Grandview Prep (GVP) is an outstanding school-highly engaged teachers, involved parents, strong athletics & extracurricular activities all set on a safe, beautiful campus. My daughter graduated from GVP in 2012 and my son, who has attended since his Freshman year, is currently a Sr. Throughout their lives we have moved several times so we have experience with different schools. I've seen the difference a school can make in my kids lives. As a parent I wanted my children to attend a school that helps bring out the best they can be in all facets of life - academics, social, sports, ethics, communication - all important. My kids were average students until they enrolled at Grandview. My daughter graduated 2nd in her class and is now in her 2nd year at a highly ranked university. She was well prepared. My son is ranked similarly in his class. I never had to "coerce" them to do schoolwork; the teachers evoke an enthusiasm in them I had never seen before. Perhaps more important, I have seen them grow into genuinely good, confident young adults. I have to credit GVP's leadership, teachers and community for that. I'm fortunate to have found GVP for my children.
We just wanted to write a review to let everyone know how grateful to be part of Grandview. We have the best experience ever with our three children. Academically ( best education ) We have moved around a lot our kids attended many different public and private schools, Grandview have the highest academic and of the moral & loving environment students enjoy. Well mannered kids respect themselves and others and ask more of themselves with the positive attitude they get in school. Grandview has a great Principal along with Teachers & Staff who not only exhibit high integrity but also a caring and loving heart for each individual child .Grandview Preparatory School has it all we recommend it to everyone its a wonderful experience.
We have been in different schools and finally have found a place that we feel great energy. All the staff is very happy and you can feel it. The homework is not excessive which gives our child a chance to play sports. Our child gets positive attention from his teachers and most important, he loves it.
First of all, let me say that every single bad review about Grandview is completely false. I have been going there for 7 years, and my experience has been nothing but positive. The teachers truly care about our education, and I have not heard one iota of this supposed drama mentioned in the negative reviews. The Academics have helped me to excel, and I strongly feel I have flourished academically and socially. There are many options as far as extracurricular activities go, and the Performing Arts Department is simply amazing. Athletics are superior as well. No matter what your specific interest, Grandview is a fantastic school.
Drama, gossip and more drama. I have never seen anything more unprofessional like it in a teaching staff or dance teacher. Our children will not be back next year. The administration does not seem to know what takes place in their own offices. Responsiveness from head faculty is poor.
My three children enrolled at Grandview when the school opened in 1997. They each had an excellent education that not only taught them well academically, but also encouraged and developed confidence and self-expression. After graduating from Grandview in 2002, 2004 and 2007, each of them successfully attended and graduated from a large university, with one of my children going on to earn an MBA. Currently, my two older grandchildren attend Grandview in the Early Childhood and kindergarten classes; when my youngest grandchild turns three years old, he, too, will attend this school. I can recommend Grandview without qualification based on sixteen years of personal experience -- children attending this school feel a warmth and caring that cannot be measured, but which allows them to learn and grow in the best available environment.
School is wonderful. Nurturing, caring environment. My daughter did very well. Math teachers are very rigorous. My daughter was in the advanced math classes there and did exceptionally well. Teachers work very had to explain difficult concepts and teach solid leaning strategies for college. Her success next year in college will be a tribute to the excellent teaching at Grandview.
Grandview Prep is a school run by parents of students. Since it is a small school, check the ratio of teachers/staff to students to whom they are related. Nepotism is abundant here. In our experience, emphasis is placed on students that are children or relatives of teachers, administrators or staff. It is a small school so it is not easy for students to fall through the cracks, but they do. There is no excuse. My advice is to seek a place that genuinely cares for your child and not treat them merely as funds for their school to operate for their own families.
I graduated from here and now I work here. I absolutely love this school, and I'm so happy to be back!
This is our second and last year to have our child at Grandview, and we are not alone, as many parents have already changed schools mid year this year due to a lack of academic rigor. While the school clearly excels at sports (winning state championships, etc.) and has a great arts programs (including the music and dance programs), it seems to be at the expense of academic excellence and accountability in other areas. The headmistress has no formal background, training, or certifications in education or administration, and it shows. The head of the lower school has not demonstrated the ability to lead or mentor teachers or hold teachers accountable to high quality instruction and lesson planning, and the school continues to cut headcount-including the part time curriculum director. The poor leadership has contributed to poor teacher quality and sub par academic programs. There is a fair amount of teacher turnover and both teachers and parents are frustrated with the lack of consistency, communication, and execution from the administration. It's too bad-it truly seemed like a school with great potential, but it seems more like a "grand view". . .vs a "grand follow through".
Poor, poor academics at Grandview. As of today, March 2013, the school has posted information on this site about the arts programs, sports and athletic programs, and other extracurricular activities, but nothing about the curriculum or teaching/learning methods used for teaching reading, writing, math, social studies, science, or foreign languages. And, no surprise-nothing posted about test scores that would indicate how well they are teaching the academic subjects above. That is a pretty good indication of school's priorities.
I am a student that attends Grandview and am so lucky to go to a school like this. I would never want to attend another school. It may not be perfect, but the teachers are great and act as another family to everyone. The comments by some of these parents are misleading and untrue. There are kids that are graduateing that have been to this school since lower school. This school is great.
A great small school with loads of extras. We feel like we are part of a community at Grandview. Arts and athletics are huge and everyone is supportive. The teachers are professional and proactive and the students are courteous respectful of each other and adults. Despite what a previous reviewer said, the older students are polite, bright, and get into good colleges. I look forward to many great years as my child grows with Grandview.
Absolutely the best school I have ever sent my kids too - I just wish I had found it sooner! Teachers, staff they are all wonderful and caring people. Love - love - this school!
Positive reviews of the school sound like advertisements. My experiences as a GPS parent have been very different . As others pointed out, staff keeps getting smaller and the teacher turnover is very high. There is no consistency. The staff is unprofessional and the gossip between parents and teachers is unprofessional. Not suited for an educational environment with children of all ages present. As another commenter pointed out, bulling is common. Several Pre-K kids report foul language, some informing parents that teachers curse on the phone, while the kids are napping. Older kids entering the school are those who are expelled or rejected by better schools. For parents considering sending their kids to GPS, I advise to research thoroughly. This school and its education is not worth the money. If you have options, consider a more stable and caring environment.
Our youngest son attended Grandview last year as a Kindergartner. We did not continue at Grandview due to relocation. The Kindergarten experience was wonderful. Grandview does a fantastic job of fostering a community feel among the parents. Staff is truly devoted to the kids and strives to remain educated and on the forefront of education. It was well worth the bite to the budget.
Grandview is wonderful. The administration is open minded, forward thinking and very caring. I wouldn't want my son any where else.
I cannot say enough good things about this school. They build character in your child! It is a loving and family type atmosphere. The teachers are excellent. My son just started this year in 7th grade and I wish I would have had him there years ago. I am extremely happy at Grandview!!!
We are new to GPS this year, but so glad we made the switch from a public school to GPS. So far my daughter has come home from school happy every day. Her enthusiasm for learning has returned. She loves all the electives that the school offers, her favorite class is Dance. The staff and administration along with all the parents and students have all been so nice. Love it here!!
We are a new family in the school, we are very happy for what they are doing with all the kids, we are part of a great family, they are constantly in communication with us, have been very supportive to my daughter, are very aware of children and my daughter is really happy, she is in a happy, Athletic, ecologic, healthy and safe environment, learning to live with responsability.
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