There are a lot of other private schools that cost less to go to. We're a medium income family who sacrifices and scrimps to send their child to Eastminster School. Our child loves to learn and that's what she does at Eastminster. Regarding the post about a teacher leaving the kids outside in the freezing cold...I find that amusing since my child complains when she doesn't get to go outside because it's too cold and that her teacher forces them to wear heavy coats when it's 60 degrees. Like the weather this winter, there are extremes everywhere! Either way, I highly recommend Eastminster School to any parents looking for a great education in a small school setting.
This school is not all that they claim it to be. You pay over $10,000 to go there and you wonder what do they spend the money on. The teachers keep you outside in freezing temperature. One a teacher had forgotten she had a class and they were left outside in 28 degree temperature freezing. One teacher has anger issues and takes it out on his class by yelling at them for something another teacher does. In my opinion this school is just not prepared to be a real school. I suggest they need to have another building for middle school, so that they don't have to wait outside when its freezing cold or raining.
Parents pay big money to go to this school, not for advanced academics, but for the opportunity to control their kid's environment, grades, discipline, you name it. However, if you are not in the circle of rich parents who can afford this, your out of luck. Your child's homework, classwork, activities, class environment will be controlled by the few who designed this school to be a bubble for their children. They don't care or want exceptional academics. They want to be able to go on vacation when they want, have their kid never get in trouble, and get A's. There are a few exceptional teachers at this school, as in every school, but unfortunately they can only do so much. We decided we could go to public for free and the kids would actually have a chance at gifted classes where the parents CAN NOT stop a class from progressing because of a few kids whose parents have a large bank account and equally large mouth.
With all due respect for the previous post, Eastminster School will graduate its first senior class on May 29, 2014. Each senior has been accepted into several colleges of his/her choice, with many colleges offering Merit (Academic) Scholarships to these seniors. We could not be prouder of our first graduating class.
I attended this school until last year. I absolutely loved the teachers there and think that the curriculum was diverse and unique. I also think they have an amazing lower school. However, as a former student of their middle school, I wouldn't recommend it for someone interested in attending. I found it to be dysfunctional and cliquey. The high school isn't outstanding either. The teachers aren't qualified and the program has fallen short on preparing students for college as promised, which is ultimately the reason why I left.
I heard that the school is moving to Covington. Not sure when. Maybe for the next school year, or maybe the one after that? The thing is, no one has said anything to the parents. When we ask the staff and school Board members, they just dodge our questions. Why? What's there to hide? Why does Covington badly want Eastminster School there? Peachtree Academy, an independent school is already there. We were told that the school was looking to move into the old Cousins Middle School building in Covington. We heard that that building has many issues, not including asbestos, a detention center located on the same property, and a 911 call center in the back. Parents need to know before they pay any monies for the 2014-2015 school year.
I'm surprised at some of the negative comments posted here. Eastminster is the best decision my family ever made! My son is in Middle School, and he's attended Eastminster since kindergarten. The motto "Excellence in MIND, BODY, and SOUL" is fitting for this gem of a school. My son has been challenged academically and pushed ahead in math. I'm incredibly impressed with the rigorous curriculum and the project-based learning. They get to take Spanish, Latin, and Mandarin. They have game design and coding classes. The students spend time outdoors every day at break and lunch and take PE all year long. They get to participate in numerous after school sports and clubs. They are active, healthy, and happy. The fine arts program is amazing-- music, studio art, performing arts, and band. The whole-school activities bring a sense of community from kindergarten all the way to the seniors in Upper School. The school has a chapel service every Wednesday, and every child in the school speaks at chapel during the school year. They promote "green" living and community service. I cannot imagine my son in a better learning environment than Eastminster.
Do not keep your child in high school or enroll them for high school. The grading scale will mess them up , in event that they have to move. Teachers sound great on paper, but in the classroom they don't do so hot. Elementary and Middle school program is great but Upper School is failure. Also the headmaster is just plain sorry, then had the audacity to curse at a student in his office. Ridiculous, biased, school. Not worth the money at all.
Eastminster School is exceptional. The curriculum is perfect for the advanced student. My children are learning things that are well above their actual grade level. The class sizes are small which allows the teachers to give more attention to each student. The school is overall a perfect environment for an advanced education.
Eastminster School is such a wonderful place to send your children. The small class size and atmosphere of the school really help make students feel comfortable and at home when they come to school. The teachers have a great connection with the students and their parents to help continue the child's learning outside of the classroom. Eastminster is a great place for a child to be challenged academically, mentally, and physically and give them the confidence they need to be successful.
If you are looking for a private school in East Metro Atlanta just to get your kids out of public school but you don't really care about academics, we probably aren't a good fit. If you are looking for a school that offers religion instruction, we feel parents should have that responsibility . But if you want your child to soar academically and be guided by professionals who care about them and treat them as part of a loving community, you owe it to them to contact Eastminster. An actual visit will allow you to experience what our families already know. We have awesome students with supportive families who help make this school very special.
A needle in a haystack! In the search for a school, you won't find another like Eastminster. There's a true sense of caring for each other. It's a school where kind words are the norm and students feel safe. At the same time, students are challenged to reach their potential. If you care deeply about not only your child's education and their academic preparation, but also their character and self-esteem, Eastminster is the place for you!
Love, Love, Love Eastminster School. We have been part of the Eastminster family for 8 years now. My child's education is top priority. It is still a young and small school. This makes personal attention easy.
The families that come here are what makes this the school that my family goes to. From parents and teachers there is a palpable mission sense. My bottom line in any community venture is the community. I am not happy with the sense of community shown in the public school we are zoned for. I am very happy with the raising a child takes a village mentality at Eastminster.
If you're going to send your kids to this school, be sure to read the contract! If you move (even across the country), change schools, or even if your child is expelled (ask the administration how many kids they expelled last year), you will still be responsible for paying tuition for the rest of the year - no exceptions. We moved over 1400 miles away in the middle of the school year and was horrified when the school continued to withdraw money from our bank account after we were gone, and threatened us with collection agencies and lawsuits if we refused to finish paying tuition for the remainder of the year. They claim to be family-friendly, but beware wolves in sheep's clothing. Additionally, not all of the teachers teach the Judeo-Christian principles promised upon enrollment.
I have been at this school for three years now. My children have attended other private and public schools before this one. So, I do have a broader perspective than someone who has only attended one school. I will not pretend it is perfect. No school is perfect. However, I chose this school for its curriculum. And it is outstanding. I have one child who has some special needs and for the first time feels at home. This child was bullied at other schools. Here, this child is accepted and has friends inside and outside the classroom. Academically, my children are challenged above the norm and are supported in areas in which they struggle. Both love the school but will admit it is not for everyone. Not every child is a perfect fit for every school. You have to find the school that best fits your child. In saying this, I would definitely advise you to keep Eastminster on your short list. In response to GOAL: The GOAL scholarship is based on income and the State of Georgia determines how much you are given if the school has the funds available. Your income is reviewed each year and adjusts accordingly. Mine was the opposite. Less the first year, more the next.
Eastminster is an amazing school. The academics are far superior than other schools. ITBS test scores in the 99th percentile. Teachers are there for every student. While the facilities are not those of an established school my student is getting a great education and experience! Thank you, Eastminster
This is a sinking ship. Problems include: tuition is too high; money wasted on a teacher this year who was not needed; no lunch room; catered lunches that are too expensive; unqualified teachers hired for upper grades; teachers teaching out of their field; upper school director is rarely on campus; no counselors and no help for special needs students who are accepted. The fitness for acceptance is a joke. Students with issues were accepted and now those students are causing problems in the class that disrupts the good students. Academics are not more in depth than private school. Classes offered in upper grades are limited. Great improvements are promised every year and none of them ever happen. Too many helicopter parents who assume that paying tuition ensures their children are recognized for every minor accomplishment, that their child should be given straight As, and that their child should not be disciplined.
NO LIBRARY. NO COMPUTER LAB. NO SCIENCE LAB. Average academics. Cannot understand parents paying $1k/month for this --- its throwing good money after bad.
First and last year here. Believed the hype, came in on a referral and reluctantly removed my child from a high performing public school under the GA GOAL program Eastminster offered. The academics are comparable to public school -- not at all challenging as expected. Any 5 star reviews are from parents that have NEVER experienced anything else -- so they have no point of reference and are probably justifying that exorbitant tuition. Not impressed. Cute uniforms. Cute campus. Average Academics. "Big Fish, Small Pond" mentality by the staff. As respects tuition, they bait and switch you with the GOAL program because its generous the first year and then upon contract renewal its next to nothing -- leaving truly needy parents holding the bag and hustling for referrals. Anyone with common sense wouldn't be willing to pay quadruple the next year for what they can get for free at a top shelf public school. That being said, all the "growth" they claim to anticipate this upcoming school year will be lost in parents pulling their children out once they get their new contracts. For all the new kids coming in August, they'll probably lose the same number gained this past year.
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