My daughter recently started the sixth grade at St Gregory’s Middle School. My husband and I wanted her to get the benefit of small classes and what we perceived to be the possibility of a stellar education. Some Tucson Foothills families send their children to St. Gregory’s Middle and High School instead of Catalina Foothills District 16 schools. Last night was Curriculum Night and I must say I was very impressed with the teachers. They seemed to really care about stimulating each child, while providing them organization and direction for the 21st century. Giving back to society is a most important value that St. Gregory’s strives to instill in each child. Phil Woodall is the new Middle School Head; he previously was the ever popular Orange Grove Middle School Head (Catalina Foothills- District 16 public school). Phil has been quite accessible and leads the way for the new middle schoolers and their parents. He is so friendly and engaging and always upbeat! My daughter has joined Volleyball which meets every day except Wednesday from 3:30PM – 5:00PM. She has never participated in team sports and seems to thrive playing with her new friends. The class schedule is like college: they alternate days with 1 1/2 hr classes. In the sixth grade she takes Geography, Earth Science, Spanish, Art, English, Math and Gym. Plus there are classes teaching computer learning and library skills. Once she finishes all middle school Spanish Classes she will be ready to go into the equivalent to Sophomore year Spanish in her Freshman year. All her homework and homework grades, quizzes and tests are found on-line. We love this feature! The cafeteria food is reported to be outstanding by my daugher and her friends.
She is definitely off to a good start!