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St. Mary's Academy

Private | 9-12 | 375 students


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Posted September 16, 2013

well lets just say this school is, something else. students here arent very open to differences. i stared durring summerschool to get some extra credits and thats where it started. noone wanted to even talk to me, let alone sit near me. i was called bougie, and an oreo, because i can speak propper english. so needless to say, i spent lunch alone on my phone. when the school year started it was hard enough being a transfer student (10th grade) but i also came from a "white school" which wasnt acceptable apparently. my only friends for a while were the office staff and the admissions department. the black students still wont talk to me. moving on, favoritism is constantly displayed mainly by teachers that arent black. in spanish me and 2 other students didnt have our books. i got detention. noone of the others did. they were the same race as the teacher. these kids are illiterate to say the least. i reccomend bringing your own lunch because i found hair in 2 things in 1 day. the cafeteria people did not take kindly to my complaint. calling me a liar and removing the evidence. then tried to make me pay for a new lunch. i can honestly say i hate this school its terrible. waste of money
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 13, 2011

St. Mary's is a wonderful place for young girls. My daughter is starting her 2nd year and is having a ball. As an entering freshaman coming from a public school, she made the adjustment well. All the girls are able to be involed in all sorts of activities, they don't just pick the same "favorites ones" all the time like some schools do. The teachersand coaches were very supportive! they helped my child whenever she needed it.. The campus is clean and very safe. The principal is doing a good job. She will NOT tolerate bad behavier and foolishness for the sake of money. If you don't want to obey the rules, you can leave and do what you like somewhere else. These girls are here to learn and get into college, and the staff is here to help make that happen. GO BELLES
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 18, 2010

It offers a great education to young women.

Posted June 3, 2009

It's okay, but on the social level not too many people are very friendly. Im a senior there and im so relieved I have found a friendthere. But it took four years for someone to accept me.Cliches are formed the second you moved there, so its hard to get along with everybody and make new friends. It's a very small school. Its a good thing they reenforce the rules on uniform but they go beyond. Shouldnt they focuse more on studies then wearing a tie properly? They dont have enough curricular activites. They have clubs but they dont have lots of them for others to join. On Academic Level, its okay they will make you move to certain classes if the class gets too full. Needs better teachersThe cafeteria is not to hot.They burnt the brownies and when they cook other things is not cook properly. So bring your own food!
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 18, 2008

My daughter just started in September of '08 and already we are extremely satisfied. She has never been happier. So far so good...
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 23, 2008

Some great students, and wonderful faculty (with the possible exception of some of the administration who seem less than open to parental/teacher input). The athletics are getting better every year, and the core subjects are scoring very high on IOWA tests. More emphasis could be place on the arts but overall a great place.
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Posted June 19, 2008

St. mary's provides students with many things that you wouldn't in a public school. The lack of boys and uniform policy helps a lot because we are more focused on our work. The principal is whatever but other than that the school is great!!!
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 9, 2008

Great teachers, lousy principal.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 10, 2008

I am the proud parent of a St. Mary's Academy Blue Tie. There are not enough words to describe how pleases I am with principle,teachers, administrative support staff, the parents and other students. This school not only has a very strong, well rounded academic program but a wonderful balance with extra curricular activities and parent involvement. The children are also taught the importance of volunteerism, cultural sensitivity and respect for self and others. They have a 98-99% college entrance rate and academic excellence is the standard. My daughter attended from 9th-12 grade and continued to college and graduated a double major at a four year university. I intend to include Saint Mary's as one of the organizations I donate and provide service for forever. Our daughters deserve the best and St. Mary's is one of the absolute best. Akilah McRoy
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Posted October 7, 2007

St. Mary's Academy is one of the best schools around. Girls are empowered and inspired at the school. The academics are extremely high and teachers are setting hig standards for these young women. I highly reccommend this school for any girl who is looking for a bright future.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 9, 2005

Excellent academics. Teachers stressed the importance of learning. Counselors could be better informed on college bound issues and requirements.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted November 1, 2004

This school has provided quality education for my daughter since freshmen year. I truly recommend the school to parents who are looking for a school that not only provides quality education, but will also empower young ladies to be the best they can be.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 9, 2003

Poor principal leadership. The school would be better run by a lay person. I began to question the quality of education that my daughter received. My daughter was forced to take Algebra twice because the Geometry class was 'full'. She was also forced to take Art because the Biology class was 'full'. I removed her from the school because I felt that I was paying for 'public school'. She is now receiving a better education in a Public School.
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Posted August 26, 2003

As a former student of St. Mary's I am proud to say that some of my most crucial learning took place there. I am now graduating from college with a bachelor's in Criminal Justice and will go on to get my masters. After a rough freshman year I was able to learn some study skills with the help of a teacher by the name of Mrs. Lutjen. My two favorite teachers were Mrs. Lutjen and Mr. Knight. Both pushed students to their maximum achievement. For those worried about the 'all girl' part of the school it actually makes learning easier. Their was a needed force to focus on school and with the lack of boys there to be cute for it was just another step easier. St. Mary's is a good school!
—Submitted by a former student

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Ethnicity This school State average
Black 50% 6%
Hispanic 31% 52%
Two or more races 17% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
White 0% 26%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Sr. Fay Hagen
  • All girls
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Inglewood, CA 90301
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