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.
I'm an active parent at the school with a daughter who just graduated this spring and a fifth grader. The school is a special community within a major city. The school maintains one class per grade (20 to 25 kids on average) and begins with pre-K and goes through the 8th grade. given its small size, the school community (parents, teachers, students, administrators) have a unique opportunity to get to know one another very well. that's a big asset in a big city where the only constant is change. both of my girls have forged lasting friendships that will serve them well beyond their years at the school. the other great thing about the school is that it is highly academic. the coursework is challenging and helps kids develop a strong foundation in reading, arithmetic, writing, the sciences and computer science. In addition, there are ample opportunities to participate in sports, the arts and music. lastly, the tuition is relatively affordable compared to other private school options. I strongly recommend the school.
SMT has a vibrant community of committed, nurturing teachers alongside a highly involved parent body and school administration. Our children have very much enjoyed both their academic and social experiences at SMT, and we parents have also enjoyed getting to know the many great families that we have met through our involvement in the school community.
Although SMT certainly does care about educating the "whole child", it has historically always had a strong focus on academics, a necessity given the many distinguished secular and Catholic schools with which SMT competes for students in LA's Westside. That focus on academic achievement/excellence has continued throughout the tenure of the legendary Cecile Oswald (Mrs. O) and the current school leader, Dr. Gavin Colvert. SMT students are very well prepared for their high school experiences, whether at the respected local Catholic high schools (Loyola, Marymount, Notre Dame, etc.) or the secular private schools like Harvard Westlake, Brentwood, etc.
One of the great things about SMT is that the kids are offered an academic experience that is on par with the top local private schools, but with a more toned-down/laid-back atmosphere within the parent body, than I believe you might find at many Westside private schools. While there are many wealthy families, they tend not to wear it on their sleeves to the same degree as you might find at other local schools, and the parent body is made up of many lawyers, doctors and other working professionals.
I understand that there have been a couple of negative postings on this web site. While every person's opinion should certainly be respected, my personal view is that those negative commenters' experiences are completely at odds with our family's (and most importantly our children's) experience at SMT, and I believe that the vast majority of our fellow SMT families feel the same way. While no school is perfect and there are certainly things that SMT can do better (as with pretty much every other school), we feel that SMT has been the perfect fit for our children and for us as parents.
I highly recommend that parents check out SMT to see if it might be a good fit for them and their children. A good way to see the school and the community is to attend the Carnival (Nov. 7th).
we are blessed to be at a school that cares about the "whole" child. When I see my children around those from other schools, there is a significant difference in the caliber of SMT students. You see 8th graders who are kind, articulate, confident and most importantly in this fast town ..... age appropriate.
This is a gem in this city. It's refreshing to be at a school where academics, community service AND character is supported and celebrated. This new principal is enhancing and updating the school in curriculum, moral development, and faculty. Love the changes so far, and excited for the future! Thanks for being instumental in my child's growth and success.
Parents on this site bad mouthing this school are on here for a reason. Revenge. They are displeased that they could not change the school curriculum to fit their agenda. I think it's unfair to go on this site to bad mouth the school without stating all the facts. Is this school right for every child, no. If your child is not a traditional learner then maybe this school is not the right place for your student. This school expects their students to study hard and excel. I recently had my child graduate from this school and she got in to all the high schools she applied to with academic honors. And she was not the top student in the class. I have had nothing for positive experiences at this school for my child. She has made friendship that will last a life time.
This school is the worst school in LA. They claim to be academic, but they are not. They use old books, everything is rope memorization, and they give endless amounts of homework. They are so behind times and modern education. Just ask detailed questions, but they truly are not truthful. They have no rules on bullying, and just ignore it. The school is mean spirited. If you told me there was another scandal at the school, I would not be surprised. They have a new principal who is awful. He has never even taught grade school, or has any experience. He was a college professor, that has horrible reviews on line. The school had six teachers leave after this year, and they only have one class per grade. They are also so unorganized. They expect the children to be on top of their endless amounts of work, but the teachers have zero accountability. I truly don't see this school staying open long. Please do your research. It is an awful environment for children. If you want a Catholic School look somewhere else. Trust me...
St Martin of Tours is the perfect school for families that give high value to excellency in academics. My daughter is graduating Kindergarten this year and loves her school! She feels empowered and challenged. True, she has 2-3 pages of homework every day but we do not feel that it is excessive at all. (15-20 minutes max.) I am surprised to read so many negative comments related to the strong academics when this trait is what makes SMT unique in a city plagued with expensive and sub-par schools. If you want a school that will prepare your child for an "Ivy League" future this is the one because kids actually learn. (My daughter just turned six. She is adding and subtracting two digit numbers with ease, and reading advanced books with outstanding reading comprehension.) :) The school doesn't have a "big grassy yard" but she has not complained because there is a park structure for the little ones at the back of the school. It is not an "artistic" school either. I provide my daughter with that creative part after school with lessons and activities. There was a new principal this school year and the school is still adapting to a new leadership style, but most of the wonderful teachers that have been with the school for years are still there and we feel that the transition has gone very smoothly. We are very happy so far with the school and we will enroll our younger son in the new TK program next year.