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St Mary-Basha Catholic School

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Posted December 7, 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

Posted 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

Posted April 29, 2010

Because they have a great curriculum and care about their students.
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Posted 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.
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Posted 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.
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Posted 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

Posted 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.
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Posted 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.
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Posted 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.
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Posted 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.
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Posted 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!
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Posted January 23, 2010

Great school. My kids love it, academics are accelerated. expectations are high and the teachers and parents are involved.
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Posted 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

Posted 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.
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Posted 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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Posted April 2, 2009

i love it at tis school! they give us freedom but when its too displine they disipline
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Posted 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..)
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Posted 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.

Posted May 7, 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

Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 65% 42%
Hispanic 20% 43%
Two or more races 9% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Black 0% 5%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Chandler, AZ 85225
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