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Parkway Christian School

Private | K-12 | 487 students

 

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Posted March 19, 2014

This school is very clickish even the teachers play favorites. If you are not a favorite of your child's teacher plan on not being able to volunteer or help in the class. They do not take a strong enough stance on bullying. The academics are good but not great. If you do not go to their church or Grace church plan on not fitting in. They have teachers who are poorly trained and some who clearly need to retire.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2014

We have been very blessed to be a part of Parkway this year. The teachers are very good, the administration is caring, and the students and parents are welcoming. My kids just came here this year and we really love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2014

This school has great and caring staff. Don't get me wrong not all are superb but none are. They walk the walk and talk the talk, they are not Christian by name alone. If you want your child to feel truly part of a community send them here. Don't look for any life long friendships unless you have been there since day one, the parents are pretty snobby, however the love and attention by staff are second to none.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2014

This school is not great, but it is not a bad one either. The teachers are great and very caring. The administration is not the brightest bunch in the world, but they do care about God and education. They don't care about athletics at all. All of the staff are solid in their christian walk. The education is solid. However, the student body is extremely "clickish" and not very welcoming at all. Pretty much, everything in the school is God based except the students. Most of them never go to church. It's a decent school, with great teachers and not so great students. The athletic programs are average. Most of the teams are not very good, and the coaching is decent at best. It is not a school I would recommend, but also it is not a school I would tell you to stay away from. It is just aveage.


Posted January 19, 2014

There is a bias for certain students overs (kids connected to school staff or friends of the staff). Administration can be rude, ungodly tail-bearers. But, if you shelter your own child from the negative undertones, they can learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2013

Wow, I wonder how my review that stood for 3 years got removed? Because I told the truth about this school? Bottom line, you can read it here still from others, if you don't belong to the church move on. Because if you do belong to it, the world of PCS is yours. Don't be like me and be fooled by the size and glitz compared to other Christian schools. Pray and let God guide you before. He'll show you what I ignored to my kids suffering. I pray for PCS and the kids there. Both my kids flourished when they left especially my son who was treated like a convict there by the administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2013

My family couldn't be more pleased with Parkway. Our kids went to a different school for several years and it wasn't until they came to Parkway that they really began to flourish. One thing that impressed us is how welcoming everyone is. We feel very welcome and accepted by everyone. My daughter started new here in 8th grade and the kids were all so nice to her right from the first day. I can't say enough good things about the principals and the staff. Lord willing we will be a Parkway family through the rest of our kids education. Excellent academics and sports and great spiritual environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2013

Parkway Christian School staff and administration put a strong emphasis on helping students grow in their spiritual life. Biblical classes are offered to help students grow in their Biblical knowledge and in applying it to their lives. Chapel is held weekly to give students opportunity to worship together. Evening prayer times are scheduled throughout the year for school families and staff to gather together to lift up the needs of the school and families. High School students also attend a winter retreat where the focus is on the spiritual growth. Also, elementary and middle school students have spiritual emphasis days where there is an extended time of growing and learning together in the Lord. I appreciate this aspect of Parkway Christian School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2012

Being in the public education field I was not very eager to place my student in a private setting, however I could not be happier. The staff is amazing and truly practice what they teach. They care about students and care if they succeed. If you want a Christ centered education, low class size and a caring and Christian staff Parkway is the place. I am so happy my student attends Parkway, I never thought I would say that. The principal and the front office staff are equally as professional and helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2012

My son attended Parkway for 1 year and for personal reasons we will not be returning next school year. Having said that I still recommend this school to anyone who is looking for a strong math and science program for their highschool student. After looking at other christian schools I have yet to find one that has equaled Parkway in those two areas. The principal and staff was always warm and respectful. I never felt shunned because I'm not a member or the church or because I'm a minority. Nor will you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2012

We are pleased with Parkway Christian School and have seen wonderful growth since the merge with Bethesda and Zoe. Parkway has classes that do cater to my students, whether they are "advanced" or "need the extra help". Very few classes have more then 20 kids and parent activity is encouraged and welcomed. The teachers and administration are open and willing to listen to your concerns or suggestions. Prayer is a high priority at the school. No school will be perfect, only Jesus and he is honored at PCS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2012

I am at a loss at how parents can so blindly follow Parkway and its "mission". Having friends in the education field (teachers, counselors and even an administrator) has shown me that Parkway and its staff have no clue how to provide a quality education to its students. They hide behind their private school status to justify all their rules, and look down upon those who question or challenge their way of thinking. And what is up with just about every event or activity being a fundraiser? Isn't that what tuition is for? Excuse me for being so negative, but I am tired of all these reviews that sing praises for a school that wouldn't even come close to competing with most public schools. Open your eyes parents and start asking questions.... you may be disappointed with the answers you get.


Posted January 27, 2012

I went here for a year and I agree with the comment about this being a "clicky " school. At the time I was a baby new Christian and felt like I was a "bad kid" because I came from a public school. The staff gets involved with your personal life a bit to much. I was threated by the assistant principal via phone call, to get kicked out because I was living with my dad and they came to the conclusion that I was living in an "unhealthy non-Christian" environment and I have do move out in 2 weeks or I was going to get terminated from the school. I cant say my whole experience was horrible but they do make up their own rules.


Posted January 7, 2012

We have had our children at Parkway since 2006. We have seen continued improvement in the years since we have started. The teachers and administration really care with all of their hearts. We have never had an issue that hasn't been resolved by going to the teacher first. They do their best to support and help each child. The teachers pray with us at conferences, pray with our kids during the day and our their hearts and souls into these children. No school is perfect but we have found that our children are learning, the classrooms are structured, the teachers expect respect, the staff genuinely care and the presence of God is felt. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved...or not. We take one year at a time but so far Parkway has been a blessing for our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2011

My son started at Parkway as a fifth grader and is now in his freshman year of high school.I am impressed with the support I get as a parent from the teachers and administration. I am watching my son develop as he learns to use his God given talents to influence others. The academics are strong. Honors classes are offered as early as 9th grade. I feel that most of my son's teachers know his strengths and weaknesses and challenge him to reach beyond to accomplish more then he thought he could. I am amazed at all the opportunity to be involved at Parkway and am surprised that more parents do not take advantage and volunteer. I would recommend Parkway Christian School to any parent who is serious about a strong biblical foundation, challenging academics and a caring environment for their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2011

My daughter, a 5th grader, just started at Parkway this past March. We were homeschooling and it was not going so well. We LOVE Parkway and feel so blessed to be there. The principal, Mrs. Weber, and the rest of the staff have made us feel very welcome. The facility is beautiful. Academically and spiritually, everything seems right on track. I look forward to sending both my children in the fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2011

My son is in kindergarten and his 3rd year at Parkway. I have to disagree with the reviews of teacher/staff involvement. We have found this to be a warm and welcoming community (and we don't attend Bethesda) full of encouragement from the staff in the front office to the teachers in the classroom. Education-wise, our son is ahead of the curve and I am certain he'll be properly challenged through his time at Parkway.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2011

My daughter attended Parkway 3rd through 5th grade and experienced phenomenal academic and spiritual growth. This is a very loving learning environment with excellent staff and resources. It was worth so much more than the tuition. The only reason we left was that we moved out of state. We all miss Parkway very much. I would highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2010

I am a parent who has put 2 children completely through Parkway and has one still there. I am sorry so many parents have felt they are not welcomed. I have loved the education my children have received and the staff and teachers for the most part are genuine and want nothing more than to see these children succeed. I would recomend Parkway to anyone seeking an excellent Christina education. My children have come out well prepared for college and are Godly. I am so blessed to have been able to send them their.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2010

If you would like to spend your hard earned dollars on a private school that makes up its own rules, disregards your childs education unless pushed to do so, and want teachers that either are not certified, or are teaching outside of their certification, then Parkway is your school! I have had nothing but frustration and disappointment in almost all areas of this "christian" school. As others have reviewed, unless you are in the clique, or are a member of Bethesda, forget about being welcomed by the administration. I too have had that nagging feeling in my heart regarding this school. My children will be gone at the end of this semester.
—Submitted by a parent


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Ethnicity This school State average
White 81% 71%
African-American 13% 20%
Asian 3% N/A
Hispanic 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Multiracial 0% N/A
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14500 Metropolitan Pkwy
Sterling Heights, MI 48312
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