We have a child in 7th grade who has been with SMS since kindergarten, and a junior in high school who attended SMS from 4th grade on. We couldn't be happier with their education. Our high schooler learned excellent study skills that have kept her on the honors track. Our 7th grader, being young for his grade, started off his education having difficulty reading. The teachers worked with him, and also got him the speech therapy he needed. Now he excels! Extracurricular activities offer sports, science, chess, band, choir, EPA, scouts, student government, altar serving, and more. Sure there have been bumps in the road, as there would be at any school, but we have been completely satisfied with the way the principal and teachers have handled them. The entire staff care about these kids!
We currently have 3 kids in the elementary program and our 4th is starting in the nursery school program in the fall. Overall, ours has been a wonderful experience. The class sizes are a nice manageable number, there are extracurricular activities for every interest, the families are a tight knit community. The teachers go above and beyond to make sure the kids understand the concepts and succeed in the classroom. St. Mary's isn't just a "school", they are creating a generation of educated, faithful, caring and kind citizens. We couldn't be happier and more satisfied.
St. Mary's provides a great Catholic education. It produces both superb students as well as wonderful human beings who follow in the footsteps of Christ. It is challenging, yet nurturing educational environment. I can't imagine my children anywhere else!
St. Mary Catholic Community School has well prepared my teen for the advanced curriculum we see at our local Catholic high school.
My children graduated from St. Mary's School and attend Crown Point High School. They were well prepared for high school and transitioned smoothly, thanks to the strong academic tradition at the school. One need only look at the Wall of Fame which includes the top 12 students in each grade at CPHS to see that St. Mary's always has from 2 to 5 alumni occupying those coveted positions. The many extra activities such as CYO sports, academic competitions, chess club and many others are also a bonus. The religious education is wonderful and the beautiful children's mas and church are thing that I am also grateful for.
After enduring two terrible teachers in the Crown Point (4 star ) school system, I had no choice but to find another school. My son has been at St. Mary's for three years and loves his school. I brought my other kids to St. Mary's the following year and they are finally being challenged. The dedication of the teachers at St. Mary's fantastic. My children love being a part of this Catholic School and love Father Pat and the school masses. St. Mary's technology surpasses the public schools. There are so many programs available to all students. My children also have a great sense of community by participating in all of the service projects. As an educator myself, I truly believe that my children are receiving a well-rounded education in a safe, caring environment where they are establishing life-long friendships.
Horrible school. We were there for one year and my children wanted to go back to public school. The teachers are mean. The kids are mean. They play favorites with the kids. The rest get treated like garbage and ignored.
I have 3 children at St. Mary's. My oldest started there in kindergarten. We looked around at numerous schools in the area before deciding. I couldn't have made a better choice for my boys. When tragedy struck our family last year, the school, teachers, principal and other families were there to help us. Not sure about teachers not caring as I had teachers stay after school until well after 6pm to help my struggling child. The principal cared enough to check in with my boys to make sure they were handling things okay and gave them a place to go when they needed to talk to him. The teachers have been great to us since starting kindergarten as my oldest now enters 8th grade. I spend a lot of time volunteering at the school as well and I see thing other people don't see, like the way the teachers and principal are with the students. Makes me glad we chose St. Mary's.
My son is now in his 8th year at St. Mary Catholic Community School and we would not have it any other way! Every positive comment on here explains the reasons why St. Mary is such a great school. Taking my child to school is over a 20 mile round trip and worth every mile. Nothing else around compares!
I have 3 children, 2 have graduated and my youngest is still there. St. Marys is an amazing school of strong catholic values, it's a character building community,children get a strong academic foundation and you can't ask for better role models which include the teachers, Mr. Ruiz, Fr. Pat the school and rectory receptionists and the janitors. When i read the negative comments my only thought was, Good parents = good kids. Parents are a huge part of St. Mary's success, if you want to see change in any area of the school, all you have to do is Volunteer, Attend home and school meetings, Support events and get to know other families. Your children will graduate from St. Mary's being well rounded individuals who will be prepared to make a difference in this world. That's exactly what I feel St. Mary's has done for my children!
My oldest child will be beginning her third year at St. Mary's, and we have been so happy that our other two children will be joining her in the fall! We have been blessed by the amazing teachers and support staff in our time here. They have been very supportive of our child's strengths and interests, as well as her needs. More than once, I have seen the school community band together in support of one another, and it's a wonderful thing to see. I never imagined that I would send my children to a private school, but I'm so glad I did, and can't imagine them anywhere but St. Mary's.
St Mary's has proven to be a wonderful learning environment for our child. I cannot say enough about the teachers and all staff associated with St Mary's. Educationally, the children are held to a higher than average standard. They are very welcoming and I especially love how protective and nurturing the older students are with the younger children. It is a close-knit group for both students and parents. As a parent who is very involved here, I see examples every day of the kindness and respect that everyone has for one another. I believe there is no better place for our child and am more than satisfied that their needs are being exceeded both emotionally and academically.
Our family has been very satisfied with St. Mary's. The principal, teachers and staff are all dedicated. Academically, my child is performing several grade levels beyond hers. We love that the Catholic faith is interwoven into the school day. I volunteer at the school several days a week, and have witnessed the kindness, compassion and respect that the children exhibit not only to the adults, but to each other. We highly recommend St. Mary's.
My wife went to this school many years ago and always talked about it. When it came time for us to decide rather or not to send out girls it was really a no brainer. This school is second to none. My youngest is about to enter kindergarten and the oldest is going into third grade. The teachers we have had in our short time there have be outstanding. The Principal Mr. Ruiz is great with the kids, he even coached my daughters basketball team over the winter and I got to see a whole new side to him. Don't get me wrong, it is certainly a sacrifice as a parent to send your child to St. Mary's. But one I am confident will pay off in my child's long term education future.
I am a parent of a former (recent) student at St.Mary's. Unfortunately both myself and my wife lost our jobs within 6 weeks of each other and although my son continued and finished out the school year, we were left with no choice but to withdraw him last school year. That been said, his 4 years at St. Mary's were four years I'm proud to have given him. The foundation and great start that he received has made his transition to public school so much easier. I remember a neighborhood kid's Granddad saying to me on the eve of his first day at St. Mary's, that he'll "have a 10th grade education by the time he's in 8th grade." I hope he'll return to St. Mary's for 2 more years in 2014 as I believe that this is a great investment in my child's future.
We were blessed to be able to send our four children to St. Mary's. When we moved to the area, we investigated various schools prior to purchasing our home and we were impressed by the atmosphere and the academic standing. We have never regretted our decision. Our four children were well prepared for high school (one of our children had a perfect score on his high school entrance exam, while another had a perfect score on her ISTEPS), but I truly believe they excelled because they were in a caring, faith-filled atmosphere. By volunteering in the classroom and as coaches, we were able to see this first hand.
St. Mary's is a wonderful school with caring and dedicated staff. I have had a wonderful experience working there with all of them and the students as well!!! They made me feel like I was a part of a huge family. You could not ask for a better group of people. If a private school is what you are looking for then I highly recommend St. Mary's!!
Many many years ago I made a decision that I was unsure of, I have a smile on my face knowing that I chose to send my children to St. Mary's and it was one of the best decisions I ever made! I wanted my kids to have a faith based learning experience. The children are always kind and caring! I can honestly say if I ever walked into a classroom full of middle school kids they always addressed me as Mr or Mrs and I was just someone's patent. How many middle schools do you know that those kids know who you are? I love that the school is just like one big family, whether we pass in the hall, at church or just out and about town! All my kids have went above and beyond on their test scores and if ever a problem the teachers were always there for us offering their help. We are just average Joes who put money into our children's education! I am thankful for the education, respect, faith and FAMILY we are apart of!
My daughter is going into her 10th year at St Mary's. Never in all these years have we had a problem!! Were there issues we did not agree with? Of course! As Mr. Ruiz said, you cannot please everyone, so we accepted. We are in Merrillville school system, where my husband is also an administrator. There is no doubt in my mind that we made the right decision to send our daughter to St Mary's over Merrillville!!! The stories I hear that go on at Merrillville elementaries as well as Crown Point are appalling!! I can almost guarantee the kids at St Mary's have never even thought of these things! These years are very important in a child's life and I can honestly say that my daughter is the wonderful, well rounded, young lady that she is today because her years at St Mary's Catholic Community School!!!
I am a graduate of St. Marys school and have also chosen to send my 3 children there after the great experience I had. I believe it to be an eveven stronger school than I had experienced. While we are blessed to have amazing public schools in Crown Point, I feel my children receive even more than an incredible education. They are held to a very high standard which each an every person involved in the school is held to, parent, teacher, and child. We could not be happier and my children are very blessed to be a part of that community.
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