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St Mary School

Private | PK-8 | 169 students


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Posted April 29, 2013

I have participated on several committees at St. Mary's School. I am very impressed with the opportunities the school provides. More than 50% of the teachers have a master's degree or greater. The student's test scores are amazing. The caring attitude and welcoming environment is intentionally fostered and recognized the moment you walk in the door. It is a wonderful place.

Posted February 17, 2013

This school is agreat school until they hired Mark csanda he is the principal and has brought this school down many parents have left because of him not sure if father Ric looks into some of problems that happen at this school but I would suggest he follow up and ask them why they left .On a good note the teachers are wonderful and kind hearted.

Posted May 15, 2012

St. Mary's is probably the best catholic school in town. The interaction between students and teachers is awesome. The morning prayer assembly really sets the tone for the day. The older kids are prayer partners with the younger kids, which really helps everyone get to know each other. Overall we are so blessed that we chose this school for our kid
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 15, 2012

My child has been at SMS for eight years now and loves it very much. My child has mild special needs and the school has always been very accommodating. The current principal has completely turned things around in the past couple of years for the better in my opinion. SMS is like a large family and the love you feel is very apparent the minute you walk through the doors.
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Posted May 15, 2012

St. Mary's school has been a real blessing for our family! We have two very spirited boys and they have done everything in their power to help them. No, they are not a public school with the services for special needs children, which only a big district can provide. They don't pretend to be. They want every child to succeed, and not every child can do that in a private school. Period. With no state funding, their hands can be tied. What they do provide is TONS of love for their children, high academic and behavioral expectations, and spiritual growth, just to name a few. Last year we pulled one of our children from the school, but he needed more than SMS could provide; At NO fault of theirs. Our 8th grader has been there for 5 years, and he would be lost in any other setting. He has tripled (and then some) in development at St. Mary's!! I would recommend St. Mary's above and beyond, over and over. St. Mary's is as good as they come as far as I'm concerned, and I challenge any school to be flawless in their methods.
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Posted May 14, 2012

WE LOVE ST. MARY'S! We have had 3 children attend St. Mary's since we moved to Bloomington in 1998 and can't say enough about the attention and Catholic values they have received at St. Mary's. They have received an outstanding education from teachers who care, and have participated in service activities such as our community soup kitchen, blood drives and our Chili Cook-Off. A wide variety of learning styles, as well as diverse cultures, create a unique and one of a kind learning atmosphere rooted in morals we all value. All students and families matter at St. Mary's, it's a great educational experience.
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Posted May 14, 2012

This school is hands down the best Catholic grade school in the area. Children that come out of this school are kind, respectful and compassionate. Teachers are very attentive to individual needs and have a genuine care and concern for each student. I wouldn't consider having my children attend any other school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 14, 2012

I have been a St. Mary's school for the past 9 years. One of my students will be graduating from 8th grade this year. I came from another School here in the area and have to say this is the best Catholic school and Parish I have attended. I love the small classroom atmosphere and how the teachers take each studen'ts own learning needs into consideration. The teachers and staff treat each student as if they were their own. The encouragement received from the principal down to the student makes this school a truly special place and I have felt that from the moment I walked in the doors. I have blessed to be a part of St Mary's Family.
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Posted May 14, 2012

Teachers at St. Mary's go above and beyond. With smaller class sizes, teachers are able to teach to each individual child and help to develop their strengths as well as help them to overcome obstacles.
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Posted May 14, 2012

We thought SMS was a GREAT school until we experinced conflict with two teachers. Our multiple attempts to express our concerns were not welcomed at all by the principal. On the positive side, the school has a very strong family support and small class sizes.
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Posted November 14, 2011

Not a school for kids with special needs. Average teachers who, simply, have no understanding of special-needs students or how to help them. It is next to impossible to access IEP services through the Bloomington School District. Poor leadership from the principal. Parents in my child's class were not supportive. Incidents of bullying were common.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 23, 2010

I have a daughter that attends SMS. She moved from another school in town and absolutely loves the teachers and staff at SMS. The faith-filled environment is a pleasure to be a part of. From the All School morning praise and prayer, the great education offered, the extra-curricular activities and the growing athletics program to the opportunity for parent involvement, the school is an all-around blessing to our community. The small class sizes make the teacher student ratio a HUGE +. The teachers, principal and staff genuinely have the children's' best interests at heart. The Junior High kids have opportunities to interact with the K- 5 kids. Everyone there is like a big family and we're glad we are part of it :).
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Posted September 11, 2005

For the last 5 years we have had a child at St. Mary's school including prek-3 through now third grade. Each years teachers have had their own strengths. We have seen a trememdous amount of growth in our children each year. We are very impressed with the computer class being offered as well as variour enrichment programs. Child to teacher ratio is probably the best in this community. This is a very high value in education! Parents can be involved as much or as little as their lives allow, while still maintaining strong communication with the school.Parent/student opinion is a strong driving factor in all ciriculum/extracirricular activities such as adding chess/drama/baseball to the programs being offered at the school.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 69% 60%
Hispanic 17% 16%
Two or more races 11% N/A
Asian 1% N/A
Black 1% 20%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 3%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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  • Mark A Csanda
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  • Roman catholic
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603 West Jackson Street
Bloomington, IL 61701
Phone: (309) 828-5954


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