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.
I am dissappointed with GrandView. The personalized attention I was expecting from a small environment is just not there because its staff keeps getting smaller and the teacher turnover is high. And even the better teachers that remain are just reacting to the system, probably worried about keeping their jobs instead of reaching out to students for a bit personalized attention and coaching. The administration does not hesitate to enforce detentions for tardies but they do not enforce office hours for teachers which results in students needing to get outside assistance on harder subjects - such as Algebra. Communication with the teachers and administration is not fluid- too bureaucratic for such a small school. I don't feel the standard of care is as advertised.
As I new parent this school year, I could not be happier with the school. I love the small family feel of the school and my child is thriving! Grandview is an honest school that recognizes where it can improve and is striving to reach it's full potential academically and culturally with an awesome focus on humanity and our part in the community as a whole. Thank you to the teachers and staff for all you do!
My daughter started at Grandview this year.She is in 3rd grade.We are so happy with her growth academically and socially.She has developed a self confidence and a love for learning we could only dream of.This definitely is due to the smaller classes and individualized attention.At Grandview you never feel like a number!She is taking Spanish and now starting French!She also loves the fine music and sports program.I feel the school is giving our daughter a well rounded balanced education within a diverse student body and preparing her for real life!!
Back stabbing by administration and staff is prevalent. Stay away from the after hours courses. Staff turns a blind eye. They truly couldn't care less. We are looking for another school that doesn't condone bullying by students OR adults. This school has been steadily going downhill for 3 yrs and now it's time to let the ship sink.
Grandview has to be the best thing that has happened to my two children, the faculty is incredible and always there to assist and help you when needed, The teachers are so helpful when your child needs extra help with their studies. There is not one thing I would change about this school, My two children thank us every day that they are able to attend grandview and enjoy going there..The principal goes above and beyond her duty to help make the families happy and every child that attends grandview knows she is there for them. all I can say is hands down Grandview Preparatory school is a TEN rating in our family !!!!!
Very nice school. My daughter was doing well at another private school, but the school and kids seemed to teach that money was the end all be all. There was no community and no sense of belonging except for the kind of car you drove or how big your house is. The teachers seemed to buy into this as well. Grandview is a very down to earth place and, despite the fact, that probably many people are rich, they don't flaunt it and act like regular people. Teachers and administration are great too...they help the kids and treat you like a person ...not like a prospective donor. The PTA is a very nice group as well.
My child attended this school years ago, but left for a variety of reasons and now attends public school. My child was unprepared on so many levels after leaving Grandview, but particularly academically. The reviewer below who stated teachers play favorites and that the curriculum is watered down is absolutely correct. I cannot fathom sending a child to this school and then expecting them to be prepared for college.
The teachers do play favorites. The administration is back stabbing to parents and students. If they do not like you, or you don't fit in with their so called philosophy then they sabotage the students grade, or make the students life so miserable it forces them to leave, or they kick you out for false reasons. The curriculum is watered down so that they can get the kids into university, once the students are there the school could care less that the students are unprepared. There is a lot of smoke and mirrors, and parents are told what they want to hear, and unfortunately the parents fall for it every time.
As a grandmother I am telling you this school is wonderful! They are family oriented, in that all family members get involved in the child's overall education. It's like it used to be when I was a child. They teach lost values like common sense, ethics, striving for excellence and enjoyment/fulfillment of learning. My grandson is always happy and ready to tell you what he learned that day. It's all very exciting for him! Enrollment is down due to the recession. This is NOT an ordinary prep school. Most of these kids are from regular backgrounds and many of their parents go without everything else to send them here. This is how school is supposed to be.
Our children have been at Grandview for several years now and have thrived. I can't imagine another school where the teachers could be so connected with who they are as individuals and care so sincerely about them. Some schools are great at taking already talented kids and helping them along the way, but the teachers at Grandview also take the time to discover the talent and foster it. It's also a place where our kids can be with a diverse population and come to value individual differences. We love it!
My son attended seventh grade at this school and when he need additional help understanding complex math/algebra the teacher told him to hire a tutor. These people are more concerned about getting the $18,000 per year out of your pocket book and doing as little as possible work versus caring about the quality of a student's education! My child is now in a public school getting a far better education without spending $18,000 per year!
My daughter attends Grandview, (senior high school student), and has had academically challenging coursework, in a family supportive, community environment. The faculty is the best!
The teachers play favorites. If they don't like you they don't treat you very well. At my old school I was advanced and got A's and B's, but at this school the work is not interesting, and I have fallen behind, especially when I compare the work I'm doing with my friend who is in public school, I can see that I'm not doing the work that I'm suppose to be doing. I can't wait to leave this school.
My son has attended Grandview for the past 2 years and just loves it. He prefers the small class size and is glad to not be treated like a just a number, as he had been treated in the large public schools in Palm Beach County. Most students are involved in sports or other extracurricular activities offered by the school. The teachers are there to listen to my concerns when they arise and issues I've had are dealt with quickly. There is good communication on the part of the teachers and school staff. I love that the importance of community service is stressed and most students participate in volunteer/community service activities such as cleaning up the road, food drives, Hope Tote program, adopting families at holiday time, etc. My only concern is the lack of preparation for standardized testing, which the students will have to take at some point.
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