First there are only two counselors in the school and neither one is a ball of energy. They want to tell you what will you get, and skip what you could have. They want to do as little work as possible.
Religion is a four year requirement. That means there are a lot of extracurricular's you will miss and other more serious classes.
There is no summer school. If you want to take an English or science class over the summer they will not count it towards graduation. They will add it to your file-useless.
Chemistry is taught by a terrible teacher who does not even use the text book. The text book is awful, but try passing with no text book. She gets angry at questions and really seems to not like her job. Everyone knows she is a problem and yet she is still there.
My child took the AP Physics class and the teacher was out sick most of the year so they had a sub. Most kids in the class never even attempted the AP test. Only 4-5 did and only half passed. The school had talented kids and they let them all down. If science is important to you keep looking. They will talk a good game when you visit, but they don't deliver.
Sports seems to be paramount at FGR. They seem to get all the money.
Arts and drama are drastically under funded. So if creativity is important you should keep looking as well. The teachers here are really good, they are just not appreciated by the administration. The productions compared to any other school are sad due to a lack of funding, not due to teaching or talent. Considering what they have been given to work with with the teachers here do a great job.
Sexual harassment is common as well from the male students. Especially the sports teams who know they are the gods at the school. Both of my kids experienced this. They need to do a lot more there. A talk once a year or so is not working.
The gym teacher is also the coach for the sports teams. He keeps his job light by making sure no one in the school ever wants to take another gym class again. He needs to go.
All of that said, there are a lot of nice families and students. They have everything they need to make this a stellar school. I hope they make it someday.
We pulled our daughter from FGR after the first year. The academics were marginal, and I was shocked to find that many of the textbooks we were being asked to purchase were 7-10 years old. (Several were entirely out of print.) They have no viable technology plan. Interestingly, about 80% of the female students who entered FGR from our elementary school (and there were more than a dozen) pulled out after the ninth grade. The only contacts we ever received from the school were athletic updates and solicitations for money. If you have a thing for mindless dogma and radical-right Catholicism, you'll fit right in at FGR. If you're looking for something more humanistic, keep looking.
I am an alumni. I am division 1 athlete competing at the highest level in the SEC. I am a triple major in Management, Economics, and Finance with a minor in International Business. I am an American Record Holder as well as an All-American Academically. I believe that the faculty and staff at FGRHSAA helped form me as an individual and as a part of a community and beyond. FGR has and will continue to offer great opportunities for its students. I am in disbelief that there are individuals who are unable to see how FGR is completely worth the cost when the there is a mass number of scholarships that FGR grads receive for their higher education. FGR truly forms its student body through Mind, Body, and Spirit. I don't know an FGR grad who doesn't work hard and treat all people with respect. As anywhere in life, you will be what you allow yourself to be. The opportunities are available as well as the academic curriculum. P.S. If you think the athletics aren't good, you didn't do your research.
in response to the "Save your money for college and don't choose this school." comment, I would say that the religion does not fall to the extreme right but is rather simply teaching what the catholic church teaches. News flash its a catholic school so we shouldn't be surprised that what the catholic church teaches will be taught here. Also, this parent said students were not allowed to question! this could not be further from the truth. In every theology class I had here, questioning the faith and asking about certain things was not only encouraged by teachers but done a lot. We had many open discussions and nobody felt afraid to speak up even if it was against how the teacher felt. In this sense, it was very open minded and respectful of how everyone felt and thought, but at the same time always ready to defend the churches position. Good teachers, great staff. but yes some teachers were not the best and some counselors not the best. overall however great school!
Save your money for college and don't choose this school. The leadership is very weak and ineffective, the academics spotty at best for a private school. Science is mostly strong, but other areas are being blanketed by very young inexperienced teachers with existing weak teachers allowed to continue without guidance or correction. Religion falls to the extreme right and students not allowed to question anything. College counseling is terrible with the majority of students ending up at a handful of schools. The families are good, but it would be wise to choose a school like Divine Child or a public HS with a vibrant church youth group if you want to keep your children in the Church and give them a strong academic environment.
Father Gabriel Richard High School has many good qualities, such as being focused on providing a solid religious foundation for students. Their weakness is not weeding out ineffective teachers and staff. They have many excellent teachers, however they also have some very weak teachers who seem to lack basic teaching skills. To make matters worse these individuals are leading standard level math and science classes (the Honors teachers are excellent), where the strongest and most effective teachers should be found.