June 26, 2011
I very was disappointed with the education my child received at the Jemicy Upper School, at a cost of over $28,000/year. Some teachers were excellent, but the Upper School lacked a good, strong leader; teachers were leaving; enrollment was declining; & the level of education for a college-bound student was weak in crucial areas: I had to have my child tutored, the summer before college started, in order to learn how to take proper notes, make a good outline, & study for exams. At the Upper School there were no study periods in a 7 hour day - from 8:15 am to 3:15 pm; students took 8 classes, back-to-back, with no breaks except lunch. There was no time for a glee club, art club, music club, etc., as one expects to find in a good private school. Participation in sports meant not leaving school until 5:00 pm. This kind of schedule placed too much of a strain on the students, & was difficult for those applying to colleges, & taking PSATs, SATs, etc. I would not recommend the Jemicy Upper School for a college-bound child with Learning Differences; instead, I would advise enrolling your child in a good college preparatory private or parochial school, and hiring a tutor.
- submitted by a parent