Ms. KM. She is the best thing about this school. If she weren't there we wouldn't be there. Also the French teacher is great. Ms. Panning who teaches science is also good. She beats those kids into it but she gets it done.
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.