My son REGRETS getting older! The reason: I had to go to high school and leave SRES.
St. Richard's is truly an amazing school. It offers a unique combination in Indianapolis of a faith based education which cultivates diversity and openmindedness in our children. I have never regretted a minute of the 11 years my children have attended there. The teachers genuinely get to know the students and their families. My son (currently in high school) is very proud of the education he received at St. Richard's and often hears positive comments from his teachers about how well prepared he was for high school. I am so grateful to have found this school for my children.
St Richards takes such great care to stay to true to its mission: Knowledge and Values for a Lifetime. I might not be able to persuade you to attend with the few characters printed here, but I urge you to pay a visit to the school and take a quick tour before you make your final decision about where and how to educate your children (www.strichardsschool.org/about-us). St Richards has a classic curriculum with a progressive and inclusive global perspective. Its graduates are able to pick their high schools and go on to attend an impressive list of undergraduate institutions.
We have 3 children at St. Richard's- spanning a wide range of grades- and continue to be incredilby impressed and happy about the level of education, support, and friendhip each of them receives from the school. The academics are challenging, but never overwhelming, and payoff in a huge way as showcased in different ways, including the fact that 100 percent of the school's 2013 eight grade class was accepted by their top choice of high school. The faculty and administration treats our kids- and us- with kindness and respect. There is a great feeling of community at St. Richard's which is wonderful especially considering the student body hails from all over the world and is very diverse both religiously and socio-economically. Not only are we, as parents, very pleased with the school, our children are, too- and their daily happiness and growth speaks volumes about the quality of education and care they recieve at St. Rishard's.
This school in the near north side of the city is 52 yrs old and based on old British Day school. Therefore it has a classic curriculum that stresses art, music, behavior, academic knowledge, moral ethics and physical education. I cannot find a better blend of old teachings and modern living. I would highly recommend this to parents who want to raise smart yet compassionate and ethical human beings who know the need for helping others, being truthful and honest and repecting elders. These qualities are essential along with academic success to raise the bar of humanity. Tradition and culture are abundant at St.Richards and the ability to maintain them and yet be modern and cutting-edge iss something quite remarkable to see.
There are far better schools so keep looking. The middle school environment is emotionally toxic. The school's "Five Pillars" are nothing more than words on paper. Whatever is taught at chapel, and we've never been told, is not on display in student behavior. Many teachers have no control over classroom behavior. Anti-social students who behave inappropriately know there are no consequences. Many high-achieving students are ridiculed and rejected by their peers. The administration and teachers have little or no knowledge of behavior mangement. Parents who are rightfully concerned are labeled and dismissed by the administration. The quality of instruction is subpar. The language arts program is a disaster. We have had to provide substantial home instruction in composition, grammar, usage, and mechanics. One of the foreign language teachers exhibits an obvious dislike of boys. The specials "curriculum" is a joke and a waste of the students' valuable time. PE is nothing more than free play. The music teacher cries in front of students. We've seen not a single art project of any merit. We will be leaving the school as soon as our children can be placed elsewhere.
This review of SRS is long overdue. My family s experience with the school was a painful one. This school is fine if you just want average quality of education and childcare service. SRS offers the "popular" curriculum in Language Art, Math and Science program. Unfortunately, the quality of education that my kids received was far below standard. Its private independence school status does not require the school to meet any standard established by Indiana DOE and no state standardized test is required. Kids who moved out of the school or graduates have to do a lot of things to catch up before they move into a new school or enter high school, especially in the area of math, science and language art. Music and Art it is nice to have them offered in school, but it is not a good program. I really hope the new Headmaster will bring the school into a brighter future. My advice that may save the school: (1) Provide regular training for teachers (2) Get rid of the old school administrators especially the Division Heads. Bring new people with better skills, attitude, and culture to the school (3) Listen to the families concerns.
Like many parents concerned about their child's education, my wife and I took the necessary time to interview schools in the area to find the right fit for our daughter. After lot's of visits, the unanimous choice was St. Richard's School. What we felt would happen to our daughter is actually happening before our eyes. Our daughter is blossoming into a confident young lady. The committment to classic curriculum as well as its approach towards developing young minds is an attractive feature of this school. A plus for me is that parental involvement is not only encouraged, it is expected. I have enjoyed the level of interaction with the teachers and have developed strong relationships with many of the parents. We all work together as a communty to help fostor the growth of our children. I am confident that St. Richard's is not only preparing my daughter for high school and beyond, but also helping her develop into a solid citizen.
This is our first year at St. Richard's. I have been very impressed with the school, the teachers, the curriculum and the communication with parents. My children are being challenged to do their best work and they feel (and say) that their teachers care for them and have helped them do their best. The middle school teachers are extraordinary and I feel confident that my children will be very well prepared for any high school.
SRES is a magical place that encourages all children to grow mentally, physically and spiritually. Teachers here love their jobs and show their students the joy of learning. All 3 of our children began their years at SRES in Kindergarten and have continued to grow and mature with the dedicated staff.
We have sent 2 children to St. Richard's Episcopal School, with our oldest graduating this year. It has been a wonderful fit for our children as well as our family. It is a academically rigorous school, with passionate and caring teachers. Our son will graduate this year with an excellent education and appreciation of the diverse world in which he lives.
Best school I have ever been a part of. Great curriculum, excellent teachers. Passionate instruction.
The school leaders apply dual standards when treating students and families. Rules of Conducts and Anti-bullying policy are created in a way that gives teachers and division heads a very wide interpretation in the execution. Despite of concerns and reports from the families, the school retains the incompetent and problem teachers for many years. The curriculum is consistently changing for the worse. Quality of education is plummeting. Teachers accountability is non-existence. Parents are NOT partners in their children s education at St. Richard s School because the school leaders assume that they know what the best for the children. The school uniform represents the uniformity of the education and school life at St. Richard s. Due your due diligence before you consider this school. There are better performing private and public schools options in Indianapolis than St. Richard s School.
Our eldest son joined St Richard's school 9 years ago for the pre-k 4 year olds program. From the beginning, St Richard's has been a great fit for him and us. Both our sons are currently attending, and we and the kids are all throughly enjoying the experience. We enjoy the smaller enrollment and feel our kids are getting a lot of attention. The diversity is great and the students are taught that differences are good. The head of school is really fantastic - approachable, bright, thoughtful and fun! The students,faculty and parents all seem to get along well with her. St Richard is a great experience for your children!
St. Richards (SRES) was a wonderful environment for my children that truly prepared them with morals & values for a lifetime. The morals & values we taught at home were reinforced in this challenging academic setting. Overall, the teachers are outstanding & very engaging with the students in a small classroom setting. SRES is a school that truly embraces diversity (not only of race, but every aspect of dviersity) and tries to improve any areas of weakness once identified. The languages offered (French, Latin and Spanish) is truly an area that sets them apart. The overall academic rigor was challenging, but very well planned and structured. Upon successfully graduating from this program, these kids thrive not only locally, but also in boarding schools outside Indiana. The Head of School is very professional, but still approachable. She is a definite asset and is not afraid of making hard decisons. Parental involvement is also top notch. Parents are constantly involved in the life & spirit of this institution. If you seek challenging academic rigor, diversity, religious morals and values, strong leadership along with a nuruturing environment - SRES is the place for you!
St. Richard's has been a great fit -- in different ways -- for our two children. Our oldest thrived in the SRES environment. The two-year kindergarten program attracted us to the SRES village. We wanted to find a strong full day kindergarten program to engage our son at an early age. We have appreciated the wonderful teachers and strong emphasis on academics. In addition, we fell in love with the "village" made up of committed parents. Ten years later, he left the school highly prepared for his (Brebeuf) high school years. Our second child is much younger and is also a graduate of SRES. Even though time had passed, we were pleased to find many of the same wonderful teachers offering an expanded curriculum. Our daughter has loved the 8th grade musical and friendships that she plans to keep for life. We think the organizational skills encouraged (actually ingrained in the program) during SRES middle school years are another school strength.
We recently finished 16 years at St. Richard's. Each of our three children attended, one after the other, from preK through 8th grade. Each learned differently and had different interests and athletic skills, but each one was so happy there. As parents, so were we. Creative teachers welcomed parental involvement. It was fun to pretend vaccinate kindergarteners about to "travel" to study South America or to offer hands-on help for 4th grade shark dissections. We loved the early, fun instruction in French songs and speaking. As a family, we all enjoyed the French exchange program, a unique gem! It so paid off in their vocalubary richness and understanding that they studied a romance language which influenced so many English words. Students could switch to Spanish in middle school or deepen their French to high school level-- while learning Latin and winning against high schoolers at the state Latin convention. Their poise in public speaking and participation in discusions of whatever they study is incredible. We made lifetime friends among classmates, faculty and parents at St. Richard's. It's an investment whose payoff is visible ever after. Highly recommended!
St. Richard's Episcopal School is a wonderful place for children to learn and grow in a positive, caring environment with high expectatons, excellent teaching, and strong support. St. Richard's systematically builds basic skills and knowledge -- analysis, research, writing, etc. -- that prepare students for secondary school and far beyond. Many teachers have mastered their subjects and inspire good thinking. St. Richard's was established to serve a diverse community and embraces its students and their families. The school and its students are connected to their urban community. The religious core of St. Richard's is tolerant, welcoming, and respectful of people of all faiths and philosophies. What a wonderful place!
St Richard's is the only private independent Episcopal school in the state of Indiana. Despite its "independent status", this is still a religious school because everyday life of the school activities revolves around the Episcopal church traditions. The broad ethnic diversity is possibly the main asset of the school, however this is not well embraced by the whole school community. The school uses "diversity" to solely promote the school without fully understanding what diversity means and treating the students and parents fairly and respectfully. Few of the teachers are outstanding and my child love them dearly. However, the school needs a lot of improvement in its curriculum along with teachers' and leaders' qualities. The resource is very limited too. For almost $14,000 a year per child, it was the biggest financial mistake for our family.
St. Richard's provided an exceptional education for both of my children. The quality of education for a St Richard's eight grade graduate is second to none in Indianapolis. The academic experience was challenging for both of my children, but never overwhelming. Their education was broad based from science and math to english and foreign languages. Their exposure to latin and french early was a definite asset. Spanish is offered early as well. There is broad ethnic diversity that is not found in other Indianapolis private schools. There is genuine respect among the students, teachers and families at St. Richard's. There is a sense of community at the school that is very positive. The children graduate with a first rate academic education and a healthy sense of civic responsibility that I feel is unique among other Indianapolis private schools.
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