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St Mary Of Gostyn Catholic School

Private | PK-8 | 516 students


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Posted March 3, 2014

We moved our kids to St. Mary's after years in the Downers Grove public school system. We wish we'd have done it sooner. We chose St. Mary s because it had the best student to teacher ratio of any school in the area. Students are put into groups where they are challenged based on their abilities not a one size fits all approach. Also, the technology employed by the school is better than other schools we looked at and significantly better than d58. Moving 2 girls from one school to another was a scary proposition for us as parents and the kids, but we were welcomed with open arms by everyone. After 6 mos, we feel like we've been here for years. The curriculum is much more challenging than the public schools, but that s exactly what we were looking for! My girls are learning critical thinking & encouraged to be independent thinkers. Teachers are exceedingly committed to the success & overall well being of each student. All of this is done in a Christ centered environment where kids are held to high moral & ethical standards and truly respect one another & their teachers. St. Mary of Gostyn develops student's intellectual competencies and they develop strong character too!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 29, 2013

In sending my kids to St. Mary's, I have benefited as much as they have! They are receiving an excellent education, evidenced by the principal's desire to continuously be "on top of" what other schools are doing and applying/enhancing to our own. Additionally, so many lessons are taught while using faith based principles, and using Jesus as an example. It may sound corny, but it is heartwarming to hear my kids talk about Jesus and how he is such a good model of love. It also puts a smile on my face, when rushing to sit down and eat dinner, my 1st grader stops me and says, "we need to say Grace." I thank St. Mary's for reminding me how important faith is to me, and my kids. I did not know many others when I moved here, and have since built amazing friendships with so many people. It has such a strong sense of community that has grown stronger in the 8 years I have been a part of SMG!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 28, 2013

St. Mary of Gostyn is an outstanding school. We moved here in 2012 from out of state not knowing anything about SMG. The welcome we received upon the tour, along with the genuine follow up from Mary and Diane, made the decision to send our 3 children to the school (soon 4 children). The families welcomed us with open arms and the community support was felt. The leadership at SMG is strong, as is the parent involvement, all working towards making SMG #1 (the preschool is ranked as such). The education is top notch, and I know all my children will be challenged according to their level (math and reading specialist on hand to help ensure your child is at their highest potential). Our family is thrilled to be part of the St. Mary of Gostyn family, and we know our children will receive the best education contributing to their continued success.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 28, 2013

St. Mary of Gostyn (SMG) provides an excellent education with Catholic teachings and values. SMG teachers care about their students and encourage open communication with parents. Our school is committed to academic excellence and has resources in place to help children at different academic levels succeed. SMG encourages the use of technology appropriately. Our school has resources to teach technology and encourage our children to embrace the technological world we live in. It's a place you feel good and safe to send your children. SMG is a community and a family committed to helping our children grow socially and academically in Faith. The work, care and effort put into making it great is apparent. We live in a community with great Public Schools, yet the decision to send my children to SMG is an easy one. I know SMG is committed to our children and will reinforce the values we teach at home.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 31, 2011

A fantastic institution for learning. My kids started out at a DG public school and decided to transfer to SMG. Best idea ever. The school is filled with dedicated teachers, technology and fantastic sports and extracurricular programs
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Posted August 13, 2011

Great education in a caring community. Preschool teachers are loving and supportive. Full day kindergarten is welcome to us full time working parents! New fourth grade and fifth grade teachers are moving my kids ahead with a teacher specific subject teaching. Can't wait to get into 8th grade with the new technology program.
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Posted July 28, 2011

We have one child enrolled currently at St. Mary of Gostyn, and one who has recently graduated. Our children did not begin their schooling at SMG but were "transplants" from a neighboring school. We are affirmed on a daily basis that we made the right choice when we enrolled our children at SMG. The quality of people in and affiliated with the school is superb. The teachers are terrific and, above all, accessible. The education my children have received is first-rate. The environment is extremely welcoming. The principal is a strong leader and involved. We are blessed to be part of this community.
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Posted July 22, 2011

We are so happy with the education our two children are receiving at St. Mary of Gostyn. My husband and I are both transplants to this area and when it was time to consider a K-8 school for our oldest child we did a lot of research comparing and interviewing many schools in the area. SMG was by far the best choice for our family. Not only is it a welcoming environment for our children but we believe it is very strong academically. In addition to the academics, the staff at St. Mary of Gostyn does an excellent job of reinforcing the christian values that are so important to us. We have been extremely happy with the education our children receive here and are proud to say that our children attend such a wonderful school.
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Posted July 16, 2011

I have 2 children at SMG and could not be more pleased with the Christian environment as well as the solid education my children are receiving. You notice the positive environment as soon as you enter the school and are greeted by either one of the school secretaries. I was very surprised and pleased to learn that SMG has a Reading Specialist on staff. If a child has an issue with reading, they meet with the Reading Specialist as long as necessary until their skills improve. Another thing I love about SMG are the extra-curricular activities that begin in 4th grade. Students can join the Environmental Club, Student Council, & Fine Arts Band. In 5th Grade, students can participate in the Interscholastic Sports Leaguesof Vollyball or Cross Coubtry in the Fall and Basketball in the Spring. There is also the Geography Club, Math Club, Choir and Spring Play. One final note, the parents of the student ast SMG are the best. There are so many volunteeres that gladly make the school an overwhelming success.
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Posted July 11, 2011

We highly recommend St. Mary of Gostyn as and excellent academic and faith enriching school for your children. We have three children enrolled in this school, and we are thrilled that we made this choice for our children despite the sound public schools in the area. We cannot say enough about the community of parents and teachers which foster respect and communication with each other and our children. Our children are thriving both inside and outside the classroom. St. Mary of Gostyn is a special place.
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Posted July 1, 2011

We have three children at SMG, and love the school for many reasons, but the most important to our family is the support and care our children receive. One of our sons was slower to pick up reading and the first grade reading aide pulled him through. Now he has his nose in a book non-stop. From the Friday All School Mass to the no-cut sports team, there is a huge spirt of compassionate Christianity felt throughout the school. I know we're at the right school when my 4yr old says she's silly because Jesus made her that way. Recently, a preschooler was diagnosed with a large brain tumor and the community of SMG pulled together so quickly it was dizzying. Instantly there were prayer chains and vigils, rosaries, adoration of the Eucharist, meals, cards and video greetings from his classmates - all happened w/in 1 to 2 days of his diagnosis. Miraculously the surgeons found no cancer where even they expected to see nothing else. It's a strong & inclusive community. And the quality of education: aides in every class, small class sizes (about 20/class), advanced classes & clubs, Spanish from 3rd grade on, 1:1 laptops in jr high, Eno Boards everywhere, gifted teachers. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 1, 2011

Great teachers; great curriculum; making huge strides towards technology in the classroom for a private school. Our three children love the school and the Christian community atmosphere. We highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 1, 2011

We have a first grader and preschooler. The families are all so supportive of each other, and the teachers care so much about the children. The education is great, faith is strong, and community is tight.
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Posted July 1, 2011

I have a first grader at SMG and couldn't be happier. As other reviews have stated, the support and care the children receive is fabulous. In kindergarten each child meets with the reading specialist to identify children who need extra help. The academics are great and the teachers are very accessible. Technology at the school is great with eno boards in almost every classroom and a laptop available for each junior high student. The community is amazing. The sense of family is everywhere. I feel so good knowing my child is in such a loving, faith filled atmostphere. SMG is a wonderful school!!!
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Posted June 29, 2011

We have two children attending St Mary of Gostyn and could not be prouder of their accomplishments there! The sense of community is second to none, the parents all get involved and there are so many extra activities to be a part of. The kindergarten reading program exceeds expectations and puts our children above the neighboring schools. The kind manners of all the children we have met is a welcoming relief, and reassures us the decision we made to send our children to a Catholic school for a stronger education and a faith-building community was a sound one. St Mary of Gostyn is about "paying it forward" thank you for partnering with us to raise such conscientious, creative and thought provoking children!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 29, 2011

St Mary of Gostyn has been a wonderful choice for our family. All three of my children attend school here and we find that it s an excellent place to educate your children. It s more than the outstanding academics, extracurricular activities and enrichment programs; it s truly a place where there is a tremendous sense of community. Every parent is welcome to participate, but I never expected the level of enthusiasm and passion for one school. Also, to enhance the tradition methods of teaching St Mary of Gostyn is also very cutting edge. They have ENO Boards in almost every class room and each of the junior high children are supplied with their own laptops to enhance the learning process. In my experience, St Mary of Gostyn School prepares children to be well rounded, highly educated leaders of tomorrow.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 14, 2011

Poor leadership and rampant nepotism create an environment where it comes down to "who" you know, not "what" you know for students. Preschool through 3rd grade are good teachers. 4th grade is where teachers lack creativity and begin to exclude students who show any kind of creative or critical thinking skills beyond teachers' formulaic rubrics. Middle school religion is in need of a major overhaul too as my child would report erratic behavior and grading from that instructor frequently. Really enjoyed the middle school math teachers though. There are better private schools to consider and I'm glad I did!
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Posted December 5, 2009

The curriculum delivery is outmoded, and the school environment is stifling for children. Rote learning is the norm, creative and critical thinking is not.
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Posted December 1, 2008

There is effort here, but facilities lack. Classes are crowded and teachers can not give the students attention needed - especially those above or below average. No playground for the kids unless they enjoy playing in a parking lot. Good sense of community, but we can still get that going to church. Not worth the money, especially with the public school district ranked so highly. We're overall disappointed with the academics.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 11, 2008

I have three children attending and I love our school. I have found that the teachers are very easy to communicate with. They are available to help the children and are happy to do so. Parents are very involved and I have found the school community to be warm and welcoming.The kids do eat lunch in their classrooms, but go outside either before or after eating. We are very happy here.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 95% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Hispanic 1% 24%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 18%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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440 Prairie Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515
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