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St Mary School

Private | K-8 | 211 students

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Posted October 1, 2014

I thought my review would be beneficial since it is coming from the viewpoint of an alumna. It has been several years since I graduated from St. Mary. Since that time I was accepted into a prestigious and competitive college preparatory high school and graduated from a top liberal arts university with honors. The teachers at St. Mary made sure I was prepared for high school. My siblings and I had an easy transition into our high school curriculum, which then followed with our upper education. Additionally, I can recount every teacher I had, some of which are still there, and the positive impact they had on me. Professional educators and researchers will agree that a smaller class size is always beneficial for understanding. St. Mary provides such an environment, with caring teachers and staff. If I were still in the area and had children down the line, I would not hesitate to send them to this school.

Posted June 1, 2014

I love this school, our family has been a part of it for 6 yrs. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 1, 2014

We have been part of St. Mary School for 4 years, and couldn't be happier! Teachers are very caring and dedicated to the children's success. Parents, priests and staff work together to shelter their faith and nurture their intellect. We have come to experience a real and true sense of community. There are plenty of opportunities for families to interact and form bonds beyond the school walls. Tuition costs are comparable to other schools in the area, but there are intangible benefits that make this an amazing and unique institution. We absolutely love our school and could not imagine sending our children anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 15, 2013

We have been a part of the school since first grade and now our daughter will be attending the 8th grade. We enrolled her in another Catholic School in the 7th grade in Aurora and the grass is not greener on the other side. What she missed is why we are back at St. Mary's and there is a list. St. Mary's has excellent teachers that connect to their students as people in a supportive and caring manner. The parents at St. Mary's are respectful and supportive of other parents and their children. You would think a small rural Catholic School would be closed off and lack diversity but not so. St. Mary's welcomes you and supports you and your children wherever you come from and whoever you are. This has been our experience for the past 6 years. Academics in the other school were very similar to St. Mary's. However, the smart students a total of 7 in 7th grade were treated differently by the teachers. Comments like, "Oh here come my smart students"' said by a not so smart teacher were overheard by the other students that were leavng her class. Overall, at St. Mary's a smaller class size equals a better education. St. Mary's connects family, school and community on a daily basis.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 16, 2013

I have been part of this school for 11 years. First and foremost (and the reason most of us send our children to Catholic school) is the religious education. St. Mary's uses a challenging and orthodox religion program, children attend mass 2x a week, the priests are readily available and children take part in many fun activities for the various holy days of the year. One of my children began attending one a local public high school and we were pleased to see that (she was not an honor roll student at St. Mary) she was placed in almost all advanced classes designed for Sophmore/Junior level. She has tested above and her peers on the practice ACT testing as well. The teachers and priests at St. Mary are very loving and challenge the students to be the best version of themselves. I am assured that they are helping my husband and I to mold my children into productive members of society and awesome virtuous citizens (what this country needs more of for sure). As far as previous comments, the playground is amazing and was put in with donations from fund raising and generosity from a family. Computers are up to date. Tuition remains consistent. Staff and parents are like family.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 8, 2013

Another principal bites the dust, along with numerous families. I think we're going on four principals in four years, but this is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 27, 2013

My children have been attending St. Mary's since kindergarten- they love their school and their teachers. Our children are receiving a very good education and they are given the opportunity to immerse themselves daily in their spiritual life and their faith. All of the priests are very visible and accessible to the students, as well as their parents. Overall, my husband and I have been extremely happy with our children's development. We credit a good portion of that to the school and their dedication to the overall development of its student body. The teachers and the staff are genuinely concerned about each child and their academic/spiritual growth. We love St. Mary's!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 27, 2013

Given the specific and difficult set of circumstances St Mary's school must deal with-including but not limited to it's geography,it's physical buildings,and the economy over the past 5 years-I'm simply AMAZED and GRATEFUL for the outstanding experience my two children have had the privilege to enjoy over the past seven years they have attended this school. The education my children have received is to my satisfaction- and should it need improvement,fine-tuning,etc.,-I believe the school and it's administration are open to suggestions/change. Education is but one component (granted-an important one!) to a child's overall experience/development. We entrust the school to help my wife and I instill our children with a strong sense and understanding of their faith-and with this component of the overall experience-the school EXCELS. But most of all, I firmly believe my children are BETTER PEOPLE for having attended this school-and that is in no small part due to the dedication of the teachers,aides, priests,and administration-as a WHOLE. What's important to you and your family? If its for your childrens' overall well-being and development-St Mary is the school for you!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 14, 2013

My children have been at St. Mary's since kindergarten. The program for kindergarten is exceptional because Mrs. Ryan and her wonderful aide, Mrs. Callan are experienced and give your kids. Each year after that I have become a little less impressed with the curriculum and resources available to the teachers and students. In addition to paying tuition, I have personally donated my own money for teacher's supplies, class parties, and the playground. This year I found myself the most frustrated because my child began basketball. No games were held at our school because the gym isn't regulation size. I couldn't help but compare the facilities of the other schools we were competing against and feel our kids were being cheated. The disparity between St. Mary's and the Aurora Catholic Schools is unfortunately obvious. The best thing I can say about the school is that your children have a nice peer group who come from wonderful caring families. Everytime a teacher leaves another is plugged into that place without the parents being reassured that the new teacher is the best qualified for the job. I question my decision to send my kids here all the time.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 9, 2012

I have been part of St. Mary's school for 5 years and while we have our challenges I do see the school and parents working together to enhance our children s education. We now have an new computer lab, we have 5 smartboards and have addressed our electric issue (if you read prior reviews you will understand). The school has implemented 2 programs, one for kids who need to be more challenged (do not like using the word gifted, every child has a gift) in their academic work and kids who need extra help academically. We do require parents to volunteer (10 hours a year) and by volunteering you meet other families and a chance to see your kids and their friends in the school envirnoment, it s a great way to make friends and have a positive influence on your kids. St. Mary s school is a terrific school to send your child to with excellent and caring teachers.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 12, 2011

So for all of the money you pay in tuition the playground equipment was unsafe, and it wasn't out of the schools concern that it was updated it was a donation from a point exactly, and none of your hard earned money for tuition goes towards the school or the kids, if it did you would have an updated computer lab, and everytime the air conditioner is on the power would not go out. This is why Catholic Schools are in trouble, it's all about money for the church, not for the students or the school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 23, 2011

I feel compelled to respond to the negative reviews below. First, as to the playground equipment, it was totally and completely unsafe before and I understand that the funding was initially started by a generous donor for that specific purpose. Although the computers are outdated, I do see the school making a serious effort to raise funds to update it. Times are tough for private schools and I think St. Mary's makes up for it in countless other ways. As to the volunteering, it only seems clickish b/c the same people are the ones that volunteer all the time. Others NEED to step up and they will find out they are welcome!! Yes, the principals have changed, but I feel it has been for the better. Unless you want to move to Naperville or some other affluent suburb, these are common challenges for most schools. Most importantly, the religious education is exactly what we wanted from a Catholic school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 29, 2011

Not worth the money. Everything is so outdated. There are no computers that work. Money was raised to put in a new playground before a new computer lab, still waiting for the computer lab. Your children will not be learning what they need to prepare them for High School. There have been 3 principals in four years, and now there is an unqualified Dean of Students. It's just an unorganized mess. Save your money and use it for your children's college tuition, they may not need the money for college however, if you send them to this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 14, 2011

No other options in the area. School has had three principals in the last four years. Not to mention the secretary can make it impossible with her constant attitude. There is a lot of favoritism in regards with the teachers. If parents are not part of the clique don't even bother volunteering. The teachers are just going through motions. Their Math and English curriculum will not help your child score well on the High School Entrance Exam. School is so underfunded. Their technology capacity with computers is no where near it needs to be. The parish is constantly asking for money. If you really had no other choice but to send them there. Good luck. I would drive further east towards Aurora or Oswego to find a much better, well funded parish and school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 26, 2010

In this tiny town where I currently live, there is little to no option for private education. I have been a part of St. Mary's for the last fours years and have seen the school go through three principals, with no real improvements when leadership changes. Technology is horribly overlooked. One look at their website and you will see the importance St. Mary's places on technology. The parent body is one big click which makes the kids all the more inclined to create clubs of exclusion amongst their social circles. There is no gifted program and I have seen my child used as the teacher aide as a means to keep her challenged. When compared to the 88 school district that St. Mary's operates in, it exceeds in academic excellence and this is why I have kept my child here. I will be moving to a better school district next year.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 12, 2008

Wonderful school. Great education. Wonderful students.
—Submitted by a parent

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817 North Center Street
Plano, IL 60545
Phone: (630) 552-3345


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