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Bel Air, MD
Students enrolled: 690

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703 East Churchville Road
Bel Air, MD 21014

(443) 371-8031
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July 28, 2015
We are very fortunate to have The St. Joseph's program to support our student, specifically Mrs. Drummey.

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January 09, 2015
I am a former student. If your child has any issue whatsoever do not send him or her here. Their "motto" is compelling considerate and uncompromising. However, from my experience the faculty are the farthest thing from considerate. If your child has a learning issue, a mild mental issue such as bipolar, or insomnia, or worse, the people here will not help her through it. I found no support, not even from the nurse. People are not warm and kind. MOST are distant and unwelcoming to new students. There are some faculty that are great! The quality of instruction is good.Mass can become boring. They don't cater to young people. I would really research this school. Look beyond what they say about it. Yes, its the only private school around here. That doesn't make it a good private school. I am an outgoing and nice person. I found some of the kids not really willing to make new friends beyond their cliques. It may have just been that class. I could not get past the rudeness of some of the faculty. Dig deeper. Their drama program is good. I had a bad experience here. And, It was not just me. I know some other people my age who did not like the school.

- submitted by a student

June 06, 2014
Great school - from the faculty to the students. A great place to learn & a better place to grow.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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June 01, 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
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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.

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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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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

May 21, 2007
Absolutely fantastic communication between administration and student leadership. Academic priority coupled with athletic excellence. I have never been as satisfied.

- submitted by a parent

August 05, 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 student

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

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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John Carroll School
703 East Churchville Road, Bel Air, MD  21014
(443) 371-8031
Last modified John Carroll School is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
John Carroll School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top