Saint Gertrude is really not what I thought it was going to be.. I attend the school as a sophomore and it is my first year there. I'm really disappointed in the school because there is way too much drama for high school, more than a usual high school. Not only this, but many of the teachers don't add up to how much money the school costs. I believe that the school just doesn't fit me well, because I do have some friends who really enjoy the school. On the other hand, I have friends who are wanting to transfer out like me.. I think the main idea is that before you choose this school, you visit and shadow the girls and make sure this is the type of school you want. I believe it's better to go to if you're catholic for sure too. Lastly, you have to be extremely diligent in your academics and spend many hours on homework.. and play sports or act. It's a lot to take on if you don't really love it.
I love Saint Gertrude. I would never want to be anywhere else. The whole school stresses community. Fellow students, teachers, staff... they all know everyone. I would have never guessed that some of my best friends as a freshman would be seniors. It is a fantastic school and a great place for anyone to be.
Saint Gertrude is the best decision my parents made for me. Although it was a bit of a financial stretch for my family, it was worth every penny. I went on to receive undergraduate and graduate degrees from UVa and found my first year of college easy. The staff is caring, demanding, highly competent, and accessible. They push students to achieve in academics, athletics, social and leadership skills, spirituality, and civic responsibility. The school has a mission to diversity socially, religiously, and ethnically. Its location in the museum district makes it accessible to students from all over the area. They particularly excel with students who otherwise would fall through the cracks in a larger public school setting. Not only do the teachers look after the students, but the girls look after each other and remain lifelong friends. Saint Gertrude will push your daughter to her limits but she will thank you.
My experience with the teachers and staff has been very positive. They are committed to teaching excellance. They have high expectations of the girls and get to know their strengths and weaknesses on a personal level and then encourage them. I find my daughter doing better, trying harder, and learning study habits and techniques that can translate into everyday skills. Without the daily distraction of boys the girls seem more serious about their academics and their importance, but socialize with the neighboring boys schools so it is a great balance.
Saint Gertrude provides an excellent environment for the nuture of intelligent, independent and caring young women. School activities provide each student with a sense of history and belonging. Studnet population is currently about 50% non-Catholic making the school a great choice for both Catholic and non-Catholic studnets.
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