Stop slowly deleting the negative, 1 star reviews written about SPS. The truth is out in the community and at the "other" schools where the former SPS families have gone. Let people have their say without censorship.
Love St Pauls!! My kids love St Pauls! the teachers and the staff!! My children are having the EXPERIENCE of a lifetime! The education is top notch and way more advanced then the other private schools and public in this area!! My son graduates this year and he said " St Pauls has taught me everything I know"
The board of trustees is, at best, in denial about the issues in the school or, at worst, propagating a culture of dumb-ing down, bullying and entitlement. While it is easy to blame the inexperience of the previous head master for the deterioration of the school, the same people who oversaw her hiring and tenure are responsible for finding a new head and turning the school around. So sad as this was once such a fabulous school however, until they face reality, your high tuition dollars are better spent elsewhere - including better public alternatives.
Now is the time to re-consider St. Pauls. This school has suffered through some ups and downs in the past 8 years, but it has turned itself around. Our three children are thriving academically and socially this year. The school made some tough decisions, removing the headmaster and no longer tolerating the bullying. The school is once again expelling the students who cause the problems. In addition - we have a full-time dean to address the social problems. This year we added two amazing new teachers - with advanced degrees from Harvard. St. Paul's still has strong placements at the top Prep High Schools. Reconsider.
We left school mid year after 4 years of increasing bullying. The level of education is diminishing and the entitlement atmosphere became abusive to my child. I removed her mid-year it got so bad and I changed schools for my 2 other children at the end of the year. They are now in public school where this type behavior is actually punished. I can't believe I was paying to have my child belittled while the teaching staff was aware and actually hid the truth from us. They do not keep records of disciplinary actions taken. The culture at this school is going to quickly be the end of it unfortunately. Clearwater could use a good private school, but St. Paul's School is clearly not it.
Nightmare culture of bullying. School is in turmoil with tremendous turnover of staff and families. I had to pull my child out mid year due to the very poor communication between teachers, board members and parents. My middle school child has severe PTSD and was on anti-depressants and in psychiatric care for 18 months after we finally got him out of there. We have since found a much better school that actually punishes bad behavior and will expel children if necessary. Do not ever consider this school unless your child is a cookie cutter "jock" mean kid who can physically defend him or herself. I know this sounds harsh and a little strong but its actually understated. Ask any of the 15 families that have left in the last several months. The best teachers are also leaving too.
We have 2 years of experience at the school with 2 children in the 6-8 year age group. They love going to school, learning and have had an excellent rapport with their teachers. As busy professional ourselves, we had hoped to find a school like this. Yes, it is pricey, but you pay for what you get. Having tried our neighborhood elementary, we chose to come to St. Paul's because the bar is set higher in private schools. More importantly, they are able to better inculcate the good habits and solidifying the base in the early, formative years. I was given this advice by other parents and I have found it to be true consistently. If you are new to the area, definitely check it out and speak to current families. And then compare it to other private schools.
My child went to this school for three years before I decided to move them to another school. Was the school cheaper? No, but what they had to offer compared to what this school offers for the same money was worth it. If you want a school that is run by the parents, with mean girls, then this school is for you. I agree with the parent who said that if you have a lot of money then you will get a great teacher. But if you don't, then I wouldn't count on a great education. The student body is declining, but it started before the Headmaster joined because of the economy and has gone downhill form there.. Most the teaching staff have been there for a number of years, so there really is no fresh ideas. What they pay their teachers and staff and their expenses makes them have a high tuition. BUT unfortunately for what they charge, you can get more for less at other schools. There are hardly any after school activities, and they tend to get most of their ideas from other schools, no original thinking here. If this school wants to survive, lower their prices to be more reasonable for what they have to offer, get some new teaching staff and stop letting the parents control the school.
Stop deleting the truth.Without a doubt Saint Paul's rating has come down from a 5 to a 1! I have read all the reviews posted and I totally (100%) agree with all the negative comments.The bullying,negativity, the power politics of certain families,overpriced,mediocre curriculum with lack of teaching with a few teachers especially in middle school), inappropriate comments to children from the headmaster and teachers,etc.The facilities are wonderful and there are some great teachers at Saint Paul's, but it's a gamble if your child will get one. My child and my friends' children have gone to Saint Paul's from pre-school till they graduated 8th grade.I do not know of one person that left for financial reasons. They are leaving because the way the school is deteriorating in so many aspects. Many parents hire tutors or teach their children themselves. Homework and projects are ridiculous, with some parents doing them. Even some work that goes to county and state competitions are basically done by the parents, and everyone pretends how great the child did.Good news-Headmaster is leaving & if they get rid of some teachers and middle school administration, the school might come back to a 5
We've put three girls through this school and have loved every minute of the experience. Every minute! Of course we don't care for the tuition expense, but that is the sacrifice a parent makes for their child! Our girls are all brilliant. One is still at the school. The faculty, staff and education is exceptional. And for the record, no one asked me to write this review. I heard about the negative remarks made, from another parent with three kids all at the school now. She was as blown away as I am that anyone would write such comments. No school is perfect and not every child is going to love every teacher, but you have to look at the "whole picture".
I couldn't be happier with Saint Paul's School. My child goes to school every day with a smile. He is getting an amazing education and is cared for and safe!
Academically strong, caring and a wonderfully safe environment for my children. The teachers work with all children on an individual basis, the administrators listen to any suggestions and the facilities are amazing! Perched right on Allen's Creek, all the 5-8th graders kayak as part of the science program. We are lucky to have our children at Saint Paul's!
Without question, St Paul's is the premier private school in Pinellas County. We have two graduates who attend high school with students from other local private/Catholic schools and there is no comparison whatsoever in terms of preparedness for high school. The St Paul's kids are by far more prepared for high school than kids from other schools. We also have a child there now who is thriving, in large part to the changes made by the Head of School. It is developmentally outstanding with a very hands-on curriculum. There is also an increased focus on socialization and being a part of a community. The current teachers are dedicated, dynamic and willing to tailor their teaching to the learning styles of each student. Without question, the economy has affected enrollment. But I would caution anyone from being persuaded by negative reviews from former parents who generally have left the school for financial reasons.
I may be cynical, but the fact that the 5 star ratings were all posted within days of each other (a couple on the same day) smacks of a PR drive by the administration to push the negative reviews to the next page. I have to echo the most recent comments that "Over the past few years, the Head of School and new administrators have tampered with everything that made this school great. Enrollment has declined steadily as families find better value elsewhere." While the Administration likes to justify the declining enrollment to parents as being due to the economy, this is just not backed up by the fact that their "competitor" schools (including those with higher tuition) have waiting lists. While our experience with the faculty and staff has been quite positive, and all of our children have loved their teachers, we have made the difficult decision to leave the school as their efforts and talents are not valued by the administration and the tension on campus is palpable. Again, as the last poster noted, "Bullying, negativity, and power politics of a few families owning the school (and keeping this current leader) are at an all time high." Not a great environment.
We are so happy with Saint Paul's School. My children have a special "home away from home". Saint Paul's is preparing them academically and socially for the future. We have been parents at the school for three years now and we could not be happier!
St. Paul's School has been a fantastic learning environment for our two young children. They have progressed very well academically, further developed their social skills, and have become more aware of social and ethical issues. When we pick them up from school every day, they are always smiling which is also very important to us. The staff has been caring and responsive to their needs and ours.
Saint Paul's School has given our child an excellent education. Not only is our child excelling in academics, but is given opportunities to express themselves through sports, drama, music and play. It is an amazing school and after participating at the school for eight years, change has been good!
Saint Paul's School has been our home for a number of years and has provided the very best education to our children in a warm, nurturing environment. The location alone of the school allows for hands on activities to be incorporated into the curriculum (i.e. exploring Allen's Creek and learning about the environment). We are very lucky to have a Head Master who is an educator and can truly understand the foundations of curriculums and institute the best components thereby resulting in a well rounded education. Our Head Master has also implemented new changes and programs to keep our school exciting. My children love going to school each and every day and I am always blown away by what they are learning in a safe, healthy environment. I am sad to see any negative comments but truly encourage anyone reading and considering a private school to take a private tour and meet the faculty and staff and see the school and not base their decision on reviews alone since a school experience is a personal one.
My son is in the fourth grade and I am sure he is getting a wonderful education. Nearly the entire staff is involved with my son's education from the Head Master down. In short, they are involved and caring educators. Regarding, the Head Master, I was able to get to know her as a parent and administrator despite the fact that I am a tough and critical person. SHE IS AN INCREDIBLE ASSET to the school. Please consider the negative reviews with as being most likely submitted by someone with an agenda.
My child went to this school for four years. At first we were blown away by the facilities. It looks like a college or prep school campus. However, the quality of the education is subpar. Many of the teachers are underqualified and have poor backgrounds considering the tuition rate. You would expect teachers from top schools or award winning faculty but it is not at all that way. The teachers overload the kids with homework. At this school money talks and the more money you have the more your child gets away with. Bullying is tolerated because they do not want to lose the tuition. Before the new principal arrived, a bully was suspended first and expelled for a second violation. Now bullying is "dealt" with but who knows how. Financially the school depends on the tuition and donations but both have been dwindling with lower school enrollment. If you are considering this school, you need to ask for 1. A history of enrollment so you can see that the numbers are declining; 2. a copy of their financials so you can compare with other private schools; 3. ask how bullying is dealt with and see if it meets with your standards; 4. ask how much time homework should take.
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