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7033 North Moselle Avenue
Chicago, IL 60646

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October 13, 2015
I have 3 students currently attending St Mary's and one has a learning disability. I've heard plenty about Catholic schools not being equipped to deal with students with learning issues. This school has been more than accommodating. Between his LD teachers, his classroom teachers, his in school tutor and even the principal, the communication and accomadations have been excellent! I'm very impressed with all the positive reinforcement he gets as well as the combination of all the faculty doing their best to help my son succeed as a team. They make sure to all be on the same page when it comes to students issues. All 3 children get the attention and level of learning that suits each one their needs. I'm so proud of the positive changes I've seen in my children not because of their good grades but they strive to be better people with the Character Counts program and the faith based education. This year is especially impressive due to the new iPad initiative that is readying all the children for highschool. I also am impressed that I've yet to hear of any graduates that haven't gone to the high school of their choice. So if anyone thinks that Catholic schools don't have a positive experience with children with learning issues I know of many at St Mary's and most are on the honor roll due to the had work and teamwork of the staff. They come together for one goal. To lift up and help all students do the very best they can.

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October 13, 2015
Mrs Cruz is the computer teacher who is so hands on and genuinely cares about the success of her students. She is a real advocate for them. And has a kind nature and goes above and beyond for her students!!!

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February 18, 2015
The education that is offered is great but the COMMUNICATION is HORRIBLE!!! No one seems to have it together and when we bring up this concern all you hear is we are working on it. The communication is lacking and unorganized. I won't be sad to leave SMOW

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January 27, 2015
I have two children alums and two current students. We have been thrilled with our experience at St Mary of the Woods and recommend anyone considering schedule a visit. You'll get a better appreciation of the school from being on campus than from reading a review online. SMOW is a blue ribbon school which validates their excellent academic record. The science lab is impressive and standings at science fairs confirm how hands-on science teaching leads to results. Technology is integrated into the curriculum and classrooms. We have wonderful faculty led by our principal Mrs. Yamoah who is professional, warm and engaging. Our children do very well at their choice of high schools and college. It's not all about academics though. For a truly rounded educational experience consider SMOW also has art classes, music lessons (including band) and excellent sports programs where all children are welcome and encouraged to participate. Top that off with a wonderful community of people committed to the education and happiness of children and you have my reasons for a five star review. I strongly encourage you to contact the school directly for yourself; you'll be glad you did!

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July 26, 2014
Humble excellence. This is where you want your high performing child to attend. Band, art, hand bells, sports, choir, Battle of the Books, Theater, ...it has it all.

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January 23, 2014
From an academic perspective, the school is perfectly fine for average students that don't the need extra push or who need extra help. Very average. I would say more disappointing is the culture of bullying throughout the school which very little, if anything, is done about. Sadly it is a culture that is brought on by the parents and that trickles right down to the kids. It is hugely ironic that this supposed to be a place where "faith-based" learning occurs, because there are very few examples of that here! We are looking into other options.

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November 15, 2012
Be careful. Under this new principal, words are missed and misspelled throughout its literature at its website. Most of the faculty of 2011-2012 was retained. Know that the culture of the school has not been drastically modified.

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November 09, 2012
St. Mary of the Woods provides a wonderful faith-based learning environment that challenges and develops students at all levels. I would advise anyone reading these reviews that during the 2011-2012 school year SMOW underwent a leadership change so some of the reviews from that timeframe reflect that tumultuousness. We now have an outstanding new principal in place and the environment has significantly improved as a direct result. She has truly rejuvenated the school and her enthusiasm is reflected in the teachers, the parents, and the students. I presently have three children in the school and would recommend St. Mary's whole heartedly.

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June 03, 2012
This school has many issues, both academic and social. Academically the school is very traditional, paper and pencil oriented. Teaching is geared to the average student who exhibits an in the box style of learning. Students who do not adhere to the traditional method are blamed for exhibiting alternative paths to achievement. Students are not assisted in achieving mastery, but are punished and not allowed to participate in classroom activities. Rather than attempt to meet individual needs, teachers and administrators engage in outsourcing . This forces parents to contract services of professionals outside of the school, required by the school, who are able to charge very high fees for their services without regard to insurance policies. Socially, the children take their cues from the teachers. When a teacher bullies a child, the students are encouraged to join in the fun . The culture of the school is more athletically oriented than academically sound. Preschool and primary grades are workbook and worksheet with little or no creativity. The abuse is most pronounced in fourth grade with the removal of recess and lunch if worksheet/workbook assignments are not completed.

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May 10, 2012
This school is great if you have an average child. SMOW cannot handle any child that needs a lot of help, or one that is very intelligent and bored. The former principal was a nun that ran a tight ship, but was slow to embrace technology. The new principal in last 4 years brought on technology which is a blessing. However, I feel he was too non-confrontational, had no leadership skills. This year alone there is a large turnover in staff, including the principal (I believe he was asked to leave) and assistant principal (who was great btw, but got a better offer elsewhere). And there are some teachers that have been there for a very long time, including one for over 30 years. Most are excellent. There is very little control of bullying issues, to the point that several families have left this year alone. The bullies stay, the victims leave. There seems to be strong push for athletics over academics, especially football. However most, if not all, students do get into their chosen high schools, including a few to Northside, which is next to impossible to get into. The school is very community based, with high parent involvement. A lot of fundraising goes on to keep the tuition down.

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March 06, 2012
SMOW is a great school! It promotes Catholic identity and prepares our children for the real world. The teachers are enthusiastic and well prepared. The school is really a close knit community that has great family orientated activities. My children enjoy learning here and we have the school and community to thank. The students are more than prepared for high school and ready the challenges that will face academically and socially. Great school!

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February 24, 2012
We had more than a handful of issues with the school. The leadership of the school is seriously lacking. Bullying is an issue that is not handled appropriately. Teachers are hit or miss. Sports are overemphasized and academics are not. We expected more from a faith based school.

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April 30, 2011
St. Mary of the Woods School (SMOW) provides a wonderful educational foundation for high school and college. This school is for the average to above-average student, and strives to challenge students. I have three children who attended SMOW from 1997 to 2014 with terrific results. From my experience I could not recommend the school for IEP students, especially a student who needs a self-contained setting. Our family has witnessed many changes and improvements through the years. The school administration went from being run by a very dedicated religious order - focused on the fundamentals of a quality education but slow to incorporate the latest technological advances - to a school presently run by a layperson who has achieved a school with all the latest and greatest bells and whistles. Change is embraced and encouraged! Communication by the adminstration has always been the weak-link and continues to be. SMOW is for your children is you want them to be engaged and challenged daily with exposure to Art, Music, Gym and Spanish.

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January 05, 2010
We currently have two children at St Mary's and a very pleased with their progress. Homework is given every day which takes our children about 90 minutes to finish. We like the long school day compared with the public school accross the street. Parents are very involved at our school along with the parish as a whole. National test scores seem to be impressive and are posted online when the school recieves them. The modern facilities really do facilitate a good learning enviroment.

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April 01, 2009
I have a 7th grade student at this school and find it average. Very good math program, but the new vice principal is a little off the memo. Most teachers are outstanding and deserve more than they are credited with.

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March 21, 2009
Outstanding. 4 children go ( 2 current and 2 graduated) to this school. Very community based school. great involvement from the parents and children. Great prep for High School. All honors math and English in HS. Faith based community that looks out for those in need.

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September 25, 2007
I could not be more pleased with my experience at St. Mary of the Woods. I have 3 children who range in age from kindergarten to 7th grade and they have received the most well rounded education possible. The children have art, music and Spanish at least twice a week which is unheard of in other schools. Over 95% of the students are accepted at the high school of their choice. This includes St. Ignatius College Prep and Northside Prep. The teachers are very committed and very involved. There is very little turnover. The tuition is very reasonable compared to other private schools because the parents are very involved in private fundraising efforts. I couldn't be more thrilled with the education that my children are receiving.

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St. Mary of the Woods is dedicated to providing a Catholic education to advance and promote the ACADEMIC, SPIRITUAL, PHYSICAL and Social GROWTH of our students.


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St Mary Of The Woods School
7033 North Moselle Avenue, Chicago, IL  60646
(773) 763-7577
Last modified St Mary Of The Woods School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St Mary Of The Woods School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top