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.
Fantastic CATHOLIC school. Yes, CATHOLIC as the name states. If you are protestant or Muslim or a Christmas Catholic and do not want your children to be in an ACTIVE Catholic school, then this is not the place for them. Our family loves the school, it's teachings, academics, and teachers. I love the focus on giving to others first. I love the focus on rigorous - yes that means harder - academics. Curriculum focuses on Catholic spiritual teachings of Christ and the Catholic church - not on secularism, Protestantism, Islam or any other faith. This school is faith based first which is why I chose it. If that is not the focus of your family or you have disagreements with abstinence, birth control, etc. that the church is against, then this is not the place for your child.
The proof is in the pudding. My children performed well after FGR got into good schools were prepared for the rigorous challenges of college and increased their Catholic faith. It was everything I was looking for as a parent. It didn't absolve me from my obligations, so if you are one of those don't bother.
Overall I would rate the environment of the school as excellent. Certain areas were unacceptably weak, however. At the top of the list I would put the guidance counselor. My students had minimal needs for the counselor until senior year when its time to apply to colleges. They ran into delays, excuses, weak communication, and a lousy experience. Advice to parents of seniors: make copies of everything, track when you asked for something, follow up on every detail and deadline....especially if applying to competitive colleges. One other frustration with the school is the seeming lack of concern by the administration when you bring issues to their attention. This is not the place for details - talk to other parents and you'll get the picture. Faculty is mostly strong; coaches seem to be good to excellent; extra curricular activities good. Many wonderful families are involved here!