With the new principal (who has already turned the school around in a most positive way in a very short period of time), I been more than thrilled with the leadership, teacher quality, and family-like environment at this school. My boys have never loved school, and had been at the alledgedly the most prestigous school in Savannah for several years. However, since attending St. Peter's, they look forward to going each day and relish in the opportunities to thrive, without the pressure of fitting to a general expectation to please the local news station and fundraising efforts. The boys always did well, but this is the first time I have seen them grow to their full potential. The individual attention to each of my boys' learning styles has been wonderful and I couldn't ask for more.
My children were enrolled at St. Peter's. I pulled them out and enrolled them elsewhere as the principal and former priest only cared about collecting the tuition and not the children's education. After almost 6 months now of playing catch-up for them to get to the grade level they are in, it is apparent that St. Peter's did a grave injustice to my kids. We have had to literally go into overdrive just for them to catch up academically with their peers at their new school. Just one example is: reading levels were 2 grades lower than their current grade and have already increased to grade level in just the 6 months since we left. St. Peter's used to have one of the best reputations in Savannah but is now literally the butt of jokes around the Catholic community.
I have children at St. Peter's and I could not be more satisfied. Most of the teachers have masters degrees and several years of experience. Having moved from out of state, and comparing the education to our last, excellent, private school, I can honestly say that I am getting my money's worth. Also, our last school had a policy of benching the children who were not the best athletes. St. Peter's coaching staff let everyone play. I have one athletically gifted child and one not so. They both play and have a great time! My children came in without knowing anyone and made good friends quickly. I couldn't be happier.
I think that St. Peter the Apostle School is the best Catholic School in Savannah. I feel that the new principle has made a huge impact on the school. She is young and has new up to date ideas about how a school should operate. The teachers are highly qualified and show great support to teh students. I could not have picked a better school.
we have found the school lacking in administration, the teachers also seem to be very clickish and lean towards the families who have been there a couple of generations or who donate alot of money, the priest has way to much influence over the school while the board has very little. kids seem to be picked on if not in the clicks, however my children did well there they did better when attending Marsh Point the local public magnet school, I only moved them due to grades not offered at marsh point above 5th. I still regret moving my younger child at the same time my older child moved. The sports teams are coached by volunteers who will play their chidren and their friends before better athletes and tend not to work with those they do not know the parents of.
My children have been at St. Peters for 5 years. They will not be returning next year as the class size is too large, there has been a high turnover rate among the teachers with many just out of school teachers coming in and the gossip among teachers with the labeling of children costing the kids emotionally and psychologically. With a young new principal there has not been the leadership that is needed. Some of the teachers go above and beyond to help the children but most want you to pay them personally to tutor your child. I think by paying for a private school education that it is obscene that the school allow teachers to compensate their own wallets by tutoring after school for an additional cost. It also bothers me that we do not know until the day before school how many students will be in each class.
St. Peter's has strong parent involvement but much of that is because it is necessary to supplement what the school is failing to do for our children. The school will allow up to 34 children per class. About half of the teachers are seasoned veterans but in the last few years there has been an extremely high turnover rate with the new teachers coming in with little or no experience. The school does have some very fine teachers but with class sizes being so large, they can only do so much. The 2006-07 school year brought us a new principal. She is a young, former teacher of the school who has not shown the leadership that is necessary. I feel St. Peter's fails in its mission to provide the best quality education.
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