After years of struggling to get my child to do, much less enjoy, her math work (at a different schools), she now feels like not only can she tackle it, she thinks it's interesting.
That's thanks to the exceptional teacher she has at NPES.
She's also getting tremendous instruction in how to write, edit and refine--in some cases, skills i didn't learn until high school or even college.
We couldn't be happier with the quality of the instruction with the possible exception of Spanish. That could be better.
For my 5th grader, the average homework load seems to be very manageable. She often gets most of it done during the school day, rarely having more than 30 minutes of true "homework" to do in an evening plus a weekly reading requirement (3 hours).
We will see how this changes as we enter middle school but so far, so good.
My child is in her first year at NPES having transferred from another small private in Chicago. Having left a school with an administration that simply didn't understand (or seem to care) about persistent and pernicious bullying, North Park's welcoming, warm and respectful culture was a godsend. Our child is again enjoying school, happily learning and forging what I can see will be lasting friendships.
From the engaged and engaging teachers to a comprehensive curriculum (music, art, and drama on top of core subjects in Humanities and STEM classes), we think that NPES is a tremendous value--tuition here is less than half what comparable private schools cost--and a place we are happy to call our new school home.
NPES is an absolute gem. Our son was in the first pre-school class three years ago, and his experience has gotten better every year. Our daughter is in the kindergarten, and is thriving as well. The teachers go well beyond what you might expect, and take a personal interest in every student. Their communication with parents is top notch, and the community as a whole takes an interest in all the kids. There is a great sense of a shared mission. We couldn't be happier with the experience, both socially and academically.
North Park's recently opened preschool is a wonderfully energetic environment where the students and the teachers collaborate to learn. From movement to outdoor exploration to quiet time reading to creating beautiful artwork, not a day goes by where my child isn't excited to go to school. The learning takes place in small groups and engages all of his senses. My son's favorite part of the day is when the 8th grade volunteers come in and work on a project together. All of the teachers are hands on, positive role models for the kids. We are so excited that North Park has a preschool now!
As a fellow student, I know that there is a small bullying issue, however it was always overcome and overpowered by the rest of goodness about NPES. The student-teacher relationships that are developed are remarkable. The academics prepare you perfectly for high school, allowing you to test out of some classes most freshman take. My one complaint is that as a boy I felt discriminated against, but besides that it is overall a great school, and I am happy I went there for all 9 years!
I urge all parents to compare the costs of every private school when investigating your options. The "bag of money" comment below simply isn't true. Yes, the school built a new, excellent playlot and installed new technology in the classrooms: that's called investment. NPES is still half the price of its nearest non-Catholic competitors.
If you want to attend, be sure you have a bag of money with you. Don't be fooled into thinking this is different from Parker or Latin. They are making huge pushes for very expensive things (like the playlot that cost hundreds of thousands!). It's not what we expected when we came here just a couple years ago. We were presented a more "neighborhood" type of school. All private options now seem to be the same.