Grace Church School Reviews
Grace Church School is a relatively new private school located in Lower Manhattan. The school prides itself in its ability to teach students to teach each other. GCS believes the best way for students to retain information is through interactive group work and discussions.
Grace Church school is a super progressive school, although sometimes is lax about certain issues that should be enforced. They encourage expression, debate, activism, and leadership and have many opportunities for students to travel abroad and connect across grades, even with the middle school.
The school definitely still has a lot to figure out about itself. Grace suffers from major class divisions, and socioeconomic issues are hardly discussed. At Grace, the wealthier kids flaunt their wealth in order to accumulate social cred. Funding itself from the administration is not dispersed evenly, with certain sport teams and the drama department receiving disproportionately large amounts of funding, leaving those interested in less profitable activities, such as the visual arts, for example, totally lacking. The school also suffers from serious bullying issues which are not handled well by faculty or staff members. I experienced very extreme bullying which was not addressed by any authority figure despite any complaints. These kids loved to spread rumours, and a culture of kindness or integrity does not reside here. However, I had several amazing teachers who cared very much for my learning, and I did make some great friends. Would I send my own kid here? Definitely not.
Attending Grace Church was the best decision I made for High School. The school believes in educating the whole student. The 80 minute classes, diverse course offerings, top facilities, service learning, abroad opportunities are just a few of the many things that set Grace apart from other high schools. I would do it all over again!
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I joined Grace Church in the ninth grade, and it has been a tremendous experience since then. The students, faculty, and teachers, all contribute to this warm feeling of niceness inside of the building, that I feel many New York Schools are currently missing. We are also a really close community, and are always there for each other, and not just those in your inner-circle. Grace, being a new school, had the opportunity to make their school unique and implement beneficial changes for students, such as the longer class periods which really help with learning.
It's a great school and will get even better as it develops. Some of the faculty are questionable (not very good) but others are absolutely stellar. It's in a great location, though it's identity is still in the process of formation (at least in the high school division).
Grace is a great school for someone who is interested in the arts, but if you are someone who wants a traditional education, I suggest finding another school. I am someone who wanted a traditional education but an alternate teaching style, and Grace seemed to be the place for me, but after a bit more than a year, I have found that I need a better fit.
Being a student at GCS has been amazing. It has quickly become one of the hottest new high schools in NYC. Naturally, the school is still new and is still working stuff out. Sometimes this makes the school experience a little inconsistent because of changing policies/activities/facilities that are all part of the growing pains of a new school. However, the school takes upmost priority in college readiness and has taken every measure to ensure that the first graduates do well. The school hired an elite staff of college advisors. We have graduated two classes and students have already gone to fantastic schools. It's been really amazing to be part of this new community and I have had an amazing time at Grace
There are a lot of choices for activities, but most of them occur during school; my school is unique in that it has clubs occur during school. The extracurriculars are sports and the school play.
Many of the teachers progress very slowly with their material, so the classes can be boring sometimes. I would really enjoy having more challenging classes and a more competitive atmosphere.
This school's academics are not the most challenging they can be, but the school still has a great community a program.
There is a good selection of sports teams, though there could be more, and clubs are held during a period in the school day.
The staff tries to know everyone and be friendly. Additionally, they want the students to feel comfortable talking to them when they have problems.