Houston >St Stephens Episcopal School
Best High School I could have asked for. As an Alum of Saint Stephen's, I can confidently say that I received an incredible education here. I loved high school, it was a total blast. Being that it is a Montessori school (or as Montessori as a high school can be), it pushes it's students to be proactive and responsible for their own education. The system is also incredibly beneficial for personal growth and achieving self-actualization. The teachers and staff are incredibly patient and supportive, but are not afraid to offer helpful advice and push their students to excel. I found my curriculum to be incredibly rigorous and hands on, and by the time I graduated I felt totally prepared for college, as well as the real world.
Orientation and Primary Levels are FANTASTIC!.
I love this school! We have now been at SS for a year and a half and are very pleased with the results. I have two children who have absolutely flourished under the direction of both Primary and Orientation classes. The head of the 18 month - 3 year old class, Lou has treated my child as her own, she is amazingly nurturing. At 2 years old he knew the entire alphabet and could count to 20. Yesterday I asked him what 2+4 was and he KNEW! My 5 year old has learned so much under Ms Gladis! She makes learning fun and interesting! I don't know how she does it but all I have to say to get a situation under control is, "I think Ms Gladis would like to know this" and my child immediately shapes up. (and no, she does not have to raise her voice) I have spoken with other parents and we all agree that she evokes awe and respect in ALL her students.
At a previous "high end" Montessori school I witnessed kids getting roughed up on the play ground. The teacher did NOTHING. With these teachers, your children are loved and protected! THey have made kids go home for being too aggressive.
I LOVE this school and am sending my infant there as soon as he's old enough.
DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO THIS SCHOOL. On the surface this school looks very impressive. That is until you actually get to see the school for what it really is. My personal experience is that my childs acedemics slipped greatly espically in math. Also the head of the school is not a very friendly woman. My child did ejnoy the environment very much at all. It seemed as if she was becoing very withdrawn.
A poorly managed educational system.
St. Stephen's Episcopal School Houston is divided into several different segments. The age range begins with children as young as 18 months and ends with young adults as old as 18 years. I have experienced the high school system personally. The high school is run by a idiotic woman who imposes her democratic ideas on her English students. In addition, although a private school, the teachers enjoy wasting class time by criticizing a student in front of his or her peers. The teachers seem to be unable to hold off their "corrective criticism" until the end of the period. The high school has no problem breaking the student and teacher hand book rules, however, students who disobey these rules receive harsh punishment. I have many personally experiences along with peer experiences that I would share, but I feel would be inappropriate. I, along with others, would not recommend this school. Those who run the school have absolute power over the students and use it excessively. The high school is just not a good educational facility.
I am only speaking in regards to the high school. I cannot give a review on the other departments of the school, for I have not experienced them myself.
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