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Saint George's School5
Posted January 27, 2015
- a parent
I have 2 kids (an 8th and a 9th grader) that have been at SGS for 3 years. My youngest loves school & has always gotten good grades. It wasn't "cool" to get good grades at her previous school so she LOVES this environment! Initially she was nervous about the days where they do activities like kayaking, canoeing, snowshoeing, skiing etc. But not only did she end up enjoying those things, she has become much more confident. My oldest was academically slipping through the cracks of public schools. At St George's the teachers truly want him to succeed and hold him accountable. I have 2 older kids that graduated from Mead HS as Valedictorians. I'm not slamming the public school system; Mead is a good school. But neither of them did very well on their SAT's...maybe they didn't learn as much as I thought they did. The students at SGS are very accepting of kids that are different. I thought they might be a little snobby, but its quite the opposite. Finally, we're a regular family, not a country club family. We just decided that St George's is a good investment in our kids.
When looking for kindergarten placement for my son 8 years ago, I knew I wanted for a small school that would allow him to thrive throughout his school years. I visited and interviewed at several other schools knowing that although Saint George s had always been my first choice, the cost of tuition was daunting. After applying to the school, I realized that Saint George s is excellent in terms of offering financial aid and in doing so, provides a wide variety of students in different socio-economic backgrounds that I am not aware of in any other Spokane school. No other school in the area has anything to compare in terms of education, extracurricular activities, and a beautiful campus that is integrated into the curriculum. My son started in kindergarten and his sister soon followed him. The small classroom sizes allow my children s teachers to know their strengths and weaknesses and they have consistently worked with my children to bring out their best. The school size and involvement of the administrators make this a community for the entire family. I cannot imagine a better environment for students (as well as their families) to grow and develop during the critical K-12 years.
My child was relentlessly bullied by parents and children at this school. If you come from money and have the classic country club family structure you will probably thrive here. Acceptance is unfortunately not a value that is taught at this school. My child heard mentions of racism, homophobia, sexism, and blatant intolerance. The jokes some of the privileged children here will make are at the dispense of those who are suffering. And there is a drug problem here. The headmaster shows hypocrisy when dealing with this problem of alcohol and other drugs. He will chats or certain students meanwhile the ones that come from prominent families will be turned a shoulder from. This experience was overall very bad for my child. That being said there are some good teachers here who will write your children great teacher recommendations for college and the campus is just as beautiful as a private university.
We moved from another state with far more advanced schools than the Spokane area has to offer. Our children were so bored in public school that after a year we switched them both to SGS. Now they LOVE going to school and everyday come home sharing everything they learned that day. So far we are very pleased with the school.
Saint George s has an excellent kindergarten teacher who has taught at the school for nearly a decade. Her classroom is an energetic, fun learning environment that prepares students for success in later grades. As for the review below, based on the date, it was likely posted by the parent of a student who was recently dismissed due to ongoing behavior problems. You can read the other reviews below for a more balanced perspective on the school s teachers.
This school is terrific. I just came here this year, and my family got financial aid from them. It is true there are many opportunities and extracurricular activities here. In the middle school there is outdoor club(climbing, kayaking and general outdoors activities) and robotics club and many sports too. The PE is really fun and all the teachers give you the grade that you deserve and explain how to fix it if you did a bad job. Also, if you're competitive, you will like this school because there are many opportunities to compete with your classmates. The only problem with this school is the amount of homework. Without after school activities it would be fine but I'm a perfectionist when it comes to things that are interesting to me, which nearly all of the subjects are. This is good but also a problem because when i want to learn more, I can't because there is always more to do. On average i have about 3.5 hours of free time including dinner. This school has done wonders for my academics though. My rate of learning is growing exponentially and i quickly rose in the academic hierarchy. But if you're child is coming here from a public school they need to be ready for a HUGE change
We love Saint George's School for our 5 year old daughter. She went to kindergarten for the first 6 months at a public school and we noticed she was behind in almost every category. Upon placing her at Saint George she has grown remarkably in just the few months she has been there. We love Ms. Kathy and the parents are involved and committed to helping the students grow. The price tag is definitely worth it. You will not regret your decision.
After 15 years and two graduates of Saint George's School I feel I am qualified to give Saint George's an A+ rating. Both of our children were accepted at all the colleges they applied to but more importantly once they got there they were both WELL prepared for college and are excelling above and beyond their peers. Saint George's is a close knit community where your child is more than just a number! The curriculum is individually-challenging and strongly encourages "critical thinking", something that can not be achieved in the largely overpopulated classrooms of the public schools. Add caring teachers, extremely involved parents and a gorgeous environment to the mix and what you end up with are well educated kids ready to tackle the world and all it has to offer. No school is perfect but I strongly recommend St. George's to anyone in the Spokane area wanting more for their child.
I have attended 6th, 7th, and 8th grade at this school as a student, and the difference between it and the public school I attended in my grade-school years is astounding. Not only am I happy to finally be able to work at my own level, but Saint Georges offers a variety of opportunities not normally given at schools. I am able to experience teachers that care, have fun learning, and participate in a variety extra-curricular activities. Also, most of the students are well-mannered, respective, and very acceptant. I love Saint George's for its challenges in academics, sports, and personal growth. Students are pushed to work hard, at a level at which they are rapidly learning, but are not under or over-worked. It's an excellent colllege preporatory school and I am proud for having attended it even just for a couple years.