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Gerard Preparatory School

Private | PK-12 | 250 students

Student Centered Brain Based Curriculum Approach-Small Class Sizes
 
 

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $128,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $890.

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2014:
Based on 15 ratings
2013:
Based on 5 ratings
2012:
Based on 6 ratings
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted October 6, 2014

Progress reports came home few weeks ago and both of my children were so excited to see their hard work and support from their school. I am very pleased with the school year this far and can hardly wait for more to come! THANK YOU GPS teachers and staff for going the extra mile!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2014

The "horrible" feedback spanning as far back as 7 years ago (thanks to technology that did not reach back 30 years ago, which might have alerted others beforehand) cannot possibly be from the same parent(s), as they would have learned their lesson before sending additional children to attend this school.... This is a forum for ALL experiences, whether good or bad, and it is completely obvious when "horn-tooting" is going on, whether by parents, teachers, admin, or "anonymous" posts...just do your best, and let God handle the rest, as the truth ALWAYS inevitably prevails, exposing obvious patterns and defensiveness! Our experience with this school has not proven to be in the best interest of our child, but regardless, everyone is accountable for their actions or INACTION, which will have to be answered for by ALL participating parties accountable for the outcome, but by the same token, our experience is truthful and can be proven beyond the shadow of a doubt! We seek only to inform, not condemn, as that job is beyond our scope and not subject to our meager input, but the proof and truth always eventually surfaces! We are only accountable to GOD! So there it is...


Posted September 15, 2014

We as parents at Gerard do not know who continues to try to give horrible feed back about our school, but we sincerely wish you would stop. What is said is not true and is highly inflammatory. If you were unhappy at our school, then we are glad you decided to leave, but please don't threaten a school that we love. Thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2014

Over 30 years tried and true... A school can't be around that long and have it's graduates come back to visit if it's not a great school. This is a great school. I graduated and went on to Indiana Wesleyan University where I am finishing my courses to become a Pastor. The seeds planted in morning chapel and the loving mentor teachers impacted my life then and will continue to do so in the future. I am proud to be a former student of Gerard.


Posted September 14, 2014

They try to project themselves as a " Christian" school. But it is really about who can provide enough "hush money" to keep them "above board", which they are unable to do, when the bullet meets the bone, and kids are STILL unable to succeed, and have to switch schools which will actually prevent ineffectual parents from intervention...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2014

Very disappointing school and such a waste of taxpayer money with the SB10 voucher program. Teacher turnover is < 1 year. Student turnover is < 2 years. Read between the lines with all the 5 star reviews inundated with exclamation points.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2014

What do I think others should know about Gerard? The leadership is inept ad highly disorganized on many levels. Teacher turnover is through the roof (and it's not because their salaries are too low like their story goes). The leadership does a disservice to the Christian and educational community we live in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2014

Another really amazing school year! It is a blessing to see what God is doing in our small classes. The parent involvment this year was tremendous and the students success rate was off the charts, Our Stanford Test Scores came back in the 90% Nationally. Good stuff! Many thanks and blessings to our great staff and families!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 29, 2014

Gerard Prep. has capable and caring administration and staff. My son attended this school. He went on to attend UT and later Boston College, where he earned his Masters degree in Education. I am proud of him and so thankful for his time at GPS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2014

Gerard has truly been a blessing to us and our student. He began there in 4th grade and moved up to 5th grade after only a few months. We started him there after public school's focus became CRCT and nothing for gifted students. He was able to have one on one teaching and to have activities that allow students to think outside the box and gain academic knowledge as well as life skills. We believe in Gerard and the variety they offer in drama, music, computers and foreign language. We felt this school was like a small family and loved how the younger kids looked up to the older kids and the older kids loved working with them through plays, volunteer activities, tutoring, or reading to classes. Gerard was just what our student needed and has great leadership as well as great teachers that really enjoy teaching and working with students. As parents we were able to be involved in several volunteer activities and enjoyed the many student events we attended. That same student graduated from Gerard this year as Valedictorian and we are grateful for all the support and encouragement he received from leadership as well as teachers over the years! We wish Gerard continued success!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2014

Gerard has been a blessing for its students, providing a small classroom environment that not only builds academic skills, but also character and confidence. Students who have fallen behind in their academic skills are given the one-on-one attention they need to grow and rebuild their knowledge base. I truly believe in this school and its continued success in its students!


Posted May 28, 2014

This school is a wonderful institution doing amazing things with it's students! The teachers care only making students more eager to learn!


Posted May 28, 2014

This school and its amazing teachers changed our lives! My daughter absolutely loves it! Perfect small classes! They really care and go the extra mile.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2014

After years of struggling in public school, we enrolled our sons at GPS. Failing grades became passing grades and dreading school each day was replaced with looking forward to each day. We have been blessed with attending this school for five years now and our eldest graduated this year. Not only have our sons become successful academically, they have grown as Christians.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2014

I have been teaching at Gerard for the past 16 years and God willing many more to come. The school has very high expectations for our students and the staff, and offers small class sizes so I get to really know my students. I really love teaching here and feel blessed to be in a school that cares so much about every student.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 29, 2013

the school has its difficulties but all in all its a good school know matter what anyone says


Posted August 5, 2013

This school has proved very disappointing. Gifted students are mixed in classes with remedial students. In a middle/high school consisting of only 4 teachers, my child and other students had listed having 20 teachers in the last four years who are now gone. With such a great turnover in teachers, one has to ask if the problem is with the actual teachers or issues with the administration. Students are hand-held through everything they do and are taught no level of personal responsibility of self-discipline. My child fell behind in curriculum for public school and now has much to learn to catch up before the coming school year in public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2013

The good: Small classes sizes are great and the project oriented teaching style teaches lifelong skills. The teachers love the kids and learn what works for each individual student. My kids felt safe and nurtured. For elementary school, I think this is a great environment. The bad: Teacher turnover is CRAZY. My child had 3 math teachers and 4 language arts teachers in ONE school year. Currently, I believe there are only 2-3 teachers there who have been there for more than one complete school year. Despite what the "teacher" who responded below says, they do have some uncertified teachers. They language arts program, which they promote as their specialty, is by far the weakest link. They teach no writing at all, and say that kids will write when they are ready. My kids, who were top of their class at GPS, were a year behind their peers in the public school on fundamental skills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2013

Wow! We love this school, and have for years! Our child had a hard time in the public sector, and we find Gerard to be a Godsend. We are so happy our daughter has found true success here. Reading the statements from "students" below is a shame. I know for a fact that all teachers that teach core subjects hold degrees and are certified, as the school is fully accredited with GAC and it is required.. I think it is a shame that a minor can make such harsh statements against any school. There is no accountability to speak in this public forum. Gerard has always supported my child and would never force her to hide an issue if she were having problems. Instead, they would meet with her and the students involve to reach a resolution. LOVE THIS SCHOOL!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 13, 2013

I have been going to this school for 11 years,NOT because my parents want me to but because I want to. These teachers that are here are not only licensed but they are great at explaining things and help me A LOT. I don't know why anyone who has gone to the school would not like it. I "LOVE" this school. So if I were you I would send your child here. It will be the best thing you could ever do for your child. From a student to who ever is reading this it was the best thing my parents have ever done for me. these kids that are saying bad things are probably thinking of the wrong school.


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 64% 44%
Black 34% 40%
Asian 1% 2%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 10%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 2% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 95% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 2% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 1% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of North Georgia
Georgia Southern
AIU
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Community Service (2014)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Arts and crafts
  • Dance club: Tap and Jazz
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • On line courses also
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 am
School end time
  • 2:45 am
School Leader's name
  • JGSinclair
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • NIPSA
Fax number
  • (770) 277-4365

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Montessori
  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
  • Student Centered
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Humanities
  • Religious
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • On line courses also
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Archery
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Archery
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Arts and crafts
  • Chess club
  • Cub scouts
  • Dance club: Tap and Jazz
  • Drama club
  • Game club
  • Girl scouts
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
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.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • Gerard uses the Stanford 10 full battery for yearly testing in grades K-11th. In 2014 our students scored in the 90% Nationally overall. BRAVO!
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$4000 - $9000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Tax credits
SB10 (Specific only)

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University of North Georgia
AIU in Atlanta
GGC in Atlanta
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 2%
4 year college - 95%
Military - 2%
Vocational - 1%
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1288 Braselton Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
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Phone: (770) 277-4722

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