As with most things in life, your child's education is what you make of it. STM readily engages students and their families in both foundational and elective activities to make the most of it. The STM staff are thoroughly involved in every child's wellbeing and continued growth. STM is a home away from home, frequently resulting in pleads to stay a little longer as we head out after school ends.
We were a new family to STM Catholic School last year. We selected STM, even with the abundance of great public & private schools in the area, bc STM Catholic is a perfect blend of academics, faith and service. It is one school that focuses on building a well-rounded child. We were welcomed with open arms & have navigated the newness with the help of kind & loving families within the school. The students are challenged in the classroom & are very prepared academically, emotionally & spiritually for the next step in life. The administration is very open to any change that will better the school - they immediately implemented an anti-bully program taught by a counselor on a weekly bases. My children love the teachers, the variety of classes & long-list of extracurricular activities.
Its sad that we get two extremes, the lovers and haters. Here is a fair and balanced review. 2 1/2 stars (not3) overall but if the review was on academics only it would be 4 stars! - teachers are dedicated and strong for the most part. - 20% of the priviledged students always cause problems with no consequences - parent cliques run the school making it cold, unwelcoming and unchristian. - the school is rigid, not receptive to ideas and does not handle change well. - far too many parents give affluence a bad name as they are too quick to judge and spoil their kids to no end. - and yes pockets of bullying exists Although our family is extremely affluent, friendly, volunteer driven and christ centered we live modestly and over the years our family only made 2 strong frienships but stayed due to academics exclusively. All our faith based social and volunteer efforts are done at our parish. So it all depends what you are looking for, Good Luck.
My children have attended STM for 5 years now and we are so grateful to be a part of this wonderful community. It is warm, nurturing and faith filled. Our children are all typical learners and STM has provided a perfect challenge for them. We have been very impressed with all the teachers and aides that we've had through the years. The grade levels work really well as a team and the teachers have great classroom management skills. We are amazed by our children's growth and independence not only academically, but emotionally and spiritually, as well. We feel that they will be well prepared for high school and beyond.
We have been at STM for 3 years now and have loved every minute of it. The principal and teachers are fantastic. They seem to really care about educating the whole child. The academics are tough, and the teachers hold the children to a very high standard. The faith component is very strong and this is seen in the caring and involved community that exists at the school. I feel that everything done at the school is done thoughtfully and carefully. My student is excited to go to school everyday. I really couldn't ask for anything more in a school.
My children have been attending STM for years and they love it. My wife and I love it too. It is an exceptional learning environment and the faculty, staff and administration couldn't care more about the students. I have read the comments on bullying and I can say that we have had an issue. I know an issue was raised and contrary to it being ignored, the school instituted a program that was researched and developed with significant parent input and leadership. I would not send my children to any other school in Denver before STM.
Just got back from conferences for my three children in second, fourth and seventh grade. I was once again reminded how blessed we are to go to such an amazing school. The teachers are so committed to their students and clearly take pride in their progress. It's impressive what the kids are learning, and although much is expected of them it pays off. I love watching the children grow academically, emotionally and spiritually. Thank you, STM. A job well done!
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.