I have had one boy graduate from St. Paul's and one is a senior there. Both boys have had exemplary experiences there. St. Paul's has recognized and nurtured their passions and strengths, all while emphasizing character and integrity. For a relatively small school, the extracurricular offerings are numerous; the school boasts its own squash courts, a professional-level theater program, a top-notch musical choir director who coaches the boys to such an excellent skill level that they are welcome to sing in premier venues around the world, and an incredible STEM program, whose director is intensely dedicated and passionate. The IB program is extremely highly respected by the best colleges and universities around the world, and the boys enrolled in the IB diploma program get a multi-disciplinary, rigorous academic experience which prepares them very well for the rigors of top colleges.
On top of all this, the boys here are nice to each other. They are proud of their diversity of interests and talents and support each other. It has been a great place with wonderful teachers who serve as great mentors for my boys to develop into young men.
There are a few that I could mention. But if I could choose just one, it would have to be Lower School Admissions Director, Martha Donovan. When my son came for his interview, he was nervous. So much so that he would not talk to any of the teachers. Martha, suggested we take him home and come back the following week. During that week we were able to get our son better prepared for his school visit. That next week, Martha was prepared to ease my son into his time at the school. He did great and got accepted into the school and three years later is flourishing at SP. That experience sums up St Paul's, as I often say, "SP is an elite educate but the people are not elitist" . We have found the faculty and staff to be the most humble, down to earth and yet serious staff around.
St. Paul's is one of the diverse independent school communities we have seen in our area. In this diverse environment, students are encouraged to interact, treat fairly and respect their fellow classmates.
My son loves going to school and wishes the summer was shorter so he could be back in school. We have been connected to St. Paul's for three years now, and every teacher has been amazing and compassionate. The curriculum challenges my son to be at his best and think broadly. Awesome school experience!
We came to St. Paul's not just because it has been a very warm and nurturing place for our son, who is currently in the lower school, but also because of it's focus on boys and their style of learning as they move up to the middle and upper school. The school has a nice community feel and in general, the parents are relatively down to earth.
This school is not without it's challenges, as all schools have them. But they continue to strive for more for the families and the students that attend. For those who are not as favorable about the school; it may not have been the best fit for your child and perhaps you should have done more research. I would also say that complaining with no suggestions on improvement or involvement from the parents does not help anything. The things that I would like to see changed, I work to make them better for my child and the children to come. We are involved working parents who take the time to get to know the teachers and leadership and build a rapport with the parents, as well to have a positive influence on all aspects of the school. There is no other way, in both public or private school.
For us and many others, St. Paul's is a good fit for our child. I would highly recommend that anyone considering the school at least take the time to visit, speak to the students, teachers, and parents to see if this is the place for your child as well. I didn't know what to expect when I visited and honestly expected to like many of the other private schools over St. Paul's, based on the comments and reputations of the other schools. Boy was I wrong! After visiting many other places first, it was clear that we as a family didn't fit there and more importantly, neither did our son. When I went to St. Paul's I instantly fell in love, for all the right reasons. Our son has felt at home there and so have my husband and I.
Do your research and visit St. Paul's to make your own decisions. It's worth the investment.
Clearly these most recent reviews are an attempt to improve the entire school's image. The girls' school has the same tone of reviews on the same date. The lower school is struggling to teach the kids to read. We are surprised by how challenging the curriculum is at the school we switched to. Would not return to St Paul's.