I have 2 children at FP; middle school and high school. I feel quite the opposite of reviewers who have said it's about what you wear and how much you have. I have really never experienced that nor have my children. They have friends from many parts of SD County. We chose this school over Bishop's
... Read more because of the low profile that money has in the school environment. In addition, it is a very diverse group of kids; socio-economic, ethnic, academic. I feel that it is an accepting environment of all types of kids. The academics are very good, but kids do not seem overwhelmed with homework. Teachers are extremely available for students after school or even later via email. Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/03/13
Parker is a gem, offering the best of all worlds in a private education. The arts, athletics and enveloping academics offer every student a chance to grow. Our kids are different from each other, yet all love Parker. More importantly, they are being challenged and rewarded every day with an enriching,
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Posted by a parent on 01/27/13
My experience at Parker has been absolutely phenomenal. There are so many opportunities to get involved with the community, take a wide variety of academic coursework, participate in athletics (both competitively and recreationally), and to join one of the many clubs and extracurricular activities available
... Read more at Parker. To address the comments on grade inflation and getting into top tier schools: I know personally people who are going to Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Duke, Yale, Columbia, Cal Tech, Johns Hopkins, Rice and the list goes on. I feel that even though the students tend to be wealthy and some are very wealthy, your family's socio-economic group does not factor in at all to how the Parker students will accept you. I chose Parker over LJCD and Bishops because I felt that to be much more prevalent there. Also one thing that I really like is that there are not really cliques, and there is certainly not a "popular group." Everyone hangs out with everyone and no one really judges. The food at Parker is also really good; everything is made in out cafeteria and the ingredients are from local farmers. This stimulates the local economy and gets us fresh, great tasting food. Read less
Posted by a other on 05/05/12
Probably worst school ever. The leadership was lost after Mrs. Ostos left. Now it's Mr. Lang who is a terrible dean, followed by Mrs. McKenna. None of the teachers are even good and they pressure too much and treat people differently according to how much money they donate, and their race, it very ridiculous.
... Read more Mr Lang is the worst though, worst thing that has ever happened to this school PERIOD. Read less
Posted by a teacher on 04/27/12
We started at Parker this year and it has exceeded all of our expectations. The quality of teaching is excellent and communication from the teacher is more than we could have hoped for. The school definitely has a community feel and it has been a pleasure getting to know other parents and school officials.
... Read more I really appreciate the holistic approach to education and nurturing of the person, not just focusing on the academic task or memorization. I am looking forward to many years at the Parker community and feel that my money will be well spent. Read less
Posted by a parent on 02/23/12
Way over-rated. More emphasis on sports than academics and some of the teachers are just awful. A real sense of entitlement on the part of many kids also spoils the atmosphere.
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Posted by a other on 10/26/11
It s totally true as one of the parent said below. Parker s Weighted GPA average is 4.2 but this parent forgot to mansion that Unweighted GPA average is 3.7 which is a complete deal breaker if you want your child go to Top University like Stanford, Cornel, Brown, Duke, Carnegie, University of Pennsylvania
... Read more or Columbia. If you look at their Graduates acceptances you would barely see any top schools. My other kid is going to Torrey Pines and believes me; their kids get accepted into MIT, CIT, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale every single year not saying about colleges that I mentioned earlier. If not a great athletic team that praise my daughter and promote her advancement I would pull her out of this school. Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/28/11
To the poster dated March 31, 2011, this review is for people seeking opinions about schools. It is not intended for you to bash my opinion based on our experience at this school. I am highly offended by your accusation that my child has special needs. It simply is not true. In fact the school invited
... Read more us back and we declined. About the playground, several children have broken bones (including my child) on that wonderful play ground. This was not a knee jerk reaction, I was in daily and weekly discussions with the administrators and teacher trying to figure this out. I have two successful adult children and have been a parent for 25 years. We were very disappointed in the lack of response and help to figure this out. We had no choice but to remove him and instantly he was thriving in a different environment. You keep living in your dream world of "FP," while my now happy and thriving child has and will succeed. Read less
Posted by a parent on 07/30/11
Parker is GREAT! I'm a student there I've been there for a year and I'm going back next year instead of this year because of tuition, but Parker is the most amazing school I have ever been to! They have a great curriculum, a BEAUTIFUL campus (I've never seen one like it before), fantastic courses, and
... Read more great people! The teachers are great, the rest of the staff is great, the students are great, everyone is just amazing. I was new last year and I already feel like the people there are my family. Problems are quickly taken care of and it's just an all-around INCREDIBLE school! These things that I have mentioned are only a few of the great parts of Francis Parker. I'm highly looking forward to returning! GO PARKER! Read less
Posted by a other on 06/21/11
this school is really great, at first i didn't know if it was a good school to go to but the schools education is great. their average gpa is a 4.2
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San Diego schools — Francis Parker School is located at 6501 Linda Vista Rd, San Diego CA 92111. 6501 Linda Vista Rd is in the 92111 ZIP code in San Diego, CA Francis Parker School is a Private school that serves grade levels PK - 12.
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