December 14, 2011
In terms of academics, I think Spalding is lacking. They have a range of levels in classes, but I was only really academically challenged starting senior year. Since then, involvement in AP classes have increased the difficulty and volume of my workload. Teachers in general are average. Most of the AP teachers are good, though. The english, math, and history departments are the comparatively the strongest, while the science department is very weak. Foreign language is largely Spanish, with single teachers for french and latin. Sports are stressed, but the Music department is amazingly dedicated, with many talented students. Unfortunately, the administration doesn't seem to recognize this as the facilities and budget provided to the music department are embarrassingly poor, while the sports teams recently got a new football field, track, gym, and workout room. Unfortunately, the archdiocese seems to control quite a bit of Spalding's policies, although it doesn't contribute much to the school monetarily. This results in daily religion classes and school-wide masses - all without any clear moral improvement to the student body. Religion is definitely the school's biggest downside.
- submitted by a student