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Schererville, IN
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7300 Forest Ridge Drive
Schererville, IN 46375

(219) 756-7300
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November 14, 2015
I had the pleasure to be invited to return to FRA for a special visit. I taught French when the school originated. Not surprisingly FRA has become a model of enthusiasm and forward looking education. I recommend FRA to anyone looking for a safe, child centered environment where students are motivated to learn within an age appropriate and varied curriculum. You won't regret your choice.

- submitted by a teacher

March 30, 2015
Our son went to FRA starting in preK until the early elementary years. We started talking to friends that had children attended different types of schools : charter, public, private,etc. and were impressed with most results. We chose a different montessorri school for our daughter after extensive research and found both schools to be comparable in most areas but more reasonably priced. We again researched later grades in other schools, found they share the same "learning beyond the books" methods. Schools and teachers DO have signigicant impact in making sure children are challenged, motivated, self disciplined, and encourage a love for learning. However, it is just as much the parents responsibility! FRA did lack in letting our child slack in areas. The school they attend now gives appropriate consequences to their choices, good or bad, as in our adult life. We do have bigger class size, but feel our kids will have the ability to learn and work in more challenging settings. FRA, does accept all children, not just "gifted", contingent you meet the financial requirements. They can base tuition on income. Some private schools solely allow "gifted" children and do not lower tuition.

- submitted by a parent

January 21, 2015
We put an incredible amount of thought into choosing the right school for our 3 year old daughter. Our first choice was the Univ. of Chicago Lab School. But with only a 30% acceptance rate and us having to affiliation with the school, that was not to be. We looked at many local catholic schools, and settled on FRA. In short, they have been wonderful. Our daughter fit in perfectly. The curriculum is age-appropriate and we can't believe the growth we have seen. She had never been apart from her mother until FRE. It went so well that we have gone from 3 days to 5 days per week.

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2014
We have just enrolled our child into the Young Scholars program at FRA. I cannot believe the motivation and excitement that the teachers have. After day 2 my 3 year old came home saying Spanish words and actually knew what they meant. The Instagram photos posted help make us just as excited as my daughter is everyday she comes home. If the last 2 weeks are any indication of what is to come I am so glad we enrolled her. THIS IS NOT A DAY CARE, it is a school. I agree with some of the comments on fund raising that it can be overwhelming especially for middle class parents but hopefully the cost will out weigh the costs, especially when it comes to education.

- submitted by a parent

February 13, 2014
I can not say enough about this school. I am not a contributor as stated below. My kids have had incredible success there and in high school as measured by the preparation FRA gave for high school. Mine are not babied. They are held accountable. This school is fantastic! Please start the high school! The need is tremendous! As the public schools fall apart FRA just keeps getting better!

- submitted by a parent

February 12, 2014
The Teachers at Forest Ridge are amazing. They work one on one with the students and go above and beyond what is required for a teacher. Many parents who believe the children are babied need to understand most of the students at Forest Ridge are doing work above their grade level. Some students have several grade levels higher than average. The children are pushed harder at an older age but it prepares them well for the workforce in the future. The fundraising is a little hard but it keep families close and well informed with the school and staff. Overall it is a good school and i believe it prepares the children well for high school.

- submitted by a parent

November 16, 2013
I would agree that there is a double standard when it comes to grades. Students who have parents who are big donors are allowed to turn in work late and get higher grades. Also, how can you have administrators running around more concerned with events at their former places of employment and leading the charge to oust the Head of that school. If I were the Head here I would be watching my back.

- submitted by a parent

April 26, 2013
Some of the teachers are wonderful and teach responsibility, accountability, and go beyond their job. Others allow kids to turn in assignments late, "fix grades", give extra credit, etc. Where is the accountability? If my child turns his assignment in on time, don't allow the kid who was lazy and mom is upset by a bad/no grade to nag you into changing the grade! My child worked hard and sacrificed to turn his work in on time. I know some of my son s classmates have received grades on report cards that are questionable. Hmmm....the quality of a teacher does not always equal the grades of the students. Most of the children are great but some are lazy and irresponsible. Help them by making them accountable! Otherwise, class sizes are wonderful and class trips are nice.

- submitted by a parent

March 14, 2012
I have looked and looked for a great school for my children and I finally found it!!! The teachers have such a passion for teaching and that excitement rubs off the students. The family atmosphere creates a wonderful environment for learning. When you walk through the front doors you feel how special the school is immediately!

- submitted by a parent

March 13, 2012
The small classes, high standards, and caring faculty provide a safe and positive learning atmosphere. The academics are exciting and my children are loving the journey!!!!

- submitted by a parent

March 13, 2012
I completely disagree with the post from January 24. My children have received an excellent education through all grades at Forest Ridge. Teachers have been completely honest with me regarding my children's progress and I have had no surprises! My children are not superior intellectually and the teachers all gave a huge amount of effort into seeing them succeed. As a result, my children all know how to work hard and follow through on their tasks. I owe a lot to the school for the wonderful education my children all received. I still support this school and will for the rest of my life. I believe in their efforts and everything they stand for.

- submitted by a parent

January 24, 2012
My daughter attended FRA a few years ago. Although, my daughter received high markings, I feel it was only because of the extra help she received outside of school. They rarely give low grades, even if deserved, which may help the child's self esteem but does not accurately measure where they are at academically. The fundraising is ridiculous and an embarrassment. You pay for the small class size and technology. Instead of teaching responsibility and accountability, I found the teachers baby the students by sometimes letting low grades slide or even changing grades because it has a poor reflection on the teachers and school. , I would not recommend this school....especially after the 3rd grade

- submitted by a parent

December 09, 2011
Our children attended FRA, and we were very pleased with the education they received! It's not just an ordinary school you take your children to, it's like dropping them off with an extended family. Our oldest continued with the same style of learning and went to a private college for the small class settings. I would highly recommend this school at all levels knowing our children were provided an excellent education and prepared for success in their future endeavors.

- submitted by a parent

September 11, 2011
My child has attended Forest Ridge Academy for several years. While I will agree that the early years were an excellent education, I must say that I am unimpressed with the school as my child has progressed into the middle school. The middle school teachers are fair at best. The attention to the students' needs has evaporated at this level. Many of the middle school teachers have multiple children attending the school and that creates a problem. It seems the teachers are more occupied with their own childrens' needs and when it comes to their students, some teachers are baby sitting and going through the motions instead of teaching. Other things I now see is the administration is several levels behind the current generation of technology even though the technical director is very intelligent and up to date. The constant focus on fund raising is getting old. The new banners on the soccer field are cheesy at best. The push for a high school is an idea that is off the charts awful. It's time the board makes a change at the top to get this school back on the path we parents were sold on several years ago. I would not recommend this school past second or third grade.

- submitted by a parent

September 18, 2009
FRA is the best school that anyone cans end their child to because the small class sizes make it perfect for children who need extra help in some subjects . they have the best teachers who are understanding!

- submitted by a parent

May 20, 2008
Everything about the school is practically perfect. Class sizes are the smallest in the region.

- submitted by a parent

April 30, 2004
FRA is a wonderful school. If you have a child that is gifted and talented you should seriously consider the advantages of private/independent education. The class ratios are excellent. It is an exceptional place for curious minds. This school offers what a public school can not. The IOWA test scores are outstanding. The music program is of very high quality. Spanish is taught at all grades levels along with sign language. The school even has hearing impaired individuals on staff which enables the children to use what skills they have learned. A laptop program is implemented begining with the 5th grade class. This is truly a 5 star institution.

- submitted by a parent
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Forest Ridge Academy
7300 Forest Ridge Drive, Schererville, IN  46375
(219) 756-7300
Last modified Forest Ridge Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
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