Tons of busy work and projects. Our child was a straight A student and was overwhelmed with homework, apparently because little was accomplished in class and teachers were not teaching or many times just incompetent.
Thank you to ex-headmaster Wayne Parker. If you hadn't resigned and blown up the theft scandal, our child might still be in this sham of a school. So thanks for the final straw! By the way, I should have known something was wrong with you when during our admissions interview 10 years ago all you wanted to talk about was ACC sports. And you called my alma mater, and Duke, a cesspool. Well, you were right about Duke at least! Now, about all that money we spent...
This school has an outstanding infrastructure. The grounds are nicely maintained and they have labs for science, arts and IT. The IT program is really nice and focus in developing analytical skills on the students and also engineering skills. However, the school is not a fit for students that have ADD, ADHD or anxiety issues. They claim they can handle it but just before enrollment they will tell you the student is not a fit and then you'll have to find another alternative. They will meet with families and say they can handle it but then the admissions will keep forcing you to put down the non-refundable deposit without telling you if they will be able to handle the student or not. I think if the school is not able to handle these students, they should be clear when parents inquire with them rather than wasting families (and the staff) time. Please be aware of that if you are considering this school. I did not had a great experience with two people that handle the lower school including the admissions director. They are very unprofessional and refuse to talk to you more than once. Everything is filtered to one person. Very impersonal and shows that the school doesn't care about the parents concerns. I have heard stories from former students that the persons on the lower school have turned their back when there were bully incidents but the teachers really took care of the situation. The teachers at this school care a LOT more than the staff do. Please be aware of that as well.
My children have been at Southlake for two years and we LOVE this school. They have thrived spirtually and academically. The teachers and staff are top notch and take interest in my children, to insure they are taught Gods word and they are successful academically. Southlake is the place for our children and can't wait to see The Lord move through this place. Amazing things to come!
SouthLake may have been a great school at one time, but it has significantly deteriorated last couple years. The current enrollment is now in the 700 range with a continued decline in enrollment. While the teachers do the best they can with resources provided, the school leadership (former HOS and founding pastor embezzled past year) and "school board" (few male elders of church with no educational back grounds) have neither the experience or desire to create a very good/great school. Their priority is on current church membership (150 -200) vs. actual school/parent community which funds the church. This has created a conflict of priorities with school being a much lower priority. If you have a student in primary grades, SouthLake provides a loving, challenging, Christ focused education. The middle school and high school are average. Current and future curriculum is from Bob Jones with e readers being only technology allowed. They have had fantastic sports/fine arts programs but sports is being significantly deemphasized/dismantled. It will be very difficult to keep MS/HS families which seems to be the ultimate goal.
Just an awful experience. My child was bullied terribly by other students, and in one instance by a teacher. The school is overtly religious and intolerant of other views. Oh - the dinosaurs didn't become extinct because there was not room on Noah's ark. Honestly, the science teacher taught that to my daughter's 8th grade class. Teaching creationism over evolution is bad enough, but the school's blind adherence to fringe religious doctrine is troubling, especially because there is no room for healthy debate. Finally, and importantly, the textbooks were truly antiquated and recess was held in the parking lot, but the football field was brand new and they built an extra fieldhouse for the basketball program.
SLCA is a wonderful school full of motivated teachers, staff and administrators. Both of our children graduated and received academic scolarships. One graduated from Furman and is now in a full paid PHD program at USC, Columbia, a great tribute to the learning and personal development. Class size was never an issue as there are adequate teachers and aids.