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Charleston, SC
Students enrolled: 903

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300 Albemarle Road
Charleston, SC 29407

(843) 556-3620
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June 21, 2015
not really a good school. Not all that it is cracked up to be. Would not recommend. We went here for 12 years and there were plenty of issues.

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Teacher effectiveness: Somewhat effective
June 21, 2015
It depends on the teacher. The Honors Spanish teacher is lousy, SOME English teachers are good, girls health teacher is EXCELLENT. Honors Biology teacher, not so good. Technology department- IFFY. Final results, there are good and not so good teachers and I would go so far as to say they have some LOUSY teachers. The elementary school and middle is about the same. Elementary principal is very stubborn.

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Amount of homework: Not enough
June 21, 2015
HOMEWORK is ridiculous. Take honors history- at least 4 hours every night. Not to mention all of the other subjects. My son would stay up until 2: 00 am EVERY night.

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Develops grit: Strongly disagree
June 21, 2015
Students are completely frustrated. Too much stress on them, too little time spent with the one on one instruction (if any.) They frustrate kids to where they just give up. NOT a healthy EMOTIONAL environment.

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Develops respect: Strongly disagree
June 21, 2015
There is no respect for students. They truly pressure students and the stress is unimaginable. FEW teachers have any compassion for the nature of the child/student.

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Develops empathy: Strongly disagree
June 21, 2015
Teachers should LEAD with compassion. They do NOT. STRESSING students is the operative word. There is no empathy for the students time nor stress on them. Half od the kids cannot get their homework completed.

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April 26, 2015
I read the reviews and I must disagree with most of the comments, "The teachers at this school go above and beyond for every student I know. They meet them where they are and work really hard to get them to excel." We have had a less than satisfactory experience. My daughter was in the school last year and was in the Honors Spanish. I talked with the teacher several times personally and asked if she could help my daughter 10 minutes after school 3 times within a 5 week period- just 30 minutes. She said, she "could not do that." This is NOT a school where teachers give personal attention. If a kid starts to fall behind, they continue to fall behind. Oh, wait, they have a tutoring service where you can PAY additional money (beyond their incredible tuition) to be tutored by students from a College nearby- not any classroom teachers. My daughter left stressed to the max (enough to be treated by a psychologist) and we are now happy where we are- across town. This is a VERY unsatisfactory educational program.

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January 26, 2015
Our son started PG for 9th grade, after attending excellent public schools in northern VA. We have found that PG is terrific too! The PG courses seem about as rigorous as the Honors/AP classes that our other son took in his competitive VA H.S. The difference is that the PG class sizes are smaller, so the teachers know the kids well and have time to help. The PG staff members are friendly. The students are polite and outgoing. The school is well organized. We love the weekly Chapel and the New Testament/Ethics class. The new Public Speaking class is also a great idea. The Computer Science teacher is fabulous. The Latin teacher makes that dead/difficult language fun, and the AP Chemistry, AP Calculus, and AP English teachers make those challenging classes interesting for the kids. We enjoy attending the plays and concerts. The Handbells Choir is special, as is the Track Team. We wish PG had an orchestra. AP Psychology and Engineering classes would be good additions to the curriculum. More kids should be encouraged to take an AP class in 10th grade. The PG Parents' Guild could be more inclusive. But, overall, we LOVE the school - and the new late start on Wednesdays!

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March 30, 2013
The teachers at this school go above and beyond for every student I know. They meet them where they are and work really hard to get them to excel.

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April 15, 2010
Very good experience for my sons, one has graduated college and was well prepared, current son could not be happier, challenging curriculum, very talented faculty

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October 02, 2009
My daughter transitioned into Porter Gaud in the seventh grade. We had the option of going to neighboring Ashley Hall (all girls) or Porter Gaud and I truly believe we made the right choice. We have yet to experience the elitism or cliques. Academically this is a superior school, the fine arts are great compared to others in the area and the school is competitive in the sporting arena. I totally forgot to mention that the student life and clubs are more than my oldest had in school. Although it is pricey, we wouldn't send her anywhere else. She loves this school!!!!

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January 12, 2009
Aside from its high society social cliques and less than honorable administration, Porter-Gaud really does offer a wonderful education, especially if your child follows the AP track in high school. The teachers are absolutely fabulous. I owe so much of my wonderful education to them, and will always admire and respect them for the knowledge and humility they have endowed me with. But I have to disagree on the point of Fine Arts. The quality of musical and dramatic education is very low. In fact, the recent expansion of the programs is nothing but a sham. Most of the classes consist of students watching movies. If your child is really interested in fine arts education I would suggest sending them elsewhere. The Governor's School has a wonderful program, but PG is far superior academically.

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July 09, 2007
I couldn't agree more. Both of my children (one boy, one girl) have attended since first grade.Both will be in high school this fall. They love Porter-Gaud and wouldn't want to be anywhere else. The fine arts/music programs have greatly expanded in recent years. I wish the public schools had been able to offer a better quality education but they lack the support they need here in South Carolina. We feel their school is a great investment in their future.

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July 19, 2004
I attended Porter Gaud grades 1-12. Your child will succeed if he or she attends this school. It is expensive, but it will thrust your child far ahead in life. College was a breeze in comparison to studying at Porter Gaud- I was extremely well prepared for college level studies. Porter has also grown and expanded greatly since my years there. The facilities have improved drastically. (Porter Gaud is also a historic school in Charleston. Its roots go back to the civil war!) The teachers were all excellent. I still have great memories of them and what they taught. Many of them still teach there and taught there before my time. Your child will receive a well-rounded, highly disciplined education from teachers who really care and are passionate about what they teach. There were never any physical fights at this school. You really can't ask for more in 1-12 education.

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Porter-Gaud School
300 Albemarle Road, Charleston, SC  29407
(843) 556-3620
Last modified Porter-Gaud School is a Private school that serves grades 1-12
Porter-Gaud School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 16 reviews. Top