So we found this place kind of by accident, SO glad we did!! Our 11 year old needed a smaller school environment, but needs to be challenged. I think we have found heaven. Small classes, great teachers. She takes band, choir, spanish and sign language. They each have Chromebooks to use. Homework is on a mostly as needed basis. Great parent involvement. Issues-lunch program could be healthier, but I believe they are working on it. More students would be good, but hope they keep that ratio low.
We were looking for a school that had reasonable tuition, was NOT uber-religious but provided a Christian foundation and acceptance of all faiths, cultures and lifestyles. We were looking for a school close to downtown and a place where we felt our daughter would be cared for, noticed and challenged in a way that would only help her develop and succeed for the future. We found it here with St. Paul. Don't let the 'Lutheran' part of the school sway you - if you are not Lutheran. We have never felt any pressure to convert and have only been met with caring individuals who we know care for our daughter. We appreciate the technology aspect of her classroom - she is learning to use Google Chromebooks and uses the Quizlet app to help study for tests. This makes learning fun for her. She is learning sign language and Spanish. This is a gem of a school from the teachers, admin staff to a great group of PTL (Parent Teacher League) folks that work hard and work together to help make the school what it is.
This is the type of school where bullying would definitely be noticed immediately. The school, teachers and staff are a community built on respect and caring for one another. The classrooms are small enough where if something like that were going on - the teachers/parents and staff would know immediately.
Our goal was to find a school where character development was deemed just as important as academic development. We found this with St. Paul. They provide daily examples of the importance of integrity, compassion and respect for others. We see this in our child as we witness how she responds to the actions of others.
This school has an effective approach to homework in that the teachers really communicate with the parents on what the expectations are for homework every week. They get this information in plenty of time to help prepare and review what is expected with your child. The bulk of the communication is done via teacher blogs which are emailed out as well as the school website - parent/teacher accounts.