September 05, 2015
Had we known what this school is truly like, we would never have wasted our daughter's time and energy. We are both professors, and college prep this school is not. We paid good money for a sub-par education, teachers that were rigid, lazy and incompetent. It was our daughter's dream to go to St. Lucy's since she was a child. She started out so excited, but by the end of the year she was disillusioned. She was tested on her ability to memorize, but there's no critical thinking; actually, she was told not to overthink things.
There is an administrative barrier that makes it difficult to have access to teachers. Some teachers refused to answer emails. There were 28 days where the students got out at 12:30 or earlier. Go to their website and count them for yourself, and add 6 days of 10:30 a.m. dismissal times during fall and spring finals for a grand total of 28 half days!
Our daughter regularly was up until midnight doing mountains of mindless rote homework that was, essentially, meaningless busy work. But no one is really learning much, especially in terms of critical thinking, and girls are often having emotional breakdowns from the stress. Despite the ridiculous amount of homework, in some classes it's acceptable for the girls to put on makeup, paint their nails, and text on their phones!
Our daughter was in Honors English and didn't write one essay all year. How can you be in an English class and not write? There were nothing but Scantron exams in all of her classes. In some classes she was asked to read/study several chapters of a book, and then have all of that information reduced to a 3 question, multiple choice assessment where, if you get one answer wrong, you earn a D. This is not college prep. In college you need to write and to think critically. St. Lucy's focuses on memorization, not thoughtful thinking.
Rather than meeting strong girls that are empowered to do good in the world, our daughter encountered many mean, petty girls caught up in their social dramas. Overall, a huge disappointment and a waste of money.
- submitted by a parent