SMT has really gone down. My parents and friends call it GSW - Good Shepherd West. Our new principal's wife is a principal at Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills and I think he wants us to do everything the way they do. We even had to go on our DC trip with them. I think he just became principal so that he could hang out with her. I am sad that we are now known as GSW.
SMT used to be a great school. I don't know how someone without professional experience in elementary education and an elementary teaching credential could be the principal of an elementary school. It seems to run contrary to logic. Most of the teaching staff are good. More emphasis on the sports program is needed. If you are looking for a school there are many excellent schools out there. Keep looking!
The matriculation to some of the best private schools in the region is indicative of their abilities to educate. That matriculation also carries forward to colleges as well. As with any school there are "dynamo's" and "average joe's". The good news is that the curriculum is strong and the dynamo's shine and the average joes are, well, above average.
Yes. While having more empirical data of post-matriculation results would be helpful to confirm, my belief is that it does. There are many ways to motivate children-coddling rarely provides "ownership" of responsibility in anyone and only seems to encourage entitlement. SMT encourages personal responsibility.
Yes for many of the same reasons as previously commented upon. The values espoused require respect, caring, and a necessity for cultural acceptance of the Judeo-Christian foundation which, due to its small size can be managed and implemented.
Yes-the Catholic foundation, the care of the community of parents and children, and an administration that seeks to create a culture of learning through the Christian lens creastes a wholisitc approacxh to child development.
The administrators are great. I would like to particularly call out our new principal, Dr. Culvert, who is doing a fantastic job in his new role. It's not easy leading a school with diverging opinions from strong willed parents but he's been able to accomplish that with grace and integrity.
yes, I do, for the same reasons cited for the immediately prior question. In addition, students regularly participate in Christian service activities including donating items to charitable causes and attending field trips to community events.