I am extremely pleased with the level of professionalism exhibited by the faculty and administration of the Perkiomen School community. Fall family weekend was a huge success! The faculty at Perk provides a perfect balance of support and structure while also allowing students to truly, "risk becoming their best." I particularly enjoyed the weekend speaker, Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg and the talk he gave on parenting and building resilient children. In addition to academic success, my son has exhibited true signs of maturity. He completes his homework on his own, interacts positively with his peers and loves going to school in the morning. He is learning to be a team player on the soccer field, he is utilizing the amazing talents of his teachers and most importantly, he is developing "people skills" that will last a lifetime. All of this in less than two months! We are thrilled that our son has been accepted into this wonderful family and school community!
We have two children who attend The Perkiomen School, and they are both very happy. We are pleased with the education that they are getting, with the friends that they have made, and with the opportunities that abound at Perk in the arts, on sports teams, and in leadership. Not every school is the right fit for every child, but we have found the right place for our children. Perk is student and future focused. The college list is impressive, and Perk's three college counselors (a great student to counselor ratio) know the students well and send the graduates to good schools that fit each person. Please do your research; the information is available online and speaks for itself.
My child has been attending Perk for 3 years and we could not be happier with the product. Middle and high school can be a difficult time for adolescents and Perk has gone to great lengths to ensure that students have the best possible education, both academically and socially. I have found that the support for students comes in all shapes and sizes from every member of the community and I could not be happier that my child has been granted an opportunity to develop in such a caring community. My child and I are both looking forward to beginning the college counseling process and already plan on meeting several of the college representatives, from competitive schools, who come to Perk in droves. This is an exciting time as a parent and I find comfort in the fact that the Perk Community shares in this journey. Thank you, Perk, for all that you do for my child.
Parents get over yourselves please. The school is doing a phenomenal job. As a CURRENT student I understand there are some issues with relationships but guess what, we are teenagers and we have feelings. Therefore it is inevitable to not have secret relationships and though some of us think no ones knows. Everyone knows. The school is small and the dean handles these things easily, he also is accepting and forgiving. In most cases. I do agree though a few students have gone to far, therefore deserved to be punished, like any other student would be. So let the school do there job and if you're unhappy don't let your kid come back. They'll probably hate you but hey it's high school, we're suppose to hate our parents.
Ahh, more Internet graffiti, and from a fellow parent, sad. Sounds like your child made some poor decisions and acted inappropriately, and now you are projecting your own anger onto the school's staff. Stop lying about the dean, who is one of the finest people we know, and stop disparaging teachers/school. Along with many friends from the Lehigh valley and beyond whose children went to feeders like swain and wyndcroft, we chose Perk over other schools. This past year alone, our child had the chance to meet up to 100 college reps vs only about 40 6 years ago. Back then, we would have skipped Perk, but today the faculty come from colleges we would want our own child to attend. I can't say enough about all the opportunities given to our child, from 28 APs to an environment where students are treated with respect and compassion. Can the school improve? Yes. Is everything perfect? No. Is our child challenged, finding success, and supported by teachers? Most definitely. Stop the attacks on our school -- if Perkiomen is such a terrible place, move your child so ours can be left to focus on school work and success without your family issues interfering.
I had to laugh at the well choreographed comments before mine that were attempting to defend Perkiomen. Although the school is marketed as a prep school, few colleges are eager to accept Perkiomen students. Perhaps it's because so many of the students were asked to leave previous schools due to behavior or academic problems. The parent who challenged a teacher to, "come out of the shadows and talk to the Dean" about the inappropriate relationships brought up in their comments shows how well things are hidden at Perkiomen. The Dean is well aware of the inappropriate relationships and the school obviously chooses not to bring them up. There are still a small number of dedicated teachers left at Perk but as someone accurately said, most of them left in droves. Unfortunately, few students return after graduation or contribute to the school's annual fund. The bottom line is that Perkiomen is a substandard school and it is wise to stay away.Be aware that this school likes to compare themselves to top prep schools. Don't fall for it! Almost any school is better than Perkiomen.
Is any school perfect? No, but what do you want in a school? I am a parent of a graduate and a current student and we could no be happier. My children we given the opportunity to excel in the classroom and on the athletic field. The teachers care and consistently go above and beyond what we would have expected. Is there faculty turnover? Yes, but being a product of a Prep school I know this happens but Perk does a great job of hiring qualified teachers that understand the mission of the school. Again, what do you want from a school? My eldest was not one of the top students in their class (it was a very strong class) but he is now attending a top 50 college and doing very well so I know he was well prepared. If you have any questions about the school go and spend some time on the campus, I have and the feeling you get will let you know this is a very special place.
Who is qualified to speak about an independent school such as Perk? Would it be someone who is a former parent, or maybe a faculty member, or maybe someone whose family history spans over a half of a century of attending independent schools? I am such a person, one who not only graduated from a well-known independent school but has many years of experience working in independent schools. What can I say about Perkiomen School? Well - plenty. As dorm parents, we witness the behind-the-scenes, day-to-day life of our students. Most achieve a GPA that puts them on the honor roll; they are well rounded citizens achieving success in one or several of the arts and team sports, not to mention their tremendous personal growth. When Perkiomen School says that it educates student's mind, body and soul, it WALKS ITS TALK! The position that we take with our students is the perfect illustration of the Latin phrase in loco parentis (in the place of a parent), which implies that we do as much, if not more, as any parent would do for a child.
Interesting remarks from the "teacher" -- somehow I doubt it! My husband and I are looking forward to our child being in the new AP World History class in GRADE 10 next year. With all the improvements to the faculty over the past few years with faculty from top-ranked colleges and universities, the program has only improved. I think the school is up to 23 AP courses now -- when my child was in middle school it was more like 12. I also think that one student left this year because she was unable to handle the academic difficulty of the program, even though the school worked diligently to help her along. We have asked all the questions posed by the "teacher" and have come away with all the right answers. Great college list, exceptional AP scores, and a focus on writing and communication skills. I guess this "teacher" missed the Baccalaureate Service that my husband and I attended (and is reqd of faculty) w/ amazing results from class incl music, spoken word, and heartfelt thanks to the faculty ( to the "teacher"??) No place is perfect, we have had meetings with the Head of Upper School (who is a Denison/Middlebury grad who can teach English and history!) who is always accommodating.
Reflecting on my education at The Perkiomen School is an emotional endeavor. Beyond the consideration of a solid academic preparation for college, are the relationships. The connections with teachers, my advisor, staff, and a very accessible administration have guided me since I was in 7th grade. The relationships with fellow students have provided life-long friends and a truly global perspective. I was prepared to succeed in college, graduate school, and in life because of my experiences. Thank you to everyone at PERK for the immeasurable contribution to my success and happiness in life! -Alumnus
How sad to hear a colleague demean our school. I wonder how this supposed colleague views him-herself, considering the remarks. I have been here for four years and have only seen marked improvements across the board. Stronger students, a focus on hiring great people to push kids do to their best (to quote from the mission). The school has invested significant funds into professional development, much more than in the past, and several people have completed masters or are on their way to completing them. While we want to see some new dorms built -- and the school has a master plan to move this forward -- the new student study lounges, renovated library, upgrades to theater, pool, and gym all indicate a school moving in the right direction. Some of my colleagues have retired, resigned, left to get married, or gone off to get their PhDs. That IS all normal -- some people also were not ready for the increased expectations of a head who wants the students to be safe, secure, and prepared for selective colleges. So, I don't know if the teacher is actually a colleague or someone claiming to be, but as I sit around the lunch table, I don't hear such things from true colleagues and friends.
As a graduate and employee, I am intrigued by the comments from the supposed parent and teacher. We just celebrated 40-year, 30-year, 20-year, and 2 10-year anniversaries, it is amusing to hear that people "leave in droves." When people give up their evenings and weekends to work with students who need help, I conclude that the students are safe and secure. When alumni come back back "in droves" to visit the people who served them as teachers, it is clear that we have done good work. To know that we have several alumni working here -- including 2 with degrees from Yale and 1 from UPenn, I again conclude that we have done great work AND our program is demanding as students prepare for college. It is true that some students struggle to meet the expecations of the school -- the faculty bend over backwards to help them, as advisors and teachers. Some students, though, don't make it -- we hate when that happens, but we understand that not everyone is meant for a program that, while incredibly supportive, is "challenging". As a Perk student, I had my own struggles, but with the help of faculty, I graduated and have returned to work with the people who make this place so wonderful.
Perk is indeed a great school! My child has flourished here and has gained no only wonderful knowledge from her teachers, but has gained self-confidence and pride in her accomplishments both in the classroom and on the athletic field. The faculty is caring and supportive while demanding high quality and effort. Most of her teachers have Masters degrees in their subject areas and all of them are passionate about their work. We could not be happier with the school.
As a parent, I am thrilled with all that my child has experienced at Perkiomen. it is clear that the last two comments were posted by the same person posing as a parent and a teacher when, in fact, they are from the same person who is merely disgruntled. It is too bad when people have to trash a school, its teachers, its students, and support staff. The people at Perk work amazingly hard every day. The middle school head is like a Den Mother to our child -- always there and always willing to go the extra mile. We can't wait to work with the college counseling office, since they are completely focused on the students and helping them gain entrance to great schools. Of course not every child will be accepted to an Ivy League School, but then not every child is destined for one! My child loves spending weekends on campus -- since there is so much to do and because supervision is excellent with teachers in all the dorms, on the trips, in the library, and in the student center. Oh, yes, and there are check-ins all weekend to ensure safety and security. As for the ridiculous comment about "inappropriate relationships" -- come out of the shadows and talk to the dean. We love Perk!
There are many things to think about when you consider private schools. Class size, quality of the faculty, programs available to help develop your child outside the classroom, quality of curriculum, forward thinking of the administration and so much more... The Perkiomen School excels in many of these areas. What's more is they have a team of administrators that continually looks to improve existing programs and add new classes and programs that the kids really love. My son is excited about the newly revamped robotics program for next year and really loves the attention the faculty shows him.
As an educator, I have found Perkiomen to be a excellent place to teach and live. Faculty members stay here because we are fulfilled by what we teach, because we love to work with students, and because we are supported by the school and the community of like-minded administrators, teachers and parents. A Perkiomen education is challenging and encourages students to ask questions. We offer honors and AP programs in more than 25 different courses in addition to an English as a Second Language Program and a Learning Center. Our students learn by doing and by meeting high but realistic espectations. Please look though our website for great information and call us if you have questions. Arrange for a tour of campus if you live locally. Perk is amazing. Is it without flaws? No, of course not. However, there is always a genuine and honest spirit on campus, and we try to make this experience the best that it can be, just as we push our students to risk being their best. And by the way, Perkiomen is accredited by the Middle States Association, the same association that evaluates UPenn and F&M.
My personal experience here speaks volumes, but what I feel more comfortable doing is directing interested parents to investigate some solid facts before entrusting their children to Perkiomen. Know what questions to ask. What is the teacher turnover like? You may be told that teachers leave because it is a boarding school, because they are in the middle of nowhere, because they are going to get married, etc. Yes - all schools experience that type of turnover to some degree. But if teachers are leaving in droves, why is that? What experience and specific degrees do the teachers have? How are children supervised in the dorms? Ask to see a college admissions list that shows not what schools students have gone to over the years, but where the students from the LAST CLASS matriculated. Ask to see sample essays. Speak to students at random, not just ones that the admissions department has chosen. Ask to see accreditation reports. Investigate the groups that have issued these accreditations. This is not a challenging school, but parents will want to consider issues even more fundamental (such as safety) than academics when considering Perkiomen, especially for boarding.
This school has little to no supervision of middle school children on their college like campus and I am personally aware of several inappropriate relationships that have occured among the middle school and high school children. Please check the qualifications of the teachers as many of them are not certified in the area they are teaching, if at all. The science department is substandard. There is no academic challenge for above average students and in fact, they will be set back by the quality of the academics at the school. They look good on the surface but you must check deeper because, this school was a very negative academic and social experience for my child. I believe that the good reviews have been written by staff members whose children attend the school. I regret sending my child here.
My 9th grader has been at Perk since 5th grade. Perk offers an enriching curiculum and a wide variety of activities with a very low student to teacher ratio. The multicultural environment is enhanced by the beautiful campus which reminds one more of a college atmosphere than a high school one.
Perkiomen school has an excellent academic program which prepares the students well for college. The fine arts program is outstanding and really nurtures the students creativity and embraces each students gift. The school staff is kind and caring and are well liked and respected by the students. The campus is beautiful, there are many clubs, organizations and teams for the students to participate in and there are many recreational acativities outside of school to bring the students together. My kids could not be happier, or more well adjusted since entering the Perkiomen school.
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