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St George Episcopal School4
Posted October 25, 2014
- a parent
Before choosing St George, we read through all of these reviews hoping to glean some useful information about academics (without finding anything of substance). So in the interest of aiding future parents... St George is a wonderful value and offers a good education--more robust than public schools, but less rigorous than some of its (more expensive) peers. The curriculum is less ambitious than it could be. Math and reading follow a typical track, and there is little incentive for creativity or "out of the box" thinking. There are lots of worksheets. But the academics are solid, and the students are polite and well-spoken. The teachers are invested in the kids and the atmosphere is supportive. We moved one of our kids to a different private school in search of a more challenging curriculum (we found it, but are paying for it). We have kept another child at the school for several years simply because it's a nice place to be. Private school politics and cliques exist, but they're not as pervasive at SGES as they are at some of its peer institutions.
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.