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K-8
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Chandler, AZ
Students enrolled: 483
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200 West Galveston Street
Chandler, AZ 85225

(480) 963-4951
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November 16, 2014
I also find it interesting that a number of positive reviews came all about the same time! This school has some wonderful, highly educated, dedicated teachers! The teachers truly care about the kids and offer them their time and expertise. The administration has changed in the last couple of years and it's beginning to negatively impact the school. The new principal has made a number of errors, from handling behavior issues with the children, to implementing new uniform changes rather poorly. Her approach can be very one-sided and abrupt, meetings are made when the principal says so without any common courtesy as to your schedule. The front office staff , which I understand is somewhat new, is rather abrupt on the phone and unprofessional. Yes, there are alot of parent volunteers which is wonderful, but they aren't always treated with kindness or appreciated by the administration. We have been at this school for over 5 years and overall it's just a shame to see the school administration go downhill, when there are such great teachers!!

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2014
This is an excellent school. We are celebrating 70 years of service to our community - not many schools in our area can make that kind of claim. All our kids have flourished both spiritually and academically at St. Mary Basha. The school's principal, Sister Thelma is a highly educated, caring, forward-thinking and experienced leader. In the short time she has been there, she has created a lot of good change - our technology systems are better than ever, the facilities continue to improve, the curriculum is challenging and the children's faith is strong. She encourages each child to embrace their potential, she supports the staff and is always available to talk if you need her. The school work is tough but the teachers are always willing to help. The parents are amazing and together we create a warm and welcoming environment to all who attend. If you are considering Catholic school, give St. Mary's a chance. Look into the scholarship programs, there is financial assistance available. There's plenty of after school clubs and sports too.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2014
I find it interesting how a lot of 5 star reviews happened in the same week after some 1 star reviews. I rate this school 1 star because I cant rate it 0 stars. The school has gone so downhill since the new principal has been in place. Here are some things to expect if you send your children here... 1. Be expected to donate to the Eaglethon fundraiser. Even if you are in financal need. (Because the principal is all about the money) 2. If your child does something wrong, expect the principal to overreact. (Trust me, its happened more than once) 3. If you have girls, dont buy fancy bows and headbands because (like a military school) you cant have colorful bows and headbands. The only color the headbands can be are white, black, navy blue, or gray. Make sure its not too big too. For boys and girls, dont buy colorful and fun jackets, because they can only be white, black, navy blue, or gray with logos no bigger than 2 inches. Sounds like a military school doesnt it. Overall, the principal is all about the money and she is incompassion to children. If you want your children to be happy, or if you cant donate money to the school, dont send your children here.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2014
My children have been here since 2008. The school is like many other schools; I can't tell you that its perfect. However, I can tell you that all of the teachers that we've had are very hard workers, and are dedicated to helping the students. Sister Mary Thelma (Principal) and all of the teachers are very accessible. The Catholic faith is a central part to the school's daily routine. There are many parents who volunteer their time in many different ways. There are so many wonderful families. We have found most students and families to be very nice and welcoming. When we started Sister Mary Norbert was still Principal. Yes, there have been some changes since she left, some of which I would not have chosen (dress code), but they have not negatively affected the quality of the school. Since Sister Mary Thelma started, I have only seen an increase in quality - teachers working harder, more families volunteering, facility upgrades, etc. My family feels very blessed to be a part of the St. Mary Basha community!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2014
My kids have been going to St. Mary-Basha for 7 years. I could not be happier with the school. The school leadership does an excellent job striking a balance between challenging them and encouraging them and our faith is included throughout. St. Mary-Bahsa is helping us to form our children into people who are kind, accountable, and well-prepared for high-school and beyond.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2014
My daughter completed K-8 here and our other child currently attends SMB. After visiting other schools public, private, and charter this was the one and only choice. They receive a top education and the teachers work very closely with the parents especially when your child has difficulties in school like one of ours did. They truly care and the principal is very accessible. They really value behavior and service which is something that no other school I looked into provided. Tuition can be high for those who cannot afford it but there are other ways to make it work. Education is a commodity - you get out of it what you put into it. If parents are involved, participate actively in their child's education and do not leave it up to the teachers to do everything, you will reap exponential rewards.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2014
My husband and I were very nervous about choosing the right school for our children. We decided to send them to St. Mary-Basha Catholic school and are so happy we did. We have been at St. Mary's now for three years. Although the school looks a little out dated and rough around the edges, it is filled with EXCELLENT teachers, wonderful staff and an amazing network of parents and families. The education the children receive is exceptional. The parent involvement is awesome! I love and appreciate that Christ is the focus and all lessons center around our faith. SMB prepares students to excel in high school as well in life.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2014
This school has brought so many blessings for my family, 6years and counting! All teachers and staff, centered on Religious Sister as the principal(which is such a blessing as it is becoming more rare to find a religious as a principal), are caring and committed to building and forming each child's core foundation, spiritually, physically and academically. Every morning, entire student body begins with morning prayer together on Mary's garden, centering the students on Jesus, virtues, and service for others! We are so proud and blessed to be a part of this wonderful, high performing, Catholic school!

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2014
With this new principal, the school has changed. I totally agree with the post on July 27th. If Sister Mary Norbert came back to the school now, she would be very disappointed. In my opinion, the new principal only wants to change everything Sister Mary Norbert did. Examples are, the new principal changed the logo that Sister Mary Norbert made and the dress code. Girls cant have any colorful hair decorations anymore; such as, colorful flowers and colorful headband. This school is starting to sound like a military school.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2014
This school is outstanding. My children have gone here for 9 years and I couldn't be happier. Their teachers are dedicated professionals. The students are caring and motivated. The parents are involved and supportive. They have the top test scores in the Diocese. We are so glad our children go here!

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2014
We have been going here for the past 4 years. I am pulling my daughter out because I was not very happy with the teachers and staff this year. The new principal is all about the money! its very sad what has become of this school since Sister Mary Norbart has left :( Wish they could bring her back!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2014
This school was a nightmare especially during catholic schools week. (Yep) in fact, for the last few years, the worst conflict has happened during catholic schools week. (Who would like to experience that?) in 5th grade, my teacher actually didn't like me for a week?? Umm... Something's wrong... in 6th grade, i didn't like how my classmates were behaving and the teacher thinks i'm doing all of it?? And in 7th grade the new principle omg made the worst decision i could imagine just for one little mistake... . If you are like me, there is no hope in this school... If you try to go to this school, you have to be careful around the principal as she may look like a nice person, but in fact she is not...

- submitted by a community member
February 06, 2014
St. Mary-Basha Catholic School is an outstanding Catholic school. The high academics are reflected in the standardized test scores. The administration and staff always have the best interest of the child at heart. Any student I meet from this school has a strong Catholic Identity along with excellent social skills. Administration, teachers and students "walk" their faith every day. Keep up the great work! There should be more learning institutions like St. Mary-Basha Catholic School!

- submitted by a community member
February 06, 2014
I was a student at St. Mary-Basha Catholic School for 9 years. Now that I am in high school, I am in all honors classes and have a 4.5 GPA. My technology skills are so advanced compared to my peers. I built friendships that I know will last a lifetime. If you want a great education, attend this school!

- submitted by a community member
February 05, 2014
Great school if you want your child to get harassed and bullied. Students and staff dont care about anything but themselves. The principle and the so called assistant principle dont do anything to help resolve problems. Paying for this school is like buring your money, very disappointed on how this school has changed since Myself and the old principe were in this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2013
Don't you wish your children will grow with a foundation preparing them to deal with life's challenges? I had my doubts as well, but this school does exactly that: -academic: at least 1 year ahead of the other schools in the area and consistently rank above their diocesan schools in ITBS scores -focus: High School feedback notes the students from SMB are prepared with disciplined organization and focus -Values and Faith: if the above was not enough, this solidified it for me as a parent. To sum up what happens in terms of Values and Faith, you must visualize a child's footsteps right behind that of the sandals footsteps of Jesus. -Community: the community support for the school and the kids support of the community is what makes this such a great school. -Cost: it's called Student Tuition or Catholic Education Arizona - contribute your tax dollars effectively, doesn't cost you a dime. Disclaimer: I am a parent of SMB students and Catholic. But it was not just the academics that sold me, it was that foundation seen in my kids that influenced me to drop the emptiness of atheist and secular influences for the freedom of Christianity.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2012
My kids went to a "10" school in Henderson (NV). I was concerned we would find the parent and teacher commitment we had at the former public school. St. Mary's-Basha Catholic School has exceeded my expectation. The teachers are excellent and genuinely concerned and involved with the students. The principal provides strong leadership. The parent involvement is amazing. Both my duaghter and son are doing well. The diversity, faith building and academic instructions provide me great comfort in the long term success and stewardship of my children.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2012
My children have been attending SMBCS for the past four years. The principal is a strong leader who sets high standards and ensures parental involvement. The teachers are high performers who care about the children and are personally involved in ensuring the sucess of every child. The parents are extremely involved and are required to volunteer in various capacities. Original intentions were to give them a couple of years and allow them to complete sacraments and form a strong religous foundation. I am now committed to them moving through Catholic high school.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2012
I am a former student of St. Mary-Basha School. The technology program not only prepared me for high school, it helped me exceed my peers on many projects. I felt the teachers really cared about me and I received a strong Catholic foundation. Thank you!

- submitted by a community member
April 01, 2011
My two daughters attended St. Mary-Basha School since kindergarten, went on to excel at Xavier College Preparatory, graduated from NAU and both have successful jobs. Both were inspired in their faith since elementary school because of the faculty's strong dedication to Catholic education. All the children have a chance to lector in church, say morning & afternoon prayers, receive religious education and the Sacraments, interact with clergy, celebrate the liturgical calendar, and practice being good little Christians with service projects in and around school. Many of the teachers have Master's degrees, high expectations and work extra hours to provide free tutoring to help every student succeed. The curriculum is challenging but appropriate and interesting. The administration brings creative people to the school for ALL to enjoy -- poets, authors, artists, musicians, actors, etc. -- as well as, offering enrichment opportunities for all the students to participate in the Arts. The 6th grade Science Camp, 7th grade Sea World turn-around, and the 8th grade Washington D.C. trip are unique junior high perks as well. I highly recommend this school for an excellent elementary education.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2011
As a student, I really enjoyed this school. Unlike many schools in Arizona, it has a lot of windows and visual access to outdoor spaces. Recess and lunch weren't in cramped, indoor, windowless cafeterias, but in a spacious, outdoor Ramada. Outdoor courts between wings of the school allowed learning to sometimes expand into these spaces and provided places for students to spend time before school and between some classes when older. I thought my teachers were great and the lack of "Chris" wasn't too apparent. I never fell behind, but that might be because of how helpful and nurturing to learning my parents were. After graduating 8th grade, I went on to get above a 4.0 at Brophy in Phoenix with plenty of Honors and AP classes. I am finishing my senior year at ASU now as an Architecture student as well as completing an Honors Thesis for Barrett, The Honors College. Friends I made here have stuck with me for life. 4 stars.

- submitted by a community member
January 04, 2011
Our experience here was very disappointing. Academically, both of my children fell significantly behind and teachers failed to note or address it. Teacher/parent communication is terrible. Teachers are mediocre. Atmosphere can be very cold. Discipline policy and just, clear enforcement is extremely broken. I wish it was a better school because I believe in the principle of Catholic education, but this school needs some kind of overhaul.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2010
I agree with the comment on March 12, 2010. We were at St Mary Basha, thinking that It was a good school, where they teach the love of God. But for my surprise they said that just for appearance, in the reality, they scream to the students and there's a real problem with bullies. The Peacemaker pledge, is a mumble in the morning. But no one applies it.... You could go in person and as soon as you enter the lobby You'll feel the emptiness of love and God in there.... sad a Christian school without Chris.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2010
All three of my children attended St. Mary-Basha Catholic School and while it was challenging it was very well worth it. They provide all the major sports for the 6-8th grade as well as music and art as part of their curriculum. Students can join the choir as early as 5th grade and they learn about leadership by participating in the student council. My children were well prepared for the rigors of Catholic High School by the foundation that was laid by St. Mary-Basha. I highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
Because they have a great curriculum and care about their students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 12, 2010
To comment on the December 15, 2009 review, there is a community feel, but this can also be translated to clique-ish and gossipy. Unless the child has a diagnosed learning disability do not expect extra help; they refer you to charter or public schools for lesser expectations. There are problems with bullying despite saying they use the Peacebuilder program. If you inquire into this school, ask them to explain this. I've found its a 'pledge' the kids mumble during morning prayer and that's it. There is no application by teachers, staff, volunteers.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2010
St Mary-Basha offers a high quality education for K-8 grade students. The principal of this school genuinely cares about her students and encourages parents to become more involved in their child's educational life. Prior to attending St Mary-Basha my child struggled academically and socially. My child was considered a problem student at many schools. Within the first week of my child attending St Mary-Basha, teachers and staff were able to detect and bring to my attention their immediate concerns regarding my child's reading, writing and lack of confidence. Thanks to the excellent staff/ teachers and reading program, my child has reached academic achievements that perhaps at one time he never thought he could achieve. In three years I have seen a strong spiritual and academic growth in my child. I can honestly say that this school has instilled positive feelings towards education and our Catholic faith.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 28, 2010
St. Mary-Basha is a wonderful Catholic environment for k-8 grade levels. We have two kids at St. Mary-Basha and we are very pleased with the education and Catholic encouragement the teachers/staff give to our children. We are 100% sure that our children are at the right school to grow closer to their faith and excell in their education. With those two factors well combined on campus, our children will be enriched and enlightened daily.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2010
St. Mary-Bahsa is a great school. My son has been attending for 4 years. We moved from another Catholic School and are really pleased. The teachers are supportive. He is able to stay after school to get help with homework, and loves his teachers. We couldn't be more pleased.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2010
My children came from another Catholic School and we could not be happier with education, love and support they have received. The principal is proactive and a advocate for all children. Most Catholic schools won't even accept children with learning differences and St. Mary's has staff that specifically works with students that struggle in all areas but especially reading. The children are challenged and nurtured. This school is a top choice for parents who care about their kids education.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2010
My grandchildren attend this school and we are very happy with the results so far. Education stresses the basics with an exceptinal computer program. We will continue with this school as long as it remains this way.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2010
This is a wonderful school with a cultural and social mix of students that encourages all aspects of a childs development. We love it.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2010
WE LOVE ST. MARY-BASHA!!! Our principal's top priority is 'what is best for each child,' and she knows EVERY child at the school. SMB is the only Catholic school I know of that has an on-site Speech Pathologist, reading specialists and Mon.-Thur. after school math tutoring. Parent involvement is praised and sincerely appreciated. Technology department and in each class is cutting-edge. Front office staff are kind, cheerful and professional. This is a place that honors families and loves children!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 23, 2010
Great school. My kids love it, academics are accelerated. expectations are high and the teachers and parents are involved.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2010
My daughter attends this school and loves it. The teachers and parents are very involved with the students academic, religous and personal growth. Issues in the classrooms are handled immediately. Neighborhood is a bit old.

- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2009
On paper they look good, but in the realty It's worse than public schools. 1- It's a catholic school were they are suppose to teach good principles and the love of God, but the environment is loveless and empty. They director and the teacher don't care at all for the children that need help, they only focus in the ones that excel. They teach rules & rituals, but not love. Because of this they have mayor problems with bulling and teacher being over strict with students that need more help (screams & hit heads). 2- Academically, the classes are not organized & crowded.Teachers don't take time for explaining and teaching. They use out of date methods & the only reason they have good ratings in the state exams because they study only for those test. Please when looking for a school go interview them and hear what your heart tells you.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2009
This school was a little disappointing, and seems to be declining. Left this school last year. Many of the teachers and staff are parents of the kids that attend the school, so those kids get most of the resources. Encouraging parental involvement is great, but there are limits-too many over-involved parents can be a negative. The kids are well-behaved, with orderly classrooms.

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July 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 02, 2009
i love it at tis school! they give us freedom but when its too displine they disipline

- submitted by a student
March 26, 2009
I previously attended St. Marys for nine years. My experience was not all that bad there. The teachers at St. Marys were fairly decent and seemed to care about their students. The same teachers taught at the school year after year. St. Marys filled its students with good morals. However, in more recent years, the school has gone from being a good, respectable school to being a total sham. My brother who presently attends St. Marys is special needs. We have made a great effort trying to talk to the teachers to find a way to accomodate him. However, our attemts have proven to be utterly disappointing. The teachers don't care to take the time out to help him. (continued..)

- submitted by a student
January 17, 2008
I transferred from public school to St.Mary-Basha, and I couldn't be more disappointed. This school was to restricting and the teachers didn't seem to care about the students' personal problems or worries. The teachers also are very stereotypical about students who have straight A's and average graded students they assuming that the straight A students are never rude to their peers or pick on them.

- submitted by a community member
May 07, 2007
Execellent school. Excellent academic program! My daughter went to St. Mary Basha for all 9 years, K-8 and my son is currently attending. I wouldn't want them to attend any other school! I love that parents are always involved and a true community environment and all children are well disciplined!

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2006
We have sent all four of our children to St Mary Basha and are very pleased. The Principal, Sr. Mary Norbert is an outstanding educator and leader. Parental involvment is unequaled.

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July 07, 2005
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July 06, 2005
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no rating January 25, 2005
WE ARE GOING TO APPLY TO THIS SCHOOL SO DO NOT HAVE ANY INFORMATION

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2004
The SM-B has one of the best staffs a catholic school. Principal is Sr. Mary Norbert, she is very accomplished. Language arts programs and Computer lab are excellent. Science program is good. Math and R.E. programs are average. Facility and neighborhood are older. Expect to be involved in the school as the Second Vatican Council stated in the Declaration on Christian Education: As it is parents who have given life to their children, on them lies the gravest obligation of education. They must therefore be recognized as being primarily and principally responsible of their eduction. The role of parents in education is of such importance that it is almost impossible to provide an adequate substitute.

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February 23, 2004
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St Mary-Basha Catholic School
200 West Galveston Street, Chandler, AZ  85225
(480) 963-4951
Last modified St Mary-Basha Catholic School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
St Mary-Basha Catholic School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top