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Palisades Episcopal School

Private | PK-8 | 165 students

Our school is known for our Christ-centered classical curriculum.

 
 

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Posted January 3, 2014

I toured 3 Christian schools before deciding on Palisades. All 3 offered similar teaching philosophies and class sizes, but Palisades struck me as the one place where forgiveness, a key Christian aspect, was practiced. And that has been true of our experience. My son is a normal, active child, and they work with him and the other boys to help them learn to manage their activity. Generally, girls are more willing to sit still, and in many schools, the boys are judged against a girl standard of behavior, but not here. The love shown to the younger children by the older children is heart-warming. My son loved one of the 8th graders so much that he invited him to his birthday party--and the 8th grader CAME! It's a newer school, so it doesn't have flashy facilities. I didn't care about that. I'm not into status symbols of any kind. I wanted a school where my moral standards at home would be supported at school. He can learn reading, writing, and math anywhere--but it's the way people treat each other that matters to me. I see the difference at the local playground--most kids are horrendous to others, including adults. I don't see that at Palisades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2013

PES is a fantastic environment that enables my kid to be cool being smart. I have a 6th grader that tries to teach me about the use of distributive properties , explains the jokes that he can say in Latin and is working feverishly on the piano to learn Billy Joel s Piano Man for the talent show because his classmates think it s really cool. He and several of his classmates were awarded the Duke Tip award. I couldn t be happier about how cool it is at PES.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2013

For too long we hoped that PES would become the great school it professed to be. While there, the math program changed direction four times. Writing and grammar were afterthoughts in the classroom. Project-based learning was another catch-phrase like core knowledge--intended to impress but not implemented. Curriculum questions were often skirted. Specials like Latin are time-gap fillers, and teacher turnover was high. Communication was a constant struggle. Some classrooms were chaotic, and too often classroom management reflected poor judgement and leadership. The facility is disappointing. Parents were asked not to discuss their concerns with others. And students who have left report struggling to catch up. Do your homework when choosing schools. Ask to observe (not just tour). Ask how test scores are utilized (good schools share scores and use them to make improvements). Ask for examples of writing; ask to see text books/materials used; ask teachers about their classroom experience. And ask for examples of problem solving (i.e., recognizing learning challenges, discipline strategies, individualized learning). Be an advocate for your student's academic success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

I love our school and all that it has done for our kids. I love to see how our children have grown with their friends, teachers and community. It is going to be a sad day when they go to graduate but their reward will be in the knowledge, confidence and love of learning they will take into their future. There is no other place like Palisades Episcopal School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2013

Palisades Episcopal School continues to allow our children to make gains, academically, athletically, spiritually and socially. We came from a previously mentioned public school where we were just a number. Our children were straight A students just memorizing information. The teachers at PES are very much certified and majority have their Masters Degrees. The test scores are high, but not every child can be in the 99th percentile. Our children are challenged and if a child needs additional help the teachers can direct them to the services needed. The current families are actively involved, realistic and loving. We came from a school with over 1000 students and were lucky to see 10% involvement. For families that continue to pressure their children to have perfect lives, perfect grades, perfect friends and perfect test scores PES may not be for you, but the hundreds of other schools out there will not be for you either. This school is a blessing and the current children and graduates continue to amaze us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2013

Although I wholeheartedly agree with the vision and mission of this school, I am deeply disappointed that they are failing to meet not only the high standards they have set for themselves, but even the basic academic standards we would have expected for our children at any school (private or public). You cant look at the standardized testing scores PES uses as a relevant marker bc IOWA testing is not used by any other valued private school in the Charlotte area. (This is not a coincidece). Poor standardized testing scores and failure of the lower grades to thrive given the small class sizes is directly related to the fact that the teachers are inexperienced (many of them not even certified teachers). Besides failing academically, the social and emotion needs of the children are not being addressed. There is constant strife and drama in the upper grades, bullying amongst kids in younger grades and no evidence that any of the teachers or leaders are willing to step in. If you're considering this school...Ask questions about standardized test scores, family turnover and teacher experience and credentials before you sign up!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2013

My son just completed his first year at the Palisades Episcopal School and I am blown away by the difference one year makes! The Palisades Episcopal School has exceeded every expectation that we had as parents for our child. The hands-on, differentiated learning atmosphere along with the intimate clasroom size and low teacher-to-student ratio has been a perfect fit for us! My son is reading two grade levels above his current grade and he just finished Kindergarten! I cannot say enough about the amazing teachers who really are the heart of our school. All you need is to take a tour and you will feel the difference. People ask me all the time what makes the Palisades Episcopal School so unique and so wonderful. The short and easy answer is EVERYTHING. Everything about PES is unique and amazing. I could go on for days with my long answer to that question!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2013

After 4 years in public school, we chose Palisades Episcopal School when we realized our daughter needed something more in her educational experience. In her first year at PES, she has been consistently engaged and challenged to do her best. We were so impressed with the school that we moved our son to the JK program after the first of the year. Both of our children have flourished in their academics as well as their spirituality and citizenship. At PES, children are seen as individuals with their own gifts to be nurtured. Teachers meet children where they are academically and help them grow in their own time. Lessons are often hands-on and not dictated by the writers of a textbook. Real world resources are utilized and time out of the classroom experiencing the lesson is just as important as the lesson itself. Growth is gauged by comprehensive review of the student s work. This approach has given us a better picture of how and what our children are learning. If you value individuality, rich curriculum topics and a community of respect not just for others but also for the art of education, then you will want to give Palisades Episcopal School a closer look.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2013

Palisades Episcopal School exceeded all of our expectations. Our son transferred to PES several years ago and has experienced the elementary and middle school programs. The quality of educaton is superb. The teachers are the most knowledgable and dedicated group of educators I have ever seen. The faculty are committed to developing strong minds through academics and stong hearts through character and faith building. I feel the quality of educational programming can be measured not only in individualized performance but also in the very impressive national test scores. The emphasis of serving others is demonstrated through meaningful community projects and mission trips. Palisades Episcopal School offers a sense of acceptance and community while encouraging each student to acheive academic excellence. We could not be happier with a school and we are deeply grateful that our son has had the opportunity to experience such an outstanding educational environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2013

After touring all the well known private schools in Charlotte, Palisades Episcopal School was the choice we made for our children, and it could not have been a better choice. Our children are thriving in this school at the proof is not only in their happiness, but in their test scores. The curriculum, the staff, and the overall environment have exceeded all of our expectations. We could not ask for a better experience across the board. We are so thankful that PES is here. It is a truly remarkable place!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2013

Words cannot express what an amazing school this is. We have been there 4 going on 5 years now and it was the best decision that we have ever made for our daughter. Every year after attending the year end review I cry and feel so thankful and blessed that we have this amazing place for our children. With each passing year the level of curriculum astounds us! I know each day when I drop her off not only is she being challenged mentally but she is in a warm, loving and fun environment. As as parent you could not ask for anything more! My mother has been a teacher for over 35 years and is contantly blown away by PES. She will express this often as she looks over homework, visits class or just has a simple conversation with my daughter. As I tell many people, it is a special place. If you are considering PES I would encourage to visit the school and see if it works for you and your family. For us it is the best thing we ever did!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2013

PES has been such a wonderful experience for my children and our entire family. We came from a local public school where our children received perfect report cards every year, but could not tell us one thing they had learned. They were memorizing information and because they were A students they were lost in the shuffle. Palisades Episcopal Schools curriculum is challenging & engaging while teaching the children to learn and engage in the classroom so when they take a test/exam/quiz/write a paper they already know the information. Majority of the children are above average on National not State testing. The teachers are available and majority have their Masters Degrees. Yes, not every child can be in the 100th percentile, but if tutoring or additional services are needed the teachers can provide this help or direct the family to what services may be needed. Our children are confident, good leaders and are surrounded by children and families that believe in their strengths and their weaknesses. PES continues to grow each year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2013

Sending our kids to PES was a huge mistake. We thought we were going to a school that provided "a superior education". We were wrong, the education is mediocre, at best. The teachers are fresh out of college with no experience or aren't certificated. The education is particularly weak in writing, math and science I thought they were teaching my children "how to think", well if you haven't first studied basic math facts or grammar rules, you can't perform well. We are not alone, many, many other good families with smart children have left the school. The sad part is the Board and administration have their heads in the sand. I'm writing this so that other well intending families don't make the same mistake. We wasted some important years and a lot of money. We are left with very expensive tutoring bills to catch our kids up to their peers. I'd be surprised if the school makes it with the new "free" public school being built at the end of the street. Ask questions about standardized test scores, family turnover and teacher experience and credentials before you sign up! Everyone seems safe and loving, but there's not always a lot of substance behind the fluff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2012

PES has been such an incredible experience for my son who is in his second year at the school! As a former teacher my expectations have been greatly surpassed. The love, compassion and commitment to each child's individual needs is comforting as a parent and sets a foundation of confidence and love of learning. My son loves going to school and he continually surprises me with not only what he has learned but how they teach him to think and come up with multiple solutions in any situation. My daughter will start JK in the fall and my husband and I are very excited to see her benefit from all the wonderful things that make up PES!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2012

I cannot recommend third school, due to the current leadership. The staff is ok. Some teachers seem to really care, but others do not. My child no longer attends the school. I was told for years that nothing was wrong with my child. But I knew something was amiss. After further testing (on my own) I was right all along. I guess I would have never known as long as I wrote my check every year to PES. Cannot recommend, public would have been a better option.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2011

I can relate to every review whethr great or sub par. I agree, I often question the focus of Christianity in the lesson, when I looked at my daughter's calendar for JK it was a block of 30 minutes, which is not acceptable when you state you are a Christ honoring school. I can not speak on behalf of the Head of School and BOD because my contact was limited to " Hi -------" when they saw us. However what I can say, is when there was a lost of employment in my home, theyw orked with us, and did not hesitate to make sure we came back even with the financial difficulty and working with our family. I know that in CMS what my daughter learned in JK was being taught to the entering kindergartners, so the children are most assuredly ahead. I agree that the older children step up and acts as leaders and treat the younger children like family, with Book Buddies reading time, walking them to chapel on Thursday, my daughter would always point to a older child that was in 5 or 6 th grade and say there is my best friend such and such, as that child was a friend and a mentor. I do not feel there was any favortism, as we came from a bigger school where I felt like a stranger not a parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2011

Watching my sons grow and respond to the world, I am continually reminded that a real education is not a simple transfer of information, not a competition, but a gradual process of awakening compassion, deepening understanding, and fostering the development of imagination, curiosity and will. Learning well doesn't always mean scoring high on a test but it does mean acquiring the tools necessary to take on the most challenging work of all - becoming the person you were meant to be. The combination of structure and freedom, nurture and challenge, education and exploration Palisades provides has given my young man the opportunity to truly bloom and begin his path of discovery. It is a very special place and a refreshing approach to developing children. I challenge you to try to find a school any better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2011

PES is a wonderful school and I cannot think of having my daughter anywhere else. The teachers are wonderful individuals who find teaching moments in everything, not just classroom instruction. The curriculum is such that the subject matter is taught across all subjects. This teaches the students how the subject is intertwined in all areas - and they learn! From bird club to Latin, my daughter is learning so much more. For those that think the Board is hidden, I challenge you to simply look at the letterhead as all names of the Board are clearly identified and would welcome any calls. People who think the Head of School shows favoritism are just being petty in my opinion. She has children of her own at the school and these people cannot separate - or respect - the fact that she is sometimes "Mom" and not "Head of School" all the time. In the third grade, my daughter is learning Spanish (this isn't an immersion school ) and conjugating verbs in Latin. They are learning how God is great and how helping others is important in all they do along with being challenged in all subject matters. PES is wonderful and a blessing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2011

Very disappointed by our kindergarten experience last year. The class had 21 students all crammed into a tiny room. Absolutely no individualized instruction and negligible hands-on learning took place. Half of the students were too young for kindergarten and did not turn 5 until Sept., Oct. or even Nov. Faculty did not know how to motivate students to learn except by rewarding them with stars, stickers, treasure boxes, etc. Learning was not valued as a worthwhile activity in itself. The reward systems created a stressful environment that encouraged students to rush through their work. It was definitely not the "unhurried" environment that we were promised. Systems used for classroom discipline at PES were no different than what is found at the local public schools. Specials were a complete joke. Half-day field trips were numerous, rushed and often unrelated to anything that the children were studying. Parent involvement consisted mainly of fundraising and bringing sweets to classroom parties. Many parents are content with the school merely because it keeps their children out of the dismal CMS system. There are literally no other independent school options in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2010

Very disappointed by the lack of quality leadership at the school. Teacher turn-over is VERY high (nearly 100%) in only a few short years in existence. The school claims to 'teach children how to think". This is NOT the case, rather it becomes a race to be done first and not produce quality work. We found our child's quality of work declining rapidly in order to appease the teachers desires to be done in hurry. Rewards were rampant, which is not how children should be taught "how to think". Look closely at the statement and mission of the school as many of the phrases are trite and meaningless. Lastly, realize that many of the reviews of this school swing from 1 to 5 with the 1's coming from parents who expected MUCH more for their children. The remaining come from parents who are pleased to find an alternative to a public school but aren't expecting much from their school. Parent involvement at the school only stemmed from fund-raising and very little education involvement. Very disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 99% 53%
Black 1% 32%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0% 2%
Asian 0% N/A
Hispanic 0% 11%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
Clubs
  • Drama club

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Girls on the run

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:45 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Kerin Hughes
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Episcopal
Fax number
  • (704) 583-1885

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • Core knowledge
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Playground
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Drama club
  • Gardening
  • Girls on the run
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Robotics club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
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13120 Grand Palisades Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28278
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Phone: (704) 583-1825

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