As a parent of two recent alumni I feel compelled to chime in: the overall experience at St. Paul's was superb. Thanks to well qualified teachers, a caring staff and the beautiful & safe campus, my once young, bouncing little Pre-K'ers blossomed into happy, confident, well educated young adults. I will be forever grateful to the St. Paul's community for the passion they demonstrated in their pursuit of academic excellence, the arts, school organizations and their robust sports teams. My heart will always bleed St. Paul's Blue & White. I love that school!! Go Knights!
Current parent with Middle School student who has attended for nine years. Moved to Tampa Bay, explored options both sides of the Bay, and only Saint Paul's had the right mix of scholarly, sport and social emphasis for our family. No matter who the head of school has been, SPS has stayed true to its founding mission: excellent college preparatory curriculum and whole child (mind, body, spirit) development. The faculty and administration know our child and are governed according to true independent school principles. I am a product of a public school education and did not understand the term "independent" at the beginning of our child's education journey. Research NAIS and FCIS for yourself to understand the accreditation process and the top-notch group of schools in the USA deemed "independent." Saint Paul's is the only independent Pre-K3 through 8 option in our area and it is comparable to the best in other regions. We value the developmentally-appropriate freedom our child has been given by every teacher and are seeing the fruits of this labor of love in an articulate, well-adjusted, creative learner with the ability to get into any high school. Come visit and see for yourself!
Thank you to ALL of the teachers at Saint Paul's. We had a middle school conference last week that blew us away--so much preparation and information about our child's journey! The teachers KNOW each of our children and support their academic, social and emotional growth. From the new middle school environment, to the supportive administrative team, to the enthusiastic crew of teachers tackling electives from Latin to maker space to drum line, to the excitement at seeing a manatee while kayaking during science class, to the cheering of teammates in the stands at our inclusive and fun sporting events, we could not be happier! THANK YOU teachers for the top-notch academics in an environment that lets tween/teens learn and grow. Parents who are looking for a school that reminds them of how THEY learned 25+ years ago need not apply. Parents who want the very best environment for their child to learn and grow into confident high school kids please come and visit so you can meet these amazing, caring faculty members.
This school is not the right fit for my child. We joined the snobby community this year, and I am already regretting it. My son in middle school hates it here. Sait Pauls has "excellent" curriculum? No they do not. In middle school, they have math two to three times a week all in hour and a half sessions. My child, nor any other normal child, cannot sit in a desk and learn math for an hour and a half straight. There is also no order whatsoever in the classrooms, the children just talk and talk to eachother, and if your parents donate money to the school the teachers won't even care. Also, the PE teacher? He is unqualified and a students father. I would not recommend this school to anyone.
St. Paul's has for us has always been a second home. It is one thing to have a school, where you know your children are getting a fantastic and individualistically tailored education program, and clearly you are getting that at St. Paul's. But what has always struck me as core differentiator is the extent by which the senior leadership at St. Paul's School has nurtured a robust parent, faculty and administration Culture. This openness, transparency and engagement at all levels in the school has fostered some amazing transformations since we started there in Pre-K. The new middle school is a perfect example of this; with its open and age/development appropriate environment in combination with forward thinking teaching staff with the experience to be able take full advantage of the space has me counting the days till 6th grade starts. Would definitely recommend that you tour other schools first, before you settle in at home at St. Paul’s.
The Episcopal roots of Saint Paul’s teach students to be accepting of everyone regardless of faith. There are students of so many different beliefs at the school. Saint Paul’s teaches the students to be GOOD people; they don’t teach religion.