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St. Mary School

Private | PK-8 | 180 students

Our school is best known for its attention to teaching Christian values.

 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted January 14, 2014

This school truly is dedicated to each individual child. The principal is fenamenal and cares for each and every child. The school is small but has great leadership and teaches values and morals which are also just as important as education. My child was pulled out of public school and put into St. Mary's, she improved tremendously at St. Mary's as she was falling behind in public school. I love how they get the kids involved in mass once a week. Love this school and everyone in it. It's like one big family
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2013

Excellent Catholic school, with a solid emphasis on the faith, including Mass and Confessions. Academics are souns and they are always looking for ways to improve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2013

I am not sure what school your child attended, but, if your 6th grader came out without even knowing long division, it wasn't St. Marys. My children constantly score well above average on all the IOWA tests they take. If you seriously believe that this school is in any maner behind ANY public school in the U-46 school district, you are seriously deluded. There is no Catholic school in any of the Elgin or surrounding areas academically behind any public school. You better check into actual statistics of standardized test scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2013

I need to disagree with this parent's review of the principal. The new principal is Brilliant! She has really brought this school around this year and maybe the reason the teachers feel she treats them unfairly is that many of the teachers slack off. The children are doing the bare minimum of work and AGREE, they are behind the public schools academically. This new principal will force these teachers to step up and do the job they are paid for.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2013

This school has a wonderful 2nd grade teacher, but I removed my kids after realizing that St. Mary is way behind the local school district in academics. My child came out of 6th grade just doing long division and my 3rd grader had never seen simple division. I spent the first quarter of this public school year catching my kids up where they were supposed to be academically. This school boasts higher test score which is false...the children are behind academically and no one seems to care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2012

St. Mary's has very good teachers for k,1st,2nd, and 4th. My son's 3rd grade teacher said he was doing fine but he wasn't come to find out he is 2 yrs behind in math. The new principal doesn't reach out to parents doesn't listen to you or answers any of your questions all you get is I'm aware of the problem but does nothing about it paying way to much money for kids to go there and have some teachers who shouldn't be teaching and a principal that doesn't seem to care they do have a few teachers that are very helpful and involved in the kids and their parents
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 71% 51%
Hispanic 14% 24%
Two or more races 11% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Black 1% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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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
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Miss Barbara Colandrea
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • None
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Girl scouts
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
180
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
160

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$0 - $2000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
St. Edward High School
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Elgin, IL 60120
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