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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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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 8 ratings
2013:
Based on 5 ratings
2012:
Based on 7 ratings
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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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.


Posted October 3, 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.


Posted August 8, 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


Posted May 5, 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


Posted May 4, 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


Posted May 2, 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


Posted April 28, 2012

We have two children at Gerard and we LOVE it! The staff are all very professional, yet extremely caring. The administration always has time to greet or meet with parents. Some exceptional points would be; Daily art classes, music and theater arts, a State Championship level Archery team, and yearly off-site educational opportunities (like trips to D.C. and Jekyll Island). Best of all, it is a safe, loving Christian environment where loving our children is equal to teaching them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 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


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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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Source: Provided by a school official.

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.

Photos

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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