As my 8 year old daughter sat on the bathroom floor, crying, she was told by her teacher, "I'm happy you're sad! I'm happy you're crying!" The school thought our sweet, bright child should learn the "Christian value of forgiveness." We moved our daughter to a school with a sane 3rd grade teacher.
St. Anne's is a really great school. The teachers are all very loving and care about how you're doing inside and outside of the classroom. The kids are, for the most part, really nice. It's been a little while since I "graduated" but I still talk to some of my old classmates pretty regularly. The academics are semi-challenging (I had come from a college prep Pre-k - 12 school when I transferred). For a small private school, their middle school athletics (while limited) are really good. Every student is involved in the arts program at some point. Community service and helping others is something they try to instill in their students at an early age. The older kids (particularly 8th graders) are major role models for the younger grades. That was kind of cool, although sometimes I wished we as older students had more freedom. High school placement for the 8th graders is very important to them, and many go to privates for high school. Unique to St. Anne's, some of their students go off to top notch boarding schools - myself included - which is something you don't usually see a lot of in Delaware.
We have been with the school for five years now, and each year it seems to get even better. The school always seems to make choices based on what is best for students. The teachers know their students better than any school I have known. The written comments on my child's report card are sometimes three pages long and they affirm that my child is known and loved. Best of all my child loves to go to school every day!
My grandchildren attend St. Anne's and I am always interested in knowing how they compare with the other schools where they could be attending. As a former educator and a visitor to several events I am so impressed with the quality of the instruction that they are receiving, with the respectful behavior of students in both the lower and middle school, and most recently with the report that 58% of the middle school students qualified for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth by scoring in the 95th percentile or better of the very challenging ERB test. I suspect those results would compare most favorably with any DSTP results of other Delaware schools.