I graduated class of 2012 and I couldn't have been happier with the education I received there. Yes, some teachers are worthless, but you can't find a high school in America where there aren't a few bad eggs. I see some people said they didn't have homework...well they were either ignoring the homework or taking the lightest course load possible. I took honors classes and a couple AP's my senior year and had at least 2 hours of homework every night. My junior year I had a minimum of 3. SBA has so many great things to get involved in and the support the student body has for each other is incredible. I know I have made friends for life. At the time, I didn't think I was receiving an amazing education, but as soon as I came to college, I realized just how blessed I was to go to such a great school. Many of my classmates could not even write a simple paper in the MLA format, something I knew like the back of my hand when I left SBA. Similarly, my classmates also seemed to succumb to the pressure of the "workload." For me, their claims seemed preposterous. I give all the credit to SBA for my success in college. My only critique would be for better teachers in the math department.
I am currently a sophomore at St. Benedict and am about to go into my third year here. I'm surprised at some of the reviews calling it unorganized - the school is extremely organized, the teachers actually know what they're teaching, and the school uses a blend of technology and traditional teaching in the classroom. The library is fantastic and equipped with many computers for work at lunch or before and after school. The classes are not too large and even the biggest classes still have an allowance for one-on-one with the teacher. Several of the teachers I've had are willing to stay after school for HOURS to help students that are having a tough time. We have had a fantastic principal, though he is unfortunately leaving at the end of this school year. We have high hopes for an equally friendly and understanding principal next year. All in all, a FANTASTIC school; I attended St. Agnes (a much more expensive, 'high end' school) for two years and you couldn't pay me to leave St. Bens and go back to SAA!
I was shocked to hear some of the negative comments from students. SBA is super clean. I've never seen a cleaner school, ever. The school is very modern and high tech and basically looks like a brand new school inside and out. The principal is very caring and communicates very efficiently. He's hilariously funny and he's a parent so he knows what we're dealing with at home. The teachers are friendly, challenging and helpful and so are the guidence counselors and the rest of the staff. My daughter will be entering her sophmore year at SBA this year. We live in a very good school district and we could just save our money and send our daughter to the high school where we live but SBA is worth every penny we're paying and we wouldn't trust our daughter's education to anyone else.
I have a junior and a freshman at St. Benedict and we are extremely pleased academically, athletically and socially. The atmosphere is safe and conducive to learning. They are having the best time of their lives...the way it should be in high school!!
I have one daughter that graduated last year and one as a Freshman this year. The school is hard but in the long run the students excel like no other in college. My daughter is excelling in BioChemical Engineer thanks to SBA.
I am an alumni of Saint Benedict. I started there in 1st grade when the classes were only 40ish students. When I graduated in 2006 there were 133. Now I'm in college and when I tell people I woke up every morning, put on my uniform and went to class at the same school for 12 years they are shocked. But truly they were a wonderful 12 years. Saint Benedict was a nurturing, safe and fun place to be. The education I received was stellar but beyond that I had opportunities to be involved in so many things like theatre, knowledge bowl, SGA, softball, basketball and cross-country. The multitude of extracurriculars made me a well-rounded person. The friends I made were wonderful people who will go on to do wonderful things. SBA sent me into the world grounded and well prepared.
I student taught at St. Benedict during the spring of 2005 which was during the first year that the school occupied its new and present space. Some of the reviews were written before the 04-05 school year when st. Benedict was still in an older building shared with st. Francis middle and elementary schools. I was impressed with the beautiful grounds and high tec campus. The art program includes a videography class, ceramics and a photography studio complete with dark room. The school is set up with smart boards and lap top carts. They also have an excellent theater and set shop. The cafeteria is beautiful with large windows and actually has great food! The teachers I worked with were committed and capable. The student body was overall respectful, well- behaved and high achieving. I am going to send my children there one day!
I'm a little surprised by some of the low ratings I see. My daughter is in 9th grade and we could not be more pleased. The teachers are commited to helping her achieve her goals. The principal is great and has an ear for every concern.
I currently attend SBA and believe that they should review their teachers more in depth. I find a few teachers to be overly pretentious and very condescending to students. It makes for a stressful situation and makes it more difficult to learn.
My children go to St. Francis of Assisi. I have only positive things to say about this school. The children receive an excellent education in a caring and nurturing environment. The curriculum is both challenging and creative. I am thankful to have such outstanding school inthe memphis area! Colleen Dearing
I recently graduated and I only have one word to describe this school: unorganized. The classes were, as a whole, almost worthless. Aside from a few great teachers, the teaching staff is sub-par. the guidance counselors routinely lose student information or give the wrong information to students. The principle demands no authority and is prone to use double-standards. The only reason I'm giving this school two stars is because, as i mentioned, some teachers are outstanding.
Has the feel of a small school socially but inturn has the same or better recources as any larger high school. The school changed me for the better in less than one year and I will forever be grateful.
SFA is great! Our son has soared and been challenged in every grade level for the past four years. The teachers all know my son on an individual level and communicate with us on a consistent basis before there is a problem. The school facilities are excellent and there are lots of after school actitivities. I recommend this school to anyone looking for quality education.
The Plus Program for ADD students is terrible. The curriculum is the same but they just separate them into smaller classes, but not all the classes are Plus. My kid almost failed in this program. The principal ignores your concerns. Save your money.
My child is currently enrolled at St Francis and is in the plus program. It is great to have a program that gives individualized attention, however his standardized test scores have been declining. I am not really sure this is the best and am considering changing schools.
My daughter attended and graduated from St. Benedict. She had 1-3 hours of homework per night. The quality of the education she received at St. Benedict helped her attain academic scholarships from every college she applied to. She is excelling in college and says she now realizes how important her education at St. Benedict was to her success in college. She clearly sees a difference in her academic backgrounnd as compared to many of her current college classmates. St. Benedict is a wonderful school in all aspects!
my child is in 5K at St. Francis. He has a male teacher who is AWSOME! He has learned so much, and is excited to go to school everyday! I love the personal feel of this school, and the fact that my child is allowed, and encouraged to make GOD a part of everything he does at school. It is not easy to pay the tuition, but I'll do whatever is necessary to keep my kids at St. Francis. There are extracurricular activities available year round for kids as young as 4. My child has music, spanish, and library in 5K, and has been on several great field trips. He came from another catholic school that was just an overpriced daycare. Parents are very involved here, but of course, that is up to the parent. I love it, and highly recommend it. Melanie Mays
I went to high school all four years at St. Benedicts. I never did more than 10 hours of homework all year and graduated with a 3.0. The school is unorganized and dosen't use the resources it has. The school work isn't challenging and neither are the teachers. I don't recommend this school to anyone looking for a quality education.
My child attends this school. She loves it! She is in dane, drama club, and cheerleading. She used to attended another where she felt she wasn't learing to her fulliest. But then when I brought her to SBA she quickly started recieving better grades and she has inproved her study habbits. On a scale from 1 to 5, 5 as the highest 1 as the lowest I would truthfully give this school a 5! If you are looking for a high rated school look no further! SBA is great. (but it's not very clean) Just trying to be truthful.
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