About This School
In 2010, Doane Academy had 6 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The New Jersey average is 13 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Doane Academy Reviews
The school is finally fixing up the buildings that have had falling paint, disgusting bathrooms and overheated classrooms. It is all shiny and new on the outside but the academics are still questionable. The seniors spend very little time in the classroom and more time on camping trips especially before college applications are due and the SAT in October. The few kids that do well come into the school with high test scores but don't show much improvement after four years. The faculty turnover rate is very high which tells me that there is a problem with the leadership. The school will take in anyone that applies and they have a high attrition rate for students also. The school needs to decide if it is a college preparatory school or an outward bound program. Too much money for what you receive in academics. They say they offer all these classes but your child is then forced to take an AP to fill seats. Don't make our mistake, don't send your child here.
"The students are involved in too many activities and academics are a low priority. Many of the graduating seniors drop out of college the first year completely or switch to a community college because they are unable to handle basic english, writing and math. The school's mission is all over the place."
This is entirely true. They should create statistics of the last four graduate classes on how many have dropped out or switched to easier schools. Lower School is amazing. if you have the money, feel free to send your children here for Pre-K through 5th grade. One-on-one attention is wonderful for the kids.
However, Upper School is falling apart. I'm sorry, let me rephrase that. Upper School has already fallen apart and is a complete disaster. The academics are never emphasized in class. It's all about sports and extracurriculars. Most of the kids can't write a decent two-page paper by the end of high school. The students in high school constantly whine about the smallest bit of work, and then receive high grades for it. Teachers constantly scale up. Fail a test? No problem. You have three more tries. A student could come into class during the day of an exam, complain that they're stressed about a different exam, and then be granted the option to take it later in the week. This would happen multiple times.
Thankfully I had created my own study habits and dedication before entering college. I'm doing well, but I know many of my former classmates who have switched majors to an easier one, constantly complained about how hard college is, switched to an easier college, or dropped out completely.
Speaking of college, the administration and staff lack the diligence and organization to send applications and transcripts in a timely manner. If not for my parents and I constantly on top of what was going on concerning applying to colleges, I would not have received half of my scholarships or acceptances.
Upper School needs many improvements before I would ever consider sending my own future children to this educational facility.
My son has been going to this school since the sixth grade. I chose this school, primarily because of its 1 to 15 classroom ratio, its willingness to accomodate students of all skill levels, and its values based on religion. So far, I have been very pleased on all three counts, particularly the emphasis on service to others. I have very much been involved with my son's academics. The faculty at this school have been more than willing to meet with me beyond the parent-teacher conferences, provide tutoring after school, and address any issues. This school has a variety of activities where the students can meet their commitment to service. It is up to the parents and their children to discuss the activities and select which ones to participate in advance of the school year after their academic schedule and choices are set up.
I am not sure where the parent who wrote the previous comment got their information, but most students do not drop out of college the first year. Sounds more like a disgruntled parent or student if you ask me. There was another review at the same time by a "parent" on another site. Seems to me like this anonymous review stuff is not legitimate or relevant. I loved the school, learned a lot, was very well prepared for college and my entire class did not drop out. I recommend it to any parent who is willing to participate in their child's education and is excited by a small school who develops a well rounded student. Good grades alone will not make you successful.
The students are involved in too many activities and academics are a low priority. Many of the graduating seniors drop out of college the first year completely or switch to a community college because they are unable to handle basic english, writing and math. The school's mission is all over the place.
This school is very nice. I've been going there for 8 years and they've all been fantastic!
My daughter went to St Mary's Hall from 2nd grade-8th grade. I would have kept her there, unfortunately, it was getting expensive for us for high school. I had my youngest from Kindergarten-3rd grade. I made the biggest mistake in taking her out and placing her in another school. I and my children enjoyed the years they had in the school. I believe that soccer would be best if it started in 3rd grade. The teachers care very much for the kids and their parents as well.
Academics dont seem to be the top priority anymore. Too many extra curricular requirements placed on the students. Lack of discipline and direction of the school. Too bad, some great teachers, a few really bad teachers. Looking around at other schools for the high school years.
Our son has been going to Doane Academy since Pre-K and is now in the fourth grade. The teachers and faculty are great, they give a hundred and ten percent everyday. The small class sizes and the one on one attention the teachers give are out of this world. We looked at many other private schools in the Burlington and Mercer County area and we felt this was the best school for our son. He is accelerating in all his subjects. We couldn’t be any happier with Doane Academy. It is about the academics and not about sports that get the students to great colleges.
I'm afraid I have to agree with the other parents that have reviewed the school previously. What a complete and ongoing disappointment. We just had to take our daughter out as the emphasis is so clearly focused on boys now. But even more appalling is that over the years they've constantly asked parents, friends and alumni to donate as much as they could. Yet none of the program or facilites improvements they have repeatedly promised have ever been implemented (despite a massive foundation grant a few years back). Beyond a few small cosmetic changes everything remains unchanged. We feel a deep sense of disappointment with the school since we volunteered so much of our time and effort to help them grow and they failed our daughter so miserably.
We had our daughter here for some time but, as parents, just couldn;t keep her in any longer. Nice administration and teachers but very limited on opportunities. When she was younger it just didn't matter as much but as she got older it made a real difference when they only have a couple of sports and less than challenging classes. The "Interim" program they've touted for years basically turned into a glorified class trip. Not encouraging. They kept telling us how they were going to improve the whole school but it never seemd to amount to more than window dressing.
Not a bad school, its just plain mediocre. We moved here and transferred our son to St. Mary's from a private school, assuming the worst about the public school system. We became very frustrated with the very small number of sport and extracurricular offerings and academics that just weren't up to the level we expected. After what we experienced we figured it couldn't hurt and moved him into the local public school. What a relief! Much better academics and a lot more sports and extracurriculars. The people at St. Mary's are nice but the school needs some kind of a shakeup since it doesn't even compete/compare with the local public schools.