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Mount Royal Academy2
Posted December 03, 2014
- a parent
My kids attended MRA last school year. We decided to leave because the school is very unorganized, and the highschool classes seemed very dry and boring. The kids were not aloud to use technology. Which is absolutely ridiculous because it's 2014. Most school allow kids to use their phones, laptops and tablets, actually some schools even give students those items. I was just very annoyed by how the school is stuck in the 1800's. Not to mention that the highschool students are very rude and judgemental.
Prior to MRA, we attended a top NH public school and weren't looking for a change (2 kids - elementary/high school; no special needs). Why change and how did we decide? Many factor's surprised us: MRA SAT scores rank above most top public schools, strong diverse curriculum, 1st choice college and overall enrollment rates(see website). Add in education about our Country, personal virtues, and respect . In our eyes, public schools have moved far away from this. Not Catholic? (we're not) 50% non-Catholic enrolled. Yet we 100% agree with God in every part of our day. About the uniforms? Talk about a great neutralizer in the world of assessing by your dressing. Athletics? MRA has grown to the point of a strong feeder to Varsity team status, tho still building the program. The athletic teams are gaining reputation and standing taking many schools by surprise. Parents are involved. Staff is strong. Mount Royal Academy is in steady growth, educating to a high standard, well rounded with the arts and athletics, and works to bring each student their potential more than I've seen before. With careful consideration, you'll see why this is a great choice. Take note of this school!
In response to the review posted on July 28th, I do apologize again for the apparent disorganization of the school. I am also very sorry that you feel as if the school is full of 'hypocritical' people. I do invite you to call the school. Please ask for Derek Tremblay, Headmaster Elect. As a classical school, we believe that instruction and content must be delivered in an age-appropriate manner. Students in grades 1-6 do not use technology therefore in the classroom. Teachers use technology to supplement lessons, but we think students need a solid academic foundations first. However, students in grades 7-12 do use technology in the classroom. Our staff is equipped to help students use various tools in order to both learn and illustrate their own knowledge (Google drive, Quizlet, EdPuzzle to name a few). We do have a technology policy that is based on appropriate use, and high school aged students are invited to use their own devices in school, so long as a faculty member grants them permission for academic use. And lastly, I myself have written at least 1 other review, and the previous Headmaster did write review. I can tell you that teachers were never told to write reviews
Very disorganized school full of very judgemental and hypocritical people. There are some very questionable moral standards. If you are in the "in" group, your children will be okay. Otherwise, expect very little. Technology is absent in this school. I love teaching values and morals to my children, but releasing students into a world unprepared technologically is ridiculous. I've read most the reviews on this site and it is evident that most are written by staff members.
This is a simply outstanding school community with a strong emphasis on authentic Catholic teaching and on supporting parents as primary educators. They allow children to work to their ability instead of requiring them to work at the same pace as their peers...for example, students in Kindergarten can work at a 1st grade reading / math level if they have advanced beyond the others...but kids who are struggling in any given area can get individual attention given small class sizes. They also open their doors to homeschooling parents to allow their kids to take any class they need - music, science, art (where labs / supplies can get expensive and cooperation is key). Truly a hidden gem!
Greatest school ever! My daughter loves it and so don't I. The teacher's genuinely care about their students and take the time to make sure each one succeeds. The staff is amazing and the Headmaster is the nicest person ever!
Disorganized, constantly changing dates at the last minute. Populated by the multitude of teachers' children. Quality of work brought home by my children as well as items sent home written by teachers full of spelling and grammatical errors has made me cringe the last couple of years. Time to move on.
Our family moved to the area 4 years ago so that our kids could attend what we truly believe (after researching many) is the best Catholic school in the state of NH. We love the classical curriculum at MRA, and the authentic Catholic culture. Our kids have a quality education and are encouraged to stretch their minds every day. They are truly growing in all aspects of their being: intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual. We are so thankful for all Mount Royal has given us!
I have been working as the Headmaster at Mount Royal for the past three years. It truly is a beautiful school. Our enrollment has grown by 126% and we have just completed construction on the St. Joseph's Center which includes a new gym, science and computer labs, and a lunchroom. Also, construction on another brand new classroom building will begin in April. The curriculum is rigorous but students get the attention they need in a loving environment. IT is the only school I've worked at where the students don't want to go home at the end of the day! God Bless. David Thibault Headmaster