The pre-K education was fine, but the school lacks integrity and decency. My family moved from out of state when I married my husband. With all the change (a new school, missing family left behind, getting used to new family members, etc) my 4 year old was taking it hard. So, I put her in Primrose so she could at least be around her new sisters because that was the school they were already going to. Prior to that, she was only getting to see them every other weekend. Well, I didn’t know this until after she’d left the school, but her sisters’ mother contacted the school and instructed them to keep them separated at all times, and the school obliged. So, towards the end of the day, when they combined classes, they weren’t allowed to play together. To this day, the girls remember this and are confused by this—this is how we know about it. The children told us this happened. The school never informed me that they were given and followed this direction. I would’ve pulled her out. I had her there 2 years! But, they kept taking my money every month.
This school is top notch. We have used Primrose for 6 years and the curriculum and care surpasses all. I'm sad to see the negative review posted here because in the 6 years we have been here, we have never experienced anything like they are speaking about. If you are considering care for your child, please tour this place. You will see that it is run like a private pre-school and held to much higher standards than other places. You will not be disappointed!
This school is clean and has great rooms but the management of this school sucks. The director lies along with the owners. They never have anything nice to say and cover stuff up with lies. They go through teachers and never have them for long. They do not give seniority or "stand by" the teachers that have been with them for years. There is a better way to manage a school so that the children that go there can learn and be safe. This school is not that school.
After paying Parkway Christian Academy over $30,000.00 for educating my daughter from the 6th through most of the 12th grade, she is unable to pass the Math Exit Exam in public school which is based on 8th to 9th grade mathematics skills. While attending Parkway, she managed A's and B's for the majority of her math classes. There were a couple of grading periods that she made C's, but she always managed to bring them up. She was told when she enrolled in public school for the final 6 months of her Senior year (against my wishes), that she had already completed the math requirements for high school, and that taking additional math was optional. Being the kind of student she is, she opted to take Pre-Calculus only to discover that the skills she was taught at the "private school" (known for being "better" than public schools in their teaching approach) had left her lacking in math skills. As a parent, there was never a clue in looking over her report cards or school work from Parkway that my daughter had any deficiency in math. Indeed, even the "guidance counselor" agreed when I met with her that according to my daughter's transcripts, she had done well in math. It became painfully evident after failing the Math Exit Exam in public school twice, that Parkway had not prepared my daughter for college, or even high school for that matter. As a result, my daughter will not be allowed to get her diploma with the rest of her class in May. This has devastated the entire family, and sent my daughter into a profound depression, for which she is now taking medication and entering therapy. I approached Parkway Christian Academy with a simple request in light of the amount of money I had spent on her education, and ample evidence that their math program is severely lacking (it is rumored that the math teacher is not even certified to teach math): Let my daughter come back for the final grading period of the school year in order to "walk" and get her diploma. They denied my request, stating that it was too late in the school year to do so. I do not feel that this was a fair decision in light of the facts. Shame on Parkway Christian Academy! If you are looking for a private school in the eastern area of Birmingham for your loved one because you are under the notion that a private education is more beneficial than a public education, I would recommend that your search does not include Parkway Christian Academy.