Although I graduated from St. Herman's school over 10 years ago I can still say that it definitely had an impact on my education and growth, not only academically, but also spiritually. When I attended St. Herman's it was still in its first few years with only a few teachers and seven students. Our classes were obviously small, but this gave each student the opportunity to work closely with the teacher and at a pace that suited his or her individual learning style. This individualized way of learning allowed each student to progress much faster than they might have in a regular classroom setting.
Orthodoxy always had a central place at St. Herman's. Each day of classes, just as they do now, began with prayers, a short sermon and sometimes discussions. We also used to spend time each day memorizing the Akathist to the Theotokos or the Gospel of St. John. Many of the students managed to memorize the entire Akathist and 1 or 2 chapters of St. John. Our Orthodox faith as well as academic progress went hand it hand. Each aspect was equally important.
This philosophy of Orthodoxy as a way of life and not simply a weekend practice helped many of us later in our lives in secular schools. It laid a solid foundation for understanding that Orthodoxy and academia are not mutually exclusive, but work wonderfully together.
St. Herman's is a unique and incredible school. Many of us owe much of our success after St. Herman's to the strong foundation we gained during our years there.