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5-12
Private
Brooklandville, MD
Students enrolled: 444
 

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11232 Falls Road
Brooklandville, MD 21022

(410) 825-4400
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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
September 02, 2015
There is a general sense of collaboration and cooperation among the students and faculty that is very unique. The girls are empowered to demonstrate leadership every day.

- submitted by a parent

September 02, 2015
We decided on St. Paula's School for Girls for our daughter after a thorough search of schools in the area. We found St. Paul's to be a strong and supportive community, In addition to a rigorous academic schedule, she was able to participate in the excellent dance program as well as athletics. We are very happy at St. Paul's School for Girls.

- submitted by a parent

April 23, 2015
I am so glad I found this page. We are still trying to decide what to do for next year and even if we lose money on the tuition we put down, we are likely leaving. We and our daughter have been unhappy with the turnover in staff and the lack of accountability for changes in the school structure by the administration. I think the head is only that on paper. The person who seems to be making all of the decisions is the second in charge- the academic dean mentioned in a lot of these reviews- who is making sweeping changes with little communication to parents. Of course parents talk and we are concerned that they will not be able to be re-certified by the governing body of independent schools in Maryland.

- submitted by a parent

April 02, 2015
We are new this year and the Middle School experience has exceeded our expectations. I can't comment on the teachers that have left, but my daughter's have been excellent. She is being challenged academically, while being supported and encouraged personally. She has also found a welcoming community of classmates, which was something we had apprehension about since she didn't know anyone going in. Maybe because we're new, we're not privy to all the drama, but I also don't care about that stuff, just about the education my daughter is getting.

- submitted by a parent

March 30, 2015
What is going on with the board of directors at this school? It's bad enough to make a terrible decision in hiring the head of school, but another to blindly ignore it. I would not be surprised if this school actually flat out closed, there is no leadership evident on nearly any level. (And seriously, ask around. This head of school has taken the reputation of this school down in flames, and every AIMS school knows it.)

- submitted by a community member

March 14, 2015
Unfortunately, we have to agree with the negative reviews of this school. It looks like there will be more turnover again this year as the school counselor left mid-year. The experienced teachers are dedicated and wonderful but the administration does not support them and seems to be looking to get less experienced teachers in place. We sent our kids here because we thought they would get a quality education in a supportive environment. That has eroded over time and we anticipate the education of students can only get worse with this continued turnover. We have other choices and we would rather leave before it gets worse. We will not return next year.

- submitted by a parent

March 12, 2015
I really like to write good reviews. There are a few teachers here that likely deserve one. I wish I had better news, though. SPSG has been a profound disappointment and, now in our 7th and final year, is a constant reminder of our poor decision not to switch our daughter out sooner. I certainly was for a stronger head, and am not afraid of change, but 29 of 50 teacher turnover was a surprise, and life on the other side of it - is brutal. The teaching quality suffered, there continues to be little structure, but now with even less institutional knowledge. The political correctness remains off the charts, whereas the moral compass makes even less appearances. The new head is cold, with a track record of poorly handled student situations. The Associate Head for Academics is terrible, just terrible. What a crying shame that every prospective family can't see how big a mistake it is to send a girl to a declining, decaying institution such as this. Jeez, expensive mistake.

- submitted by a parent

February 03, 2015
I unfortunately have to disagree with the 11/9 post- it's been my experience in the last 10 or 15 years that the girls at SPSG have always been happy, but the last couple of years have seen a turn for the worse, presumably from the change in leadership that has led to a mass exodus of teachers (sorry, but you can't have 50% turnover without bad management disguised as "righting the ship.") The professionalism of the staff prevents the worst traits of this administration- insincerity, lack of shame, antisocial behavior, poor judgment, lack of insight, and an egocentric worldview- from affecting the students but I believe this can only last so long. I would not recommend working here or sending your children to this school.

- submitted by a teacher

November 30, 2014
Removed our child without regret. After a parade of leadership cut from the same cloth...realized that the school is run for the edification of teachers with an agenda, not students. The board is way off base on this one, can someone educate those people, how about an exit interview.

- submitted by a parent

November 20, 2014
No school can be everything to everyone, nor can a school be characterized by disgruntled or positive chatter submitted in 1000 characters or less. SPSG strives to be current and intentional in bringing out the best in the students we have each year. This means change and this means tough decisions at times, but good things can not arise from stagnation or weakness. Come and see the welcoming community. Ask direct and pointed questions, and I think you'll be impressed by the answers. Meet the faculty, and I think you'll be pleased by their level of commitment.

- submitted by a teacher

November 19, 2014
This school is a mess! Took my children out after a year, the lack of leadership was astounding.

- submitted by a parent

November 19, 2014
I am thoroughly impressed by the dedication of the faculty and staff. The opportunities for the girls are vast and the students have a great, balanced education that prepares them very well!

- submitted by a community member

November 10, 2014
SPSG has exceptional faculty, staff, and students. I enjoy being a part of a school that is growing and moving forward collaboratively, with the voices and vision of faculty, parents, students, and administration partnering to create an exceptional, student-centered environment.

- submitted by a teacher

November 01, 2014
The school is being run into the ground by the poorly chosen head of school, and the associate dean of academics. There is a reason 29 of the 50+ full time staff and faculty left since the head of school was hired, and it starts with the toxic work environment she promotes. It is too bad, as the students and faculty are amazing, but there is no way I would send my children to this school until new, effective leadership is put into place.

- submitted by a community member

October 24, 2014
SPSG is one of the warmest, most welcoming places I have ever been. The faculty and staff care deeply about the girls they are educating; they go above and beyond for each individual student. The conversations in meetings and beyond is about best practices and quality education. That is the bottom line for this school.

- submitted by a teacher

October 23, 2014
A great place to work and learn about what it means to have fantastic facilities, support, students who care about each other, parents who are supportive and a fun working environment where we work hard for our students and feel great about what we do!

- submitted by a teacher

October 23, 2014
As an alumna of SPSG, I am proud of the impressive academics and commitment to the individual student that is still foundation of St. Paul's School for Girls. The teachers are amazing and truly care about their students. SPSG is stronger than ever and poised to continue on this path with a dynamic new Head of School.

- submitted by a community member

May 04, 2014
Teachers are being bullied by the Head of School and the Associate Head for Academics. The amount of talent and knowledge that is being drained away from the school is mind-boggling. We love our students but have no voice. So many phenomenal teachers are leaving because the workplace is dysfunctional. The Board and Parents Association should be very concerned. This is bad for the students.

- submitted by a teacher

May 02, 2014
The 9/13 post by another teacher is sadly accurate. The Associate Head is impossible to please, reactive and contrary, setting a tone that is neither collegiate nor conducive to learning. The mass exodus of very talented teachers and staff is evidence of this. The hope was that with the new Head things would change for the better but these two seem to be cut from the same narcissistic philistine cloth. I do not send my daughter here.

- submitted by a teacher

September 02, 2013
Before you send your child to this school, you must understand that the teachers are simply, demoralized. The faculty, though talented, are burned out by "other duties as assigned", administrative disarray, poor leadership, and red tape set forth by the Associate Head of School for Academics, who should be removed from her position. Teachers bend over backwards to accommodate every child's learning style to the point of professional exhaustion. The faculty is poorly compensated with little room for upward mobility or for their individual skill sets to be put to best use. The Associate Head of School for Academics, installed by a lame-duck former head, makes certain that teachers she feels professionally threatened by do not succeed. As a result, the girls suffer.

- submitted by a teacher

December 14, 2010
I am new parent at this school and so far things are as expected. My daugher loves it and the faculty are always there for her . Thank you for such a good environment and opportunity for my daughter.

- submitted by a parent

April 13, 2010
SPSG is great. The community is priceless and the education is wonderful. I know that any of my academic or personal successes are owed to the education I received at SPSG. I hope that every girl gets to attend high school at a place like St. Paul's School for Girls.

- submitted by a student
no rating
October 05, 2009
St paul's for girls is a wonderful mix of great acedemics, arts education, sports and moral grounding.

- submitted by a parent

February 20, 2008
This school is great. My daughter attends it and absolutely loves it. She is in the 7th grade and teachers are great. I think it is a great school

- submitted by a parent

January 28, 2008
My daughter is a 8th grader at SPSG, and it is a good school for athletics, but if you want to succeed in other things, forget it. I think other schools have more to offer then SPSG.

- submitted by a parent

February 11, 2006
SPSG is a fabulous school! My daughter has been at SPSG for 3 years now. It is a wonderful school with a rigorous curriculum taught by a very caring faculty. I would not have her anywhere else! She is happy and looks forward to going to school every day. I highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
July 13, 2005
As a former student of SPSFG, I would not reccomend it as a great school choice for those in Baltimore. I was only there briefly before I grew so frustrated with the system that I switched out. Problems are often swept under the rug without being dealt with. The administration is generally ineffective in controlling the student behaviors both in and out of school. The only positive thing I have to say about SPSFG is that they offer a wide variety of courses and AP's, however the classroom atmosphere makes it difficult to learn. Few clubs actually meet, few oppertunities for those who are not top-notch to participate in sports. Not the school it used to be.

- submitted by a student

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St. Paul's School for Girls
11232 Falls Road, Brooklandville, MD  21022
(410) 825-4400
Last modified St. Paul's School for Girls is a Private school that serves grades 5-12
St. Paul's School for Girls Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top