Enrolling my daughter in St. Richard's Episcopal School is one of the best decisions I have made! We are now in our 3rd year at the school. Words cannot express how pleased I am with the school, the learning environment, the teachers, and administration. I had plans to relocate outside of Indiana but I have reconsidered this decision because I want my child to continue her education at St. Richard's. My child enjoys learning and her abilities have blossomed and continue to grow. The school has many activities for the parents to be involved, some with the children and some for the parents without the children. These are wonderful opportunities to get to know the other parents. This adds to the special environment that St. Richard's has. It is more of a family community.
I have had one son graduate from St. Richard's school and now have 2 other sons who are attending the school. The experience for us has been outstanding. Each of my sons has received an excellent education, has been appropriately challenged and most importantly, always encouraged to do their very best. I feel that they are well prepared for high school. They have strong values, developed a love of learning and become good people. I could not ask for me from a school - which is now my community. A very supportive parent
I have two daughters who have attended St. Richard's since they were three years old; they are now in Kindergarten and 4th grade. The school's faculty are the heart of this wonderful institution. The three key reasons that we chose the school for our kids are 1) its academic rigor, 2) it's emphasis on respect and values, and 3) its diversity. And we have not been disappointed. If you are looking at schools, I encourage you to take a tour of St. Richard's while school is in session - its essence speaks for itself.
I have 3 children at this school and they all love it!! Small class sizes, caring teachers and a positive attitude to learning, makes this such a great school!
My family loves St. Richard's! SRES (the teachers, parents, and students) create a triangle of learning. Each angle of the triangle pointing to opportunity. The parents are wonderful; involved, volunteering, supportive, helpful, friendly, and diverse. Administration works very hard, working with the parents/teachers/children, to a create an excellent learning and growing experience. SRES cares! And the school leaders care; about my family!
I was looking at this website for high schools for my son and thought I would check out the reviews for St. Richards as he has been a student there since PreK. Seeing several really negative reviews that all have very similar tone/content, I suspect one disgruntled parent has an axe to grind, which is unfortunate. Here is my report for the school: Overall, excellent education by caring teachers and administrators. The kids are well behaved, but also nurtured. This is not a school for kids with learning differences or behavioral challenges. It is for top-performers who want to do well. Best strengths are MS faculty and gen. academic rigor. I am impressed with several aspects of Arts education (music), but not so much with art. English and language arts is second to none. MS French presents some challenges, but Latin rocks. In the same vein, history, current events and math rock! We are looking for a High School that embodies the education St. Richard's gave us, which is a lot to ask. One final note: you can be a high maintenance parent and have your kid thrive here. You can't be a jerk, though.
We are new to St. Richard's but we love the school and community already! The school promotes excellence in academics and behavior, while creating an extremely friendly and nurturing environment. The community is supportive of students, but inclusive of parents as well. We love that 35 countries are represented, automatically creating a global focus. I am so glad I made this choice for my son! It doesn't hurt that "dragon school" looks a little like a castle as well.
While I was concerned at first about whether my children would fit in due to their financial aid status, I quickly learned that the students, parents, and teachers at St. Richard s do not care about financial aid status. They care about whether your child is learning and growing, socially, spiritually, and in their education. There are almost too many benefits to St. Richard s to even list, but I am going to try. There are small class sizes; high expectations of students; opportunities to learn from mistakes; lessons in respect; friendship; a wide range of clubs and athletics in which anyone who chooses to can participate; world languages at every grade level; a wonderful lunch; a science lab with dragons, fish, turtles and chickens; opportunities for parents to interact with other parents and teachers outside of school; a fabulous music program; recess for all ages; field trips; gym and art; divinity and chapel; teachers who are not afraid to hug my child if she just needs a hug; middle school classes that rival nearby high schools in content and expectations; and most of all, my children have learned to meet and exceed those high expectations and have had FUN doing it!
SRES offers a barely average, unimaginative education in cramped, outdated facilities in a dangerous neighborhood. It's lasted this long only because demand for private school seats in IPS exceeded supply. Most teachers have no advanced degrees. Some don't have teaching certificates. Language Arts instruction is weak. Students do far less required reading than their public school counterparts. There are few worthwhile co-curriculars. The school has long suffered from incompetent leadership. The current Headmaster, who was hurriedly hired, is unqualified. The Middle Division Head couldn't lead the way out of a wet paper bag. She commands no respect which shows in student behavior. Our children were shocked by the complete lack of obedience and attention in the classroom as compared with their other school. A great many students are far less mature and far more ill-behaved than peers at other schools. The reaction to parental dissatisfaction is feigned surprised, prevarication, and denial. Those who persistently demand improvement are silenced with threats, ostracized, or drummed out. All of the northside township schools are stronger, as are the other privates. Look elsewhere.
SRES is not only an exceptional school preparing our daughter for the riggers of life, but also a community that has become our second family. We could not be any happier with our choice of schools and investigated several other private and public schools in our area before choosing St. Richards. Without question, our daughter is receiving the best foundation for her studies and personal growth that is immeasurable. We have never once regretted our decision.
We have two kids attending St. Richards and have been parents at the school for 6 years. We believe the education is superior and and selected SRES for its value based education (5 pillars). If you are looking for a school, take a tour of the school and see what it has to offer. It is impressive!
St. Richard's is a top notch school providing an excellent education along with strong values for individuals and the community to prepare my daughters to have an excellent future.
In addition to a rigorous academic program, St. Richard's teaches respect and social skills that will benefit students for a lifetime.
My son studied sharks, built one on our kitchen table, did a speech to his grade about "his" shark, and today, he dissected one. The child is consumed with enthusiasm and we couldn't be more pleased. Great, great school.
Terribly mismanaged The Head of School is attempting to bring on as many close friends as possible, as he has no experience with managing a school and is trying to surround himself with puppets and "yes men (and women)" for his agenda. He lacks an appreciation for the school's unique qualities, including "classic curriculum" and "faith". which are also this school's greatest assets. The staff feel hugely unappreciated and their thoughts and opinions are given no consideration. In fact, the Head has cancelled nearly every faculty meeting this year as he cannot face the staff and address their questions and concerns. In this administration, anyone who questions a superior is seen as complaining. The students are taught they can never be wrong, and they run this school alongside their parents and the aforementioned and largely inexperienced administrators. The students and teachers are fantastic but the current Head of School has no management experience and is only concerned about enrollment numbers--the current students and staff have no value. Everyone is concerned about this school right now, including the faculty, families, and students Stay far away until this Head is gone.
St. Richard's has been absolutely fantastic for our two children, and we just can't wait to get the third one in the PK program. The school is truly dedicated to values and knowledge for a lifetime and challenges children appropriately to meet their highest potential.
SRES is a strictly, in-flexible school. Their education program is based upon video learning and self guided work. The classroom numbers are small, yet the teachers cannot reach the individual child. The children are only successfull because the majority of the parents pay for private tutoring - their competitive nature. Many of the teachers are obusive and demeaning to the children. There is no room for individualism at SRES. The children are forced into a "one mold fits all" idealology with no room for individualism or creativity. SRES is not state accredited and does not have any test scores to demonstrate productivity. The new head of school has the same narrow-minded mentality. He has begun to "weed out" children who have been successful, yet do not fit the "brick in the wall" mentality at SRES. He is creating a mini "Park Tudor" including staff and students. BEWARE: bullying is rampant at SRES. The faculity and staff believe the children behave as angels unattended. Children who are disadvantaged physically, mentally or have non-verbally learning disabiliies will be victims of other children, teachers and administration.
This school does a wonderful job of meeting children's individual needs. My daughter has been pushed to develop at her own pace. She is given individual attention, as the class sizes are relatively small. My daughter thrives at SRES. She looks forward to going to school everyday and even wants to attend when she is does not feel well. The teachers at this school do an amazing job and truly care for each student.
S.R.E.S. is a truly unique establishment of 52 years. It is not a parochial school as the name might lead you to believe. It is an independent day school with a partnership with Trinity Episcopal Church. It embraces diversity with over 30 countries represented and a variety of socio-economic, religious, and family backgrounds. What does this mean for you and your family? It means respect, appreciation, care, and concern for each member of the community,and the ability to be a partner in your child/children's education. In order to create lifelong learners and instill knowledge and values for a lifetime, every member of the faculty works to meet the individual needs of every child with care and concern for the whole child. In addition to a rigorous curriculum and school uniform policy, it is enhanced with language, music, art, technology, chapel/divinity, school assemblies, athletics, leadership programs, and community service projects, just to name a few. The school community has a family feel. I know my child will not only be prepared for high school academically, but has also been strengthened in character and truly loved by his teachers and peers for the past decade.
This is our son's second year at St Richard's. Our experience has been even better than we had expected it would be. The faculty and administrative staff go out of their way to make each student feel special. This morning the middle school literature teacher saw me in the hall and asked about my son by name and he hasn't even had him as a student yet. When you walk down the halls at St Richard you always see involved parents and caring teachers and a lot of happy kids.
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