Both my kids went to NAPS, it was a pretty good fit. My daughter is now a HS senior heading to college fall of 2017. She has done very well through a demanding private MS and prep HS, getting almost all A's and very high SATs and ACTs (has merit money offers from colleges now). My son is 2 years behind doing similarly well. This is a large part due to good foundation at NAPS. Classes are small with lots of individual attention, and parent assistance.
I would echo some comments that certified teachers would be a plus. Also, when my kids were there, the school was a bit lacking proficiency in science and math. My kids came out with very good arithmetic skills, but had the smarts to go further before MS. As a research engineer, I helped my kids offline with that so they still excelled. But the school could do a bit more in accelerated science and math. So I give them 4 instead of 5 stars. Overall, it's a good place, and great value.
My 3 children have attended NAPS for the past 7 years. The school is nurturing, structured, staffed with a dedicated team of educators, and on beautiful grounds. In addition, the tuition for our 3 children amounts to one tuition at other area independent schools. We have been so pleased with so many aspects of the program, but we've recently been impressed with new innovations and adaptations such as the I-Pad program, green school initiative, and addition of an outdoor learning center. I challenge anyone to find a better value in the Annapolis area!
Thank you, NAPS, for giving my kids a great foundation. They blossomed into mature, independent, confident thinkers under your care. We could not have asked for a more nurturing environment or more caring teachers for our kids!
NAPS is a top-notch school. The faculty has a depth of experience, unparalleled judgment and intuition, and they all have a remarkable enthusiasm for teaching. We love the academic caliber and unique understanding of public service which are hallmarks of the school. If you desire your child to be a future respectful, engaged citizen and leader who has learned to be thoughtful and articulate, then NAPS is your school of choice. We also appreciate the talented parent base, many of whom have leadership positions in the military, teach at USNA, or are analysts or scientists. The school is extremely adept at welcoming new students and families and has a close sense of community. Parental involvement is welcome and encouraged. We are grateful to be a part of this exceptional gem of an institution and are continually impressed with the academic approach and emphasis on citizenship.
The school claims they have addition resources for students who need extra help, however, they don't have enough to support the number of students. They tested my child without discussing with me first (which is their normal procedure in talking with other parents and the school) and when I had their test evaluated by an independent PHD, I was told immediately the test was administered wrong and my child was exactly where he should be according to his grade.
Almost NO positive feedback but are quick to discuss any bad days.
The most concerning was hearing from multiple parents as well as witnessing for myself, they push "learning styles" (ADD and ADHD) and the medicines that accommodate it. Over 1/2 of an entire grade was on ADD/ADHD medicine. This is extremely disturbing and I pulled my child out. He is excelling in his new school. Hummmm
Excellent PreK nurturing environment but rarely will you find new teachers or staff that is not connected to the Director in some way (family friend).
School is good for some but not everybody!
As a military family, we have been in a variety of schools. NAPS is certainly top of our list. The school has a challenging academic program and a caring environment. My children are extremely happy there and have made many friends. They are supported by their teachers and overall have a great sense of confidence. I was concerned by the comment that NAPS is not accredited but checked with the principal and found that is untrue. NAPS is fully accredited. I would highly recommend this school. The price tag is fabulous when you compare the other private schools.
I can gauge how effective the teachers are by how much my son learned over the course of the school year. He loves school and he constantly shows us what he is learning. My husband and I were both impressed. I should note that our son is bright and he would do well at any school.
This is my son's first year at NAPS and we simply love it there. He was a kindergartner this year and I feel like the school really met his needs. The teachers and principal are very responsive and accommodating in general. I am a teacher and I have been exposed to different schools. Some local schools aren't as academically challenging as they should be. However, I have been impressed with the quality of education there. My son is learning so much at NAPS. I am so glad that we chose to send him there. Not to mention, it's so reasonably priced in comparison to other private schools in the area.
NAPS is a nurturing and positive learning environment. Our 3 children have thrived there over the last 6 years. Small classes, caring faculty, overall strong academics, organized systems, wonderful grounds, and a nice community of parents are pros. Cons include limited enrichment in math programs for students who excel in this subject, no instrumental music in curriculum, use of TV watching during indoor recess/aftercare/transition times, and lack of ethnic diversity. Overall, we have been extremely happy at this school and highly recommend it when we have the chance.