We are at the middle school, which is at the same location. My daughter was previously in public school where she was harassed and bullied, mostly because she didn't have the social sophistication to avoid being a target. She had a lot of friends there though and did not want to move. Put her in Providence and she was not excited about it (hated the uniform).
Now after one semester I've asked her where she wants to go next year ... she says Providence. It took a month or two to adjust with a hiccup here and there. She loves the teachers, has made a lot of good friends. Kids come from all over the city to go to this school, so I was concerned that friendships would be tougher to develop as there are driving considerations in getting to and from houses, but the community was very welcoming, great group of parents.
Dealt with the administration there over one issue in the beginning. Thought they were professional, caring, and fair. My daughter is forming great memories there, safe environment, welcoming environment even those who could be described as a little bit "free thinking".
Academically some of the homework load has been equivalent to perhaps G/T in public schools or at least Pre-AP.
There has been slight turnover of teachers mid year, not sure if it's perhaps because of finding better pay elsewhere, which was a little worrisome. But all in all, I have been very very pleased with this school.
If I could have one wish, wish they had an after school arts program. There are at least 2 art places with programs for kids near by, wish they could coordinate and get them to come on campus on do some extra curricular arts or music.
I never thought too much about it being an all girl school, but in retrospect that has been really neat for her. There is a lot of negative interactions that happen in public school, just because they are mixed environments. She has never been happy with that part of the school, but I can tell you she is much more relaxed than she was at a co-ed public school. I recommend this school.
Lastly, the lunches there are first rate. My daughter loves them.
Sometimes I think there is too much homework. But overall, seems to be the right amount. The midterms reviews were quite challenging and that surprised me. I went through those with her and I thought what they were being asked was challenging. However, I was impressed that she was able to fill out most of it without referring to her book and she scored well on the tests, so it's apparent that they in fact instilled all that knowledge into her, which was impressive.
We have been very happy with this school. The classes have been challenging as our daughter was used to making As without much effort in public school. The teachers here are caring and our daughter has made good friends. The school offers lots of opportunities to be involved for everyone.
While looking for middle schools for my girl, we wanted a school that would nurture our daughter intellectually, socially, in a faith based environment, and develop her into a woman who had self confidence and prepare her well for college. It is great that Providence goes from middle school to high school so a child can gather "momentum" in her development. We find Providence to emphasize academics, nurture the young women with individual attention, and foster a family atmosphere. My daughter has always done well academically but has found a school where she truly feels like she belongs, made many friends, has no bullying, where she can concentrate on academics and feel nurtured in a critical time of her development. We feel Providence provides an outstanding education, has small class sizes, places graduates into excellent colleges, and has an extremely responsive administration from the Principal on down (they constantly look at how to improve with feedback from parents). They compete quite well compared to schools with 3 times their tuition. I would give this school 10 stars if I could and find the tuition we pay quite a bargain given the education my daughter receives.
My daughter was not a lover of school .. we became accustomed to daily battles about 'mean' teachers, 'mean' students, indifferent administrators. We chose Providence based on a friends' recommendation and crossed our fingers hoping that things would be better for her. WE ARE SO PLEASED! She looks forward to school each day, stays late to hang out in the library or for tutoring. She has many friends, and is planning to try out for a sports team. In short Providence changed my daughter's attitude completely. We are very, very pleased with her attitude and motivation. We are very pleased about the academic atmosphere fostered at the school. In short all the elements we wanted for her, academics, athletics, ethics, friendship, respect are available to her.
After plodging through a mediocre parochial grade school, my daughter is excelling in Providence High School. She is excited to have so many unique and genuine friends, challenged by the academic regimen, and enthralled by the variety of artistic electives. I am astonished to see how well she has developed in one year, spiritually, scholastically, and socially. She absolutely hates to miss school for any reason since becoming Providence student.
As a former student and alumnae of this institution, I can firmly attest that the education and values that I had received from Providence High School was highly beneficial to my future. I graduated almost ten years ago, and in those ten years I look back and am sincerely grateful to Sisters of Divine Providence for preparing me for my Undergraduate and Graduate work. I will say that even when I was in high school there were bullies that loved to terrorize girls who were different from the rest of the pack. Our graduating class had a major problem with this issue. In short, Providence will prepare your daughter for college, but she will have to develop tough skin in order to survive through graduation.
We have a middle schooler at Providence and moving her to this school was the best decision we have made. She has gained confidence, made some really good friends and has had the opportunity to participate in sports and many different school clubs. The teachers are tough but they do provide the tools to succeed in their classes, the students just need to take advantage of the extra tutoring or after school workshops. We look forward to the new school year!