My son went to this school for 7th and 8th grade. We moved here from Rancho Cucamonga, Etiwanda School District, and he was in the gifted program.
This school's science, advanced math, and social science programs challenged his abilities. The language arts and computer science programs gave him insight to new details and more hands-on concepts than he had in the public school.
When we came in 7th grade, we were behind because this science program makes every student submit a project for the San Diego County Science Fair. The student must follow the guidelines for the County Science Fair, make the finals at the school level. Then submit their entries to the San Diego County Science Fair Committee, be accepted, go to Balboa Park to be judged, and then if the student takes first place in their respective area they continue to state and so forth. My son placed 2nd and 3rd respectively with honorable mentions. But the school did have one young lady three years ago make it all the way to Nationals.
The advanced math program is not for all of the students. The student will be tested, and if you pass the test, you are allowed to be in the class. During my son's 8th grade year he was taking freshman Algebra. My son is now going into his freshman year and will be taking Honors Geometry.
My son had been accepted to another private school but chose this school instead. I believe he made the correct decision.
I have had the pleasure of working at this school for 10 years and have found it to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. This diverse community is filled with students from a variety of ethnic backgrounds who have contributed into making this school into a culturally rich learning environment. We are blessed to have the support of our parents who also contribute into making their childrens learning experience successful. Many of our students continue on to private and public high schools with a strong academic foundation and discipline that prepares them for continued success. But most of all it is our main endeavor to prepare our students with a strong spiritual foundation that will carry on with them throughout their lives.
St Mary's Star of the Sea Oceanside is a fabulous school. Academics are strong. Teachers are loving, outgoing and come from very strong academic backgrounds themselves. Attending St. Mary's is special because it is an extension of your current family. There is a school wide Mass every Friday and the whole school participates. Students where uniforms and treat teachers and peers respectfully. It is a wonderful place to be everyday. It is safe, nurturing and academically challenging. I highly recommend this school.
St. Mary Star of the Sea School is dedicated to educating the entire child. The academics are very strong and prepare the graduates to succeed in high school and life. There is a strong physical education program to keep the students healthy and able to perform at their best. The students are taught to be participating citizens in a community as they learn to grow in their faith. St. Mary School is a fabulous community of learners where life long friendships begin and are nurtured.
My son LOVES this school and cannot wait to go everyday. Teachers are amazing. He comes back everyday very happy. They are all wearing uniform and the school knows the balance of too strict and being a kid. Don't let the old buiding scares you. The education is amazing!
We moved to Oceanside in 2007 and were blessed to find a home at St. Mary's. We have had 4 children there (the oldest has moved on to high school) and it really has been a second home for them. They have thrived personally, academically and spiritually. The school is demanding academically but always emphasizes the importance of genuine Christian love and fellowship. Highly recommend this school.
My two kids go to St. Mary's (one in preschool and the other in 1st grade) and we've had such a fantastic experience. The teachers have been wonderful and the parents get to know each other due to the small school. I love the fact that there is an assigned room mom that can help whenever you have any questions, although the teachers can easily be reached too.
My daughter has been going to St. Mary's for 5 years now, since Preschool and she is very happy with the school, her classmates and the teachers. Her Iowa Test Scores are well above average and she is well behaved. The school is the lowest priced private school in the area by far. To me the school seems a bit dated, though she doesn't see it that way. She loves the school and wants to continue going there until 8th grade.
2 of our kids spent 8 years at St. Mary's. The oldest one went on to be valedictorian of his high school and graduated last year from harvard. The best thing about St. Mary's is the solid ethical foundation given but the academic side is strong also, particularly in math. We are so grateful for all that the school has done for our kids!
Both my sons attended the preschool and it has always felt like a second home for my children. All the teachers and Ms. Shapiro, the Director genuinely care about every individual child. I highly recommend the preschool for its curriculum, value and staff.