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Grace Community School - Upper Campus

Private | 6-12 | 565 students

Our school is best known for "teaching Jesus" throughout the curriculum.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $112,700. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $770.

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2013:
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Posted October 8, 2014

Lots of bullying going on in the high school. Ms Schaeffer (the principal) doesn't seem to care. My child had attended Grace since K-4 and since nothing was done by the principal, we had to leave the school my daughters junior year. Many other kids had to leave as well because of bullying & the bullies get to stay. Not the kind of Christian school that I want my kids to attend anymore. Very disappointed in Jay Ferguson (the headmaster) and the principal. Very poor leadership and definitely not Christ like leadership behavior.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2014

Lots of bullying going on in the high school. Principal doesn't care. The good kids end up leaving and the bad ones stay. My daughter attended since k-4 thru 11th grade. Had to change schools because principal & headmaster wouldn't do anything about it. Very disappointed in GCS. It does not teach biblical values.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2014

Grace is the top private school in our area. I have had 2 children graduate and 1 in high school. My children were very prepared for college and found it easy compared to other students. Grace offers a great range of sports, fine arts, and academia. They excell in every area. It is obvious that the teachers love good and their students. It has exceeded our expectations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2014

My child has attended Grace for many years. We had an excellent experience until we got to High School. The teachers are great but favoritism is definitely given to the children whose families have money or are involved in the church that is associated with the school. When favoritism is questioned, excuses are made and swept under the rug. The headmaster never apologizes for anything. It's sad but sports have come to be the most important part of the school. Not fairness & Christian values.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2014

Be extremely cautious if you are considering this school. Even though they may "teach" biblical principles, their leadership is far from what one might expect to find. They tend to be very judgmental. Consumer beware.


Posted January 10, 2014

The teachers are below standard for a private school due that none of them need a masters like at Brook Hill. The building is very unstable. All the money is dumped into sports so if you like sports and you don't want your kid to learn anything this is your school. They try to charge you $500 a parking space so your child doesn't have to walk 1/4 a mile to the school and almost get ran over. They auction $5,000 parking spaces for front row parking at football games that you can park in anyway. Really it's a money hungry school that is the rich vs. poor.


Posted December 26, 2013

We love the staff at Grace Community School. No question this is the best opportunity for education and a family based approach to prepare a student for the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2013

I attended Grace from pre-K until I graduated high school. I felt like I received a very high quality education that prepared me excellently for college, but more importantly I was poured into immensely by nearly every one of my teachers. The teachers genuinely care for their students and want them to learn well while fostering spiritual growth. I was also very involved in both athletics and fine arts, which helped me become a very well rounded individual. I hope to one day have my own kids attend GCS!


Posted August 31, 2013

We absolutely love GCS. We have three children and have experienced elementary, jr. high and high school. The academics are second to none. The fine arts and athletics programs are state award winning. Above all is the dedicated staff. They are constantly instilling Christian values, a love of scripture and a desire for students to further their love of Christ and their relationship with Him. We have seen or children challenged in their academics and encouraged and loved by the amazing staff. We've had experiences with other schools and while they were not altogether negative we will never place our children in another school. GCS is where we will stay.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2012

My family has spent 16 years at Grace Community School. I have had three children start K4 through 12th grade. Grace is an excellent school. The teachers at all grade levels are excellent. The fine arts program is one of the best in the state. Athletic programs in the upper schools are excellent. If you were to ask anyone in the area you would find that the coaching staff in the football program is probably as good as you will get at any football program. Coach Maddox is without a doubt a man of incredible character. He is a great Christian man and he teaches and coaches by those principles. Academics are taught from a Biblical perspective and integrated into the course work. Grace is a very comfortable and encouraging environment. One caveat here, if you are not willing to be involved with the school or with your child's education, don't attend Grace. Parents are encouraged and needed at this school. Almost all parents are involved and participate to some degree. It is not overkill but parents here do know what is going on with their children, know most parents and most students. There is a program for every child at Grace. The student body is large enough to hae a lot of fun.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2008

As an educator at the college level, I see students in my classes everyday who are lacking in the basic skills needed for university work. Grace students are very well prepared for the next step. I have two children who have attended Grace since they were old enough to go to school. They are now in high school. So, I've seen Grace build its academic and extracurricular programs for the past several years. I'm very pleased with the results I see in my kids and in their peers. Also, the academic, athletic, music and arts recognition earned by its students is evidence of the strengths of Grace's programs. Here's the bottom line: if you want your child to get a solid education with a variety of choices in extracurricular activities and a Christian worldview, Grace is your best choice in Tyler.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2008

I believe this school shows a poor quality in all aspects of education. I had children that went there and from experience, I would never recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2006

Grace Community School is a wonderful choice. The teachers take extra interest to work with the student to make sure he/she succeeds. Excellent curriculum, wonderful teachers and an intentional Biblical integration all worked together to make the choice of private Christian education at Grace the right one for my three children. My youngest graduated in 2006, and my other 2 in '05 and '04. They were well equipped to continue on to college and meet the challenges of higher education as well as college life. I am sold on this school as a parent and love the ministry.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2006

I attended this school from k5 - 12th grade. I really enjoyed my time there and I must say that it prepared me quite well for College. It's a great school and well worth the money.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 2, 2005

Academic Programs are great Wide variety of Exracurricual activities Parents are reasonable involved.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 7, 2004

I'm not a parent, but a former student. I believe Grace provided me with an excellent education and a great beginning to further my education. I am about to graduate from college and feel I have come this far in part because of my earlier education. I thank the school and faculty for all the impacts they have had in my life.
—Submitted by a former student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 93% 31%
Hispanic 3% 51%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Black 2% 13%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 9% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 90% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 1% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Texas A&M
University of Texas
Dallas Baptist University
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Technical design and production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
School Leader's name
  • Jay Ferguson
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • ACSI
Fax number
  • (903) 566-1156

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Direct instruction
  • Honors track
  • iPad
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Humanities
  • Religious
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Technical design and production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Community service
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Drill team
  • Drum line
  • Flag girls
  • Mock trial competition club
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • All subjects are taught from a biblical, Christian worldview, and every opportunity, in and out of the classroom, is used to build godly character. Authentic biblical integration is the hallmark of our curriculum as we seek to unify an uncompromised core of knowledge, a thoroughly biblical worldview, the opportunity to discover individual gifts and talents, the practice of moral and social responsibility, and a transcendent purpose. The goal of the curriculum is to equip students to intentionall
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$8000 - $9000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Texas A&M
University of Texas
Dallas Baptist University
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 9%
4 year college - 90%
Military - 1%
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3001 University Boulevard
Tyler, TX 75701
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Phone: (903) 566-5678

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