Holy Nativity Episcopal School

★★★★★
  • 205 Hamilton Ave

    Panama City, FL 32401

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  • 850-747-0060

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I attended a private school for a while as a kid, so I was high on the idea. My wife and her sister are public school teachers, so I got some resistance to private school. I'm glad I won, and I couldn't be happier with the results. This is a truly exceptional place, and worth what you have to dig out of your wallet (though they are pretty good about financial aid). I consider the tuition just like college tuition, an investment, and it is paying off handsomely. The staff is truly exceptional, and we've never had a problem that wasn't quickly resolved. The expectations and the curriculum are first rate, and the environment alone is worth the tuition. The atmosphere is loving, caring. Kids aren't so much taught good values and leadership as they are just expected, and they come. In the younger grades, my daughter would sing "Jesus Loves Me" in the car while our neighbor's kid was quoting the latest rap tunes.

I was concerned that the insular environment would be a problem, but in public high school, my daughter quickly became a leader, both academically and socially. She had the social skills and the confidence to thrive, and it was in part due to her time at HN. When I went to her high school to drop off her paperwork, I needed directions. The staffer asked me what school I was coming from. When I told her, she said, "Oh, then you need the IB program, don't you? Right over there." The IB program is the uber-accelerated program in that school. Last year, *every single kid* leaving HN for high school was accepted into some sort of accelerated program in a local high school.

The religious aspect works a lot better than I thought it would. Some schools just force-feed you their philosophy. Not so here. They do get a lot of religion, but they are very tolerant, too, and I've talked with Muslim and Jewish parents that seem happy with the situation. Most of the kids don't attend the church that shares the school's name, and I've never heard of pressure to do so, other than a friendly invitation or two over the years. I never felt "recruited".

Parent involvement is high in most cases. There are a few doctors' kids, and those parents don't do much but write checks, but most of the parents attend all the functions and know the kids in their kid's class. Teachers and administrators seem to know EVERYBODY. I've never had trouble with access to any part of the campus, but when someone new shows up, they get lots of questions until they are known by the staff. So, security seems "soft" but to me appears to be much better than in public schools with their cops and metal detectors. The kids' lockers don't even have locks!

The down side, of course, is the money. It's not cheap, and I've had to borrow my share of money to make it happen, but I haven't regretted a penny. Other than family, this school has had a bigger impact on my daughter's life than most anything else. Looking back, if I had to do it all again, I'd sell plasma to pay the tuition if I had to.

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★★★★★

I attended a private school for a while as a kid, so I was high on the idea. My wife and her sister are public school teachers, so I got some resistance to private school. I'm glad I won, and I couldn't be happier with the results. This is a truly exceptional place, and worth what you have to dig out of your wallet (though they are pretty good about financial aid). I consider the tuition just like college tuition, an investment, and it is paying off handsomely. The staff is truly exceptional, and we've never had a problem that wasn't quickly resolved. The expectations and the curriculum are first rate, and the environment alone is worth the tuition. The atmosphere is loving, caring. Kids aren't so much taught good values and leadership as they are just expected, and they come. In the younger grades, my daughter would sing "Jesus Loves Me" in the car while our neighbor's kid was quoting the latest rap tunes.

I was concerned that the insular environment would be a problem, but in public high school, my daughter quickly became a leader, both academically and socially. She had the social skills and the confidence to thrive, and it was in part due to her time at HN. When I went to her high school to drop off her paperwork, I needed directions. The staffer asked me what school I was coming from. When I told her, she said, "Oh, then you need the IB program, don't you? Right over there." The IB program is the uber-accelerated program in that school. Last year, *every single kid* leaving HN for high school was accepted into some sort of accelerated program in a local high school.

The religious aspect works a lot better than I thought it would. Some schools just force-feed you their philosophy. Not so here. They do get a lot of religion, but they are very tolerant, too, and I've talked with Muslim and Jewish parents that seem happy with the situation. Most of the kids don't attend the church that shares the school's name, and I've never heard of pressure to do so, other than a friendly invitation or two over the years. I never felt "recruited".

Parent involvement is high in most cases. There are a few doctors' kids, and those parents don't do much but write checks, but most of the parents attend all the functions and know the kids in their kid's class. Teachers and administrators seem to know EVERYBODY. I've never had trouble with access to any part of the campus, but when someone new shows up, they get lots of questions until they are known by the staff. So, security seems "soft" but to me appears to be much better than in public schools with their cops and metal detectors. The kids' lockers don't even have locks!

The down side, of course, is the money. It's not cheap, and I've had to borrow my share of money to make it happen, but I haven't regretted a penny. Other than family, this school has had a bigger impact on my daughter's life than most anything else. Looking back, if I had to do it all again, I'd sell plasma to pay the tuition if I had to.

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My daughter attended this school from the time she was three years old until the fifth grade. Overall, we had a very positive experience. The parents are generally very involved, and mostly good, kind people. We had great teachers just about the entire time. Once, we did have a problem with a teacher, and the headmistress moved our daughter to another class, and she did well. The teacher we had a problem with told my daughter that she wasn't good at math, and would never be good at math. The teacher told ME this!! well, I'm proud to say that TODAY, my daughter is an electrical engineer at the Navy Base, so she did master the math! This school really instilled some wonderful CHristian values in my daughter, and I"m so very grateful for the foundation she recieved. I would highly recommend this school.

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★★★★★

My daughter attended this school from the time she was three years old until the fifth grade. Overall, we had a very positive experience. The parents are generally very involved, and mostly good, kind people. We had great teachers just about the entire time. Once, we did have a problem with a teacher, and the headmistress moved our daughter to another class, and she did well. The teacher we had a problem with told my daughter that she wasn't good at math, and would never be good at math. The teacher told ME this!! well, I'm proud to say that TODAY, my daughter is an electrical engineer at the Navy Base, so she did master the math! This school really instilled some wonderful CHristian values in my daughter, and I"m so very grateful for the foundation she recieved. I would highly recommend this school.

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