Favoritism and politics. We sent our child for the Latin program, I regret it every day.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Impressed beyond measure with SAA-SDS! The school educates the whole child by balancing a rigorous curriculum with attention to the spiritual, physical, social & emotional growth of the students. SAA-SDS has devoted & inspirational teachers, strong leadership, a stellar curriculum & an outstanding student body! Here is a glimpse of what you will find at SAA-SDS: state-of the-art technology, attention to critical thinking & creativity, Great Books literature program, robotics, Lucy Caulkins writing program, Responsive Classroom approach to building community, four world languages offered, Facing History and Ourselves, Biz City, service projects for all grades, moral and ethical education, championship sports teams, amazing fine arts department, Accelerated Reader for reading enjoyment and enrichment, an award-winning outdoor classroom, active student organizations I could go on and on. The Parents Association of the Lower School provides invaluable support for the school. I am amazed by the number of awards that the teachers receive & by how devoted they are to ongoing professional development. Graduates of the Lower School excell in high school and beyond - couldn't ask for more!
I have gotten more for my tuition than I ever expected! My daughters are engaged in their education and their teachers are exceptional! I always feel welcome and have volunteered in the school library, served as a room parent, driven on numerous field trips, coached my daughter's soccer team, assisted the art teacher with displaying art work for Family Night, etc. Visit the Lower School and you will see: creative book reports and original essays displayed on bulletin boards, student-made replicas of Egyptian tombs, projects on the Civil Rights Movement, plaques awarded to the Lower School girls for being this year's PAA Champions in volleyball, cross country and basketball, students participating in service projects, award certificates from the IXL math program, videos of students in the robotics class, the music conservatory and school theater productions, engineering, writing and art awards, students performing in a Live at the Museum event on immigration, and so much more! Technology is used only to enhance teaching & learning and the Distance Learning Center provides educational experiences that cannot be found at any other school in the city. SAA is the best school in Memphis!
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!
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!
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????
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Excellent school in every way. Quality teachers who actually care about the students! A great value compared to other private schools for girls!
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.
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.
Great School, friendly staff, wonderful academics, overall great!! I have been very pleased with this school!
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