AGITATOR

Jefferson City, TN

#61 Jul 30, 2008
You know what, after working with kids all my life I've discovered one thing. If the parents are committed to their child learning what he/she needs to succeed in life the child will do just that regardless of whether they attend private, public, or home school. The same is true for the child. If the child is motivated at home to succeed and learn, he/she will regardless of whether they attend public, private, or home school. However, if parents teach their children to blame everyone but themselves for where they end up in life, don't groan and complain when that is where they end up.
TEACHER

United States

#62 Jul 30, 2008
I HAPPEN TO HAVE VERY CLOSE TIES WITH ALL SAINTS. I WORK THERE. THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO LOVE OUR SCHOOL. WE TRY EVERY WAY TO GIVE EACH CHILD ONE ON ONE ATTENTION FROM THE LITTLE ONES IN PRE K TO THE ONES IN K-8. ALL SAINTS HAS TO RELY ON TUITION AND PRIVATE BENEFACTORS TO SURVIVE. WOULDN'T YOU RATHER HAVE SMALLER CLASS SIZE AND CLOSE SUPERVISION THAT CROWDED CLASSROOMS AND LET YOUR CHILD MUDDLE THROUGH THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE? I DON'T THINK SO. THE TEACHERS THERE ARE VERY GOOD AT WHAT THEY DO AND THE CHILDREN THERE ARE FAR MORE ADVANCED THAN OTHER SCHOOLS. ASK ANY TEACHER IN HAMBLEN COUNTY AND THEY WILL TELL YOU THEY CAN TELL WHICH KIDS COME FROM ALL SAINTS AND WHICH ONES GO TO THE OTHER PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS.
I LOVE THE SCHOOL. FOR THOSE OUT THERE WHO DON'T KNOW US COME BY AND TAKE A TOUR ANYTIME. WE DO NOT DESCRIMINATE AGAINST ANYONE, REGARDLESS OF RELIGION. WE HAVE A HUGE RELIGIOUS BACKGROUND FROM ALL SIDES OF THE EARTH. DON'T YOU THINK WE HAVE TO BE FLEXIBLE? AND THAT IS A GOOD THING.
NOT ALL PEOPLE THAT SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO ALL SAINTS HAVE SO CALLED MONEY AND ARE IN SOCIAL CLICKS. THEY WANT THEIR CHILDREN TO HAVE A QUALITY EDUCATION AND THAT'S WHAT THEY GET. I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO CONSIDER YOUR CHOICES IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS CAREFULLY. COME AND JOIN US!!!!

Since: Sep 07

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#63 Jul 30, 2008
My children have had great success at both Russellville and East Ridge. East High is another matter though, but it is getting better.
Talbottgirl

Morristown, TN

#64 Jul 30, 2008
Morristown Resident wrote:
It's funny if public schools are so bad why All Saints hires every retired public school teacher they can get their hands on like Quarles, Claiborn and Justice.
Because the good public school teachers are retiring. We're left with the new younger teachers who seem to not even like kids. Just summers off, or the old bitter teachers who need are jaded & burned out. Not all of them obviously. My son went to AllSaints pre-K and K. In 1st grade I moved him to Alpha. I was not impressed with AllSaints. When my daughter came along, I put her in the Jump Start Pre-K @ Manley. WOW! She learned so much more than my son @ AllSaints. They had more educational field trips, guest speakers, she could read very well, new B-day, address, phone, etc. at a fraction of the cost.

All Saints is a status school for Morristown.

I have no faith in HCBOE (was a student myself)& have thought long & hard about private school. I don't like Alpha but through the years have met some WONDERFUL teachers there. They have either retired or are close to it. West View....wouldn't give a dime for it. Sad excuse for a school.

I don't have 1st hand knowledge of Cornerstone but I have heard nothing but great things about it & the kids that I know that go there are polite, smart, & respectful. 2 reasons why I've not switched my kids to CS, 1.) They require a recommendation from your pastor. I understand the concept but feel that true christian's should not turn a child away if their parents don't take them to church. It is still a chance to witness to someone who may otherwise hear it. 2.) Because they moved on the other end of town & I'm a realist.. they'd never make it to school on time.
Mommy 2 Be

Knoxville, TN

#65 Jul 30, 2008
So what do I do wrote:
I think everyone agrees that Manley and Alpha are great schools in Morristown. But what about the east end. We are fairly new to the area and have an upcoming pre kindergarten child (so we have a year to make the decision). We are zoned for Hillcrest and then Meadowview for middle school. What about these two schools? Does anyone have any feedback on those?
The east end is great too. W.burg, Russellville, Union Heights and John Hay are wonderful. I have friends that say John Hay is almost like private school because it is so small and personal.
But still

Morristown, TN

#66 Jul 31, 2008
o-k...everyone is listing some great schools in Morristown like Whitesburg, Russellville, Alpha, Manley...but what if you are not zoned for those schools and can't get on the out of zone list! What do you do then? Switch to All Saints or Cornerstone and then listen to people like previous posters who say that private school parents think their kids are better....Not that I worry about what people say, but you still have to listen to it!
TEACHER

United States

#67 Jul 31, 2008
all saints has been in morristown for over 40 years. some people like us some don't. i will agree with the one that had no confidence in west view i have a son that will be a freshman at west and just came out of that poor excuse for a school
if i had it to do over my salary would have gone to tuition for my son at all saints. at least he would have gotten a quality education there. west view could care less. hind sight is 20/20.
all saints is hiring experienced retirees from h/c
because they are great teachers. jim claiborne is
the gest history teacher around and we got him.
we have hired a new retiree from h/c in the preschool this week. will make a great teacher
again. we have struggled with head masters over the last few years but i think dr. selby is a great fit. please don'y judge us by people's hearsay. come and get a look at us. you might just like what you see.
Mommy 2 Be

Knoxville, TN

#68 Jul 31, 2008
But still wrote:
o-k...everyone is listing some great schools in Morristown like Whitesburg, Russellville, Alpha, Manley...but what if you are not zoned for those schools and can't get on the out of zone list! What do you do then? Switch to All Saints or Cornerstone and then listen to people like previous posters who say that private school parents think their kids are better....Not that I worry about what people say, but you still have to listen to it!
I think if I lived in those "bad" school districs, I would sell and move down the street. Because if you can afford private school.........you can afford to move.
WorkingMom

Hollywood, FL

#69 Jul 31, 2008
Just Curious wrote:
Why do each of you have your child(ren) where they are now? Is it a choice? Is it a preference? Is it because of location, prestige, economics, etc., etc.? OR is it because you KNOW that the Lord wants them in the school they are in? Christian education is just that: education that is Christian oriented, taught by Christians, from a Christian perspective. If the 'Christian' school is upfront with you, you will be told about the 'Biblical' applications that will be received there. AND, being a school, there will also be education in English, math, history, geography, spelling, literature, etc.: all from the Christian perspective. If you don't want that, then you are better to leave your child(ren) in the state run school system. Very few across the country are actually 'public' schools. If they were, the public would have more say so in what was taking place in them. As someone else also suggested, the best 'Christian education' is homeschooling. As Christian parents teaching their children you know first-hand what is going on. If that is not possible, then a Christian school is next. In any case, the parents are ultimately responsible for what their children are learning - not the school system. Parents need to be more involved and participate - not blame the schools and the teachers.
I agree with this however in todays economy, both parents have to work in most cases. I was lucky enough not to marry a M.D. or Atty but where does that leave my kids? Public school. If we work hard and pinch pennies, maybe we could afford a private school but not All Saints,it would have to be CS. Homeshcool isn't an options because we both work full time. I went to Christian school when I was a kid and from experience, and that of friends, some of these "christian" schools in town are a joke. I know an 18 yo girl who graduated from Lakeway Academy who is literally illiterate. However, she did attend hamblen public schools through 9th grade at West High.
mom at work

United States

#70 Jul 31, 2008
Come on guys! Like anything else there is good and bad no matter where you go. There is good things about our schools. We have some great teachers throughout the public system. My 2 children graduated for West High in 2004. She is now a UT Grad. BA in Psycology going for her Masters. My son is a personal trainer he to graduated from West. Not to bad for a public education.
See the First Entry

Hollywood, FL

#71 Jul 31, 2008
Please refer to entry #1 so that we may get this thread back on track.
Just my two cents

Morristown, TN

#72 Jul 31, 2008
My kids go to West Elementary. I am happy where I live and wouldn't change my neighborhood for the world, and I decided to take the gamble and TRY West since that is what we are zoned for before attempting to get a transfer to Manley (the perceived better school, even by me at the time) or putting my kids in private schools. Well, turns out we are all happy! My kids excel; they have small classes, the discipline is great, and I adore the new principal. All is well. We will see about Lincoln Middle School, but I know plenty of parents with kids similar to mine and who attended West Elementary, and they speak very highly of Lincoln. So, there you have it. This may not be the most common of opinions, but it is working for us.
Parent

Newport, TN

#73 Jul 31, 2008
Morristown Parent wrote:
Does anyone have relative, educational ideas about Cornerstone Academy and/or All Saints School? We are very dissatified with public schools here and want to put our three children in private school. Please only response from people who have a first hand knowledge. I don't want to waste my time reading responses from those people who don't "believe in" private school. That is not the point here.
I am a parent of a child that attends Cornerstone. I have been very pleased with the education that she has received thus far. I would like to refer you to the web site www.cornerstoneacademymorristown.com . It is a Christ centered school. The headmaster is also very kind and will answer any questions you might have. I do know that enrollment is about 90 right now and we will be in our new facility in December-- I think.... I hope I have been of some help to you.
Norah

Morristown, TN

#74 Jul 31, 2008
How much is tuition for Cornerstone vs. All Saints?
Ive looked at both

Morristown, TN

#75 Aug 1, 2008
Last time I looked at the websites All Saints was like 7200 vs Cornerstone at around 3500...depending on the age of child. I have looked at both schools and we plan to send our child to one of those two for middle school. Not because we don't like public schools, but this seems like the best choice for our daughter. She starts middle school next year. We are very excited about the new building for Cornerstone and right now we know more people at Cornerstone than All Saints so that is the way we are leaning. All the parents have had positive comments about Cornerstone...I've not heard one way or the other about All Saints.
Mom of 2

Morristown, TN

#76 Aug 1, 2008
So what do I do wrote:
I think everyone agrees that Manley and Alpha are great schools in Morristown. But what about the east end. We are fairly new to the area and have an upcoming pre kindergarten child (so we have a year to make the decision). We are zoned for Hillcrest and then Meadowview for middle school. What about these two schools? Does anyone have any feedback on those?
Both of my children attended Hillcrest and Meadowview. They are good schools. I prefer them over Alpha, Manley, Russellville, West View and East Ridge, because those are the schools where the parents and kids seem to think they're better than every body else.
Talbottgirl

Morristown, TN

#77 Aug 1, 2008
Mom of 2 wrote:
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Both of my children attended Hillcrest and Meadowview. They are good schools. I prefer them over Alpha, Manley, Russellville, West View and East Ridge, because those are the schools where the parents and kids seem to think they're better than every body else.
My kids go to Alpha & I've met a couple of parents who think they are better but never a kid. I grew up on the east end and thought the same about people on the west but it really isn't true. Either way, the original questions was AllSaints or Cornerstone. Public wasn't an option.
AGITATOR

Jefferson City, TN

#78 Aug 1, 2008
Both my kids also went to HCBOE schools. One finished college and is teaching, and the other is still there. I'm not going to bash any of the private schools. The goal of all schools....private and public....is to educate our children. Thanks HCBOE Board, administrators, teachers, custodians, bus drivers, support staff, cafeteria, and everyone else I missed for giving my kids a FIRST CLASS education. The system is good and works. They just can't make "fine oak furniture with knotty pine and cedar". If you want success, send "fine oak"!
mom at work wrote:
Come on guys! Like anything else there is good and bad no matter where you go. There is good things about our schools. We have some great teachers throughout the public system. My 2 children graduated for West High in 2004. She is now a UT Grad. BA in Psycology going for her Masters. My son is a personal trainer he to graduated from West. Not to bad for a public education.
Crystal Clear

Morristown, TN

#79 Aug 2, 2008
AGITATOR wrote:
Both my kids also went to HCBOE schools. One finished college and is teaching, and the other is still there. I'm not going to bash any of the private schools. The goal of all schools....private and public....is to educate our children. Thanks HCBOE Board, administrators, teachers, custodians, bus drivers, support staff, cafeteria, and everyone else I missed for giving my kids a FIRST CLASS education. The system is good and works. They just can't make "fine oak furniture with knotty pine and cedar". If you want success, send "fine oak"!
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I hope your child who is now teaching is not teaching for HCBE if he/she is anything like yourself, because your are just plain STUPID.
Michelle

Hermitage, TN

#80 Aug 3, 2008
So what do I do wrote:
I think everyone agrees that Manley and Alpha are great schools in Morristown. But what about the east end. We are fairly new to the area and have an upcoming pre kindergarten child (so we have a year to make the decision). We are zoned for Hillcrest and then Meadowview for middle school. What about these two schools? Does anyone have any feedback on those?
THe best East end schools are by far Russellville and John Hay. Not Hillcrest. Most of the time you have to be in zone to attend.

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