Who writes these PR reviews? Likely some of the same admin who are called out in post after post here. Why? Because if you put enough lipstick on the pig, well, just maybe, it will look like prettier lipstick.
But seriously. There are several admin here who have no idea of what they are doing. Hiring “rockstars?” I’d rather hire some qualified, dedicated faculty and staff who know their stuff and are encouraged to stick around for a while…and who don’t vanish the following year under the guise of “moving on to a new position.” There is no morale to be had by faculty, only compliance, and those who don’t comply are gone.
I don’t entirely fault our head of school for this. She inherited this mess, and previous inconsistant leadership at the top has long been a problem. However, she has done little to address these issues and reign in her supposed subordinates.
Who writes these generic, PR generated five star reviews? It's fine for a school to promote itself but these are a little over the top. Until someone posts that SPSG has removed its bullying and highly ineffective head of school, take the rave reviews with a grain of salt..
We hire the best. We hire the best because that is what our girls deserve. We hire experienced and personable teachers that will teach our girls the material, but include hands-on learning, focus on STEAM initiatives, raise the bar and facilitate conversation around all subjects. We hire teachers who focus on the interdisciplinary work with other departments and who will incorporate technology into their classrooms. We hire rockstars and could not be more proud of the faculty we have her for our students.
At SPSG, we know our girls. Our faculty and staff know our girls, we know their families, we know their hobbies and we know how to support them in the educational development at SPSG. It starts with our incredible admissions teams and we work with them closely and empathetically throughout their development at SPSG. Even after they graduate, we keep in touch, invite them back and encourage them to remain an integral part of our community.
In our mission, we talk about integrity and honesty - it is at the forefront of everything we do. In every decision we made, we ask ourselves - what is best for OUR girls and our community? Honesty is definitely a term I would use to describe SPSG.
St. Paul's School for Girls (SPSG) is beyond incredible. As a staff member at SPSG, there is not a better place to work. The community is warm and engaging, everyone is always willing to pitch in and help and we are all here for the girls. I love all the opportunities we, as a faculty and staff, can get involved with our girls and graduate stunning, college-ready, women who are ready to take on the world. I feel like the luckiest person to have such a fabulous opportunity to be employed at SPSG.
The level of dysfunction at St. Paul’s School for Girls is, in a word, staggering. We came in with an understanding that it was not perfect, and we were more than willing to work to support and improve from our end. However, there is no clear vision from leadership, nor accountability for even the most basic decisions, from pedagogy to personnel.
Talent has either fled the school, or been pushed out by administrative players with petty agendas. Over the past year the school has lost their school counselor, director of facilities, librarian, director of technology, and numerous experienced teachers…and this follows a previous year of significant faculty and staff turnover.
It all adds up to instability and its the students who lose. From a leadership perspective, it is no longer a matter of “righting the ship” at SPSG; it is now a question of how many good people will be taken down as it continues to sink.
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.
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.