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Francis Parker School5
Posted April 29, 2014
- a parent
Truly an amazing school. Every teacher my kids have come in contact with at the school have truly had something valuable to add to my children's education. The school certainly isn't for everyone, but if you have a child interested in learning and exploring opportunities, this is the place. Tuition is very high, but at this school, they deliver on their promises. Parker is not a fa ade. The academic environment and love of learning at the school is the real deal.
I have 2 children at FP; middle school and high school. I feel quite the opposite of reviewers who have said it's about what you wear and how much you have. I have really never experienced that nor have my children. They have friends from many parts of SD County. We chose this school over Bishop's because of the low profile that money has in the school environment. In addition, it is a very diverse group of kids; socio-economic, ethnic, academic. I feel that it is an accepting environment of all types of kids. The academics are very good, but kids do not seem overwhelmed with homework. Teachers are extremely available for students after school or even later via email.
Parker is a gem, offering the best of all worlds in a private education. The arts, athletics and enveloping academics offer every student a chance to grow. Our kids are different from each other, yet all love Parker. More importantly, they are being challenged and rewarded every day with an enriching, world-class education.
My experience at Parker has been absolutely phenomenal. There are so many opportunities to get involved with the community, take a wide variety of academic coursework, participate in athletics (both competitively and recreationally), and to join one of the many clubs and extracurricular activities available at Parker. To address the comments on grade inflation and getting into top tier schools: I know personally people who are going to Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Duke, Yale, Columbia, Cal Tech, Johns Hopkins, Rice and the list goes on. I feel that even though the students tend to be wealthy and some are very wealthy, your family's socio-economic group does not factor in at all to how the Parker students will accept you. I chose Parker over LJCD and Bishops because I felt that to be much more prevalent there. Also one thing that I really like is that there are not really cliques, and there is certainly not a "popular group." Everyone hangs out with everyone and no one really judges. The food at Parker is also really good; everything is made in out cafeteria and the ingredients are from local farmers. This stimulates the local economy and gets us fresh, great tasting food.
Probably worst school ever. The leadership was lost after Mrs. Ostos left. Now it's Mr. Lang who is a terrible dean, followed by Mrs. McKenna. None of the teachers are even good and they pressure too much and treat people differently according to how much money they donate, and their race, it very ridiculous. Mr Lang is the worst though, worst thing that has ever happened to this school PERIOD.
We started at Parker this year and it has exceeded all of our expectations. The quality of teaching is excellent and communication from the teacher is more than we could have hoped for. The school definitely has a community feel and it has been a pleasure getting to know other parents and school officials. I really appreciate the holistic approach to education and nurturing of the person, not just focusing on the academic task or memorization. I am looking forward to many years at the Parker community and feel that my money will be well spent.
It s totally true as one of the parent said below. Parker s Weighted GPA average is 4.2 but this parent forgot to mansion that Unweighted GPA average is 3.7 which is a complete deal breaker if you want your child go to Top University like Stanford, Cornel, Brown, Duke, Carnegie, University of Pennsylvania or Columbia. If you look at their Graduates acceptances you would barely see any top schools. My other kid is going to Torrey Pines and believes me; their kids get accepted into MIT, CIT, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale every single year not saying about colleges that I mentioned earlier. If not a great athletic team that praise my daughter and promote her advancement I would pull her out of this school.
To the poster dated March 31, 2011, this review is for people seeking opinions about schools. It is not intended for you to bash my opinion based on our experience at this school. I am highly offended by your accusation that my child has special needs. It simply is not true. In fact the school invited us back and we declined. About the playground, several children have broken bones (including my child) on that wonderful play ground. This was not a knee jerk reaction, I was in daily and weekly discussions with the administrators and teacher trying to figure this out. I have two successful adult children and have been a parent for 25 years. We were very disappointed in the lack of response and help to figure this out. We had no choice but to remove him and instantly he was thriving in a different environment. You keep living in your dream world of "FP," while my now happy and thriving child has and will succeed.