GRACE Christian School is a non-denominational K-12 college prep program. GCS has a five-year accreditation from ACSI and AdvancED. Loving community, Christian worldview, academic excellence and 21st century technology are hallmarks of our wonderful school. Our SAT scores average 1783, higher than all but one of the public schools in the Raleigh area. We are currently conducting a one to one Macbook program for grades 4-12 and have SMARTBoards in all K-3 classrooms.
December 07, 2011
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If refunds were available for tuition money we would be lining up. This school has been a disappointment and has many issues. The biggest complaint we have is unqualified teachers. There are many first year teachers who have no clue how to teach. The Bible instruction has been particularly poor- shocking given this is a Christian School. Also, it appears that most families and teachers only stay apx. three years. Many have left in the middle of the school year. Ask the administration about the turnover rate and teacher qualifications. I agree that the homeroom moms runs the school
These reviews are bogus. If you read the 3 star and below ones you may get an honest opinion of this school. 27 five star reviews posted on 10/22/2013. 16 positive reviews in the following 6 days so 43 of the rave reviews were posted in 7 days.
The good is that they do have a Christian focus however... I agree with the what appear to be the only honest posts, the 1-3 star ones. GRACE is overshadowed by an administration that plays favorites with students. If a parent is a coach, works at the school, or is a part of the clicky homeroom moms then their children are heavily favored. Pictures in media, leniency for misbehavior (even aggressive bullying), and given extra attention by the teachers. Even the little ones notice this in elementary school. This does not improve on the upper campus.
As far as the Macs, tuition increased but education did not. The kids still have to haul 15 pounds of books around with them and the Macs are a big distraction in and outside of classroom.
I agree with the other parents posting real reviews. GRACE relies heavily on homework to do the teaching. If your child needs any additional classroom support, the administration is not supportive. The LEAP program is reserved for the coach/faculty kids and the homeroom mom click. Facilities limit the program...no athletic fields, library facilities, adequate theater space, etc. Most staff are kind and willing to help- too bad they often lack expertise. Not a place for kids with learning differences
I wanted to post an honest review but it seems like someone will just cover it up like they did the others (the positive review streaks all happened after someone posted something that was 1-3 stars). Very dishonest for a supposedly Christian person or persons to do.
Good school for "in the box" kind of kids. Academics are rigorous so that's a plus, but too many stale veteran teachers and inexperienced new teachers. Appears teachers are not given enough tools in the staff development department and not enough time to plan cohesively as a team. Expect your kids to be saddled with multiple projects in any given week due to the their teacher's poor planning.
If you are looking to escape the standardized testing of public school you are just trading it for an abundance of testing in every subject on a very regular basis across all grade levels. Extremely heavy focus on tests and grades, expect your elementary children to be stressed- many at GRACE definitely are -parents cover with medication to keep it going.
Athletic director hunts around for coaches until the final hour and then they take what they can get. Facilities are limiting the program...no athletic fields, library facilities, adequate theater space, etc.
Most staff are kind hearted and willing to help- too bad they often lack expertise. New Head seems promising hopefully, he will be willing to invest in guidance counselor services which would be helpful to address the cliques and "catty" girl scene. Many kids leave when its time for high school for a variety of reasons.
Most families love to drink the Kool-Aid here just go in with your eyes wide open. Very homogenous student body and "small school" feel which can be a plus or minus depending on your kids. Spiritual teaching uplifting, just know that not all kids and families follow Christian principles.
Teachers definitely not up to date when it comes to methodology for teaching kids with LD despite the fact they advertise the LEAP program. Not a place for kids with learning differences. Teachers lack flexibility.
I have taught at GRACE for 16 years, and I love it. Faculty and staff are all supportive of each other and of students while maintaining a high academic standard. We strive to prepare them, not only for college, but for living out their faith in a challenging world. I wouldn't want to work anywhere else.
GRACE exemplifies what a loving community is all about! The school not only provides a wonderful education, but it goes a step further in developing and molding the heart condition of every child by emphasizing, on a daily basis, that Christ teaches us how to love others.