The administration s been falling apart for the last several years, starting with many long time faculty and administrators leaving en masse. The highest administration positions (Head of School, Principal, Dean of Students) have all had recent changeovers. With the administration problems came bandaid substitutions, like the counselor acting as interim principal, religion teacher acting as interim counselor, tech dept. person teaching foreign language. Most of the teachers are ok, but some are questionable, such as the teacher who shows the Nicolas Cage movie National Treasure instead of actually teaching American History. There is no 'partnership' between school administration and parents. Requests to discuss issues are ignored, parental involvement is discouraged. The new administration has a heavy handed rule and does operate under a 'guilty until proven innocent' mindset. I know of students that have left due to issues with the administration. My daughter also will be starting elsewhere next year.
This is our daughter'f first year attending St. Andrews Priory and we were a bit afraid on how they would adjust, especailly coming from a public school. They seem to be adapting well, they are learning things that they would never learned in the public school system, and so far we have never had any problems with the faculty or adminstration. They are all friendly and eager to assist. We as parents must also learn that the teachers and faculty can only do so much and that we as parents must also motivate, descipline and teach our own children.
If you're looking for a great education for your young daughter, Priory's the place to go. Just a warning- girls who enter during the later elementary school and middle school ages have sort of a hard time adjusting to the schoolwork and homework. The Priory has been going through a lot of changes recently, most of those things involving the administration. This has been causing some problems and complaints from everyone. They have been enforcing some new and ridiculous rules, such as the students being penalized for sitting on the floor. These problems sometimes make the Priory seem like a terrible school to attend, but one of Priory's best features is the friendly student body, which I have been a part of for years. New girls are almost always able to adapt and find a social group they belong in.
When I attended the Priory, it was a very good school. It seemed as though I had limitless opportunities due to the small class sizes which brought a sense of intimacy. At the Priory, I maintained good relationships with most of my teachers and gained further opportunities in the community thru their mentorship. One of the greatest benefits from the school was their relationship with Hawaii Pacific University. I was able to earn 10 college credits free of charge during my senior year. There are some points for improvement though, mainly involving the administration. However, the administration is changing to a new system. Parents can be involved if they look for the opportunities. My parents helped out mainly in the athletic and music programs along with the golf tournaments. Overall, I'm very happy I attended the Priory.
The quality of the academic programs at Priory is top notch, the girls are highly prepared for college curriculum and are well equipped technologically. However, if you are looking for a school that caters to the spiritual, emotional, and social needs of your daughter then this is not the school for her. The Principal and Dean of Students show no grace, or empathy toward the girls and rule the school under the presumption of 'guilty until proven innocent' and innocence is hard to prove in their eyes. Parents are meant to seen, pay the tuition and not be heard. The Principal doesn't listen to any parent suggestions. Parent involvement is highly discouraged and often turned down. For $12500 a year, you'd expect a little courtesy or at the very least a wave or smile, but no.
This is our daughter first year. The school is a great school. However, you need to start your child in kindergarten because of the advance curriculum. If you start her in 2nd or 3rd grade she may have problems with the advance curriculum. If you start her in 7th grade I don't think she will have a problem. Also I don't think this school is family friendly no parents involvement. Very hard to find parking. I feel it wouldn't hurt some of the teachers to show they they care about their students. What's wrong with going up to them and telling them that they are doing a good job. I won't be sending our daughter back next year and I will have a very hard recommending this school.
My daughter has attended Priory for 8 years. The advanced curriculum in the elementary years has allowed her to take advanced courses in high school. The small class size provides a family environment (everyone knows each other). It has been an excellent environment for her because she has a close group of supportive friends, can participate in sports and music without being exceptional at them, and has opportunities for advanced placement studies.
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