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St. Richard's Episcopal School5
Posted December 02, 2013
- a parent
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.
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.
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