This school is a wonderful outlet for the independent students on the high school level and for the need to be socialized students on the elementary level. The teachers truly care about my children. I know that they do their best and it's evident in my children's growth spiritually and academically. This is a great school for the mom that doesn't fit the bill to home school anymore, or the mom and dad who just want to have their child attend a safe, academically charged school.
This is a university modeled school. The student and parents have work on the at home satellite days. The teachers work hard and most are certified teachers. This model isn't for the weary...it is a Preparatory School. you will work to earn your grades, but the model leaves room for more family time, appointments and parents' control over their child's education.
Though GPS is small, learning abilities vary & the teachers balance this well. Class sizes are small &the teachers cover material in a quicker time than public school. The 2 school days are used for teaching. The 3 home days are mainly reenforcement work from school days. Depending on your child's understanding of the subject material, home day hrs will vary! Communication w- teachers & organization is a must for parents, esp. if you have more than 1 child. *Gifted/high achieving- Public schools w- high class sizes are unable to differentiate due to lack of time &funds. @GPS, teachers can work with your child's ability & set challenges. Bonus-you have time for home differentiation! Our home day work avg was about 2-4 hrs. Some days were longer due to experiments, discussions, or because they were being lazy! *Slower learner/high energy child- Your job as a co-teacher will be different. Your avg. day may be 4-6 hrs due to breaks or the need to be retaught lessons. Teachers at GPS are there to help & do whatever it takes to see your child succeed. Try to remember, all students & parents have good days &bad days, but at GPS the teachers & admin do their best to help each child!
However, the school places a lot of work on the parents. If you were used to school lasting 3-4 hours, or looking to lighten your load as a home school mom, BE FOREWARNED. Since the very beginning we have school on SATURDAYS because I just can't think any more on Fridays. Many assignments take twice as much time as predicted (4 1/2 7+ hourse). Think about this when you have multiple students and in both schools (MWF and TTH). Our teacher was good but inflexible. On SNOW DAYS they email you ALL the work to be done. I think I will simply order books from Bob Jones University Press and go through the books page by page next year. Except for the projects, I can "march through the books" as they do.These are the positives: children enjoy being at school and learn to work somewhat independently most of the time.
Grace Prep is beginning it's 10th year and has improved every year. The faculty is professional and high quality. The administration is committed to the spiritual and academic growth of all students and faculty.
Grace is the place to be! I attended Grace for several years and it really prepared me for a rigorous schedule after I left Grace. The teachers were extremely helpful and available on our satellite (home) days if we had questions or needed assistance. I loved the small class size and "family" atmosphere, where we could worship God freely.
This school is not what it appears to be. I would be careful about going here!
We just completed our first year at Grace Prep. We love the University Model of schooling and are impressed at how much our children have grown this year academically, socially and spiritually.
Our family has been blessed by Grace! Our oldest is in her second year, and she has blossomed in many ways. Academically it is challenging, but the teachers work hard to assist students if they are struggling. Because of the small class sizes, the teachers are able to have more personal interaction with each student. Socially, she has been able to form friendships with many different ages of students. She has also been able to participate in leadership positions that would not have been available to her in a larger school. Spiritually, she has been challenged in her faith, and that has caused growth to occcur. Our family looks forward to the years ahead!
There are good and bad things about Grace Prep. The school feels like a neighborhood co-op. You pay a high tuition fee because it's a private school, but then throughout the year, there are numerous "surprise" fees for supplies, snacks, parties, activities, luncheons, volunteer hours...the list is endless. You get about 5 emails daily for information or solicitation of time/money/food. The teacher is ill prepared. Every single day there is a problem with the homework-she sends a kid home with another kid's homework folder, or references material she hasn't sent home, or assigns work in a book she does not send home. Her emails are rarely without typos. Shouldn't a teacher be able to spell correctly, or at least use spell check? The administration is also disorganized. Multiple people will email parents about the same subject and contradict each other. Or, they will neglect to send parents pertinent information regarding school activities, leaving parents in the dark until the parent has to contact the school for clarification. It's a real mickey mouse operation in the front office. The school does feel warm and caring. You just have to choose what's more important.
I had 2 children in this school in 2008 and Fall of 2009. I had to pull them out because we could not keep up with the homeschooling component while we had a new baby and a toddler in the home. I will say that the curriculum used for most of the subjects primarily Language were the best I've seen anywhere else. I would send my children back to the school if we get the opportunity to do so. There is room for growth and some change however the foundation and over all vision for accademic excellence with spiritual growth remains strong.
As a rising senior at a Virginia university who is on the Dean's List, I feel that Grace Prep prepared me well for my time at college. The homework load is similar to a college work load, the teachers are professional and helpful, and the staff is friendly and informative. I feel my education was well-rounded with solid biblical foundation. I fully support Grace Prep and encouage their growth. -A Grace Prep graduate
The teachers are credentialed in their subject area which helps to assure me as a parent that every effort at quality education is happening. The children's standardized test scores positively reflected this expectation. From the faculty/staff side of things I can assure you that the child's heart is the number one concern. Never, I repeat, never, does keeping the doors of Grace open take precedence over a child's heart. I truly feel that my children have gotten the "best of both worlds" - knowledgeable teachers who truly care about my child(ren) along with "traditional home education" via parental involvement. The school accurately reflects its name: Grace - biblical integration with all classes, mid-week chapel, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and more. Preparatory - none of the three that have graduated had any difficulty doing college level work and the required biblical worldview class helped prepare them for the "real" world. Reviews are limited. At some point you need to check it out for yourself. I know you will find a warm welcome and the desire to serve you in your educational goals.
The school did NOT fail to get accredited, it is currently in the accreditation process. I have three children who attend this school and we love the model. As parents, we are actively involved in the learning process. My children have thrived academically, socially, and spiritually. I would recommend this university-model school to any family who wants a Christian environment that is academically challenging.
This school failed to get accredited, so I took my child out. When I asked why accrediation failed, I did not get any answers.
GPS is an awesome school! I've been a student here for three years, and I've had great teachers and wonderful Christian people around me. I like the model, and I really enjoy the Christian fellowship with other students and the teachers.
My children have been attending Grace Prep for four years. We enjoy the unique model of educa Grace tion and feel our children are being extremely well-prepared for college. As a newer school, continues to build and improve. Our children are thriving academically, and we are thankful for extra family time to impart our values and enjoy time together. The teachers and administration are very professional, committed, and available. We love Grace Prep!
Grace Prep is a school where the teachers and parents both participate in the students education. I had taught in the public schools for many years and I think the education at Grace is good and the attention to the students is far better. It is a great school.
We love Grace Preparatory School!! My daughter has been going to Grace for three years now, and she has thrived! The teachers and administration are very loving, dedicated and hard working. The employees are very kind and well-qualified (most are former public school teachers). It is truly a collaborative environment where the parent gets to take an active role in their child's education. But if I had to pick my very favorite thing about Grace, it would be the students. I have never seen such a group of well-behaved, respectful and kind students. I now believe in the power of positive peer pressure! We try to keep Grace a secret because it's just great the way it is, but it's growing. While the school continues to get better, offer more programs and formalize procedures, I hope it can maintain it's small-school, community feel as it grows.
I have been a parent of two students at GPS for the past four years. This school is very young and each year I see marked improvement in the leadership, curricula and faculty. The teachers seriously go out of their way to help every student become a life long learner. I drive a distance of over 40 miles to put my children in this school because there isnt another school that offers my children a well rounded, high performing yet personalized education the way the faculty and staff at GPS do. A point to remember in choosing this school is that it is a University Model School and there is a "homeschool-like" component to the school. There has to be significant commitment from the parents in order for each child to succeed in this model of school.
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