How well prepared are St. Anne's graduates for high school?

How well prepared are St. Anne's graduates for high school?

Survey Reporting from the Class of 2018 

St. Anne's Class of 2018

Every year we ask our graduates and their parents from the previous school year to complete a survey about their preparedness for high school. We want to thank the St. Anne’s Class of 2018 alumni parents who took time to provide thoughtful responses to this short, anonymous survey between Thanksgiving and New Years.  A total of 16 surveys were completed, representing 55% of the graduating class of 29 students. This article provides an initial overview of their responses.

Members of the St. Anne's class of 2018 at their graduation reception

The results indicate that survey respondents strongly feel that their sons and daughters are well prepared for high school:  

  • Almost 94% of responding parents indicated that their son or daughter is “well prepared” or “very well prepared” for high school overall.  Areas receiving the highest marks included self-advocacy, character and discipline (100% are well prepared or very well prepared), Language Arts, Spanish, and STEM (100% are prepared, and 93.7% are well prepared or very well prepared, all three subjects).   
  • All survey respondents (100%) indicated that their sons and daughters are meeting expectations in high school.
  • Nearly all members of the Class of 2018 whose parents completed the survey are taking honors classes in high school (one student attends a school that does not offer honors, and one parent was unsure).
  • All survey respondents (100%) would recommend St. Anne’s to a friend.  

Selected Data, “Are They Prepared?  A 9th Grade Survey for Alumni Parents” 

Are They Prepared? Alumni Parents '18 chart showing respondents' perceived high school preparation-academics

Comments from survey participants included the following:

“We feel very thankful to St. Anne's for the self-confidence and competence our son developed in his nine years there. He had a very positive experience and we are seeing how well prepared he is to meet the challenges of high school.” 

“We feel that the teachers are passionate about teaching and that passion ignites the students' interest in the subject matter.” 

“She was very well prepared academically and socially. Socially, she was in a nurturing middle school environment away from the social and outside negative influences common in other middle schools.” 

Members of the St. Anne's class of 2018 at their graduation reception

St. Anne’s recognizes that there is still room for improvement, however we are tremendously encouraged by these survey results, the strongest since we began soliciting feedback annually from our graduated families in 2013.  

We also often receive anecdotal corroboration of the strength of our program at St. Anne’s.  Just before break Lindy McNelis ‘16 stopped by.  She had these thoughts to share about her St. Anne’s experience:  

“My time at Sanford has been amazing so it makes me curious about what it would have been like had I gone there all the way through, but I’m glad I stayed at St. Anne’s all the way through middle school because of its advanced academics. This meant I could ease into the academic setting in high school and gave me a relaxed opportunity to find my social setting, extra curricular activities, and other hobbies.  It’s all due to the teachers at St. Anne’s.  I was here the entire time (PreK-8th), and they made the experience.”   

Selected Data, “Are They Prepared?  A 9th Grade Survey for Alumni Parents”

Are They Prepared? Alumni Parents '18 chart showing respondents' perceived high school preparation in areas of school life

We look forward to providing additional comparative data and alumni parent comments in the weeks to come.  

-Jenny Randolph
Director of Public Relations and Grant Writing

A view of the grad