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17139 Oak Drive
Detroit, MI 48221

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(313) 863-4677
(313) 862-4395
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September 23, 2014
This is not one of those sink or swim schools that admits only gifted or accelerated learners. The school works with all children through regular classroom instruction, remediation and assistance for those who need it, and more challenging work for children who require it. There are high expectations of all children, and an obvious belief that all children can achieve great things with the right teaching and environment. Teachers are caring and committed, and the school stresses Christian values, providing a safe and nurturing place for children to learn. Generally class sizes are small. The school has a couple of classes that run into the mid twenties, but teachers seem to do a pretty good job of managing them. As a parent who has had children here for several years, I can say that the curriculum definitely becomes progressively more challenging as the children advance through the grades.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2014
Gesu school has become a nice educational alternative. In the past, this school turned out some of Detroit's most successful and accomplished professionals and leaders. After a bit of a slump, this school is making a real comeback. Parents are involved, leadership seems to be receptive (having made needed changes to the latchkey program, incorporating more technology with a new computer lab and updated library, upgrading facilities such as the new gymnasium floor, and beginning to examine new ways to challenge accelerated learners and expand athletic offereings.) No school is perfect, but the energy at this school is high. There seems to be a renewed recognition that education is about the children, first and foremost - and that the parents at this school will accept nothing less. I have learned that we must be a part of the great things we want to see happen. This is a great time to be a part of the positive changes at Gesu school.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2014
I can only speak on the preschool program... which was an awesome experience for my family. My daughter learned A LOT including things on the solar system, Lords prayer and provided opportunities for my child to join the choir. If we hadn't moved so far south we would have continued there. I only rated it a three-star because I cringe at the play ground and the forced fundraiser, which if you do no sell tix, its added to your child's tuition.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2013
Worst leadership from a Principle ever!! The parents don't respect her and neither do the students. Last year, they wasted money on a Dean of Students, and that was a bust too because he wasn't qualified either in such matters. The person who did the most cheer leading recently has the most to loose--time! The curriculum has a lot to be desired, and what's being taught is well below average grade level. The teachers aren't teaching to the average students but to the below average students, and unfortunately, there are a lot of them there, through no fault of their own. If you took an average Gesu kid, and put them into a higher performing school (private or public) these children would be struggling while heartedly. Keep your child in this school environment is doing them a disservice. And the premier in charge doesn't ever go over there, let alone make an effort to know the kids or their names! It's a darn shame!

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2013
The principal is uneducated and inexperienced. The discipline problems at this school are not handled properly by the administration, if that's what you call it. The teacher turnover rate wouldn't be so high if the principal didn't allow the parents to run her classrooms and she does nothing about it! The teachers are the ones who carry this school. There are a couple veterans that need to retire, but I was happy to see the fresh faces hired in the last two years. The only reason why my children have and will continue their education at Gesu is because of the teachers. As a parent and administrator, I am less than impressed with the new principal's first year.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2013
The school is truly a hidden gem. It has literally produced leaders for decades. It has a strong cirrcuculum and access to the resources of the University of Detroit Mercy! How many elementary schools have a deep partnership with a prestigious university located literally across the street? I will say, though the building is beautiful and well maintained, it is definitely showing its age. Something should be done about that.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2013
My child went to Gesu Pre-school and it was the worse thing I could have done for my child. She was already prepared for school and the staff focused on those that were not, i.e. not knowing abc's, can't write own name. Before My child went to Gesu she was writting her letters (upper and lower) correctly. Now she is writting letters backwards. The teacher prides herself on being a pre-school teacher for 15+ years, but she does not smile, is mean to the children and doesn't acknowledge the parents when you are droping off your child. I feel as thought we wasted a year of education on Gesu. My old day care center was better than Gesu. Everything about the school was last minute, from the lunch menus to the fundraisers. My child will not be returned to Gesu, I'm not wasting anymore money.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2013
I am disappointed with my son's Gesu Pre-School experience. The teachers are not patient with the children. The teachers don t even smile. They treat the kids like little prisoners. The children aren't aloud to talk neither during lunch nor during latch key. My son is terrified of the teachers. I didn't know why until I walked in on the teachers scolding the children for talking during a latch key movie. My son was having a problem with understanding the ambiguous directions. I asked the teacher about the directions. She said my son was trying to do whatever he wanted to do and she just gave up on trying to explain. Since when does a teacher give up on a student? I feel really bad for sending my son into such a hostile environment. He will not attend Gesu for Kindergarden. I feel that the pre-school experience is the first line experience of what is to come in the grades to follow,

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2012
The school isn't that great. New Principle not that great, as she was the Asst Principle. IOWA scores are really low, and most of the teachers past the first/second grade are questionable. And the teachers and staff have been dropping like flies. I took my daughter out, and put her in a different school, and boy do I wish I had done it sooner. I cannot believe how low the Gesu standards and curriculum are. What a waste of time and money, but unfortunately, the person most harmed here is my daughter because she wasn't learning what she should have been in order to succeed. This school needs to clean up their act, and not reward an Assistant Principle with a promotion when she failed so miserably when she could have done a lot of little things and changes without stepping on the Principles toes when he was out ill, for basically the majority of the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2011
I LOVE this school. My child is learning academically and socially. They make a point not to hold her back, but push her ahead. It is a small close knit family. For the money (tuition has not increased in years) it's excellent!

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2009
Gesu school has a long tradition of educating the future leaders of Detroit and Michigan. For decades, the school has been a 'feeder school' for some of the top private high schools in the Metro Detroit area including Mercy High School, UDJesuit, Catholic Central and much more. Many leaders in business, industry, goverment, education and law started their education at Gesu. Many of Detroit's private schools followed the population migrations to the suburban areas. But, Gesu school stayed in the City and showed its commitment to providing excellent education to Detroiters along with its Jesuit affiliated schools UD Detroit Jesuit and Detroit/Mercy. Gesu has gone from a peak of some 700+ students at its peak enrollment to the 247 students of today.

- submitted by a community member
no rating March 11, 2008
I love the school. It is the best place for nurturing with out the outside influences of the world. Morality and love for each other is key. I especially enjoy the parent support from the school and individual parents

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2007
after tking my sons to various schools in the area both private and supplemented,I found a happy home at Gesu. They are one family with the common goal of educatining the entire child. Plus you cant beat the class size.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2007
The review from 2004 could not be more wrong. My child has been attending Gesu since Kindergarten, and will be in seventh grade in the fall. Her kindergarten through 4th grade teachers still teach at Gesu, and gave her an excellent foundation that will serve her well throughout her academic life. The fifth, sixth and eighth grade teachers have been there for a few years also. The spirit around Gesu is Christian and family-like, and no student slips through the cracks. Gesu prepares students for high school, and for life.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2007
My child is a 4th grader who transferred to Gesu from Bates Academy, a Detroit Public School for high achievers. The teachers seem to care that my child learns. I can attest to the fact that the curriculum is on the mark. At Bates, the curriculum used is one year past the current grade level. So, my son was doing 4th grade work while in 3rd grade. At Gesu, the coursework is closely aligned to the work he received at Bates. So, I would say that the bar is definitely not set too low. Children need encouragement and nurturing to learn. The school is small and family-like. I am very pleased.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2006
Gesu is a great school to educate a growing mind. This is my child's 2nd year attending and I have seen much progress. Education is very important, but in addition so is self-worth and gaining life experiences to apply this knowledge. The teachers and staff do a very good job on keeping you informed of your child's progress and short comings. When a child looks forward to going to school Learning is much easier.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2006
I love Gesu, my daughter gets the quality education she deserves and the teachers don't have the 'Urban Attitude' like Detroit Public School teachers. They build up students, not tear them down with low self esteem remarks. They teach at Gesu, from the heart. All students learn at GESU!

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2005
Gesu School is the best place to educate an elementary school aged child in the city of Detroit. The staff genuinely cares about each and every student and have been known to go far and beyond what most teachers do to help find the best way to educate each and every child in that school. 'Fend for themselves'? Not at all! When a student with special needs comes to Gesu, the staff reacts quickly to find out how to best educate that child and to provide the right person for the job. While this may mean sending the child to another school that has the facilities and programs necessary to help the child, it shows that the staff doesn't just let a child fend for themselves while paying tuition. Gesu teachers care, the administrative staff cares and everyone involved with the school cares!

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2005
I love this school! I am not a parent of a student who attends this school. I visited this school because my daughter had a volleyball game to play at Gesu. From the moment I arrived until the moment I left, all I could think of was how much I love the school. The parents, the students, the coaches everyone I came in contact with showed great pride in their school. Go Gesu!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2005
Sounds like some sour grapes to me! Check out the fact that Gesu students go on to attend excellent high schools such as University of Detroit Jesuit, Mercy, Regina and Renaissance. No child at Gesu is 'left to fend for themselves' by any staff member. Drive by after 4 p.m. and see how many teachers are tutoring students who need extra help or are supervising extra curricular activities. The Spanish position has had high turnover due to the fact that the position is funded through the charter system......but staff turnover for the school itself is very low. Teachers have stayed because they care! Furthermore, the Italian teacher is the same teacher who started the program. Students engaged in active learning may seem out of control but real learning is occuring....children learn by doing, not always being lectured to as they sit with hands folded. Gesu rocks!

- submitted by a student
August 01, 2005
I agree with the reader who stated that the bar is set low. The school has achievers that are reflective of the parents not the school. There are numerous classes that are truly out of control. Yes, they have had foreign languages classes, but the teachers change from month to month. In addition there are a select group of students who are portrayed in a positive light while others are left behind to fend for themselves. In fairness not all of the teachers are the sames there are some teachers who came with the bricks that are vested. But for the most part it is a joke. You will see nothing but great comments about GESU because trust me they are paying for the grades. But the kids aren't really learning alot based on the poor curriculum. From year to year the extracurricular staff change. Can anyone say 'Got Honesty'!

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2005
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- submitted by a administrator
July 12, 2005
The quality of academic programs at Gesu is very high. The school has replaced Reading, Science, Social Studies and is planning on replacing Math books this coming school year. A new curriculum program is in place with all state and national standards accounted for. As for parental involvement, all parents must provide at least 15 service hours each school year. In addition, the ONLY fundraiser the school did last year was the Gesu Academic Learning Auction which had 95% parent involvement and raised more than $28,500 in one exceptional evening! Students are offered music, physical education, computers, library, art, Spanish and Italian on a weekly basis and have the opportunity to participate in creative writing, dance, girl scouts, basketball, volleyball and drama in after school activities. Community and parent involvment is at an all time high with nearby university, high school students and neighborhood and parish members volunteering daily. Great school!

- submitted by a teacher
July 12, 2005
My son has been attending Gesu School since preschool. He is an honor student and has scored very high on his yearly standardized Iowa achievement tests. This past school year, he scored in the 80th and 90th percentiles for almost every subject. I am very pleased with the academic programs provided at the school and see that the principal and staff are currently working on 'upping' the standards even more with new textbook series and a standards based curriculum program for all the classrooms. My son has been fortunate to have been exposed to the Spanish and Italian languages for the last few years as well as a wonderful computer program which has him making power point presentations and he's not even 10 years old! He knows more about computers than we do! I am pleased to note that parental involvement at the school is extensive. the school has a real 'family' atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2005
The quality of academic programs at Gesu is poor to say the least. All of the students appear to perform above bar but that is because the bar is set at a casket level. Gesu is concerned with money not quality. The tuition increases every year and the quality of education decreases. Yes I was happy to see my children recieve outstanding report cards. However, upon closer examination I discovered that they were being given work which was way below there level. Hence all students end up being high achievers. I don't want the appearance of a high achiever I want a high achiever. Invest your money elsewhere this school is only a show. Go with a quality education that your child will be able to utilize in the real world when they aren't being stroked. Parent involvement is moderate and extracurricular activities are as well.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2005
My daughter will be entering second grade in the fall and has grown so much since kindergarten. The two teachers our family has encoutered have been wonderful and consistent with the students. Gesu is very family-oriented and small enough that the children all know each other and act as a family. The new curriculum is proving to be outstanding. Above all, the school is SAFE! There are extra-curricular activities that all grades can get involved in. Overall my short journey has been great and I am the proud parent of a first honor student who is eager to learn and go to school everyday. Parent involvement is a requirement if you want your child to succeed and the school expects 100% cooperation with this endeavor. I recommend going to an open house to find out more or calling the school to stop in for a visit.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2004
Very high teacher turnover. Several of the teachers do not have strong control or good classroom management skills.

- submitted by a parent

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Gesu School
17139 Oak Drive, Detroit, MI  48221
(313) 863-4677
Last modified Gesu School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Gesu School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top