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St. Benedict's Episcopal Day School

Private | PK-7 | 360 students

Rigorous academics, strong community, Spanish as a core subject, active parents

 
 

Living in Smyrna

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $184,700. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $850.

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Posted July 7, 2014

I had higher expectations got St. Benedict's :( Leadership of the school is not interested in voice of parents unless the parents are in position to donate money ($3K -$5K is the suggested donation amount) for a new middle school. If you have a super smart, talented kid then don t expect that he/she will get any extra attention or advanced curriculum. Also, it is frustrating that lunch breaks are only 20 minutes long! We ll give it a try this year too (2014/2015) and if there is no improvement, we ll move on :(
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2014

My children have been at St. Benedict's for a couple of years. We have had hot and cold years at St . Benedict's. The administration caters to certain families that seem to run the school. The teachers do not seem to be able to control the students in the classrooms and bullying seems to be tolerated. One of the administrators is leaving this year and it is unfortunate because she really listens and supports the needs of the children. Some administrators seem to walk around with their heads in the clouds. My son is in middle school and I am concerned because one if the teachers seems to yell all the time. If you child doesn't jump rope than there isn't anything extracurricular for them to do and you must tryout to be on the team. We are headed to another school next year because we can't take it anymore at St. Benedict's .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2014

My kids have been at St. B's for several years, and we have witnessed the changes that a growing, young school (or any organization, for that matter) must experience in order to improve. St. B's willingness to grow is a commitment to strengthening its educational foundation and learning opportunities, as well as supporting the growth of a vibrant, inclusive and welcoming community. St. B's teachers have purposefully chosen this school for its freedom to teach (it's not about push-down curriculum and test scores - it's about instilling a love of life-long inquiry), its parent support, and its friendly, open environment. The love and focus my kids have received are representative of what we all want for our kids. When one of my kids began showing subtle signs of difficulty in certain learning aspects, his teachers were immediately engaged in helping us determine what was happening and how together we could best assist him in developing learning techniques that bring him the most opportunities for success. The joy and dedication St. B's teachers & administration exhibit is palpable, and each year has brought enhancements and progress. Our children are thriving at St.B's!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2014

I have two children at St. B's, and I've been very happy with the school. Not only does it have a great student-teacher ratio and excellent academics, it has a great community environment. They organize a lot of events (Fun Run, May Day Festival, Daddy-Daughter Dance, Trunk-or-Treat, Father-Son Camping Trip, etc.) and always have great participation. What's even nicer is that while some of these clearly raise money for the school, they're not designed as an excuse to nickel-and-dime you for more money -- many events the only costs involved are enough to cover the cost of the event itself. Which means they can be focused on what they should be - having fun with the kids and other families. I also appreciate that while it is an Episcopal school, where the children go to chapel once a week, it is not overly religious, such that religion is taught to the exclusion of science (I'll just leave that at that).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2014

We have been at St. Benedict's for several years now and are very happy. The administration has done an amazing job of combining excellent academics with a welcoming community environment. The few times I have had a problem someone in admin takes the time to truly LISTEN, and not just yes me to death. The teachers are terrific and I feel they have really taken the time to get to know the kids in their class, and the kids respond to that. Lots of opportunities for parents to get involved--as much or as little as you like. Overall a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2014

The most amazing school my kids have been to. After going in and out of several private schools we found a home here 3 years ago when my child was 7. They treat each child as an individual and truly care about them. I would never change them to a different school again. The academics are demanding but the teachers are sure to help the kids grasp a new concept. My children feel safe and loved and welcome. Anytime an issue has come up it has been dealt with in a very impressive manner. The administration takes charge and makes sure each child is happy. I will continue to keep my children there I love the diversity and the fact that my family is loved there love this place!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2014

The academics at St. Benedict's is extremely subpar. Emphasis is placed on extracurriculars, rather than core area subjects, such as math and science. Very few teachers or administrative heads for that matter are qualified beyond a bachelors degree. Furthermore, the administration relies heavily on the input of an elite founding class of parents aka donors, more so than other parents. The executive heads are barely visible in terms of daily outreach efforts or execution of their said mission goals. On numerous occasions, I have seen the heads turn away at the needs of the students. Despite its status as a premier private school, there is a scarcity of supplies and resources available to the students. An additional disturbing fact is the utter lack of diversity present at the school. My child has felt excluded on numerous occasions, which I attribute to the inherent racism present. I would wholeheartedly discourage any parents from sending their children to this school unless fundamental changes are instated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2014

The administrative turnover at this school is alarming and the current administration seems uninterested in the wellbeing of children. The school is very disorganized and does not live up to its mission. Very disappointing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2013

St. Benedict's is an amazing community of inspiring teachers, dedicated administration, committed parent volunteers, and fun-loving children. We came to St. B's 3 years ago when my younger son was in the 3 year old class and older son was in Kindergarten. We found a group of welcoming and open parents and teachers who made us feel immediately at home. Within a few weeks, I was asked to help lead a committee at the school and within the year was asked to serve in a major role as a parent volunteer. We encountered no cliques or favoritism for "founding families." To the contrary, St. B's was far more welcoming than the other independent school from which we transferred. Fluency in Spanish is one of the founding principles of the school and it is not "forced" on anyone. When you go through the admissions process, it is crystal clear that Spanish is heavily emphasized and what new students may need to do to come up to speed with their class. St. B's provides every resource it has to see its students succeed. The academics are certainly rigorous, the teachers are talented and attentive, and kindness is emphasized in every area of life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2013

Our children are in their 3rd and 4th years at St Bs (preK and elementary). We have seen St Bs go through a lot of changes in the last few years and have been impressed every step of the way; every change leading the school in a positive direction. We chose the school because of its episcopal values, solid curriculum, community, affordable tuition and proximity to our house, but we have also continued to be impressed by the following: strong parent involvement and a cohesive community feel that welcomes new families, an emphasis on character development and appreciation of diversity, exposure to a second language, a holistic curriculum with an emphasis on developing children into active, exploratory learners, a very active parent association, teachers who are dynamic and excited about teaching, and an administration who is extremely accessible, listens to parents (those who are established and new to the school) and works with parents and the PA to grow and develop the school. St Bs is not the right fit for everyone, but for families who have a similar education philosophy as St Bs, the whole experience is invaluable. We love St Bs and our children are thriving there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2013

Our child started at St. Bs this year, and we have been extremely pleased with the school so far. Our child absolutely loves school and truly enjoys learning. The teachers are fantastic, and we are impressed by how much our child has learned in just a few months. We have found the St. Bs community to be warm and inclusive with very active parent involvement. We are thrilled to now be a part of the St. Bs community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2013

We have been part of the St. Benedict's community for two years now and have two children attending the school - one in preschool and one in elementary. Our experience has been extremely positive, from the quality of the teachers and staff to parent involvement at the school. The curriculum and technology available in the classrooms rivals other "more prestigious" private schools and, with the new leadership at the school, the future is very bright. Our biggest measure of success is in our children's demeanor and attitude towards school - they both are eager to go to school and excited to talk with us about their days. It is evident they are soaking up knowledge, developing a love for learning and creating meaningful friendships. What more could a parent want than to know their children are being cared for and taught in a nurturing, welcoming environment? St. Benedict's is a wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2013

My children have been at the school for 5 years at all levels (PreK, Lower School and Middle School). We have been very involved in all aspects of the school through participation. We left a previous school due to lack of community and low levels of participation and community environment. The teachers are top notch educators and provide an excellent environment for learning. While I may not always agree with the techniques, they always seem to get the best out of my children in all areas of the curriculumn. Also, Spanish education beginning in Pre-K on a daily basis has been a huge reason for our continuing at the school. This has separated the school from others in the area. The PA has only gotten better each years as well as all the events for the families that are planned over the year. The St. Benedicts family new and old are by far the best I have been around!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2013

We have been at the school for a few years and have loved the community environment unique to this school. The teachers have been wonderful and supportive to my 3 children who attend. What distinguishes this school from other schools is the integration of Spanish at an early age. Beginning in kindergarten, kids receive daily foreign language education through a variety of mediums. The PA and level of parent involvement is amazing. The parents are warm and welcoming to families new and old. We love being a part of St. Benedicts!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2013

We are in our 3rd year at St B's, having started in preK and are now in the elementary school. One of the things we love most about St B's is the responsiveness and communication from our child's teachers and the administration. St B's has the perfect size and - importantly to us - balance of structure vs nurture for our child. While some may not desire the everyday Spanish instruction, we are thrilled with the focus. We have also found the other kids and their parents to be largely fantastic. Our child's instruction has been excellent, and we have found great support whenever we wanted to reinforce certain areas at home or move ahead in others. We started here right after the school, which was originally founded by a smaller group, was acquired by the Episcopal Church. Our family is not Episcopal, but have found the influence to be welcoming, inclusive, and inviting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2013

St. Benedict's was a good start. Kindergarten was fantastic but the teacher left the school. First grade was a disaster. My child was a victim of girl bullying or the "mean girl" epidemic. Since there were only words exchanged no one did anything, despite the knowledge that one girl had been a problem the year before. The teacher had attention problems and could not focus on anything for any period of time. There is a culture of exclusion where if you aren't a "founding family" then it is difficult to get any respect no matter how much volunteer work you contribute. They now focus on the middle school since that is where the founding family kids are now. They take resources from the primary school to assure that the 7 or 8 students in the first school class continue to have almost 1 to 1 instruction (middle school students). They don't take in more students for that class year but they pile it on in elementary. My child had 23 students in her 1st grade class and the room was so small you could hardly walk around the desks. My child is now behind because they did not do the basics so we are playing catch up in the public school my child attends now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2013

This school is small, but TOO small. How can that be you say? Well a small group of parents helped to start the school and their kids get better treatment than the rest of the students for that reason. So favoritism runs rampant as a school focuses on satisfying THOSE parents. There is no orienting of the incoming students and they don't socialize outside the "click." I also found the curriculum all over the place. There is no plan they just are winging it. Lastly, they force Spanish as a required subject, that would be okay, but if your child has never taken Spanish, they force them into an advanced class and refuse to hire a teacher dedicated to instructing beginners.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2013

My family has been a part of the St. Benedict's community for 5 years. It is a remarkable school with top notch academics and a warm, nurturing faculty. What facilities the school lacks is more than made up for in a loving, caring community that truly values each child and understands each child is unique. Children in this school are confident and secure - products of the teachers and administration. It is a wonderful, inclusive place for children to learn and grow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2013

As a prospective family, we have been very impressed with admissions process. Professional, caring and willing to spend time understanding our family. Hope we are accepted.


Posted October 31, 2013

St. Benedict's admissions process was the worste experience ever. Not impressed with school leadership or facilities. Expanding school into old lighting warehouse, no gymnasium or outside playground equipment at warehouse/ new school building.


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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Recycling club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Student newspaper

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Girls on the run
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:10 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Anne Shamanski
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
  • Episcopal
Associations
  • GAC
  • NAES
Fax number
  • (678) 279-4309

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Individually guided instruction
  • Teacher-run
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Kickball, jump rope
Girls sports
  • Girls on the Run, jump rope

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: Spanish
  • Girls on the run
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Recycling club
  • Science club
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yoga club
School leaders can update this information here.

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
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$3000 - $9000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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2160 Cooper Lake Road
Smyrna, GA 30080
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Phone: (678) 279-4300

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