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PK-12
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Lawrenceville, GA
Students enrolled: 100
Before care: No
After care: No

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1288 Braselton Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30043

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(770) 277-4722
(770) 277-4365
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October 06, 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
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...

- submitted by a community member
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
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.

- submitted by a community member
September 04, 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
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
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
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
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!

- submitted by a community member
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!

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
August 29, 2013
the school has its difficulties but all in all its a good school know matter what anyone says

- submitted by a community member
August 05, 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
May 08, 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
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
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.

- submitted by a community member
October 03, 2012
I have over 3 years of experience at this school and I have to say this is one of the WORST schools in Gwinnett county, maybe even the entire state of Georgia. The school policies lack in the type of professionalism I expect from a private school. Not to mention that the fact that their staffing is NOT LICENSED TO TEACH. Need i say more? The curriculum is far beyond sub par by anyone's standards. Senior students take the same classes as freshmen students. This "school" passes as little more then a children's daycare let alone an actual high school. Believe me when I say that as a student of this school for three years that this has not only limited my ability to learn it has set me back and I now must struggle to catch up so I can graduate on time with an actual education. If you are thinking about going to this school DO NOT it is not worth the wasted education. This school has no idea what it is doing and it's obvious.

- submitted by a community member
August 08, 2012
I have been extremly satisfied with this school. It is a small boutique style school that caters to each student. The ratios are very low allowing interaction between the teachers and students and a lot of interactive learning. I love the music and arts programs, and the fact that they "care" about each student. It is very homey environment that welcomes everyone that comes!

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2012
I'm extremely impressed with this school. The teacher to student ratio is great. Not allowing more than 12 students per teacher really allows for one on one teaching. Each child has the opportunity to learn in their own way rather than the square peg round hole mentality of large public school classes. State of the art facility with all the bells and whistles make for great learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2012
Gerard offers great off-site educational trips!! The kids just returned from Disney World and Jekyll Island. It was a great feeling to know that I could send my child on a trip with a loving staff that I trust completely! Can't wait for Washington and Rock Eagle!

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2012
I agree with the post today by another parent. GPS is clear about their enrollment rules and the contracts signed. I think it is sad some parents feel the need to bash the school on this website or any other. Everyone has the right to "freedom of speech", but sometimes the line is crossed without thinking of the ripple effect it causes. If you don't like GPS or their rules, then please disenroll so another family has the opportunity to enroll in this amazing school! Thank you.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2012
Gerard Prep has been a great school for my son! The small class size and caring teachers have made a huge impact in his learning! The curriculum is taught in a way where the students actually learn it instead of memorize it and forget it! As a former educator for 16 years, I firmly believe in the philosophy behind Gerard Prep.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2011
We entered Branch with an academically normal 7th grader in which the public school system had made a very depressed young man. He never received praise for good work and the teachers seemed to harp on any negative action. We were advised by the school counselor that he had ADD. Our pediatrician told us this was totally untrue. After almost a year of Branch we have seen a total turn-around in our son. Gone are the days of coming home crying, depression, and feelings of failure. He is extremely outgoing. He truly cares about learning and is unbelievably motivated to achieve high grades. As far as the mixed classes (SB10) I really don t feel that has been an issue. I have been very involved in our child s learning and he continues to excel. If this was causing an issue I think I would see signs of it. In addition, starting next year he will have the ability to earn AP credits offered by the state through Branch. I personally am glad to pay tuition that guarantees that my child will be taught in a very positive environment, by caring and gifted staff, in a Christian atmosphere, where he is encouraged to grow. I don t think that a parent can ask for much more.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2011
Visit this school to see the difference real and intentional investment in every student can make! Branch is a wonderful school with excellent offerings! Small class sizes, full accrediation, on line AP classes for High School students , and YES! Archery, Chorus, Cross Country (in 2011), fine Arts and so much more. Just check BCCS out yourself and decide!

- submitted by a teacher
January 19, 2011
Branch offers small class sizes, caring teaching staff and progressive curriculum. As the school grows they are adding on sports programs, learning through computer based courses (for AP students) and a more involved parent community, but the class size hasn't changed. My middle schooler has shown vast academic improvements, but best of all, finally is finding herself... We are blessed by this school!

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2010
My child attended this school for 2 years - we entered on grade level - and left below GA standard - even after my child received strait A's for 2 years while there.. After spending $ on tuition and ALL of the "extra" fees and charges, we had to pay for summer tutoring just to get our child to somewhat of a standard.. Our child fit in well.. was well liked by students and teachers - never had a discipline issue, or a bad grade - we were very involved as parents and volunteered, as well.. They say some kids might not be a good fit - and that's why the families would have issues - our child was a great fit and his education suffered drastically. If you choose this school be prepared for poor communication, unstable staffing, and inconsistency in all aspects of management.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2010
My child attended Branch for many years, and did gain stability and a love for learning from the school. We left because GA standards were not being met and more than half of the students in the classes had some sort of learning disablity (SB10 program). Now my child is in public school and doing well in most areas, however working harder than they ever did at Branch (homework, studying for tests, and classwork). Language Arts lacked so much our last year that my child that made straight A's is now struggling to make a B!! It was pointed out last year that there was no Lang. textbook, no writing process was being done, and the reading book was for students below grade level. Now my child is struggling in this area becasue of what the school didn't provide!!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2010
If your child has special needs/learning disabilities and qualifies for the GA State SB10 program, then this school is probably a good choice. We were sold on the gifted/accelerated approach for our child but the opposite occurred over three years. Our child skipped a grade on the advice from Branch. Once it became obvious to transfer schools, our child barely qualified to attend the next grade level in public school. Our child is repeating the grade just completed at Branch while having to deal with the emotions from that decision. Now our child is back with their age group/grade level and all we did was spend $8k for...? Our child's Stanford 10 test score was in the 70th percentile, which is below average...but at the same time considered a Branch accelerated student!!?? The school simply doesn't have the resources (specialized staff) to do a combined SB10 and non SB10 class.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2010
Branch is a great school! Our children have been attending for 3 years. One of my children is on the SB10, and the other is not. My son would have been mainstreamed in a public school, so I hardly see the difference in him being in classes with "normal" kids at Branch. It is a lot less embarassing for him then being pulled out or having an aid come to him. My daughter is doing great- she enjoys the praise and attention in class that was lost in a large class in public school. The comment earlier about teacher turn over is not true. Most of the staff have been there the entire time I have been there. In public school, my kids had a different teacher each year- I could never have kept up with the teachers that came and went.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2010
Five of the ten students from my child's class were pulled from this school by their parents after this past school year. Of the five remaining, two were special needs & the others I have not spoken to. Tutoring & repeating grades seems to be the norm when transferring from Branch to another school. I see from their website that teacher turnover continues to be an issue. I do not believe any of the staff hold unique credentials to aid them with special needs teaching. The classes are not segregated so the teachers have to juggle various levels of maturity. We as parents absolutely wasted our family income while at the same time compromised our child's education.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2010
As a dad I really worried about my second grade daughter when told she was struggling with academics. When we found BCCS they told us they would work with her in all subjects. Their small classes and caring teachers surpassed our expectations. She loves school now and is catching up in all areas! This is a great school!

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2010
My children are attending Branch for the second year and I couldn't be happier. They have grown both academically and spiritually. There are only half as many students as they had in their public school classes. Because of this, they have been able to accel beyond their grade level. Every day they are challenged and LOVED. Their teachers genuinely care and choose to teach as their way to serve God.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2010
our son attended for 2 years. he entered on grade level, received all A's and B's for both years. After several complaints about the quality of learning, we had him tested outside of the school. He was now way below grade level. We had to pay for tutoring all summer for him to attend a new school. They do not have special services for the special needs children besides lower expectations and lower grade level books. They do not maintain GA standards, even though they say that they do. We were disappointed with the lack of professionalism, honesty, education and staff.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2010
We had two children who attended BCCS last year and we pulled them out after one semester. It was a good Christian environment, but the quality of education is sorely lacking. BCCS represented themselves as a school that could help my son with his 1st grade reading troubles, and he made little to no progress under their 'expert' guidance. His difficulties were shrugged off as 'immaturity', and they failed to diagnose his mild dyslexia issues. We switched both children to Dacula Elementary and they both showed dramatic improvements in test scores and abilities. Our son got the attention and instruction he needed elsewhere, and now reads very, very well. I would strongly caution against buying in to the 'relaxed learning environment' that BCCS sells to prospective parents. I know numerous families who have been very disappointed with BCCS and pulled their kids out to get a better education elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 09, 2009
My grandson attends and he loves it! Great Christian atmosphere, with caring and loving support from the teachers and staff! The great thing about Branch is kids learn and classroom size is small so that every child get the care and attention needed. I thank GOD that Jeremy has this opportunity in his life. Thank you Branch!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2009
I attended branch for almost 9 years and I think its the best experience I've had so far. It felt like I had a family away from home and I grew to love everyone. I was actually excited to go to school everyday. The education I obtained was excellent. During my time there, I would never change a thing.

- submitted by a student
May 13, 2009
My daughter has thrived here, both acadenically and spititually. Great home atmosphere away from home!

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March 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2008
A blend of tradition and cutting edge progression underscores this school. My son struggled with focus in class and often felt less than successful. One year at Branch turned that around. The Branch Approach to education combines brain sciences and old fashioned nuturing-The students know they will be hugged, or smiled at everyday, and they also know the strict boundries give them the support they need to succeed. Branch offers the Smart Boards in every class so kids really can get out of their seats and get involved at front board level. They learn and teach to learn! We are truly excited to be at this school and know our son will be prepared for High School when that time comes!

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2008
A Year that began with nervousness and apprehension ended with success and applause! We switched from public school to this private school and our daughter is now caught up in her grade level. Small classes, excellent teaching staff with caring hearts and challenging curriculum that 'expects' students to excell make this school head and shoulders above others, plus it is the only school like it in Gwinnett County. We are blessed to have found this place!

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March 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2008
One of a kind school, one of a kind education. Branch offers Specific specialized education for children who would otherwise fall in the cracks. They are not Special Education, they are specific-specialized Education that serves students with different learning styles and those who also are gifted and way ahead. We have a son who thought so quickly it was hard for him to express what he knew, so he was labeled with a Processing Delay and placed in Special Education with an IEP. That is how we found Branch. They have recognized our sons advanced intelligence and give him time to process it out. Since he has been there (just this year) he has accelerated and loves school more than ever! What can we say, Branch is a real blessing! Where else are they saying, 'remove the label and identify the learning style!' ? Here at Branch they are!

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2008
A small school with a big heart! You can sense the level of caring when you walk in the lobby of this school. A living room setting with fresh flowers and large smiles greets all visitors and families! Academics are advanced, but even my child with ADHD is challenged to do his best because of the level of caring in the staff. We were blessed to find this school and grateful to be part of the community!

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February 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2008
My grandchildren have been attending this school for 7 years. They have excelled tremendously and absolutely love the theatre arts and music programs.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2008
My five year old has been attending this school for almost a year and we love it. My husband and I did a lot of research before placing her in this school because she has a congenital heart defect and I wanted the best for her and a school that would really focus on the values we felt important. My husband is a detective for Dekalb County and a real hard sell. He has the means and the skills to really 'detect' everything about a school. My daughter loves her school. Her reading and language schools are wonderful. They are very concerned about the children and the PIE meetings are very informative to all parents, in my oppinion. The staff is excellent!

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2008
My two children have been at Branch since it was the 'Little Red School House' and we could'nt be happier with how well they are doing! The Branch Approach focuses on the success of every student by tailoring the academics to bot challenge and support. The balance of Art and Intellect has given our children so many ways to blossom, and build usable knowledge with self confidence. The staff is dedicated (some at the school for over 20 years) and loving, creating a nurturing enviroment that openly cares for the parents and the students. We just love it! When we found Branch we said it was an answer to prayer, and each year we still exclaim the same thanks to God for this little school with a big vision!

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2007
The cirriculm was extemely poor (way below public school). There is no structure, discipline or organization. My childs class schedule changed continously, and I was never notified. My child was in a class with 7 students, and complained they got more attention and instruction in the public school with 25 students per class! There was little control in the classroom by the teachers. The 'Fine Arts & Music? Never saw one, didn't even have a music teacher. No actual P.E. teacher or program. My child as behind after putting them back in public school.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2007
First the positive: There is a home-school feel to the school and the classes are very small where the kids can get a lot of extra attention but the curriculum is terrible. There was also a high teacher turnover, the reading and writing program is terrible compared to the public school system, there was no testing or assessment that I knew of, and there were some issues with professionalism with the front office. When we put our kids in a public school (Freeman's Mill- which is an A+ school), we found that our kids were way behind in reading and writing. Branch says that it concentrates on the abilities of the individual student but it's standards in general seem to be very low. Beware!

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2007
This school was a total disappointment. The majority of the classrooms were out of control, the principal had no idea what was going on in her classrooms and every year. Parents were not very involved with the school because they were unhappy with their child's progress. Sports, tutoring and afterschool programs are a complete joke. Additionally, no one knows the principal's credentials. She talks a good game, but doesn't produce the academically strong and well-rounded child she proclaims she can.

- submitted by a parent
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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!

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Gerard Preparatory School
1288 Braselton Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA  30043
(770) 277-4722
Last modified Gerard Preparatory School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Gerard Preparatory School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 53 reviews. Top