We currently have two lower school children that attend Providence. We looked at several private, parochial and public schools before choosing PA for our kids. We are a non-Catholic family of two working parents and both must work to afford school here. Every year when the tuition bill comes, we discuss if it still makes sense, as this is definitely a sacrifice. We periodically tour other schools and every time, we are pleasantly reminded that PA is indeed worth the sacrifice. The school community works hard to teach our kids how to be good, well rounded human beings through a challenging curriculum, small class sizes, high caliber teachers, a focus on virtues, a faith foundation, etc. Yes it's strict, but I have not felt that the strictness has in any way taken away from my children's spirit or personality. I feel like the strictness is probably what used to be normal in schools, but sadly many have gotten away from. I m okay with my kids learning to walk quietly in halls, learning how to greet parents, respecting their desk space (keeping it clean), etc. PA feels to us like an extension of what we teach (or want to teach) at home. And our kids love it ;)
PA has been a fantastic school for our child. It has both the strong academics and faith formation components we were looking for in a school. We visited many other public and private schools prior to making a decision, and while Providence was not the closest in proximity to our home, it has not disappointed on any level. The teachers are extremely helpful and caring. Our son felt very welcomed as a new student last year and made friends quickly. Not only has he learned a great deal in the classroom, but we have also observed an increased interest in his spirituality and an improved work ethic as well. Our adolescent child is emerging into a young man of integrity, and we are so grateful to Providence Academy for maintaining expectations of behavior and study which support our Christian values. Our teenager actually looks forward to attending school each day. What a gift this school has been to him and to our entire family. I know he will be reaping the benefits of this education for years to come.
As a graduate, I still greatly value my PA education, and the lasting bonds and connections that have been formed. There has been a lot of criticism about the lack of financial aid, which is a mixed bag. The school offers so, so much to its students that while high, the price tag is not unreasonable. This does set it apart, however, from other Catholic school options whose modes are affordability for as many people as possible! Take it or leave it. This does help explain some of the complaints about "brand names" etc... which are legitimate, but I think it comes with the territory. Yes, children do notice the difference between $25.00 and $150.00 mary jane shoes! :) I noticed it while I was there, but survived just fine. Nobody ostracized me because I didn't wear Uggs. All in all, the education is phenomenal, they teach the Truth and don't apologize, and students go on to do great things (they are a college-prep school through and through). While I do think there are other great options if you are looking for an affordable Catholic school, PA is a great opportunity if you can afford it! I wouldn't change it for anything.
Not a school that is holy at all - will pull my child out soon. Very capitalistic and for those that want a school for "show". There are other Catholic schools that welcome new or returning students with open arms, and other schools that are just as good, if not better, academically. Also schools that offer those who are not wealthy an opportunity for their children to attend, regardless of their economic backgrounds. Very disappointing to say the least. Teachers (with the exception of one outstanding one!) are just so-so, not a school worth $13,000-$15,000 a year AT ALL. Save your money for college! We are sorry we wasted so much money there.
I can't say enough good things about Providence Academy. Our children have been there for nine years and they love it. I'm proud that the school strives to raise the next generation of leaders and doesn't apologize for demanding individual responsibility from it's students.
My daughter loves Providence Academy. The uniforms are nice and don't distract the students during the day. Kids are kids anywhere but I believe Providence really takes their mission to educate our kids seriously. My daughter is the reason why she's going there - she wanted to be around other kids who were interested in learning. Cliques are every. People are people. We've found PA to be a very supportive, caring environment.
PA is neither cliquey nor snotty, nor are the girls permitted to wear high heels. All students wear a school uniform so there are no brand name issues either - some people should get their facts straight! The faculty and parents/students share a very warm and welcoming environment based on the Catholic faith.Students hug each other,hold doors open for teachers/parents and are polite. PA works on a challenging curriculum and not all kids /or parents can keep up the pace. Our 2 kids are very happy here and we have made some genuine friends here,so PA is a great match for us.
After six years at this school, my son has ASKED to leave. This is the only school he has ever known, but it has changed so much in the last six years that he is no longer happy and wants to move on. My daughter that has been there for four years - exact same opinion. Her classmates are mean, and while some of the teachers first class there are some that are absolutely awful yet remain there year after year despite parent complaints and objections. The administration does not care to hear the complaints that parents have as they are convinced they know it all, and are so perfect they couldn't possibly be doing anything wrong. While we have the money to continue at this school, and our kid's grades are great, we will take them to a more positive environment next year!
If you are looking for a great education and great teachers come here. If you are looking for friends... maybe not so much. Let's face it: you have to be rich to attend Providence. There is not an alumni demographic because it is so new so there are not great scholarships. I learned to love my faith and care about learning and push myself to the limit, but I left because of my snotty classmates. It is so cliquey; girls come to school in high heels and curled hair everyday, everyone wears name brands and are judged for it, and it wears on you. I want to go to a school where I meet all types of students that care about eachother and really bond. But I never felt a connection with many of my classmates. There are some great kids there, but honestly, not enough to keep me.
I go to PA and I must say that the academics are very good and very challenging. The teachers here are some of the best that I have ever had. They are mostly why I keep going here. The teachers really do care about you and help you when you need it. The social life here is a bit hard unless you have all A's. NHS is a big deal here and only the smart kids are allowed into this exclusive club. It is very good for people with excellent grades to be rewarded but there is an over emphasis on this. Our motto is faith, virtue, and knowledge but the main focus here is knowledge and getting into a prestigious college. This school is the most cliquey school that I have ever been to and I have gone to four different high schools. The students keep to themselves.
I am a graduate of 2009, and I am only now realizing what a great thing this magnificent school gave me. Not only is it a great facility as far as the aesthetics go, but there is an inescapable air of catholicism behind everything. And this is the intellectual, deep sort of catholicism that you rarely find in America these days. I will always keep faith, knowledge, and virtue with me.
My kids love it and feel pride in themselves and their school. It is worth every penny of tuition and so much more!
I have two children (6th and 4th grade) in the school and could not be happier. We did not move them until they were passed 3rd grade in the public schools. My children are pushed to excel - where as in the public schools it was OK for them to be in the 'middle'. It is conservative and it has rules. Like any instituition, you as a parent have to guide your children. Personally, I like the fact that the school has rules and will make sure that there are consequences. If you look to find out where the recent graduates are going to college, you will be impressed with the results.
For the money we pay, I expected better personal attention to the learning style of my children. They are good students who have lost their desire to learn because of the cold, 'intellectual' view of a few ex-college professors now teaching at PA. I expected more.
What an outstanding school. We have three children attending PA and are consistently delighted with the school's innovative and top notch teaching, its peaceful atmosphere and the love of learning that pervades everything in the school. PA has been a tremendous gift to our family - we highly recommend it.
Providence is hands down the best Catholic high school in the state of Minnesota. I would never want to go anywhere else.
As an alumna of Providence Academy entering my second year of college, I could not imagine being better prepared for adulthood. The standards were high but never unattainable. The discipline was strict but served out of love and concern for the betterment of each individual student. I also found the quality of the faculty to be exceptional, for example a pre-k teacher with a PhD in early childhood development, or an Upper School History teacher who left a post at Boston College to come to Providence. It is clearly the mission of the school to help each student grow to their potential in Faith, Knowledge, and Virtue as expressed by the school motto. I hope to be able to one day send my children to PA so they might be able to grow in these aspects and receive the same positive experience I gained in my four years at this school.
I am a grandparent and have watched my grandchild as he attended Providence Academy over the last three years. I can see why people send their children to Providence Academy. I attended Grandparents' Day and the enthusiasm of the children is fantastic. My grandson is growing more confident, more socially mature, more organized and is turning into a young man of whom i am very proud. No one was more surprised than he was when he made the Honor Roll. I think the expectations are high at Providence and the students strive to reach that goal. It is my feeling that if you expect nothing of a child, that is exactly what you will get. I am very pleased that my grandson is able to be a part of Providence and all that it entails.
We are thrilled with Providence Academy. What's wrong with high standards?
We, thankfully, graduated two of our children from Providence Academy. It is not just a conservative school but more importantly highly faith based and faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church and the bible.
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