Villa Maria Academy High School
- Private School
- Malvern, PA
Niche User: Attending Villa Maria was one of the best decisions I could have made, and I wish I could go back. I came into college feeling extremely prepared, and I very quickly realized just how great of a job Villa did in prepping me for college. I was able to succeed in my classes from the start, whereas many of my peers who did not have as strong of foundation struggled. Villa made me into the person I am today. The school taught me to never second guess myself. The school helps form independent and strong women by empowering them to engage in class discussions, teaching them how to succeed in college and beyond, and giving them many opportunities to lead. The sense of community and family at Villa is something I have never experienced before. Each faculty member, staff member, and student at the school cares so deeply for one another. All want to see everyone at the school succeed and work to make that happen. The school pride seen at Pep Rallies, games, plays, performances, etc. is unreal and extremely touching. The traditions at the school not only link the students and alum, but they are also extremely fun! The school races robot pigs, classes sing songs to one another, the girls dress up for Halloween, and the Pep Rallies are always an event! There are more sentimental traditions as well, such as Daisy Chain when the Juniors officially become seniors, Carol and Ring when the girls are given their class rings, and Big/Little events in which the girls are assigned a "Big Sister" upperclassmen! I am so proud to be a Villa Marian for copious reasons. If I could, I would do it all over again!
- 431 Students
- 8:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
Newberry Elementary School
- West Shore School District, PA
Parent: This school is so much more "down to earth" that some other elementary schools. I’ve experienced an elementary school in a higher-rated district, but unfortunately, along with the supposed "prestige" come "nose in the air" parents and bratty, disrespectful kids. Between the common occurrence of bullies in that school and the disrespectful students, I’m not sure if my child is learning more about math or hate. Newberry is definitely a change for the good. While their academics are not as pressured as our former elementary school, I feel this change in the amount of homework and lessened force to move between units will actually enable the kids to grasp what they know for longer than the school year. It’s not quantity, it’s QUALITY. Kids need a quality home-life and it’s stressful when kids get sent home with a ton of homework when parents want to have family time with children. I feel this school both meets/exceeds quality in academics and the learning environment provided.
- 349 Students
- 12:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
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