Our child is about to complete her 9th year at St. George. We feel she has received an excellent education at St. George and will be more than prepared for high school (she will be taking all pre-AP courses next year at our local public HS). They hold high academic standards within a small and loving environment. If you have a bright and motivated child, St. George may be a good choice for you.
I am very sorry to say that this is a below average school. They strive to give the work of a true academic school but it is only a cheap attempt. More so, when you question them, they try and make the parent feel as though it is the parent's fault. During the same time, they try and condition the student to not want to leave (coaxing by using their tactics). Unfortunately, it makes it impossible to leave and your child becomes confused. There are teachers there fighting for true education however- they are loosing the battle. There are families that are favorites and get all the schmoozing-- which is not "Jesus" like. Please- go to Saint Mary's Hall.
As a recently retired Saint George teacher, I would like to take this opportunity to recommend this school to any interested party. I discovered as a former public school teacher, that it was worth the sacrifice on my part to take a significant decrease in salary to work in the private setting. The administration encouraged me to develop age appropriate curriculum which caused me to grow as an educator and also allowed me to experiment with the best practices to bring about growth in my students. Every parent wants the perfect setting for their child. The best thing to remember is that it must be a partnership and it is a long journey through any system. There will be rough spots in any child s educational career. That said, I believe that Saint George can, and will, deliver the Best Bang for your Buck.
This is a terrible school!The Headmaster, who's been here for the last 7 yr or so, doesn't like to listen to anything that does not favor him. The only thing he listens to is money!I approached him about a bullying situation and offered my suggestion and solutions (with proven track records) and he said,"We don't have a bullying problem."This is a very cliquish and money rules environment.Since we have been there our tuition has increased to double of what it was when we started my second child and it all to surround him with people to do his job.He now has about 3 people that do all work load that in the past old headmasters could do all alone.When we started here we had wonderful, caring, hard-working teachers.Now it is filled with ex-public school teachers that are only there to bulk-up their retirement funds and offer now a non challenging curriculum.These teachers were all hired by the lower school director because they were her friends when she worked in public school.I challenge all to research on all the directors and headmaster credentials.Their credentialsdon't support the job titles.I hold hope that these people will leave and others will rebuild it to its former glory.
My son has been at this school for 3 years. This school is nothing remotely close to what they portray themselves to be. The school does not do anything to bring out the best in students. In fact they likely do the exact opposite for half of the students. Their goal is to sort through the students and find those that excel naturally. Very little is done to teach children how to be successful. Students that naturally succeed in school will find this environment to be accommodating to their gift. If your child requires any kind of attention, guidance or discipline, this school will do nothing but damage your child. In my opinion this is due to the teachers that they hire. At $10,000 per year for elementary school, you'd think they would hire the best teachers they can find. With a little inspection, you will find that the school is filled with nepotism. My wife and I went through a divorce this year and my son certainly suffered from that. The school has done nothing but increase the pressure on him and add to his challenges. While not entirely their fault they have essentially robbed him of his confidence. I have been to 15+ conferences in less than 3 years. Most, I requested.
Wish there were more stars available to rate with! This school is phenomenal for my Junior Kinder child. They have gone over and beyond what I would ever expect from any preschool program. They provide one-on-one attention, an outstanding and nurturing faculty, a great curriculum that keeps the child's needs first and so many options for learning. Keep up the outstanding work!
I attended St. George from 1st to 8th grade and am about to start college. Currently, I have 2 younger cousins in elementary school and middle school there, respectively. To be honest, I so immensely enjoyed my years at St. George. Not only did I make life-long friends, but I believe I owe a lot of my academic foundation (and discipline) to the amazing teachers. Since starting high school, I have continued to go back annually and visit those that have remained. All I can say is that, if you want a well-rounded, intelligent, and socially well-adjusted child, St. George will be a conducive environment. My only complaint: the absence of a St. George high school!!
I have 2 children attending SGES & we're very pleased with all aspects of the school. I have not experienced or heard of other parents complain of the negative issues stated in previous comments. I hope families who are considering SGES will not judge the school negatively BEFORE touring the school and talking with the staff and parents of students who attend. My opinion is that there is no "perfect" school. There's issues that arrise with any child during these developing years. I can't imagine a more positive and safe environment for my children to grow and learn. Attending chapel in the morning and the sacred studies incorporated in the curriculum sets this school apart. I am confused as to why a previous posts complained of this school running itself like a business and leadership pandering to families for financial contribution. Show me any private school that can operate without doing that. SGES prides itself on the large amount of financial aid it has set aside for qualifying families. Oh,let me add,there are some cliques (gasp!) and i've occassionally seen an unsmiling student at SGES. Call me weird, but I'm glad my kids are learning about the real world and how to cope.
I have been very pleased with St. George. We chose it over Keystone for our extremely gifted child. Its teachers and administrators are excellent. The demands are high, but the students are nurtured well. It is an accelerated school, so I wouldn't consider it if your child is a weak student. A friend taught honors English at a public high school, and she told me that the students that come from St. George are at the top of the class.
this school is terrible. Do not waste your money. Rob Devlin is a pain in the you know where. It is a terrible school in every way possible. The teachers are horrible, the foundation is horrible and the sports are terrible as well.
This school does not cut out to what it claims to be... they say its a family happy environment well when my child comes home saying to me that the teacher is mean i dont think it is... Sincerely Disappointed.
The lower school does a good job and there are some terrific teachers. The middle school however is another story. I have a child in middle school and I would strongly recommend not attending their middle school. What I have finally come to realize is that the primary goal of St George is not to educate but to succeed as a business. Educating your child is just a secondary goal. As such, the problems you see in any business whose only goal is to make money you will see at St. George even if it's at the expense of the child.
The best attribute of St. George is the inviting and friendly faculty and families. It is a comfortable place for children to really excel in their academics. The small class size is also another attribute of St. George that helps the children to excel. There are too many reasons to name but they have a strong academic program, the proportion of students to teacher is adequate for a well rounded learning experience, and most of all the feeling of being part of a family not just a school.
I really like St. George for my child. This is his first year and is in Jrk so I haven't personally experienced much. What I like about the school is the 'family' feel of the school. The fact that parent involvement is strongly advocated. The school is a very nice place for a young child. However, I have heard that the homework is ridiculous. They overwhelm the children with homework. I do feel that building a strong work ethic and receiving adequate education is very important, but there is a limit. I think that in some way when administration takes this approach you start to wonder is they are trying to compensate for an area lacking in the classroom. Another thing I was extremely disappointed with is the lunch program. It is a pitiful and disgusting menu and expensive.
St. George is an excellent school with tuition rates that are about half of those at comparable private schools in town. The curriculum is heavy on language arts (especially grammar under the Shurley Method). Because of its small size and high retention level, there is very much a family atmosphere.
The school definately has it's cliques. If your kid doesn't fit in, they never will. I am disappointed with the administration lack of response on this issue. They don't seem to see it, yet my daughter cries after school on most days. She didn't start her education at St George, this is her second year here and it has not started any better than last year. It's painful to watch as a parent, but I worry public school would be worse. Academically, I'd say it's average. The campus is in a nice location, but that doesn't educate the children or inspire the staff to address some issues that really need attention.
I took my children out of public school because they education they were getting was limited to the standards of the academics of the lower end. We were very impressed with Saint George in which not only they get an excellent accelarated educational curriculum, the children and challanged to their potential, but also and most importantly they treat our children like part of the family and not so impersonal like public school. The tuition is fair, the staff is very friendly and competent. Highly recommended
St. George is a wonderful school and getting better! My son has been attending school at St. George since Kinder and he is in 3rd grade. Positive and upbeat the whole atmosphere is just wonderful. The spirituality there is unbelievable.
This school is overrated and panders to parents who have lots of money. The teachers and administrators are marginal, unethical, and very unprofessional. This school represents itself as a Christian School, however it is very hyprocritical of what its mission statement tates.
When I attended this school, several years ago now, there was not a better institution for lower education in the city. I worked hard for 8 years and came out ahead of of every state requirement by at least 2 years. I hope it is still as wonderful an institution as it was.
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