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St. Teresa's School

Private | PK-8 | 145 students

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $90,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $590.

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Posted March 11, 2014

I think that our school is the best value in Albany. Our students go on to become leaders at area high schools and beyond. Our Test Scores are excellent (75th percentile school-wide). More importantly, our students know that they were created for a reason; to make the world a better place. Please call me personaly to see our scool in action!

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Posted April 16, 2014

This is a great school with a caring staff. Our family loves this school. The teachers really care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2014

Moving here right before the summer began and spending most of the summer by the golf club, the Saint Teresa environment was a breath of fresh air . The school is warm and friendly. The staff, parents, teachers and children are very welcoming and genuine. The Christian background and high standards of the school, both academic and behavioral, helps in developing respectful, kind, intelligent and well-rounded children. The school, families, and students are not cliquey; wealth and material things are not relevant and I strongly believe that has to do with strong faith of the school. It is evident that the students, teachers and families have their values in place. You do not have to be Catholic to fit in or to be welcomed. The class sizes are very small which enables better instruction and a higher level of student engagement. Also, the entire school is like one big family. The students all know each other and look out for one another. I believe that Saint Teresa s students do very well in high school after graduating in 8th . Just ask the teachers of high schools in the area and they will probably tell you that Saint Teresa students are in the top of their class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2014

St. Teresa's is a school with a rigous program, but with no room for differentiate instructions on a regular basis. The staff does not monitor the students on a regular basis. Therefore, incidents take place that adults are unaware of as well as do not try to become aware of. There are some caring teachers at St. Teresa's.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2014

I am a former student from St. Teresa's school (STS). I went on to Lee County High School after graduation. I took honors and advanced placement (AP) courses throughout high school. The courses at St. Teresa's school prepared me for AP courses in high school. I passed every AP exam I took. I went on to Kennesaw State University and excelled. I graduated in four years with a bachelor s degree. Academics aside, I also excelled socially after STS. In high school I was voted best all around as a senior superlative. I was also voted prom king of my senior class. This shows that going to a private school does not make you socially awkward or inadequate once you go on to a public (or private) high school. Looking back I realize that I was able to excel in high school and college because of St. Teresa's. The study and homework habits taught at STS apply perfectly in high school and college. The students at STS work hard academically, but more importantly they learn what it means to be responsible and capable young people. St. Teresa s presents an environment of integrity in times of moral ambiguity. Personally I would not trade my time at STS for anything.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 20, 2014

I am a parent at St. Teresa's School currently. Enrolling them here was the best decision for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2014

We love STS! My kids enjoy being there and, as a parent, I enjoy having my children there and being able to volunteer all the time! I love the community feeling and how the staff encourages parent input and involvement! I love how my kids learn about God and Jesus daily and learn all kinds of important religious information. I love how they begin and end the day with prayer and that my kids are held to a high standard of behavior and accomplishment. We love STS!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2014

St. Teresa's Catholic School is the best! I speak from both a parent's point of view as well as a teacher. Not only is academics strong, but the students become even closer to Christ through their spiritual development. My children have many fond memories of their days at STS and have many lasting friendships. We are proud to be a part of the STS family.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 12, 2014

For over 65 years, St. Teresa's School has held high academic esteem and moral responsibility in the Albany area. Repeatedly, parents of graduated students will say that their children were so well prepared for high school because of the education at St. Teresa's. You do not have to be Catholic to attend. Our children are growing up in a loving school community, with high academic standards and an attention to moral values. We are so glad to apart of the St. Teresa's family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2014

My sons who are now all in their 40s attended St. Teresa's School. They are now parents themselves and all successful men of solid character. I credit the foundation gained at St. Teresa's as a key contributer to their development. Now, years later I have been reintroduced to the school as we have enrolled our grand-daughtern now in her 3rd year of attendance. I'm happy to say that what was a great school in the 70s/80s is still a great school (and better) in 2014. Solid acedemics, strong parental support, nurturing support, & loving discipline. One can tell that both the students and teachers like being there and this 'like' spills over to an improved leanring environment. There is diversity among teachers and students, class size is small, and St. Teresa's also offers an affordable option to local public schools Put it all together, and I wouldn't want my grand-daughter anywhere else right now..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2014

My husband and I had three sons that attended St. Teresa's Catholic School and one of the three graduated from this school. The one that graduated now has his daughter in PK4 and she attended PK3 last year. The reason that our children attend St. Teresa School is the education, the care of the teachers and the professionalism of the principal and her staff. We know that the children are safe, well taken care of and well educated when they attend St. Teresa School. We know they are not under any influence of prejudice based race, or sex, or religion. While we are Catholic there are children attending that are not. Our children learn to live in an environment that is free of all prejudice and have a caring and loving and protective day to day learning situation. The courses selected for each grade level prepares the student to go on to higher education and prepares them for the future. They are hungry for the learning experience that these teachers provide for them. The teachers fight for newest courses of study that are out on the market; they stay current in technology and in methods of teaching their courses. There is no better school in southwest Georgia.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2014

Although we live in Lee County where the schools are good we found that St Teresa's offers the better option for our child's education. Going to high school is going to be a huge wake up call for those parents who think bullying, bathrooms, campus security, facility maintenance, and discipline issues are not taken care of at St. Teresa's. At high school their kids are going to have to deal with gangs, sex, and drugs, all of which are none issues at St. Teresa's.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2014

Great school and outstanding teachers. My two kids are way ahead in learning not just the academics but also the catholic faith.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2014

my school is the best in albany. they have been great for my son. he has matured both in his grades and behavior.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2014

St. Teresa's is an outstanding school, I love the fact that all the teachers know my two children and take an active role not only with their academic achievements but their Catholic faith. I would highly recommend St. Teresa's to anyone arriving to the Albany/Leesburg, Ga area. You will not be disappointed with the staff and your child/children will feel welcome and loved as well!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2014

Very pleased with St Teresa's school. I have two children who currently attend, and they actually enjoy going to school. Small class sizes, lots of activities, and great learning tools for my children. The staff is very welcoming and flexible with personal issues that may arise from time to time. I would highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2014

St Teresa's is an awesome school. Our daughter is learning so much and loves her class. The teacherschallenge the students to accept responsibility, be accountable and excel in what they learn. We love the fact that God is the focus in religious teachings and really feel this helps induce patience, disipline and attention to keeping high morales and intellect at an early age. Very important to learn at an early age. The principle, staff and teachers are both friendly and professional and always maintain an open communication with the parents, even late at night if you have questions. We know our daughter is in the right place to learn, excel and be prepared for her scholastic future wherever it may take her. We are so blessed to have such a wonderful school !!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2014

St. Teresa's is an excellent school. The staff is very caring about the students and the environment could not be more peaceful and welcoming. I work here and love it and I would send my child here.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 11, 2014

St. Teresa's is an outstanding school and very good principal. great teachers . I would highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2014

St. Teresa's creates a welcoming, safe and stimulating environment for learning. Our son has thrived at St. Teresa's. We are a military family and came to the area not knowing what to expect in the Albany area. When we found St. Teresa's we knew it would be the perfect environment for our son's education. The Christ-centered, small classrooms offer an excellent opportunity for growth. Highly recommend St. Teresa's to anyone looking for small class size, top-notch teachers and an emphasis on God in your child's life and education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2014

We are very happy with STS. The small class sizes and involved parents are key to a well run school. Although we are not Catholic the school focuses on raising well adjusted children with sound moral values and respect for others.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 69% 44%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 3%
Black 9% 37%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Hispanic 4% 12%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Librarian/media specialist(s)
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PE instructor(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:55 am
School end time
  • 2:45 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
Gender
  • Coed
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Diocese of Savannah
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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417 Edgewood Lane
Albany, GA 31707
Phone: (229) 436-0134

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