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St. Margaret Mary Catholic School

Private | PK-8 | 575 students

 

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Posted July 21, 2014

I think everyone should go to this school. I love this school feels like family and the friends and teachers you meet turn into lifelong relationships. I think my school could improve the gym it's so small and short.


Posted June 8, 2013

We had a "fair to good" experience at SMM. The environment improved when the principal finally retired about 6+ years ago. We have noted less emphasis and favortism to the wealthy families. The administration needs to evaluate the junior high staff as I think they are not preparing students adequately for high school. (Social studies and English). Though, the junior high Math and Biology exceed expectations. We may transfer our elementary student if changes are not made. Teacher quality in the lower grades is excellent, thus the reason for the 5 stars. I would give only 3 stars to junior high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2013

My school is excellent. I am a student in fifth grade,my teacher, Mrs.Martin, has taught me so much! If a parent says the teacher can't get control of the classroom it doesn't mean that. It's called the students aren't obeying her. Our school is very excepting and the teachers really get to know you! No better school than this.


Posted June 11, 2011

This school is excellent. We are not Catholic but we would not send our kids anywhere else. We have friends at Park Maitland, Parke House Academy, and Lake Highland Prep. They complain that the first two have too much politics with parents trying to influence administration so their kids get into the classes that have limited class size. As working parents we don't have time to spend trying to go to school meetings, hob nobbing with the principal. Lake Highland expects parents to donate heavily from what we've heard. At SMM, we don't deal with any politics, the teachers really care, and I don't worry that other kids get a leg up because they donate or sit in on school commit ties.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2010

I am a content parent of children at St. Margaret Mary. My comments here are regarding the previous review written March 2010. This confused parent must be discussing a different Catholic school. SMM did not lose many students last year; in fact this present 2010-2011 school year has 100% capacity with a waiting list. The tuition did not increase. Our amazing principal is extremely dedicated to our school and she is NOT a man.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2010

I am very proud to be an alumni from St. Margaret Mary. The teachers have not only challenged and encouraged me in academics, but aslo prepared me as a leader for the real world. I went into high school feeling strong because of the quality education the faculty and staff provided.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2009

Great teachers and curriculum
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Posted October 29, 2008

SMM is a terrific school. There's no other way to say it. I grew up and attended public school many years ago in another state, in a time and place many today yearn for as a Paradise Lost. Well, I can tell you, as do the parents who have written here in late October, 2008, that SMM excels in every category. My two sons are challenged daily, just as they challenge us daily. The academics are rigorous, the teachers demanding. They are setting expectations for the future and expecting the students to meet them. The administration is very strong and the parental involvement pervasive. The students are happy and genuinely like being there. The school really can't be beat and I couldn't want more from it. My kids are getting at least as good an education as I did; that's rare today.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2008

I am a new parent and an old student of SMM. I graduated from SMM a long long time ago and now my daughter is a Kindergarten student. What I love about the school is while the building has changed, for the better, they now have air conditioning, computer labs and an athletic field some things have not changed. SMM still has high academic standards, a strong sense of community and a commitment to social justice. I am so proud of this school with its rich history and I am really looking forward to seeing how my daughter will be formed by this experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2008

Not happy at all. Some teachers are great; others lack in many areas. The administration refuses to listen to parents or address teacher issues. We are looking for another school for our straight A student, where we can have more consistent teaching and a more cooperative staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2007

The sports program is amazing at St. Margaret Mary. The girls track and soccer teams are some of the best. And the boys basketball team is pretty good as well. The dedication and good sportsmanship they teach us will be with me though my whole life.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 8, 2006

The environment at S.M.M. is safe and nourturing. However, there are several teachers who are disorganized and lack control of their class rooms. Rather than address these problems, the administration ignores and covers up the problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2004

St. Margaret Mary Catholic School gives of a wonderful welcoming feel to new students. The children learn in a strictly fun environment. The physical education class is well rounded. Kids play a number of sports such as badminton, football, basketball, etc. In the art class, the kids get to make christmas ornaments and puppets. In the music, you learn all the keys and the students even get to perform in an advent concert. Overall this is the most well-rounded school I have ever attended. It's a shame we had to move to another state.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 9, 2003

Our children attended St.Margaret Mary several years ago. We were happy and pleased with the school and as parents with no children attending still [are] proud of the school. It was because of the wonderful teachers and science program that enticed [my] daughter into going into medicine. She is now a practicing MD in Peds, in Washington state. Me son learned great leadership and discipline and now owns 3 restaurants in Buck Head GA.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 84% 42%
Hispanic 10% 29%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Black 1% 23%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

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Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
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  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA

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Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

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Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Library
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  • Diocese of Orlando
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
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  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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142 East Swoope Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
Phone: (407) 644-7537

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