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St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School

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Posted November 1, 2014

Outstanding school in every way! My husband and I researched many schools in the Memphis area for our daughter. We chose SAA, and the school had exceeded our expectations. From the Lower School through Upper School, highly qualified and caring teachers and administrators, a challenging curriculum, and opportunities for spiritual, athletic and artistic growth make this school a standout among other schools in the area. We are not native Memphians, but SAA made us feel welcome from the day we stepped on the campus. It is truly a family! If you want your daughter to be in an environment where she will thrive, SAA is the school where she will be encouraged to be her authentic self and to accomplish all that she can! Congratulations to the school for being selected as the Best Private School in Memphis by the Commercial Appeal, for being awarded Best of the Preps for four consecutive years, for being recognized as a Top Working Place in the Memphis area, and to President Barbara Daush for being named CEO of the Year by the Memphis Business Journal. As you can see SAA has it all!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 1, 2014

Love SAA! The exceptional early childhood, lower school, and junior high teachers provide a challenging and well-rounded education. My daughter loves coming to school every day, and I feel welcome as a parent. I recently attended a wonderful parent booktalk led by the Dean, both she and the faculty have an open-door policy that forges a strong home-school partnership. I am impressed with the extensive and ongoing training that the faculty receives. Since coming to St. Agnes, my daughter has grown in all areas academically, spiritually, artistically, athletically, emotionally, etc. in addition to school provides leadership and community service opportunities for all of the children. My daughter is encouraged to discover her gifts and to feel confident in using them. SAA is truly a family. I have been involved in providing meals for families who have been in need, and my daughter's class has provided support for classmates when they were in need. If you want your daughter to attend a school that will attend to all aspects of her growth and development, SAA is the school to choose! I thank God every day for SAA!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 7, 2014

Favoritism and politics. We sent our child for the Latin program, I regret it every day.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 24, 2014

Favoritism! No such thing as "family" unless you donate money or have some kind of relative. They do not like "different." There is no diversity in terms of race, orientation or disabilities. My parent died in HS, and there was hardly any condolence, and it was handled horribly. They allow some students to eat lunch with them in their offices. Some parents are there all the time chatting away. Some of the teachers are hired in a subject they never went to school for but were hired solely because they are alumni or their mommy works there. I did not feel prepared for college. They push you in math and English. Yet, the math was about memorizing. They do not offer classes like business, economics, journalism, geology, physics and HS music. When I went to college, it took me a long time to choose a major because I felt like I had to explore the various studies. The college counseling/help was a joke. They do not rank their students, which if one does well in grades like I did, it hurts you. Out-of-state colleges rely on that ranking system if they are not as familiar with your school. It's all looks. The "name" or the academics do not get you into college any more than other schools.

Posted October 7, 2013

My daughter transferred to St. Agnes in 9th grade from another area private school which were very dedicated to. She transferred for the academic opportunities SAA offered. B/c we are not Catholic, I was a little concerned, however, everyone at SAA made my daughter and my whole family feel like we had been there forever. She has excelled academically, grown spiritually, and has grown to love helping others through service. The teachers, counselors, and staff are very dedicated and show great concern for these girls in and out of the classroom and always encourage them to excel to the best of their ability. My daughter has grown into a confident, independent, well rounded young woman here. We could not have hoped for a better high school experience.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 12, 2013

After 13 years at St. Agnes Academy, my daughter is now well on her way to the next chapter in her life... College! I have no doubt that she is well prepared for the independence and responsibility that college requires. St. Agnes has been the best investment our family could have made for her. At each level of her growth, SAA has nurtured and encouraged her, yet remained firm with their commitment to academic excellence. In any quality institution with high standards, there will always be children who experience difficulties, however the administration is supportive and makes every attempt to help parents and children work their way through. St. Agnes has been a blessing to us, and I am confident that my daughter is ready to meet the challenges of college and life beyond. Thank you SAA!
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Posted August 12, 2013

My daughter is a 2013 graduate of St. Agnes Academy (SAA) and we thank God for the blessing of her wonderful experience and education. SAA helped shape her into an amazing young woman and we are fortunate that she will be attending college on an almost free-ride! She attended SAA for 9 years and from the moment she began she was empowered and encouraged to realize her full potential. The nurturing environment of the Lower School, coupled with Christ in the curriculum/classroom, was just what she needed when we switched schools mid-way through grammar school. The faculty and administration was ALWAYS responsive and solution-oriented to when we had a need. Our daughter loved the technology in learning ~ and she also loved the co-ed learning environment in 7th/8th grades. While there is no perfect school on the planet, SAA is as close as you can get! SAA fostered our daughter's love of learning and she leaves the academy with two great loves: science and literature. She also leaves with great friends - lifelong sisters. The four pillars of SAA-SDS foster a very special community - for students and families. As an involved parent, it is very, very sad for me to say good-bye!

Posted August 12, 2013

We've been at SAA-SDS 7 years now and it has been a wonderful experience. I love that they teach differently at St. Agnes vs. St. Dominic since girls and boys learn differently yet our family is supporting one school and the boys and girls get to interact and participate in events together. It's the best of both worlds.
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Posted August 11, 2013

St. Agnes is outstanding in every way! My daughter loves her teachers and her principal, and she is challenged each day she comes to school. From the minute my family set foot on this wonderful campus we felt welcomed and cared for. The education at SAA is amazing, however, what sets it apart from other private schools is the pervasive emphasis on spiritual growth. Moral and ethical teaching is integrated through religion classes, daily prayers in class and during the morning and afternoon announcements, weekly Mass and chapel, grade level service projects, student led prayer groups, etc. My family is not Catholic, however, we are embraced and made to feel a part of the Christian community at SAA. One of our parents captured it best when she said, Jesus walks the halls of St. Agnes Academy. The school is a hallmark of the best in education and that is why it is over 160 years old!
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Posted August 4, 2013

We left and not one person in admin ever called to ask why. In the time we were enrolled at the school, no one in this top heavy organization ever attempted to know my name or connect me with my child. I feel certain no one will even notice we are gone since they never cared about us when we were there! Also, I have spent about $400 in tutoring getting my daughter up to speed for her new school. So much for superior academics!

Posted July 31, 2013

The tuition is high and the instruction mediocre (except for two great teachers, one of whom has now left). The parents run the school -- much like inmates running an asylum -- and it's political. It's not involvement; it's dictatorship. The larger your checkbook, the more value assigned to your desires. Save your sanity -- and your money!! If you like your kids having a party every week -- this is the place for them. Also, the religious instruction is nonexistent. My stepdaughter attended there from age 3 and by age 10 didn't even know the 10 commandments. Really? A CATHOLIC school????
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 3, 2013

There were a lot of problems in the lower school here. There is high tuition cost and large classroom sizes, sometimes up to 24 in a class. There were some good teachers but curriculum was not challenging. There were major problems with administration handling multiple issues. There seems to be a need for a complete change of current administration to get the school where it can compete with other private schools in the area.
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Posted March 28, 2013

I attended St. Agnes for 2 years, and you couldn't pay me to go back. The favoritism was TERRIBLE - when I attended there was a terrible conflict about the child of a faculty member creating a website to insult and demean another student. That child - and everyone knew exactly who it was - was never punished outside of a slap to the wrist, even though it completely destroyed the girl it was attacking, calling her terrible names and accusing her of participating in illegal activities. That shows how bad the favoritism is. The curriculum was not very challenging considering how much they charge you, the teachers have little contact with the students and parents outside of lectures in the classroom, and misconduct is allowed to run rampant. The administration has quite a few snobs in it, too. A terrible school. It only gets 2 stars from me instead of 1 because a couple of the teachers employed went above and beyond what they were required to do as teachers.

Posted December 10, 2012

After researching many schools in the Memphis area, my husband and I chose St. Agnes Academy for my daughter, and I could not be happier! The talented and creative teachers genuinely care about every aspect of my daughter's education, and they are there every step of the way to ensure that she learns. The principal is a highly effective leader whom my daughter loves, and she encourages parents to be involved in the school. I have been impressed with the challenging curriculum that keeps my daughter excited about learning. The four pillars upon which SAA is founded - prayer, study, service and community - keep the school focused on its mission and ensure the continuation of the school's 160-year tradition of excellence in education. Add a beautiful, safe campus, and you have an outstanding educational experience. The school takes seriously the trust that parents put in it, and it lives up to this trust!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 20, 2012

Very disappointing. The ECC was wonderful, lower school has a lot to be desired. Academics are subpar compared with other Memphis private schools. If you have any form of problem do not expect any help from administrators only platitudes. They do their best to dismiss the problem and will go to any length to cover it up. Administrators seem to only care about appearances and do not handle problems in a professional manner.. You can find a much better education for the money at many other Memphis private schools. It is very sad to see a school with such a wonderful reputation providing such an inadequate overall education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 1, 2012

There are some excellent teachers, but the change in culture with the current school president has made this a less appealing choice than it once was. Blatant favoritism for kids from families with long term ties. The lack of consistent discipline gave rise to escalating problems that ended with several boys not graduating last year. This year parent bullies have forced a long term teacher out. Not the school it used to be.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 16, 2012

Excellent school in every way. Quality teachers who actually care about the students! A great value compared to other private schools for girls!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 12, 2011

It's all about the money. If you donate BIG, your child may get a fairly good education. If not- then not so much. Very Self-serving, condescending, "superior" minded staff and faculty.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 12, 2011

This is not the good school they say it is. I have my child in this school for one year and had to change the school. These teachers did far much more harm to my child than to provide good education. Very bad school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 4, 2010

Great School, friendly staff, wonderful academics, overall great!! I have been very pleased with this school!

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4830 Walnut Grove Rd
Memphis, TN 38117
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