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Clearwater, FL
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1600 Saint Pauls Drive
Clearwater, FL 33764

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December 17, 2014
SPS was a great school when Doug was the Head. When Angel arrived the school did go downhill very fast. Many great employees were let go and many resigned because of the poorly ran school. Sad such a nice place was ruined because of Administration.

- submitted by a teacher
December 09, 2014
For many years, I was a financially supportive and proud parent who defiantly defended the school s honor and reputation. Sadly though, like a few of the people who posted a comment on this site, this translated into ignorance and judgment when faced with stories about bullying, entitlement and the school s unwillingness to address these problems. Take the time to read through the school s policies and ask the tough questions. Ask them about their tolerance policies and how many times they have actually enforced them. Ask them why so many families recently left the school and why it was necessary to hire a new administration. Ask for real examples of how the school values differences and diversity. If they...like a few reviewers on this site...blame the former parents or the former Head of School or indicate that they had a bad grade of kids well you'll have your answer. To the parents who remain at St. Paul s my heart goes out to you. But my story is but one of many. And until the Board acknowledges what happened at the school and the Administration enacts real and meaningful policies that speak to what happened St. Paul s will never be what it once was.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2014
We are a family that has been with St. Paul's for 10 years. We have seen ups and downs as you will see with any school. We are not "too tired" as someone posted to go look at other schools because we have looked at ALL of them. There is not a school in our little local area that comes close to offering what St Paul's offers. You have to go to Tampa or into St. Petersburg just to find comparable schools. If you are not going to do extensive homework just do this; look at all the other schools locally and see what time they start their day and what time school ends and then also look at how many actual days of school they attend. I think you might be surprised. (At one, foreign language isn't even an option unless you come to school before school starts!) Also, there is something to be said about stability and keeping your children at one school instead hopping from one school to another. I can guarantee if you are posting on this site about not being happy at St. Paul's you have come from another school you weren't happy with or you are headed to another school and you won't be satisfied there either. St. Paul's is the best in this area. Show facts to prove otherwise.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2014
I feel for parents who insult our teachers and curriculum only because their child is not performing as they had hoped. Our curriculum far exceeds the curriculum at our other option schools. Due to financial reasons we toured at a local Christian school only to find that in math class they were teaching in a 6th grade class what my fourth grader was currently learning at St. Paul's. Someone posted that their child had to give up after school activities and had too much homework. Please know you can get help that maybe you aren't aware of that the school offers. My children both play after school sports and then competitive sports in the evening and still manage to complete homework and stay on the honor roll. That's why St. Paul's offers study hall and teachers stay late for tutoring session. School ends at 3, but sports don't start until 3:30 for this reason. To new families, you HAVE to tour to understand. Just know that there are lots of extras that are available and provided that maybe some people don't know to ask about or look into. It is easy to look for the negative because of the high tuition cost however it is worth every penny when you truly do your research.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2014
My children have been attending this school for 5 years now. This school has certainly declined its value. Last year there was a teacher who had no teaching experince what so ever teaching the 7th grade. Her topics were completely irrelevant to what they were supposed to be learning, and the children in the classroom could get away with almost anything. The education at this school is certainly not worth the cost, there are other schools near St. Paul's, with the same curriculum. This school also give loads of homework, one of my children in middle school, had to eliminate all after school activities becuase of the homework. Also, in my opinion, the head of the school does nothing, the head leaves it up to the schools trustees, which are the parents of students, to do everything, so those parents children can get away with anything and won't get introuble for mid behaving or for bullying. If your looking for a great school with fabulous education, worth the money, don't come here.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2014
I've been a parent of Saint Paul's for over a decade and truly wonder what school these negative reviews are talking about. Both of my very different and wonderfully quirky kids have excelled in this environment. SPS has given them a unique and very individualized school experience that has let them grow academically and socially. We are not "of means", but would make the sacrifices all over again to insure our children had a Saint Paul's education. I have no motivation other than my true love for a school that has been amazing for our family.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2014
Saint Paul's is just a shell of what it used to be. Parents researching schools in the area need to seriously taken into consideration why so many families and teachers/staff have left this school. If SPS were so amazing, so many people wouldn't have left this school. Do your research, read reviews that aren't meant to be PR tools, but honest evaluations, and be careful about a school with enrollment that has dropped steadily for years.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2014
Saint Paul's is an incredible school. My child has blossomed over the years from the education he receives from St. Paul's.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2013
Sounds like some of these posts are forms of false advertisements. Everyone should be anxious about the downward spiral of SPS. The new Head arriving at the school next year is once again someone without any Head Master experience but full of "brilliant" ideas. The buzz of SPS and the fact that so many families and faculty have left the school is out in the community. No glossy words written by administration or parents too tired to look for other more viable schools will change this fact .

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2013
Saint Paul's inspires learning in it's students and creates a community feel that the entire family benefits from. We couldn't be happier knowing that our three children have a safe, challenging school that teaches them life lessons, inclusion and what it means to give back to the community. Our interim head of school is kind, fair and a wonderful communicator. We anxiously anticipate the arrival of our wonderful new head of school. We are confident that she will be the perfect addition to the Saint Paul's Family! Come take a look at Saint Paul's!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
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"

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2013
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

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2013
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".

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2012
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!

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2012
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!

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2012
Our child has been at this school five years and while the teachers have been excellent, the quality of the school has steadily declined under the new headmaster. It is no longer the respectful and nurturing environment it once was and the exorbitant tuition is not justified for the education provided. What was once a kind, warm environment is now cold and sterile.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2011
We are close to finishing our first year at St. Paul's. It is a warm nurturing environment. We are happy to have found it in our search for a private school.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2011
I had 3 children at this school, my oldest graduated 8th grade in 2009. We moved our other two children to another private school in 2010. I would say that the quality of education declined dramatically within the last 3 years, which coincided with a headmaster change. Enrollment has fallen dramatically since that change. In response to budgetary concerns, many of the more experienced and educated teachers were let go, in favor of lesser qualified, lower paid teachers. There is a major problem with bullying and the administration is tone deaf to it because the kids who are bullies are from affluent familes who donate large sums of money or have bought their way on the Board Of Trustees. A few years ago, the school embarked a highly leveraged building campaign that has placed it under further financial stress. Their PE, music and art programs are woefully inadequate when compared to other private schools in the area. Tuition is among the highest in the area. I would encourage anyone considering this school to ask lots of tough questions, especially about declining enrollment and long term finances.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 01, 2010
We are a new family at St. Paul's, we can truly say we are beyond satisfied! If you are searching for a new school you must tour St. Paul's. When you walk through the doors you will know, and your search will be over!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2009
I have been at this school for 9 years now and I have to say it has been exceptional on all levels. When my children get in the car every day and I ask them how their day was, they still say 'great' even after all these years! Thank you, St. Pauls.

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no rating August 05, 2008
Simply the best school in Pinellas County. The most incredible education and experience that you can offer your child. The only negative is the price, especially during these times. It has provided us with a very strong foundation in academics and a nurturing community.

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no rating March 25, 2008
We have been at Saint Paul's School for 7 years and have loved it. Our children are challenged in both academics and sports. We have made many good friends with the families at the school. Our experience has been very positive and well worth the money. In my opinion, it is the best school in Pinellas County.

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February 25, 2008
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August 29, 2006
This school is the foundation for our children's entire education. They learn self-respect and responsibility as well as essential organizational skills for success in life. The faculty become partners with the parents and together, we nurture these incredible gifts during the short time that they are with us. I highly recommend this school.

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January 25, 2006
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May 16, 2005
excellent quality of academics, very good arts and music components. seperate science classes and labs for 2nd graders. computer and spanish classes also present. overall excellent school.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2005
Our children are in their 7th year at this school. I could not ask for a more nurturing environment along with very strong academics. If you are within 30 miles of this school and can afford the steep tuition, you will not be disappointed.

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December 27, 2004
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St Pauls School
1600 Saint Pauls Drive, Clearwater, FL  33764
(727) 536-2756
Last modified St Pauls School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St Pauls School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top