I attended Maclay for 10 years (2-12th grade); my brother and sister also graduated from Maclay (11 years and 10, respectively). -Positively: The Spanish program is excellent; I was nearly fluent leaving high school. My social studies / history background had a great foundation. And, although I was terrible at Math, the personal attention from a few kind teachers helped me pass. Also, I think athletics is crucial for young women to develop both healthy bodies and minds, and I am grateful that despite not being an all-star I was on a team and played. -Negatively: I was bullied from 2nd grade on about my then-perceived, now-established sexual orientation. I recall and can count the times teachers intervened on one hand. I was different, and other than a small number of supportive staff, there wasn't acceptance of difference. As one might guess at a small, K-12 school-- the peer culture is hugely influential and clicks form early. Unfortunately the same factors lead to an embarrassing amount of gossip involving both students and parents (including gossip abt. family/marital problems). Lastly, there's a SERIOUS lack of diversity. I graduated w/ 87 kids. Three were students of color.
Excellent classes, fantastic teachers, beautiful campus. If you do not succeed here then you don't have the will to do so.
I've attended Maclay for seven years now. I will not specify what grade I'm in, due to teachers hunting me down for saying this. I don't like being asked why I strongly dislike Maclay. I couldn't tell you if Maclay was the best school in Tallahasse, but what I could tell you is that Maclay's education, and staff members aren't as great compared to other private schools in the U.S.
I was a student at Maclay for 14 years, pre-K through 12th grade. Maclay has weak and under-funded arts and music programs (at least, they were weak when I attended, but admittedly were improving as I graduated). However, science, English, foreign language, math, and history are all very strong. I was not always fully engaged, but Maclay more than did its job preparing me for success at a highly competitive Ivy League school post graduation. Both my siblings attended Maclay and were similarly well prepared for life at and after college. The teacher-student relationships are very good; my teachers genuinely cared about my progress and wanted me to do well, both academically and more broadly as a maturing young adult (read: as a teenager who occasionally didn't know what I was doing). After fourteen years, I can say without doubt that Maclay is not perfect, but I would send my children here without hesitation.
My son attended this school for 3 years, this last year has been the WORST! he started saying he hates going to school.. and on top of that he was being bullied by an older kid during the after school care! Im extremely dissapointed! His grades have dropped from As to Bs because he is just not interested and feels intimidated by his teacher. OF COURSE they will ALWAYS come up with the ADHD story.. and ironically now a days EVERY teacher had an ADD son/dauther, so for 600$ a sicologist will do an eval to give me some "tips" on how to handle him! I was under the impression that since this is one of the best school in town the teachers probably attend great seminars about this subject and would know how to face this "problem". On top of that our sicologist said he was starting to suffer from a mild depression from this problems at school..When I emailed the lower school principal she just said " it was sad and they would look into the after school situation" NOTHING was said or done afterwards. As i said to her im a single mom that makes a huge effort to send my son to the best school.. but aparently I dont drop enough$ there to make it a priority! cant wait for this year to end
My two children attended Maclay, and it was the best investment I could have made for them. I work for the university system in Florida, so I know how important a solid educational foundation is for success in an academically rigorous college setting. My kids are now adults, and they are successful and happy. My husband and I made sacrifices, but I'm very glad we did.
I am very impressed how the teachers are more than just instructors. I moved to the area last year and anytime I have a question or a concern about anything, they are so happy to help. My daughter has done extremely well. There is a great deal of parent involvement. I had the opportunity to assist in the school clinic for several weeks and I found it to be so rewarding. I feel that my daugher is very fortunate to have such a wonderful teacher who really cares. My daugher has been to other private schools and the tuition here is much lower than what I have paid in the past.
The academic curriculum is very structured and there is a good amount of homework. If your child is bright there aren't very many opportunities for enrichment. There is also a very structured physical education program which I worry might be a stronger influence than academics right now. Not a bad choice for the area.
The school does a good job of providing a great education at a competitive cost. I have lived in a city where costs were about double Maclay's and the education may have been 10% better. The attitude of the of leadership probably more caring at Maclay.
This is my tenth year at Maclay and I still love it. Next year I will be in high school and my only worry about Maclay is the transition between a school of 1,000 and a college of 250,000
I attended Maclay for 9 years and wish I never had to leave! the academics were amazing and it's a beautiful campus. My kids will be attending without a doubt.
I believe Maclay school is more affiliated with spending money than teaching students what they need to know in the future. The school cost roughly 9,000 dollars and they still ask for more money. I am in high school here and I have to pay at least 500 dollars extra for books, 2,000 for a year on the dance team, and the school still asks for more money for fundraising. The administaration needs to use the money they get every year from parents, who want the best for their kids,on the acedemics and not on theirselves.
I was a lifer at Maclay. I was there for 13 years and i have to say it was the best thing that my parents could do for me. I was able to finish College with a finance degree in 3.5 years with very little work and make almost a 4.0 GPA. That is all thanks to the great education I received from Maclay.
All though Maclay is excellent in teaching, not many people notice the student-student relationships.I can vouch for the excellence of many teachers, while some may not be very good. It is just the education that is better, not the peer pressure, it's exactly the same, if not worse, than any public school.
As a graduate of Maclay, I am proud to announce my affiliation with the institution. Maclay not only provided me with a solid educational foundation for college, but also prepared me socially for the experience. My study habits and campus involvement from Maclay transferred over into my college life as well. As I am approaching college graduation, I am sure that Maclay has prepared me for life in the real world as well. I am proud to say I am a graduate of one of the finest educational institutions in the state of Florida and would recommend Maclay to any parent.
I am a current senior at Maclay, and am applying to seven of the nation's most prestigious universities. I have already been admitted to two of them, and am confident that I will receive letters of acceptance to the other five, thanks to the incredible academic preparation that Maclay has provided me. I have also been able to participate in several extracurricular activities whose sponsors and leaders have welcomed an addition to their group. Anyone who has a desire to play a sport can essentially join a sports team at Maclay, a statement that cannot be made at all other schools in Leon County. Maclay truly welcomes involvement in all aspects of school life, and produces well-equipped individuals ready to attack the world with confidence.
The quality of the Maclay school is outstanding. They provide the academic skills that you need for college. The school offers a wide range of quality music, art and sporting activities. The school allows for a quality level of parent involvement. By far the best school in our area.
My daughter is a student at the Maclay Upper School and is receiving a first rate education. She will sail through college because she has learned how to study and is well-prepared. The faculty members, with few exceptions, are dedicated beyond compare. I would have to say that the middle school administration is superior to the upper school, but that has not affected my daughter's education. If your child is a serious, college-bound student, you could not choose a better school than Maclay.
Maclay has given my child a great education over the past 12 years. He has opportunities to excell in academics, sports and leadership activities. He also has been given individual attention in the small classes. He has been in a safe environment where he found it easy to express himself and grow. He is throughly ready for post secondary education. The teachers and individual school principals have been a great asset to each school level.
Maclay could be a great school but the teachers have a preconceived idea of what the children should be. If a child does not fit into this catagory, then the teachers will not adjust to accomodate the child. Additionally the administration seems to be more interested in money than the children.
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