May 20, 2015
WARNING to parents serious about a high school student's education or emotional state. We homeschooled our two daughters prior to entry at this school. Our two other children both attend Ivy League universities, so we are very serious about education. The girls began school here for socialization, & expected the academics would be better than those in a public school. We were mistaken. Academics are sub-par. Our girls attended for a short time before we decided it wasn't worth it, during which, among other things, they helped teach other students in class, answered teachers' questions regarding why answer books gave certain answers, & were asked to not read larger books because it upset the other students not reading at the same level. No one was well-read. One English teacher did not even recognize the name of Dostoevsky! The Spanish teacher couldn't speak Spanish. I wish I'd tried to find out how they choose teachers.
Christian community? Not here. Several kids were caught using the grounds for unacceptable activities. Bible class often consists of a teacher claiming their un-studied interpretation is the only correct understanding of God's Word. Additionally, as other posts note, the students, at least in high school grades, are very nasty, mean, and rude, especially to new students, but also to one another and even to adults outside of class -- not prime examples of Christianity. Bullying is out of control in the class, & when approached for help the teachers refuse. The principal & head of school claim this is not normal behavior here, but it is. We informed them we were approached by several different parents whose students were also bullied, some in past years, others still experiencing it. We also told them that we knew a few students had come forth and admitted to participating in the bullying, & that our older daughter had received a text from one of the students who was complicit in bullying. (It was after reading that text that my husband & I realized what our daughter had suffered through each day. She met each day with prayer & hope, only to be thrust into a situation, with teachers watching, where the whole grade level participated in a concerted effort to bully her. It was grotesque.)
Almost out of space: If you care about your child, BEWARE. This is NOT a school where others matter, Christ is represented, or academics are important.
- submitted by a parent