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Grace Prep High School

Private | 9-12 | 60 students

Our school is about "Prep for Life"
 
 

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $228,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $880.

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Posted April 13, 2014

I am the parent of a Grace Prep student, and a frequent volunteer at the school. Each day I witness teachers and staff bending over backwards for these kids, caring for them-- mind, body, soul and spirit. There is no "typical" Grace Prep student; they come from all walks of life. Whether from a privileged background or "the wrong side of the tracks", you can find (as my daughter says) your "second home" at Grace Prep... Just be prepared to be challenged by dedicated teachers who are not afraid to employ tough love as they help guide you to God's best for your life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2014

Students at Grace Prep are very blessed to be in a school that teaches them how to thrive, not just survive. They are prepared for life, not just to get in to a college. They learn the importance of honesty and integrity, not just how to take tests. Their Senior Project , a requirement for graduation, encourages each student to explore a passion--the good, the bad and the ugly. It is a masterful way to push them out of their comfort zone into unknown territory. The research, projects and presentations they create to communicate their effort is truly inspiring. Could Grace Prep be improved? Of course. The school should do a better job of fundraising, it runs on a shoestring. The school could offer music and art-- they do their best but the funds just aren't there. But, in the end, the students leave Grace Prep ready to explore a world that is very challenging. With an underpinning of integrity and a strong relationship with God, Grace graduates are launched well prepared to develop their gifts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2013

My nephew was in attendance at Grace Prep and I was not pleased with the overall attitude of 'we are better than others' which was burnt into his brain by the teachers and everyone involved with him. I found this same attitude with his male friends attending Grace Prep. I told my nephew that with his attitude of minimizing and marginalizing people not being Christian he was living in a bubble, a make belief bubble and that in the real world of college, work, not everyone is a Christian and not every Christian is a fundamental evangelical Christian. He soon found out I was correct. This school is either ignorant or apathetic of others not being just like them and is not serving the student's best interest as not one is going to be living on a planet with only fundamental evangelical Christians of their thought. He has already had social problems at work as he finds himself different in an ordinary work environment of all kinds of people and has learned that the grace prep preparation for life which they advertise isn't the real world of work and people. He was never taught to either understand or respect or tolerate those not being Christian.


Posted January 26, 2013

I cannot speak highly enough about this school. I am a youth pastor and have had countless students attend Grace Prep High School. I LOVE it when I hear a student will be attending. Their approach to learning is TRULY unique. Please take a minute and visit their website: www.graceprep.com and read the 40 Points of Grace. You will be inspired. I have seen Grace Prep's extraordinary influence. At Grace Prep, socially awkward students blossom, academically challenged students excel, non-traditional learners be inspired and teenagers consistently exceed expectations time and time again. The intersection of faith and real life happens at Grace Prep High School. Teenagers need MORE schools like this one. I hope you consider sending your child to Grace Prep - or encouraging someone else to send theirs!


Posted December 6, 2012

Wow! That first review doesn't describe Grace Prep at all. I guess every school or organization has its share of people full of sour grapes. As for not all the teachers having regular "teaching" certification, this is what i love about the model. They bring the best people in for the job. Their rate of teachers with Master's degrees is far above the average. For example, Bill Gates couldn't teach a computer class because he's not certified. Warren Buffet couldn't teach a finance course. (Shakespeare couldn't have taught English:) Some of the teachers are University Professors without traditional certificates. Furthermore, Dannah Gresh is one of the premiere Christian authors on teenagers and (and parenting teens) and guides many of the parents and teens through everyday challenges. She's sold more than a million books and is internationally-known. Sheknows what she's doing...as does the rest of the staff. Certainly a small school won't fit everyone's needs, but you can ask any of us who are parents of graduates and we will tell you that Grace Prep prepared our kids for life!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2012

I am the parent of a child who attends Grace Prep. The teachers are exceptional not only caring about my child's academic progress, but also her spiritual, emotional, and relational progress. What other school has teachers who spend their evenings and weekends mentoring their students? It is definitely a school where my daughter is thriving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2012

Grace Prep is not for the mediocre. Grace Prep is for the God-loving kid that wants to excel; it is for the seeking kid who wants to make a difference; it is for the kid that has never stuck out in a crowd to be noticed for who they are and all they have to offer. My daughter attends Grace Prep and has made solid friendships she will have for a lifetime. She has teachers that appreciate her quirkiness and push her to succeed. She has staff and administrators who know who she is and what she is about. They all want her to stretch herself and reach her potential. If someone doesn't succeed at Grace Prep, it is because they either refuse to become transparent or don't want to acheive their true potential. As for my daughter, Grace Prep has "Prepared her for life".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2012

Grace Prep was a school I spent one year at. During my time I felt ashamed of myself often. Constantly I was being belittled by the staff and told that I wasn't acting the way God wanted me to act. Not all teachers there have teaching degrees which is something if my parents had know before sending me they wouldn't have. The school treats males like they are worthless always putting females first. Kids there are talked down to and all together its just not a good environment. I am so happy being out of the school and into a different one because of the way I was treated there. Beware it seems fine at first but I have never thought a school would treat a student the way I was treated even to the point where I was called a name by a teacher in front of the class just for saying I didn't understand what that teacher was saying.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 18, 2012

It was the best decision we ever made! The faculty is the best! They are not only academically talented, but they will walk with your child through life. Exceptional mentoring program. Call now and write the check because it is worth it! It was a leap for us to jump into private education, but sacrificing one new car in exchange for what my child turns out in four years is worth it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2009

There is no other school like this one. The school provides a superior education and excellent life experiences. Such as white water rafting, kayaking, immersing in different cultures, broadway plays, and so much more. I encourage anyone to visit their website at graceprep.com to find out more.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 75% 71%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 22% 3%
Black 2% 15%
Hispanic 2% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Nittany Christian
Park Forest Middle School
Mount Nittany Middle School
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 90% (2012)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 10% (2012)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Penn State University
Cedarville University
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • National Merit Finalist (2011)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Cognitive disability
  • Specific learning disabilities
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Others as desired by student
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Korean
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:20 pm
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Patrick Sullivan
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Some boarding, some day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • ACSI

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Core knowledge
  • Hybrid
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Internships
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Cognitive disability
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Others as desired by student
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Korean
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Mock trial competition club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer time after school
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What are your chances?


9 out of 10students were accepted for the 2011-2012 school year.


Students accepted for the 2011-2012 school year
18
Applications received for the 2011-2012 school year
20
Students typically come from these schools
Nittany Christian
Park Forest Middle School
Mount Nittany Middle School

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$3000 - $12000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Tax credits

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Penn State University
Cedarville University
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
4 year college - 90%
Vocational - 10%
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848 Science Park Road
State College, PA 16801
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Phone: (814) 867-1177

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