The school will work with you if you student has some issues to address. However, the teachers are quick to assign RVF's (behavioral forms) left and right even for the littlest of things. Most will deem this acceptable at a high level, but when you are as intimately close to the situation as I, you will understand it to be annoying. My student yawned in class and received a RVF for being disruptive... yawned.
The school does strive to promote honesty, integrity, and fairness. They are on the stricter side when it comes to promoting these qualities. One flaw of the school is that they expect all students to fit into the same cookie cutter shape. If you do not fall within the "norm" your experience will be hectic. There is little tolerance for kids with any level of energy above a sloth.
The best quality that come with this school is the community. The social aspect of this community is awesome. There are tons of adult activities to get involved with and usually the parents are accepting of newcomers and blend well in the mix. The kids will have plenty of activities to enjoy, and the sports program is good (as long as you escape the hidden agenda of political figures). However, the education is average at best. Way too much emphasis placed on homework and vocab. Not enough placed on the quality of classroom education. Some teachers better than others, obviously. They have recently made some changes to the faculty to address this issue, and much improvement has been made in the past few months with the new incumbent principal. However, there is a lot of parental/faculty politics that drive certain key decisions. Politics are heavy in this school amongst the Parochial leaders, both with the school and sports program. If you step on their agendas, you might as well transfer. As long as you steer clear of the long tenured family names, and simply enjoy the social scene, you and your family will have a good experience.
My daughter has been a student here for 4 yeras and my son just completed pre K. I cannot say enough about how amazing and wonderful and loving the school staff and allf the parents are. I attended public school and am blown away by how much better the Catholic school environment is. It is worth every penney that we spend on tuition!
My children attend St Martha, and we have really enjoyed our time here. Most of the staff are wonderful, although there are a few that seem to just be going throught the motions - I guess that is a problem at any school, though. Many opportunities for sports, art, and academics. A little too much emphasis on the amount of homework rather than the quality of what the homework will provide to underscore the lessons. Overall, a very positive experience and a warm and accepting environment for the kids. Great job, St Martha staff!
I like the academics at St. Martha. My son has gon there since pre-K and is now in 2nd Grade. They teach Spanish now and have a new playground. I do not think they give too much homework - it is the right amount for the age. The after school program is not quite I expected - a little below par. Some staff members are awesome and some are lacking. I do not like that students can't play school sports until 3rd grade. Over all a good school. All schools have their issues and room for improvements.
The biggest problem St Martha has is the principal. While she is a very good person, she is not good with any conflict and would prefer to sweep unpleasantness under the rug rather than deal with it. There are a couple of teachers about whom there have been complaints year after year, but nothing is addressed. Most of the teachers are great. They need to address the large class sizes, offer foreign language at a younger age, and work on making school a fun exciting place to learn rather than so much rote work. Far too much homework at very young ages!
St. Martha is a very good school. My daughter is in 5th grade & has been at here since kindergarten. She has learned much more at each grade level than I did when I went to public elementary school in Louisville in the 70's. There are cliques (students & parents) at this school, just as there are at most schools. There are many opportunities for art, music, & sports at this school. They did just get a new playground (this was an issue for quite some time & I think the problem was getting the principal to agree to it). They also have a good after-school/summer childcare program. Of course no school is perfect and someone can always find something to complain about their school, but overall we are pleased.