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Saint Mary's College High School

Private | 9-12 | 630 students


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Posted August 7, 2014

Wow, I am in complete awe of some of these negative comments! I am a current alumnus and let tell you, I have been BLESSED to have to this beautiful school. Absolutely caring and smart teachers, friendly factually, and best of all, the close community. Education here is challenging and I feel that I am incredibly well equipped for college. To the person who mentioned that Saint Mary's students do not get into selective colleges, let me provide you with some of the ones MANY (not just one or two) our panthers will be attending: Berkeley, Davis, UCLA, Princeton, NYU, BU, Stanford- also, of whom also got accepted to MANY other good schools. Let me tell you this, though, if you are looking at the "schools that will send your kids to America's top 20 colleges," don't forget, your students own input and effort are what gets him into those schools in the first place. Thank you. By the way, visit our beautiful campus if you have the chance, a lot of the information i provided can be accessed in our library.

Posted May 14, 2014

I cannot, in good conscience, recommend this school. Although there are exceptions, the overall quality of the teaching is poor, and the administration is worse. In some classes, the teachers seem to be making up the curriculum as they go. In others, the teachers seem to be AWOL. All in all, it seems like a bit of a free for all.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 22, 2013

Not sure about the July 24, 2013 post. I know families from the graduating class of 2013. I personally know families on scholarship and who paid full price at St. Mary's. Sounds like this parent wants all academics and AP classes and school is all about grades. It's not. If you want a well rounded education and the ability to get into all the UC's, Stanford, Duke, Harvard, Dartmouth, etc., this is the school. I know the kids that got in. And the sports programs are very good. I know another dozen or so kids, with athletic scholarships.
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Posted July 24, 2013

If you are academically inclined and advanced to begin with, this is not the school for you. Especially if you are not black, Hispanic, Filipino or white. That is, unless you have money to donate. More importantly, it will screw your child over when trying to get into a deserving university. School claims they don't have a top 3% ranking and there are limitations here on recommendation letters for very advanced students. The child's performance is solely the basis the school should evaluate and reward appropriately.
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Posted October 7, 2010

Transferring to St. Marys was probably the smartest decision in my whole entire life. During the 9th and 10th grades, i attended Moreau Catholic, and to compare the teachers at St. Mary's with them would be a disgrace. The teachers over at St. Mary's actually care about your student IN and OUT of the classroom. I am proud to say I graduated from St. Mary's because when I went there, my GPA went up at least 0.5 points and it's a lot. It means the difference between a 3.0 and a 3.5. The students there are totally fun, and the words clique, do not even exist at St. Marys. But remember no matter where you go. There is bad everywhere. So whoever said there are "derogatory terms, racial cliques, and gossip abound the school." please tell me of a school where there isn't. Oh thats right. St. Mary's. GO PANTHERS.
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 29, 2009

While I respected the goals of the brothers and the faculty's commitment to education parents should be aware that the student population does not contain these same values. Derogatory terms, racial cliques and gossip abound at the school. If you are seeking a Catholic education there are other schools that create a welcome environment for all and can monitor their students conduct better. My daughter attended for a year and left because of the negative atmosphere. Finally the parent participation is low. It is a small group doing it all with the majority of the the parents who have kids attending not participating in fundraisers but expecting the benefits of the school. Such a shame.
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Posted October 20, 2009

I am a Junior at SMCHS and I absolutely love it. All of the teachers support and help me when I need it. The community allows me involved in many clubs and extra curriculars. We have a lot of school spirit and our Student Government really helps and is important to the school. Our arts program is amazing with our theater department producing amazing performances as well as dance, choir, and band. I would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 3, 2009

St. Mary's brilliantly strives to educate the 'whole person,' and does so with wisdom and grace. Its community is marked by love and respect.

Posted January 31, 2009

St. Mary's is a welcoming and nurturing institution. Its academics and curriculum is highly competitive and challenging. The teachers and staff have the best interests of the student population and encourage and foster learning in all individual pupils. Their athletic program, visual arts program, and other curricular programs are of the highest caliber. Our children are excelling in all subject areas, continually making the Honor Roll, maintaining high GPAs, while contributing and being involved in other curricular campus events as well as learning to help the community and church. This college prep. high school is considered one of the best in the East Bay. It welcomes all students from different walks of life, whether they're financially-challenged and so forth, as long as the student(s) has potential for learning, is productive and is willing to contribute honestly through hard work. These are the facts and they are undisputed.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 20, 2008

this school is not recommendable. very bad acamdemics. athletic program is really bad.
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Posted October 6, 2008

SMCHS is a great school. I love all the teachers I have and all the classes. The trips are really fun too. =)
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 5, 2008

Small, with a big school feel, in a wonderful neighborhood. Diverse supportive community and a lot of love in the air. Strong academics, life skills, emphasis on the whole person development and great sports program.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 1, 2007

This school has an excelent envorment. Its small enough to be able to accoiate with all the students.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 22, 2006

My son has been with SMCHS for two years now and he loves it. The principal and faculty members are great. They have their curriculum geared towards the needs of their students. My son is never bored and is always motivated to go for more. 'Thinking outside the box' would be a good trait the kids here have. It is in a wonderful location and a pretty safe environment.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 21, 2006

Great school. Great administrators. Good academics & sports. My child loved it.
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Posted August 13, 2005

I LOVE THIS SCHOOL my son plays football n runs track n the teachers help him with nething he needs on and off the track
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 21, 2004

SMCHS is a great school.My daughter has benefited a great deal from this school.They prepare you very well for the future and upcoming college years.They are well informative in letting both students and parents know what they need to accomplish upon entering college,AP classes,community ser.,requirements needed,etc...I would give this school a 5 for academics. However if your child is a student athelete this might not be the place for them.The administration and Atheletic Dir.and other staff are not very interested in the sports programs.They don't realize that for some talented students this could be their future.One would think that they could see how big HS sports is and how it helps keep the kids out of trouble after school hrs.Especially after all of the successs that the student athelets have had in the last 4yrs,both in the class rooms and in there individual sports.Many recieving scholarships with good GPA's.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 30% 26%
Black 23% 6%
Two or more races 22% 3%
Hispanic 15% 52%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 6% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1294 Albina Avenue
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