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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
Three weeks into a new school year at Gerard and my kids couldn't be happier! My daughter now in middle school is having the best time with her teachers and classmates while learning so much! My son just finished placement testing and is scoring above grade level and this is his 4th year at Gerard. We couldn't be more proud of our kids and so happy we were able to return to such an amazing school! Thank you teachers and staff at Gerard!! Very excited about this year!!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
This school is a wonderful institution doing amazing things with it's students! The teachers care only making students more eager to learn!
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.
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.
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.
the school has its difficulties but all in all its a good school know matter what anyone says
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.
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.
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!
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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