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St. Mary's Catholic High School

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Posted December 17, 2013

very substandard, too many uncertified teachers , huge drop in enrollment in the past 5 years 820 to 400s now. good coaches are gone , very poor student activities and school spirit. Many of the best faculty/coaches forced out or left. very sad direction. our family decided not to send any of our children there

Posted April 10, 2013

The Mission of Saint Mary's Catholic High School is to prepare students for a life of virtue, forming them through an education in the Catholic Tradition to know the Truth and to love God and others. Don't let many of the negative reviews alter your opinion of the school. Many changes have taken place over the last year with both administration and teachers, all for the best. Change can be frustrating but the new adminsitration is dedicated to keeping with their mission. Give them a chance to make SMHS the best true Catholic education in Phoenix.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 19, 2013

My daughter is a current freshman there, at one point we were ecstatic about her attending. I wish I would have researched more about what the school is really about. The education is actually behind the public middle school she came from. The administration and teachers are unable to admit they are human and can error. They don't listen to the concerns of the parents and students. Their involvement is all about the money and as long as it keeps coming in they are happy and don't care about anything else. I would really rethink if you want to send your child to that school. I know an have met and know alumni, these parents feel and know the school is not what is use to be. So much has changed, and not for the better. Good luck
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 14, 2012

People talk about what a great school this used to be, but I know many people that went to this school many years ago including my two sisters. One of my sisters had a hearing problem and she was bullied by three girls her freshman year until she couldn't take it and dropped out after two months. The other people told me that if you weren't a athlete, or attractive, or knew someone popular, or didn't have the right shoes you were a nobody. I'm glad I didn't go there.

Posted June 20, 2011

with all due respect, but bullying happens everywhere. You can't hold the school responsibile just because some idiots decided to pick on someone, bullying is not right, but other than that St. Mary's is one of the most prestigous schools in Arizona.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 28, 2011

My nephew attended this school as a freshman and was bullied so badly by members of the football team that he left before the end of the first semester. Many discussions with the principal, etc., lead no where. They will turn a 'blind eye' to protect their 'elite' players over a good kid/student that happens to not be an athlete at their school....SAD!

Posted December 22, 2010

amazing!!! i love it! good sports, academics, teachers, and people. never any problems with fitting in. great diversity.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 12, 2009

St. Mary's High School still maintains the long standing traditions that have been in place for decades. Emphasis is placed on providing a strong Catholic education centered around God's teachings and how they apply to our everyday lives. Being a smaller school makes the community a closer one and generates a familiarity that bolsters the achievements of the student body.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 2, 2009

St. Mary's is supposed to be a school based on family unity and tradition. Although generations of families have passed through here I don't feel any strong sense of school spirit or tradition. I feel that if I would've known that the school would be like this I would have left my freshman year. The head administration are all puppets to the diocese who is ruining the traditions of this school. If you or your child is thinking about attending this school just now you will be paying for a close minded and arcaic system where everything is turned down by the school board and tons of students transfer all through the year. I wish I could but I'll just tolerate it for my parents sake.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 18, 2008

I have on child who has graduated already and now my last is going to this school. This school has remain to be the best. The teachers and staff are awesome. They help to the best of there ability. Ask your-self how much I'm I involved an how much have I invested. Compare to some of the schools my friends and family send their children I am grateful and blessed that my child is attending St. Mary's.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 20, 2008

Saint Mary's High School used the best Cathilic school to send a child. The principal has destroyed everything Saint Mary's has always beens. He came in and told us parents he had a daughter who told him 'dad whatever you do---do not change all the traditions. But he has done just the opposite and changed almost everything. In fact he has done damge to the school and the school enrollment. Just take a look at the teacher turn over, which did not used to occur. Ha does not support nor attend events. I guess that is is own time, but his wife (who happens to be a teacher at the school) finds the time to attend all the events the principal can't find the time to do------go figure. The sooner the principal leaves, the less damage can occurand Saint Mary's could return to the great school it used to be.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 20, 2008

let the principal GO and the scholl will return to the OLDEST, BEST, CATHOLIC High School in the valley. He has done more damage in his few years at Saint Mary's than anyone!!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 11, 2008

The school is great rich in tradition, with the exceptionof the principal. The teachers and support staff are great, the students seem to be to the same.

Posted May 22, 2008

We have a student with a signicant learning dissability and after intense searching, decided on St. Mary's. Our experience has been far beyond our expectations. This is a fabulous school and the sense of community is overwhelming. We would recommend it to everyone looking for a great high school. I have friends who teach in public high schools and what is tolerated is unbelievable. As for the pregnancy issue in the previos comment, as far as I know it's not contagious. We all love St. Marys!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 17, 2008

I have been very dissatisfied with SMHS. What exactly are we paying for? There is a lot of theft on campus from students, a lot swearing, students who are openly sexual, and even some pregnant young ladies. Now I will be the first to tell you that people make mistakes, but this is supposed to be a Catholic school. Statistics show that if girls see one girl pregnant, it starts to spread. I'm just very disappointed for what is supposed to be a faith-filled community. I've called the Dean on 2 separate occasions and have never had my call returned. One in which my son had his wallet stolen and another when his folder of work was stolen. If this is the direction of a Catholic 'paid' education, I can get this for free!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 23, 2007

Our family has mixed feelings about the school. There are some serious issues and the discipline is not consistent. There are however, some fantastic teachers. Their competence and the hope that there are others like them is enough for us to keep with the school. Administration is very inflexible about changing teachers. Go to all of the teacher conferences and make yourself known, as well as the fact you will back your student at all times. Public school is worse.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 17, 2007

The worse thing about the school is the principal. He has destroyed the great sense of community spirit and identity the St. Mary's was known for in the community. He does not support the sports program or other activities that are not 'Catholic'.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 5, 2007

Great School! Academics and extracurricular activities are far beyond the 'average' school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 7, 2006

SMHS is a wonderful place for a child to realize their true self. If you have a child and you want a true Catholic experience combined with academic and athletic success then SMHS is the place. SMHS is a Catholic community that provides students with a chance to enjoy high school and yes even go to a wonderful college. We have been pleased with the experience and the commitment that has been shown to our student athlete. The school embraces diversity in the student population which is a representation of the world we live in today. KUDOS to the staff and administration.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 19, 2006

If you send your child to this school, you better be sure to keep a close eye on your student. Much of what goes on at this school needs to be scrutinzed more closely. Bad students and loud parents often dictate what happens at this school. The sad part is that this used to be a terrific school. I would not send my child here under any circumstance.
—Submitted by a parent

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