In the 4th grade students are grading other students work. I do not think other students should assist teachers with their work. I pay for my child to attend the school .. It's not free.
I don't believe children should work for free.
Everything needs to be written in cursive.
Children are not even instructed on how to use calculators. Papers are due typed, and they haven't had enough typing instructions.
Projects are beyond grade level and parents do most or all of the projects.
I like the school very much! The academics are very good and my daughter is significantly ahead of what the public schools are doing for the same grade level. They don't over do it on the awards, they are mainly handed out at the end of the semester and the end of the year.
Every school has its good and not-so-good points. GCS really is a great school. I am a firm believer that Christ-centered faith must be reinforced at home, church, AND school. As has already been stated in other reviews, they offer more academically while reinforcing faith at the same time and I love it! Not-so-good is the lack of recognition for the students who excel academically once they reach middle school. The students already work hard due to the accelerated curriculum. That they be recognized as Honor Roll students for their hard work is not asking too much! My only other issue is the lack of communication about fundraising results. You will inundated with requests and mandates to participate in the fundraising activities. The same effort they put in to getting a "commitment" from you should be the same level of effort they put in to letting you know how things turned out once the fundraising activity is completed. Do I recommend GCS? All things considered, yes I do. But I have had enough and I am glad my child is graduating from the 8th grade this year.
GCS has strong Academics,price, orchestra/strings, advanced curriculum, very friendly leaders, teachers and principal, great diversity. I agree with the parent about the accelerated program not being for everyone. There are many students at GCS who have mastered rote learning, test taking, but are lacking in comprehensive skills, reasoning, and cognitive skills. Many students are stressed out with homework, extensive bible memorization and tests. If your child is more hands on, in order to comprehend what they are learning in order to be succesful, then GCS may not be a good choice. I do not agree with the person who compared GCS to Columbus Academy and Wellington, the learning style at those schools are different and they offer more balance for students K-3 are not consumed with grades, but they are able to focus on comprehending and learning vs. simply getting a good grades. I would recommend first assessing your child's learning style and then visit schools and make a choice at that time. Just because something is "fast" ie. accelerated, does not mean that it is beneficial for your student! Do your homework, you know your child best.
My daughter attends Grace Christian and is in Kindergarten. Their advance curriculum is awesome.. however if you are a parent that does not have time to review and study with your child this is not the school for you. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS SCHOOL AND THEIR RIGOROUS CURRICULUM!
The accelerated program that this school offers was not a good fit for my child. As a result of her failing grades I withdrew her from this school and found a better fit for my child. However, they require that you pay 1/6 of the tuition if you decide to pull them out early.
Grace Christian should be on any parent's short list of schools if they want their child to receive a fabulous education. This year, a former GCS graduate is valedictorian of their 2000 student school, and another is salutorian of theirs. Still another is first in his class as a junior.The sixth graders travel to Williamsburg, Jamestown and Washington D.C. while the eighth graders go to New York City. On both trips the students learn about our country's history and the role that the Christian religion has played in it. The teachers love the students and it shows. Alumni keep coming back for visits and remember their time at GCS. Students take Spanish, technology, music (the school also has 5 orchestras, a choir, and a vocal ensemble), math (up to HS algebra and geometry), history, science, and language arts. Five students were recognized by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History for their entries in the National Civil War Essay Contest. The school also offers athletic teams in volleyball, soccer, basketball, and track and field with schedules that include private and public school throughout Central Ohio. GCS also offers drama, Latin, and an outstanding student yearbook.