the students. Our daughter rocketed ahead in math and is now in 7th grade doing 9th-grade level work and loving it. She has taken Latin and now takes both Spanish and French. She has guitar as an elective class. She has spent time in the Fab Lab working on a project of her own design. She's done basketball, volleyball and track, and now she is part of the all-school musical. The teachers are open, friendly and happy, not stressed-out and overworked. The head of the middle school and the Headmaster are both WONDERFUL, and focused on the right priorities. I can't say enough good things about this school and how happy our daughter is to get to go there.
WATCH OUT!!!! the principial just fired 3/4 of the teachers that were the ONLY good part about the school! she emailed all the parents today after people starting posting stuff online. the teachers made the school special and now they are gone, do not support this school!
Many of the teachers are incredible. A few are just OK, but they are being phased out. Fairly advanced classes (all are Honors-level), AP classes too. Some use traditional methods, others do really unique and interesting things. Feels like college sometimes. The campus is quite nice. Very open. The weather is great, hallways are outdoors. So much open space. Incredible views. Lots of glass. Some old, some new buildings. It's a private school in a good neighborhood. Almost all families are upper-middle or upper-income professionals. The campus has security but is not tightly guarded, but that's a good thing because it doesn't feel like a prison (like other area schools). The communication between parents & students, the administration, and the board needs improvement for sure. Parents and students don't really have input in any of the decisions made by the administration. They are pleasant, but the Head of School is the only one with any power. If you want really competitive sports, the school doesn't play in a big league like other local ones, but they usually do pretty well when they compete. There are a variety of clubs, along with art, music, and theater.
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.
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.