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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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.
Since your students are going to be spending a great portion of their day with adults, it is these adults (the teachers at GRACE) that you would want influencing their lives. As GRACE grows and adds resources year by year, the teachers are still their greatest assets.
Highly organized and Pro-Active with the students and parents. Consistent communication provided through email to keep parents in the loop on any and all events, goings on, etc. Staff and faculty are very in tune with curriculum, kids progress and welfare and are energetic and friendly. Quite a change coming from public schools just last year. We are very excited to see our 2 kids progress to broadening their knowledge, whom care about others, provide volunteer work for the community, become more independent and confident in their abilities.