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Private | 3-12 | 1160 students

 

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Posted December 16, 2013

I am a freshman at Parish this year and this is my second year attending parish. i was looking forward to having a great christian education. Although we do have a daily chapel, Christianity is a minority at parish and almost discouraged. We aren't allowed to have any sort of bible club of anything about christianity because it may "offend other religions" we cant even call the tree in our hallway, a christmas tree, we are forced to call it a "holiday tree." Despite the religion problem, i would say the best part about parish is its academics, MOST of the teachers are great at what they do, but alot of them arent too nice. But you do learn alot. The kids at parish arent all that accepting either. some of them are so nice though. It definately is a competetive crowd. I will not be attending parish next year.


Posted November 6, 2013

Is ok, there are better private schools out there for the amount of money they ask.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 18, 2013

We have had a much different experience from the review below. We went through an extensive process to find the right fit for our kids in the Dallas private school circle. Parish offers the very appropriate high academic environment along with the ability for both my girls to experience some wonderful extracurricular activities, some of which are offered through their EXTEND program. My oldest is in Middle School this year for the first time, and we are very impressed with the honors curriculum to which she is being exposed. In our middle school, we have a steady flow of interested applicants, many of whom are coming to us from our competitors. Our Head of School, Dave Monaco, energizes and motivates both students and parents, and he has brought such creativity and innovation to our programs. I truly believe my kids will be better prepared for the real world with what they are being given at Parish. I am proud to say we are a family who intends to be lifers at Parish!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2013

The quality of the Parish Episcopal School experience has declined markedly in the past 2-3 years. It was at that time that a new Head of School took over and the mission of the school seems to have really changed since then. Our child changed schools in the interim and our family has been very pleased with that change. While there are many great families and kids at Parish, there are glaring problems with the quality of the educational experience and overall quality of student body. Again, there are some TERRIFIC kids at the school... but we found an alarming number of disciplinary problem kids at the lower High School level. At 24,000++, the experience doesn't come close to other Dallas area private schools asking the same fees. Instead of competing at the highest level, the school seems content to serve as a catch all... accepting students regardless of academic or disciplinary deficiencies. In fact, the school seems to pride itself on serving problem students... which only attracts more disciplinary problem kids. There has been a steady exodus from the MS & HS in the past 2-3 years. Those who can get into other private schools begin making the leap starting in middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2013

The quality of the Parish Episcopal School experience has declined markedly in the past 2-3 years. It was at that time that a new Head of School took over and the mission of the school seems to have really changed since then. Our child changed schools in the interim and our family has been very pleased with that change. While there are many great families and kids at Parish, there are glaring problems with the quality of the educational experience and overall quality of student body. Again, there are some TERRIFIC kids at the school... but we found an alarming number of disciplinary problem kids at the lower High School level. At 24,000++, the experience doesn't come close to other Dallas area private schools asking the same fees. Instead of competing at the highest level, the school seems content to serve as a catch all... accepting students regardless of academic or disciplinary deficiencies. In fact, the school seems to pride itself on serving problem students... which only attracts more disciplinary problem kids. There has been a steady exodus from the MS & HS in the past 2-3 years. Those who can get into other private schools begin making the leap starting in middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2013

This school is great! Students are explained the new topics thoroughly and therefore learn a lot! I definitely recommend it to possible future students.


Posted April 1, 2013

Graduated from Parish a few years ago. Really the reason you should attend this school is for the teachers. The vast majority of teachers here are very good at what they do and try their best to give personal attention to each student. A lot of the techniques I use to study in college I learned from assignments I did in high school. Teachers are also so friendly and well-liked that it's very common to see students hanging out in a teacher's office just talking; students and teachers are pretty much one whole community. The school actively tries to foster a diverse and inclusive student body, which I think it does very well. I know at my current university I come from by far the most diverse school out of the vast majority of my friends. People also had a variety of interests in academics, athletics, arts, etc. If I had rated the school when I graduated, I'd give it a 4/5, but thanks to a lot of radical new changes I've heard about, I have to give it a 5/5. I'm seriously jealous of all the new things that current students have access to that I never did.


Posted December 3, 2012

Our children have attended Parish for 10 years. One child graduated in 2011, one is in high school and one is in lower elementary. So we have experienced every division and campus of this school multiple times over many years. We highly, highly recommend Parish. The academics, athletics and arts programs are excellent. And the school and administration are constantly looking for ways to improve and innovate. Of course, no school is perfect. But any issues we have experienced or heard about over the years have been addressed. And isn't that what you want in a school? When our older children were in middle school and we asked if they wanted to consider applying someplace else, they both said absolutely not. And when it came time to apply for our youngest, we looked nowhere else. When he graduates in 2023, we will have had a 20-year relationship with Parish. I think that speaks volumes about the kind of school Parish is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2012

Our child just started this year. She loves going there. The teachers are engaging and dedicated. The faculty are very supportive. The faculty encourage the parents to be involved. The EXTEND program provides an amazing amount of opportunity for the children. The new STEM center is awesome. I have seen a positive change in my daughter since attending this school. The families have been inviting and helpful. The family organized activities helped my daughter adjust to the new school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2012

I have a 6th grader and a junior at Parish. We love this school! Such a nurturing place for our boys! We came from large public Plano schools, where your kids are just a number. The athletic programs are phenomenal! I am so excited that we could give our children the incredible opportunity to attend this top tier school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2012

Just had a '12 graduate and he's been at Parish since 5th grade. Now we have a future Aggie on our hands. He loves his graduating class with friends going from Claremont in California to Columbia in NY. Wonderful experience
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2011

This is our first year at Parish and we have a preK1 and Kindergarten student who both LOVE their school!! Such a nurturing and confidence building school with outstanding teachers! My kids leave for school everyday with a smile and excitement and come home just as happy! We are so grateful to be a part of such an outstanding school and would highly recommend it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2011

LOVE PARISH! Our children started as a Junior and a Freshman and they immediately were welcomed in. Parish has very strong academics and a great athletic program. We now have 2 graduates of Parish, and a freshman and an eighth grader! Things are done with class all around. Graduation is simply beautiful and Friday night football games are awesome for all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2011

This is a top-notch school. The headmaster and all faculty are on the same page -- committed to your child's success. The culture of the school is a healthy one, and the students seem so happy. Our child has been so appreciative of the chance to attend such a great school. In addition, Parish provides a rigorous academic program, and the homework level is appropriate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2010

I have a second grader at Parish, and think that it is a wonderful academic and social environment. We have be so pleased with the teachers, facilities, and overall environment. It is a wonderful place to send your young children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2010

I am a former parent who spent 3 years (1-3 rd grade) at this school. We relocated cities so moved schools. Parish was a very good experience in the lower campus (1st and 2nd) for our son. Appropriate homework, awesome teachers, good feedback and small nurturing environment. 3rd grade at upper campus was disappointing.... Some of it had to do with bad luck but the overall experience was completely underwhelming and had we remained in Dallas we would have considered moving. Issues we dealt with: new teacher hire for 3rd grade was weak and school asked her to leave halfway through. Revolving door of teachers and subs after. Very poor management and communication with parents. Too much homework and a lot of busy work. Math is weak...skips around a lot and nothing is taught to mastery. Too many transitions in the day for a third grader....change classes every 45 mins!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2010

I have decided to withdraw my child from Parish this year; my child has been made to learn some painful and unnecessary lessons. I was impressed initially with the educational reputation but there is more to a child's education than academics. Maybe I'm biased, but I think my child is a wonderful human being. Nonetheless, 5 weeks into the summer there have been no invitations for play dates and that has been painful. I can't tell you how many times I"ve called other parents to set up play dates and been completely rebuffed. Academics have been generally good (but should be great for the money) with mathematics being strong and science being distinctly mediocre. Lags behind in reading.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2010

I still have not made up my mind about this school since we have been at the school only a couple of yrs. Academically - I have not seen anything stellar in elementary school. The kids who are ahead do not have any advanced material to work with. Music and Visual Arts - I think elementary kids get enough exposure. Socially - The elementary teachers are nurturing, some more some less. The parents who volunteer do an awesome job of taking care of all events and activites. However there seems to be a big divide between families from different backgrounds. This impacts the children because they don't get to spend as much time with each other as kids should. The kids are left to find a niche for themselves on their own. In summary if I had a choice I would consider changing schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2010

I'm currently a Senior at Parish and have been here since I was a Sixth Grader. Parish has been an incredible experience you cannot find a more loving yet challeging experience anywhere, especially in Dallas. I have many friends at various other private schools in Dallas, who are always complaining about their schools. I love Parish and would recommend anyone to send their child here!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 5, 2010

Our child is in middle school at Parish and couldn't be happier. The academics are excellent and the teachers have been nurturing, attentive and nothing short of phenomenal. Our child has made great friendships, thoroughly enjoys school and comes home smiling. Parish has been a wonderful experience for all of us. As another poster said, worth every penny!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 83% 31%
Asian or Pacific Islander 7% 4%
Hispanic 4% 51%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Black 2% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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