I must say it is very short-sighted for the vestry to close the school. It is a gem in Prince George's County. The teachers and staff care so much about each student. My son has matured and excelled under their kind attention for over five years. The other schools anywhere near QAS do not compare.
This school is being closed by the vestry in June 2011. Personally I think it's about time.
My son is in the 12th grade and has been going to Queen Anne since 7th grade. It's been a great school for him. He's learned to be an independent thinker, he's been able to participate in many activities and try many new things. Teachers are very dedicated. Discipline is good. Students are polite and care about each other. I've been very pleased with this school
I started goining to Queen Anne School at the start of this year and i most say I am very pleased. The students and faculty give this school a warm and welcome feel. They make everyone feel welcome and make it impossiable to fail as long as the student cares the teachers care
I totally agree with the parent whose child entered QA in the 10th grade. Like this parent, my daughter too had entered QA in her sophomore year, and even though she didn't perform to the best of her abilities; I am very pleased with the teaching and nurturing she received while attending up until she graduated in 2006. She didn't get her first choice of universities, but like everything else, she applied the disciplines that QA instilled in her and was able to transfer in her sophomore year to her university of choice Hofstra University with an impressive GPA from her freshman year. I said this to say, Queen Anne School sells itself as a college preparatory school and students who moved onto higher learning demonstrate that caliber of learning; when they enter college they are fully prepared and are able to couple with the anxiety of transitioning from high school to college and many have done exceptionally well. My final thought is: you had to have been there to understand!
This school is not perfect-none are--but the teachers are dedicated, they care, it is obvious they are there to help students--small classes, lunchtime or before school help with work, a personal interest in your child, many adults caring about them-knowing their personality and their learning style----a beautiful campus, teaching children where they are whether it be way above average or getting by---writing that is at a college level--open mindedness-this is a great school--my child had other options public and private and still does-but will stay here---diverse kids and teachers. We have the Washington Post Teacher of the year for 2007 teaching here, we have people with degrees from Ivy league schools, small liberal colleges and Duke University, we have teachers with masters and law degrees----why would they choose to teach at a small private school-because they want to make a difference.
My child attends QAS and I am a involved parent, QAS has the potential to be a good school, but the school is not run well. My daughter had a good year, the teachers are overwhelmed, most teach more than one subject, and seem very burned out. The administrators are much to be desired. 8 to 9 teachers and administrators have left this year (some being the best teachers, some not), I only hope that QAS doesn't hire more inexperienced teachers, which I'm sure the budget dictates. The enrollment is down a little over a 100 kids in the whole school, I believe the school needs to be revamped, a new administration.
My husband and I both agree that the tuition we have paid Queen Anne School for the past four years for one of our children and two years for the other, is some of the best money we ve spent. This is truly a college preparatory school. My oldest child has had the opportunity to take several AP courses throughout her four years, three this year alone: AP Physics, AP Calculus, and AP Literature. She has made a decision to attend UVA in the fall. If you want your child to truly be prepared for the college of his or her choice, Queen Anne School is an excellent choice. Small class sizes, truly dedicated teachers you can t go wrong.
My child is graduating from Queen Anne after attending for 6 years. It's a very small school, and at one point, my child considered transferring to a larger school with more opportunities. However, after receiving two offers to transfer, she decided to stay at Queen Anne & now as she is about to graduate, she has no regrets. She based her decision on the help she was receiving in her growth as a student, and the opportunities she would have as she considered colleges. Queen Anne is a tiny school 280 students in six grades, with a very modest endowment. Yet its dedicated administrators & teachers help their students excel every year. College acceptances don't say everything about a school, but it's telling that at least one student receives an acceptance letter from an Ivy League college every year. Queen Anne administrators and teachers really care about their students and are
Queen Anne School is a great investment. When my child entered the program as a 10th grader she was very much challenge in every subject. She didn't do what was expected, but she did well considering her entering into the program in the 10th grade. The teachers at QAS so her potential and her desire to work extremely hard. The teachers at QAS care and they would do anything to assist your child in progressing in any weak areas as well as strong areas. I am extremely pleased with QAS because it has given my child the courage to continue to excel and to do better each quarter/semester. Individuals should seek their sources before putting out negative information regarding a school or any business for that matter. QAS is about your childs education and preparing and preparing them for the next level should it be college or the workforce.
It's interesting to hear the opinions of disgruntled parents whose frustrations in the face of their own failures as a parent is displaced on a school. To write reviews like the ones above speaks volumes about the type of person behind them. I hope when considering an investment for your child's future would will look into the matter past a flippant email written by someone who knows nothing about being a parent only the 'inconvenient' responsibilities of having children.
Queen Anne School was a big mistake! When your children attend the most expensive private school in the county, you expect a little more from a 'college prep' school. The 7th grade Math Teacher also teachers 6th grade English. The 7th grade Math students are struggling with the lessons. The 8th grade students are also having problems in math (perhaps because the same teacher teaches both Math and Science). The children in 6th grade were suppose to have a foreign language, but the school could not afford to hire a teacher. Although it is a private school, it is really a public school that cost more than its worth. I agree with other concerned parents that the NAIS should investigate how the school is being run. It really gives independent schools a bad name. Considering the upper school, don't!
This school. is good. My son is in 10th grade and he says it is alright. he would rather go somewhere else for school but he says this is the one if you want to get into college(a good one at least(. the only problem is that the tuition skyrockets through the roof and it is unbelievable. this is around the same price of a college almost. And they are just minors.
My son is a graduating senior this year. He started at Queen Anne School in the 7th grade. He has had a very successful 6 years at the school. The Faculty and Staff is dedicated to meeting the needs of every child. The small class sizes especialy in the High School years and AP Classes (3 to 6 per class) made a significant impact on my son's performance. He is a great leader and very well rounded. The school offers all the academic challenges to prepare the students for a very competitive College Career and also the opportunity to play every team sport and find their niche. The parent community is very involved in the school. The School Board is very active and contributes significantly towards making the school a model for excellence. As a Parent and a Board Member I am very proud to be part of the QAS family.
I was a student at Queen Anne School a few years back. The knowledge and experiences that I gained were incredible! I would highly recommend QAS for any future prospective students.
As a parent of a QAS student, who has attended for four years now, I am very impressed with what this fine private, independent school has to offer. It provides a very challenging curriculum with small class sizes (8-20) and energetic, committed teachers. The school head has many years of private, independent school experience and works in an excellent manner with the Board and the Vestry, who have an input to the curriculum but do not interfere with day-to-day nor administrative aspects of the school. The faculty is comprised of a mix of young, talented and energetic teachers and older, experienced and extremely committed teachers. The administration and board advocate combining traditional educational values with modern technology and contemporary teaching methodologies. Arguably, QAS is the best private, independent 6-12 school in Prince George's county. We do need to work on getting more vigorous and active parental involvement. Strongly recommend.
I am a student at Queen Anne. I would recommend my school for anyone who is willing to work hard and be involved. Basically every teacher knows my name. You definitely can't get away without doing your work. I have been going to Queen Anne for three years. My sibling has gone to Queen Anne for 6 years. We have a student center and writing center for students that is great. I really like that Queen Anne is making an effort to please the students and not just the parents and the board. My favorite thing is probably the relationships you learn to build and the college-like school experience that will prep me for the future. Overall, Queen Anne isn't for everybody, but as a self-proclaimed 'hard worker', I think that anyone can fit in here and do the work, you just have to want to do it.
I happened upon this site while looking for a summer camp at nearby school. I read the student reviews for the other school and then I decided to look at the reviews for my daughter's current school - Queen Anne. The difference in the student reviews is night and day. If my daughter graduates with solid skills and the confidence reflected in the student's review, then it was well worth the money. My biggest concern with the school is the lack of experienced teachers - many of them are very young. In addition, because of the limited amount of teachers, the students are not able to benefit from diverse teaching styles. If a student does not learn well from a particular teacher, there are no alternate teachers for that class. Also, the student may have that same teacher repeatedly throughout high school.
Great school. I dissagree slightly with the student who just graduated about extracurriculars. I am an alum and also a parent. I believe QA actually gives students who want to be involved a lot of choices and a lot of opportunity for activities. There are more chances for students to be in student government, clubs, sports, community service, because all activities are open to everyone without competition from a large student population. A student with minimal athletic talent can still participate in a sport. A student with leadership qualities can be involved in SGA, Lionshare, Nat'l Honor Society, class officers, etc. My experience with a public school is one with less opportunities because of size and competition and less attention from faculty. One counselor for 300 students in public school vs. an advisor with nine students to track through all their years and write an honest college reccommendation for their students is priceless.
Overall the school was a good place for my children, but I agree with the student who recently graduated, about the administration. There are lots of problems with that which need to be addressed if the school is to succeed into the future.
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