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John Carroll School

Private | 9-12 | 690 students


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Posted June 6, 2014

Great school - from the faculty to the students. A great place to learn & a better place to grow.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 23, 2011

John Carroll is not perfect, but it offers things that I have not seen in the local public schools where my children attended through middle school. I feel as though there is a reinforcement of the moral teachings we are trying to get through at home. My child's teachers and coaches are good role models and try to work on teaching and developing a young person's values. Teachers are nearly all experienced--versus the great number of teachers with less than five years of experince in the area public schools. The teachers have their educations from a variety of universities and come from throughout the region. They also tend to stay at JC, which indicates that they are happy there. Students can be as challenged as they choose. Top level courses are offered. The language selection is broad. Our family sent one child to a Baltimore private school and one to JC. If I could do it over again, they would have both attended JC and skipped the grueling commute.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 21, 2010

I think it's ridiculous how they now force the students to get a specific type of laptop even if they already have their own computer. But you don't buy it, you rent it for four years. So buy the time you graduate you just wasted $800 on a horrible computer when you could have put that money towards something nicer. You would think paying $13,000 a year for tuition would include a computer. It's a high school, not a college. I did get a pretty good education when I went there but it's not worth $13K a year.

Posted February 14, 2010

From what I have seen so far with JC, there whole 'we're a really close family' claim is really a facade. They claim that we have less drama then you're average school when they have no idea what is going on in their own hallways. Coming from another school with a true family and loving environment. I know that the one that JC has is not it. Although some of our students end up going to Ivy League schools you would probably get the same thing in a public school. They accepted nearly everyone who applied.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 17, 2009

The teachers and student counsellors at John Carroll are excellent. They keep the parents informed and keep the students motivated. There is help for those who need it (for academics, organizational skills, etc.) and honor and AP classes for those who need the extra challenge.
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Posted July 27, 2009

John Carroll provides an average education in a smaller environment than the public schools in the area. However, if you want a real 'prep' education for your child dont send him or her here. The school puts on the facade that it is a prepartory institution but generally speaking its academic standards were not that challanging. My child went through four years here on honor roll without breaking a sweat. The required dress code (uniform) is a plus, and discipline is swift although not always equally dispensed.
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Posted July 10, 2009

JC proved itself when dealing with a difficult situation with my child. During a family health issue, my child made a few poor judgements (not drug/alcohol related) in a very short time frame. When called on the carpet about the issue, he admitted the error and faced the disciplinary system. Meanwhile, the school assisted with referal to counseling. Their heart was with him. He was allowed to continue, provided counseling, and graduated with appreciation for the opportunity. The school cared from top to bottom and although the rules seem restrictive at times they are applied with fairness and compassion when necessary. the academics at the school are excellent and success is nearly guaranteed provided the student makes the effort. As with most private and parochial schools, the academics match or exceed the the best public schools in the area while attitude and involvement well exceed the publics. Definitely worth the investment.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 30, 2009

If you want your kid's to be challenged to figure out how to function at college this place is for them. High standards are everywhere and the student body is a diverse group. They don't all step up either - so your kids will learn about college expectations and being independant before they go off to college.
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Posted June 1, 2009

Alright, so I'm currently a freshman, going into sophomore year at John Carroll, and I absolutely love it here. It's so much better than the public middle school I went to, the teachers really do care and try to help you. I feel so much more independent already. I've made friends that I know will be friends of mine till the time I drive off to college. There literally is not ONE thing that I would change. The education is at times difficult, and stressful no doubt, but it teaches you how to manage your time. There are teachers I don't care very much about, but that's expected; your not always going to like all of your teachers. All-in-all, the teachers are amazing, caring and truly do want you to succeed. The education and discipline is great too. It's defiantly the best kind of learning environment you could possibly be in.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 24, 2008

A recent experience with my child attending John Carroll provided the administration at John Carroll an opportunity to demonstrate that their mission statement is not simply a collection of words, but a set of values that followed by the leadership. At this point, it is obvious that we are dealing with a simple collection of words. Based on recent experiences, I can no longer recommend John Carroll.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 25, 2008

I could not be happier with the school. The teachers, faculty, & administrators genuinely care about the students. The course work is as challenging as one makes it. There are a wealth of participation activities available for both students & parents.
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Posted March 18, 2008

It is an okay school but if you want a real 'prep' education for your child dont send him or her here. The school puts on the facade that it is a prepartory institution when in reality it has similar education standards to the local public schools. The only thing I thought was positive was the dress code and the enforcement of discipline. Other than the students leaving as disciplined and responsible students, there is honestly nothing else special about the school. The education they give is below par.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 21, 2007

Absolutely fantastic communication between administration and student leadership. Academic priority coupled with athletic excellence. I have never been as satisfied.
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Posted August 5, 2005

Although a fine school the school seems more interested in how the students act and the staff seem to be held to different standards. It is apparent it holds a do as I say not as I do attitude. The education is great but with different standards what in the long term does this tell the students.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted March 24, 2005

John Carroll is a progressive, competitve, yet congenial environment. Standards are very high for academics, behavior, and personal decorum and are rigorously enforced. Students seem to feel 'ownership' of the school and from what I can tell, don't mind the enforcement too much. Most faculty that I have met are dedicated teachers concerned with the whole person of each child, which is quite different from the last parochial school my daughter attended. Principal Barker is excellent. He's a classically trained critical thinker with ideas and goals that are usually met, and his guidance has benefitted every student and faculty member. The school motto is 'Four years that last a lifetime,' and it's quite easy to believe this is true. My daughter has received a wonderfully multifaceted education at JC in her two years (she was a transfer student).
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 28, 2004

John Carroll is an excellent school, it has truly opened many doors for me as a student.
—Submitted by a student

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 88% 42%
Black 6% 35%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 6%
Hispanic 1% 12%
Two or more races 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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703 East Churchville Road
Bel Air, MD 21014
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