From an insider, this school has really gone down the tubes. The new administrator, Bebe Carpenter, has replaced Memorial's superior Abeka system with common core and fired all the dissenting teachers. Teachers with high Terranova scores were let go because they voiced reservations about common core, and ones with low scores were retained simply because they "fell in line". The end result is severely lowered standards. Parents are being duped, as they are paying for the equivalent of public education (or worse) that they could be getting for free.
Although there are several teachers trying their best, the atmosphere in the school is no longer what one would expect of a Christian education. Bullying is rampant, there is no discipline in the classroom, teachers have little authority and are not backed by the new administration. The problem for the last 3 years has been bad, unethical leadership, and many parents have jumped ship. Stay well away.
Both teacher and staff are just an amazing group of people. Being an educator myself, I am constantly looking for schools with the best learning environments both in and outside the classroom as well as superior state testing scores.
As soon as you step in the door you feel the warmth and how each teacher seems eager to help each student reach their maximum potential.
There is a lack of consistency in discipline. There is a strongly worded policy that details expected behaviors for students, staff, and parents. However, it is not enforced for all. If a student is popular or friends with staff, they get a pass. This creates a hostile learning environment for the kids they choose as targets for bullying. Additionally, some (not all) staff members lack professionalism and integrity when dealing with students and their parents. The unwritten motto is, "if a parent questions something or voices a concern, attack the parent. Never admit you were wrong or address the issue." If the child is voicing concern, tell them to grow a spine and stop whining. Then continue to ignore the problem.
Had a great curriculum. Some really good teachers, who truly cared about the students. However, the unchecked bullying that is allowed creates a hostile learning environment for many. Parental involvement is encouraged, only if they deem you worthy. Some staff members will bully, lie, attack and avoid the parent, if ever questioned about issues in their classroom, and/or curriculum issues.
The school has a new administrator who has already made changes to the curriculum to bring it in line with the public schools and has fired all but one of the elementary teachers. What is stated on the website as curriculum used, will not be true of the upcoming year(s). None of this was revealed to the parents at the end of the prior school year. For a school that professes Christian values, there is much ungodly behavior taking place.
Many kids are leaving for other schools. Ask yourself why...
The administrator is not a good man. He took over a few years ago and while the school did become accredited it's due to the dedication of many not just him. He is an ungodly man and he is disliked by staff and students alike.