I have a boy (going into 7th grade) and a girl (going into 5th grade) at this superb school. They are both doing really well under the leadership of their new head Ms Swenson. The family atmosphere of the school, the academic excellence and the proximity to downtown make this a GREAT choice for parents working in locations in the city. I can make it to my kids events even in the middle of the day occasionally. Above all else I see my kids have great preparation for High School, 9 out of 10 get their first choice and many get a scholarship. We love the St Richard's experience!
I have sent my kids to St Richard's school for over 9 years and it has been an excellent experience. The new head is making real progress on many fronts to make this an excellent choice in the City. The academic strengths of the school have been great for us and we love the discipline they instill in all the students. I love the fact that the student body is small, diverse and have motivated friendly parents. In addition, although it is an Episcopal school, all faiths and nationalities are embraced. We highly recommend it too for working parents in downtown firms.
Great Foreign Language (French since PK3 until 8th grade, Latin and Spanish in Middle School), Physical Education, Visual Art and Language Art program. Math and Science program needs improvement. Music program is wonderful but limited to vocal/choir and hand bell. Students, teachers and parents are the main assets of the school. Most teachers are great, some of them are exceptional. Parents get involved a lot in classroom s activities and school s events. School administration and current headmistress ignore students and the majority of families. Division Head s role main focus is mainly on students behavior, especially for Lower School. Students are constantly reminded about consequences if they misbehave in school. Curriculum - one size fits all. Students are expected to move in the same pace. This is not a right school if you have a gifted child.
We are about to send our third child to St. Richard s this year and, although the education is not cheap, we think it is worth every penny. They say the time to invest in quality education is during the grade school / middle school years, and our experience has affirmed this. The school's "classic" curriculum teaches kids, right out of the box, the fundamental building blocks needed for all future learning and advancement: reading, writing, math, science. Along the way, they learn logical reasoning and critical thinking, and develop an appreciation for the importance of analysis, questioning, and intellectual exploration. Also emphasized are personal and civic responsibility, and an appreciation for the diversity of the world inside and outside the school s walls. All of this is delivered in a positive environment in which every kid is treated with love, care, and respect.
One of the greatest assets for students of St. Richard's is the other students (and families) there. While the curriculum is "classic" and somewhat demanding, there is a strong support system there and a nurturing environment. I once talked to the head of counciling at a very large public high school nearby that many SRS students go on to attend, and she told me that SRS graduates are consistently among the leaders in their school - in academics, arts, and community service (and in top college admissions). I was told that private high schools offered over $300K in academic scholorships to SRS students last year. No place is perfect, but SRS is a great school.
We chose St. Richard's over other private and parochial schools that we were admitted, including Orchard and Park Tudor. The combination of academics, faith and values, as well as the structure, provides our children with an opportunity not replicated elsewhere in the city. We know our children would do well at many schools. The question we had as parents is what school would challenge our children academically in a warm and nurturing enviroment.? What Indianapolis schools have their middle school students study Latin as well as spanish or french? What schools have students studying subjects, in an age appropriate way, that is often a grade ahead then the other schools? And, the question for St. Richard's graduates isn't "which high school will I be admitted" but "which high school will I attend", given St. Richard's graduates are sought after . The school is a wonderful little gem.
We have had three St. Richard's students in our family. Our two oldest are graduates and are doing very well at the high school and university level in very competitive academic environments. Our youngest child still attends SRS. The school offers a classic education based on faith-based values. As an Episcopal school, St. Richard's is open and accepting of all students and families and the diversity featured at the school is a strength we appreciate. The school features students from 18 countries whose families have moved to Indianapolis and who chose St. Richard's School. The school offers a significant amount of tuition financial aid to students who qualify academically and financially. St. Richard's has met all of our expectations as parents. " Knowledge and values for a lifetime" is not only a tagline but truly what we have experienced as parents.
My daughter is a 2010 graduate. At St. Richard's she has been academically challenged and spiritually enriched. She was accepted to each high school to which she applied and each school was eager to enroll a SRS graduate. As a parent, I love the uniforms and the respectful manner in which students are expected to treat adults visiting the school. My daughter has learned time managament and self-discipline and leaves SRS well-prepared for high school. The current head of school is moving the school in the right direction and the faculty is the best in the city.
St. Richard's has given my children excellent preparation. My son is leaving 8th grade this year with three years of Latin, 10 years of French, strong writing and math skills, poise and a love of learning. He was accepted at three of the city's most competitive high schools - he only applied to three, by the way. He even recieved a merit scholarship. I could not ask for a better foundation.
My son attened St. Richard's for nine years he did wonderfully the first six, after that the quailty of their staff went down hill greatly I do not feel he recived the education he should have also staff (adm.)very petty and small mined not what you pay for
The school is great and certainly meets the needs of both of our children. The teachers seem very caring and interested in each of our children. We enjoy the parental involvement and exchanging ideas. Teachers welcome parents suggestions and comments. The administration seems to neglect parents and students especially the head of school and rely on staff to do the work. They have laid off or eliminated positions or combined positions, that create discord among teachers and certainly parents. Great school, poor leadership, I am thankful that the teachers and staff continue to keep it going, however I feel that a funding problem is in the future and could price itself out of the private school market.
We have two children at SRS. Our son and daughter both love the school and the environment the teachers and staff provide. Our children are growing into independent and caring individuals. The traditions of the school are wonderful as well.
Having experienced SRS as well as another highly ranked private school in Indianapolis, I better understand why SRS was not a good fit for us. Yes, SRS is a superior school, but everyone is expected to follow a very strict curriculum in the same (very traditional) way, at the same pace. No allowance for different learning styles. My son's confidence plummetted at SRS, performing much better now at new school. In my view SRS should become a girls' school, as there is little patience and acceptance for boys' needs to be active and hands-on. So much for commitment to diversity...
The teachers are some of the most caring and influential people you could ever leave your children with for eight hours a day; but if you can't afford over $13,000 per year (and rising) don't count on any help from the school even though during the admissions process they assure you that money isn't an issue!!
St. Richard's School is by far one of the best schools that exists in the state of Indiana. It offers a classic curriculum, an openness to faith, it celebrates diversity and cultural awareness to ensure global readiness for students, it encourages civic responsibility and philanthropy, and teaches to the whole child including a phenomenal music, art, P.E., and foreign language program. The faculty and staff are the most patient, giving, caring, and creative bunch. St. Richard's has a strong sense of family and community. The students learn respect of each other and develop lifelong friendships w/ their peers, teachers, and the school itself. It is a top notch place to be.
The resources are limited, and the approach is very much one-size-fits-all. For those who fit, this is a superior school. Not so much for the others. Having both a son and daughter, I would say that the school is not well suited for the average boywho requires activity and hands-on learning. Opportunities to be active are limited, and are the first thing taken away when discipline is needed.
I researched private and public schools extensively on the N. side and found St. Richards to be the best. It is challenging & students learn to budget their time immediately. Ambitious and high ability learners thrive. It is superior to any Gifted and Talented program I've seen in public school. It is a caring and progressive community of bright and talented students. Rarely do you have a school with such diversity and high academic expectations. Hardworking students are not excluded as they would in some programs or schools. The work ethic is respected and promoted which is just one of many intangibles received from this school. We drive 45 minutes each way because there is nothing better. Students take French beginning in elementary. Music/voice lessons, art enrichment and sports programs are some of the after school activities. St. Richards is not your typical Indiana school. It is so much better.
I personally consider St. Richard's School a wonderful environment for children to grow up in. I believe my children left with confidence as well as an unparalleled education.
ST. Richards is a school which needs major improvements in the educational field and the treatment of it's minority students.
St. Richard's is an excellent school with great traditions. My sons enjoy the academics, physical education and their friends. Please take a look at St. Richard's School.
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