My child was new to STM in the 6th grade. The welcome wagon ended the day we paid the annual tuition. I have always been an involved parent. I believe there is great value in partnering with the teachers and administration. This is clearly not what STM believes. The same parent volunteers are at (controlling) every event. New ideas are not of interest, if you offer one, you are excluded from future activities. The comments on the bullying are 100% TRUE! This place breeds segregation and exclusivity. I have requested to meet with the Principal on three occasions only to be ignored. The office staff are wonderful but the administration is not held to any standards and is controlled by the small group of parents/donors. This is the most political school I have ever seen. They proudly display a "Blue Ribbon School" banner at their entrance from 2006. Pretty sad they have nothing to show for the PAST 8 YEARS! Our family has moved on, I suggest you do the same.
I saw the comments below about our principal and I want to offer a counter-point. Last year, my husband presented a very serious issue to the principal and staff. I can tell you that they handled the issue perfectly and worked with us to find solutions to the issue. I have found that the principal and staff are very loving and dedicated professionals. I am proud to send our children to STM and can tell you that the academics are awesome. The weekly mass is so wonderful and we have really gotten to know other parents. We have found that our common faith and desire to do the best for our children has made our experience at STM absolutely great so far.
K-12 academics is great. PDO sucks and teachers aren't very empathetic The school perpetuates bully
We have two daughters. One attended the school from 3rd - 8th. She received a solid education and was prepared for Regis. However, she did not have a positive experience there. She was shunned by the other students and it was very hard for her, me and my husband to fit into the cliques. Our younger daughter started in kindergarten and was well liked and happy. For the most part the education has been good. However, as the years went on the bulling has got worse and now that she is in middle school it is out of control. There is a group of mean kids that run her grade and everyone is afraid to do or say anything. Now, there are only two groups of kids there, the bullies and the kids that side with them or the victims. Most of the parents aren't willing to say anything probably because they know nothing will be done. As far as a Catholic education well... I think it is obvious. What kind of environment are these children in everyday and what are they really learning about how to treat others and live their lives. The principal is ultimately to blame. She is a disgrace. Because of all this we are pulling our daughter out of STM! Shame on anyone who witnesses this and still stays!!!
I attended this school from 2nd grade until 8th.One thing worth mentioning to any parent considering this school for their child is how extensive the bullying is that goes on there. More disturbing then this, however, was how teachers rarely addressed it. When I attended the school I had a sense even then that appearances had to maintained above all else. Lastly, a huge component to a Catholic education is the fact that you learn Catholicism. With the lack of leadership, from bother parents and teachers, students (myself included) did not have the Catholic example we needed to apply our faith. I am so grateful that I have had the opportunity, as I have grown older, to meet strong, kind, humble Catholic adults and young people, which has allowed me to re-discover my faith.
wow...the person that just posted in Jan must live in the land of entitlement. I have three children that attend STM and we've been there for 6 years. The Catholic education was important to us. I believe they are getting a solid education and will be prepared for Regis HS. While there are teachers that have not been my favorite I believe that my children will be better prepared for real life and learn to deal with good and bad teachers. If there is really a problem we have addressed our concerns and on two occasions the teachers have been released. I love the sense of community and the lifelong friends that my children are developing. I find offense to the previous comment and was searching for our parent community and found this so I felt I needed to comment. Thanks :)
This school, out of my 9 years of attendance, only had one great teacher. I felt as if they don't care about whether or not you succeed or not, but only whether or not you give them a good reputation. Because of my experience with this private school, i have decided to attend a publish school. This school left a sour taste on my feelings of private catholic schools.
We have lived in many states, and my son has attended so many different public schools, and this school is a breath of fresh air! Now we know there is a difference in the quality of education, and will never go public again. They attend all the needs of each child and hold each child to the highest academic standards. I am grateful to have my son attend middle school at St. Thomas More.
We too have been somewhat dissapointed with the consistency of the staff. Some teachers are great and others leave a bit to be desired. The School leadership appears to be reluctant to deal with underperforming staff. We have also found from our own experience and from talking with other parents that parental input doesn't appear to be as welcome as we were led to believe. There seems to be a bit of circle the wagons mentality when issues are brought up.
I have been largely disappointed with the Mathmatics education and the consistency of the staff
Our daughter attended STM for 9 years. The combination of our faith and her academics was priceless. There were a few very poor teachers. I'm not sure why they kept them. Overall is was a great experience. She was well prepared for a rigorous curriculum at high school.
We have 2 children enrolled at this school. The 'Blue Ribbon' award in and of itself should be enough to give you an idea of the quality of the school, but as a parent it goes far beyond that. School is always how much you invest in it with your children and for your children. The engagement is outstanding from the churches pastor to the entire school staff. My children are and have been continuously challenged by the curriculum with one child in 7th and the other in 2nd grade. The Extracurricular activities and involvement by both parent and student go far beyond even my expectations. We, as parents are very thankful for this school as it first and foremost preps are children to be successful in high school, but more importantly the ability to assist us as parents in making them successful in life. We are blessed to have this school
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