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St. Mary Magdalen

Private | K-8 | 217 students

St. Mary Magdalen provides a strong academic program rooted in Gospel values.

 

Living in Camarillo

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $375,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,450.

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Posted June 25, 2014

St. Mary's is truly a community, not just a school. My older daughter left another private school because of bullying to come to St. Mary's. She was welcomed by her classmates and has thrived since joining the school. My younger daughter attended a different school for one month, but once she saw how happy her older sister was, she begged to join her. My younger one states regularly how she enjoys being challenged in the classroom, telling me "Mom my old school was too easy!". It is obvious the teachers see their role as a vocation, not just a job. We are here for the duration, until graduating from 8th grade. So happy we found St. Mary's and can call this school home!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2011

St. Mary's is providing the education my child needs. It is a wonderful alternative to the diminishing public school curriculum. Art, music, foreign language, physical education, and technology are all a part of St. Mary's curriculum beginning in Kindergarten. Our first grader is also making great strides in math, English, language arts, history, science, and religion. Children and families at St. Mary's are supported by caring, talented teachers; an effective and trustworthy administration; and a community of parents who volunteer their time and give freely of their talents on a daily basis. We also have the support of an after school program that provides a safe place for our children to work on homework, have fun together, grab an after school snack, and engage in fun activities while we finish up our day at work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2011

St Mary's offers more quality academic offerings at a time when public schools are cutting back. They have added 10 school days to the year while our neighborhood public school just cut school days and programs due to the CA budget. The Spanish program, PE and the Arts keep our two students engaged while the core curriculum provides them with a solid foundation in language arts, math, social science, science and religion. The on-site after school program is safe and convenient. The teachers and new principal all have our student's BEST INTEREST in mind and the $100,000 technology grant is putting iPads in the middle school students hands. GREAT parent involvement and support. A great community that provides families with an education option that reinforces Catholic Values our kids today need CHARACTER-building, solid role models and active examples of being good citizens. St. Marys Catholic Educators weave this into each day and I see the impact it has in my kids. As a parent I can t ask for anything more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2011

Our daughter is now a sixth grader at SMMS and the school, its faith based values and its teachers have helped her develop into a pre-teen with strong critical thinking skills who is able to amaze us daily with the decisions she makes based on doing the right thing with integrity. I credit the teachers and the faith based academic environment as a significant contributor to who she has become. The academic instruction continues to be excellent. The prinicapal most recently had the vision to add math enrichment for grades 4&5 as a prep to the junior high honors program across all subjects. I am particularly pleased that a second language program was introduced this year for all grades k thru 8! The parent population is very active and provides a strong sense of family to all students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2010

Our family is extremely happy with this school! We feel that it is the best school for our children and could not imagine them anywhere else. The staff not only challenges the students academically and spiritually, but they also show compassion and truly want to see each child succeed! We see the christian values not only being taught in the classroom, but also out on the playground. I love seeing the upper grades working so closely with the younger grades. It feels like we belong to big family! Each family, teacher, and staff member gives something special! With all of the amazing things SMMS has to offer, we are so blessed to be apart of this wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2010

We have met so many wonderful families at this school that we will be friends with for the rest of our lives. Our children are secure and have friends who are wonderful children. As a parent, I feel safe that I know all the families so well. Our children are thriving academically and we have complete faith in the staff. Our faith is the most important thing to our family, we could not imagine a curriculum that is not based on our faith. Therefore, we couldn't imagine being anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2010

I am parent that has been involved with this school for more than 7+ years. It is sad to have seen so many people leave. The principal has done nothing effective to stop the bleeding of great families leaving the school. She has taken a great school and turned it upside down. You will here people left due financial issue, but the truth is that people left due to a poor teacher, children not being protected from mistreatment from others, and poor administration. We have been forced to leave a school we once supported with all or our hearts and efforts. Many people who left have said their kids have been happier and have had a stronger academic foundation at their new schools. We hope that the school makes some significant changes to improve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2010

I love this school! It's sad to see that a parent would leave just because one teacher leaves and not based on what the school is like overall. By the way, I thank God that the teacher mentioned below left because teaching was not for here and she was like a Jude amongst the other teachers and staff. The teacher that took her place is so much better and really cares about her students. That is what I notice about the rest of the teachers in the school: they care about their students and they work hard to prepare them well academically, socially and spiritually. I'm glad my child goes to SMMS. He loves his school and likes to participate in the many extracurricular activities that the school offers. He particularly likes participating in the annual musical that every grade puts on. I highly recommend SMMS to anybody who's considering it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2010

I had my children attending this school and felt that it was not on par with what I expected from a private school. There was a lack of leadership and I was never sure who was in charge when it came to resolving issues. There were many changes internally while we were there which led to some teachers leaving the school, which in turn validated our decision to leave as well. The school provides a lot in terms of safety, but if you are looking for a place for your child to excel emotionally and academically then there are certainly other options that should be considered. We found that a public school could offer the same and perhaps even more than this school did.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2009

My family has been at SMMS for three years, and we love it. Both of my children are doing extremely well academically due in large part to the excellent faculty at SMMS. Both of my children have participated in several of the extracurricular activities offered at the school including band, choir, Club 20 Spanish enrichment, basketball, volleyball, track, as well as student council, Camarillo Academic Olympics and several community service projects spearheaded by the students themselves. The commitment SMMS shares with me to provide an education for my children that is strong in academics and rich in spiritual values is invaluable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2009

My child said the other day that he feels safe in this school. There are no bullies but friends who watch out for him in regards to his food allergies. The curriculum includes Karate for Christ, art, music, and Spanish in addition to strong basics. Teachers are always available to speak to. I would like to see a stronger presence of technology in the curriculum and classrooms.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2009

We couldn't be happier! We are a new family to St. Mary's and are very confident in our choice of school for our children. Our child is in kindergarten and the teachers are simply amazing. They implement an art program, music program and are improving their technology and foreign language programs. We love the academics, Christian values and sense of community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2007

Although this school has seen some challenges, the current faculty and administration are, to say the least, awesome. They have done an outstanding job of upgrading the curriculum. We have 2 children there, and am astounded that my children are reading at significantly higher grade levels. The school also actively participates in technological learning and is ranked as one of the top 5 'First in Math' schools in the state. I have never seen such high levels of parent involvement in a school from old and new families alike. The school has great art and music programs, and a strong emphasis on Christian values, character, and commitment, which you can feel anytime that you are there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2007

Very clique! Our family did not 'fit' into the mold for this school. And as new parents at the school, we never felt welcomed. The principal seems very disorganized and overwhelmed. There were no warm-fuzzies from these teachers. The teacher our child had was icy cold and unfriendly. The kids seemed afraid of her. Needless to say, we moved on to another school and our child is now flourishing. A word to the wise, if your child excels in creativity or needs to be challenged academically, this is not the school for you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2007

We have 3 children here. This is a fantastic Catholic school. We are very pleased with the new principal (Sept., 2006) and feel that she is working to improve the academic curriculum, especially in math. We consider the emphasis on Christian values and family involvement to be extremely important for our children. The school has an art program, a music teacher, computer and science labs, and many sports programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2005

We currently have 2 of our children enrolled here. Although we initially enrolled them to get access to the private school environment we have been pleased with the academic progress that both of the kids have achieved. There is a great deal of parental involvement required both at school and at home. Music and sports programs are part of the curriculum. The quality of the academic program seems to be pretty good, my only wish is that there was more technology introduded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2005

Moving from LA area, I was most disappointed in this school. There are public schools that will provide a higher level of educational standards that we will be enrolling in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2005

Both my children attend the school and have had a wonderful experience there. It is a very family oriented school and everyone knows everyone. The principle is very interactive at the school and kids are expected to be accountable for their actions.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 54% 26%
Hispanic 26% 52%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 11% 1%
Two or more races 8% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 6%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • WASC Six Year Accreditation (2011)
  • WCEA Six Year Accreditation (2011)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:55 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Michael Ronan
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (805) 987-8211

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Honors track
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Archdiocese of Los Angeles
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Karate
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Karate
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Podcast Club
  • Student council/government
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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What are your chances?


8 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
35
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
45
Students typically come from these schools
United Methodist
Mt. Cross

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$4000 - $6000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
St. Bonaventure High School
Villanova College Prep
La Reina High School
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2534 Ventura Boulevard
Camarillo, CA 93010
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Phone: (805) 482-2611

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