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Darnestown, MD
Students enrolled: 540

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14131 Seneca Road
Darnestown, MD 20874

(301) 869-0940
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August 27, 2015
The staff suffers no consequences for lying. No discipline for kids who steal from the other children or bully the other children. A lot of students only last a few years before they get fed up with the Principal. The values being taught to the children do not meet core "Catholic Values". Many parents have had their children struggle after leaving due to poor academic requirements.

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Amount of homework: Not enough
August 26, 2015
Academics are very weak and a lot of parents have had to hire tutors to get their kids up to speed when they enter high school.

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Develops grit: Strongly disagree
August 26, 2015
It sucks the life out of kids with their bizarre handling of bullying and theft. It leaves the good children demoralized and many have a hatred for their teachers and the Principal.

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Develops respect: Strongly disagree
August 26, 2015
The school is about conformity and inflating the Principals fragile ego. Kids learn to obey out of fear not respect. Question anything or complain that you are being bullied and your kid will be the one disciplined. Someone steals from you kid, do NOT say anything about it. Just remove your child like I did.

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Develops empathy: Strongly disagree
August 26, 2015
This school is about conformity. Some parents have talked about the "great Catholic education" the school teaches. My experience has bee that "Carholic Values" must include lying, stealing and bearing false witness because that's what the school really teaches. They have a big bullying and theft problem there but don't complain or your kid will be the one punished!

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Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
August 26, 2015
Students that steal, cheat and lie are protected while kids who defend themselves are severely punished for it. The discipline policies there defy logic and reason.

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April 11, 2015
We have been extremely pleased with our experience at MoN. We have sent multiple children, some still attending and some recent graduates. The recent graduates were extremely well prepared, receiving exactly what we expected . . . a rigorous academic challenge within a deeply faith filled environment. We have found the parent community to be both supportive and demanding, a subtle combination that holds the school to a high standard. The principal is very visible. He knows his students and families well and works hard to meet their needs. He leads a talented and committed faculty. We have and will continue to recommend MoN highly to families seeking a strong Catholic education and foundation for their children

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March 13, 2015
My child won't be returning in the fall. Academics is lax, extracurricular activities are nonexistent and the amount of time they get for lunch, besides the poor quality of liunch, is unconscionable. There's a huge bullying and theft problem there which the administration has done nothing about for two years now. There's a lot of favoritism where a few heavily involved parents seem to run the school. Many of the parents have their little cliques and aren't receptive to anyone outsiders. Being around the parents is like being in high school again but the popular kids are really running the school. The principal lied to me about a problem with one of the students stealing from my child. He's very weak and bends to the rule of a couple heavily involved parents. Moreover, there are ALOT of kids who are not paying to go there who have behavioral problems. Save your money and send your child to a different school.

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February 11, 2015
Very disappointed with the education but most importantly with the administration. One reviewer stated , "the Principal knew every kid by name", that must have been the only thing the guy was doing during my children's tenure. The 10 Commandments tell us Catholics that "we shall not bear false witness against your neighbor". I guess that doesn't if you are MoN administration.

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January 28, 2015
Mary of Nazareth School is a true example of a Catholic Education that not only has helped me mold my children to be conscientious people, but has also challenged my children academically and fulfilled them socially. My older son was shy and lacked confidence. His teachers and the community have brought him out of his shell and he has thrived. My family has been a part of the Mary of Nazareth Community for 7 years and we have loved every moment. I believe that the teachers are skilled and caring about all of their students. The Principal has a knack of knowing every child by name and letting each child know that he is there for them while at the same time requiring respect for all. Sending our children to Mary of Nazareth has been one of the best decisions my family has ever made and I have recommended the school to all who are interested.

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May 12, 2014
I am a student at MO and let me just say I am so glad I am leaving this school. A lot of these teachers are power hungry. This school only cares about your money. The more you have the more things you get. The more your family is involved the more the people like you. And some kids here are bully's. They will act like your friends and the minute you leave they talk smack about you. But then again that is the same at every school. Academic wise it's a pretty good school. But extracurriculars are awful. There are only sports there isn't many music and art clubs. There is only a choir but they don't do much. There is only on art class a week. That is not sufficient at all. And the gym classes are not very helpful. We only have two a week while other schools have it everyday. So when we get to high school some kids won't be fit for the level of gym class. And don't get me started on the lunches. Some lunches shouldn't even be legal okay? Overall my nine years here have been sorta good.

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May 12, 2014
I'm a student here and here's my review. The school may seem great at first but do you want to see a student's review or a parent's review? MoN doesn't offer as much as other schools do. I'm not really into sports and there's no Performing Arts program here! Also, the school is more nicer to the richer families. Not to mention that some of the students here are rude and immature. Because of a few students in my grade, I'm unable to receive the full education my parents are paying for! Education wise, the school's pretty good. But don't even get me started about the lunches! Some of these lunches aren't even legit! So basically, the school should offer more programs (instead of more sports!) and be more open to some of the poorer families instead of just the richer ones. And work on the school lunches!

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September 20, 2013
My family has had children in Mary of Nazareth for 6 years now. Mary of Nazareth has not only been preparing them academically, but also personally. The atmosphere is caring and helpful and all of the teachers and administrators are knowledgeable and welcoming. And the Principal makes it his mission to try to get to know each child individually. Each child is split into an appropriate reading group starting in Kindergarten and the appropriate math level starting in 4th grade. You know not every kid is the same and not every school works for every kid. But what works at Mary of Nazareth works well. My children could not be happier and they are growing by leaps and bounds year after year. I have recommended Mary of Nazareth to people over the years and I will continue to do so. Mary of Nazareth is a great school.

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July 27, 2013
I am a former student of the school and have nothing good to say about it. There is a HUGE bullying problem at the school, which is something I was a victim of. Nothing was done about it, because the principal ignored me and my family every time we tried to tell anyone there was a problem. The school also seems to show favor towards kids in families who are try tied into the school. I would never recommend this school, and I can honestly say that leaving the school was one of the best things that ever happened to me.

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February 23, 2012
MON utterly failed to prepare my daughter for high school. It was a costly investment to put her through school there and although there was always plenty of homework (a good thing), way too little time was spent teaching these kids how to write! She is in her second year of high school and simply can't keep up with kids from other private and public middle schools. The history and social studies program was good, math was ok and science was weak.

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August 17, 2011
My daughter is entering her 4th year at MON and we have been very happy with the school. The school curriculum is very rigorous and the teachers have very high expectations for all students.

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June 03, 2010
MON is an okay school. My child has been there since kindergarten. There are some great teachers and then some who I are just average. I agree with the previous comments that the school is either sink or swim. They do not have anything to offer as far as the Performing arts and there music department is poor! Unless you are an athlete they do not offer much at least that is of any quality!

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September 10, 2009
I am starting my 10th year with children in this school and I have to say that I am absolutely happy with the environment and programs here. Most of the teachers are very good but as with any school you will have teachers that are only 'ok'. fortunately that experience has only been with the specials. My oldest graduated 8th grade last year and I think the math program here is among the best. I like the Catholic environment too and appreciate that my children are learning about their religion as well as their academics. I would and have recommended the school to others.

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August 23, 2009
Hello. I am going into 8th grade at Mary of Nazareth School. I think that its a great school and the people her are absulutly wonderful! The teachers are average but there are a few that are great! I have been at this school since i was in kindergarten and have loved every year of it! All of my friends are really great people that come from great familes! Im very excited for my 8th grade year to come and I will be so upset to leave this great school when the time comes. I have made wonderful friends that will last a liftime, have excelled in many subjects, I am involved in many after school activities clubs and sports such as Ski club, basketball, soccer, cheerleading, track, etc and I have enjoyed EVER bit of it!Overall, I totally and fully recomend mon to everyone and anyone!

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October 19, 2007
I have an academically gifted child and researched schools extensively. The Catholic schools use a curriculum mandated by the Archdiocese of Washington, which Mary of Nazareth is building on to make more challenging. Here, reading is leveled in the early grades and math is leveled from 4th grade on. Middle school students participate in a science fair, but they do not have Math Counts! or Odyssey of the Mind teams. There is a resource department to help students which seems geared toward those who are struggling rather than the high end students, but I see that everywhere as a result of 'No Child Left Behind.' There is a very strong faith community, and discipline and values are a significant part of the student experience. The principal is very hands-on and knows every student's name. I consider the school to be a good value and a good fit for my child.

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August 13, 2007
I attended the school for my middle school years and am now in high school. I couldn't stand it and my younger siblings remained at the school until recently. My mom has decided to switch them because there just isn't enough for my sister who has ADD or for my other sister who thinks her math class is too easy. I know from experience that MON did nothing to challenge me in school and, as a result, I was placed into the wrong science and math classes my freshman year of high school. When I entered high school, I realized that MON had done nothing to get me prepared, even though they constantly said they were getting me ready. There are very few sports, clubs, and a poor music program, which was a very important thing to me as a child that had to be taken away. I was not happy.

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August 01, 2007
My children have attended MON since Kindergarten. I see my daughter struggling with no help. It is either sink or swim. On the other hand, I see my son excelling but, again, nothing is done to challenge him. I wish there would be more help for students who are not doing so well. We pay so much and I don't see anything going to the teachers or resource teachers. Hopefully this year, it will be better.

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May 15, 2007
My daughter has attended MoN since Kindergarten. She is entering middle school. During her time at MoN her father and I divorced and the school was the only consistent thing in her life. The staff made a horrible situation for her bearable. They did everything they could to make her feel loved and that although things would never be the same that everything was going to be okay. I can't believe she would have had that same support anywhere else. The academic programs have grown in leaps and bounds since her beginning there and we are happy for that. There are in existence now programs for advanced learners - however, I understand from others that if your child is struggling not so many programs. Parent involvement is incredible! I know of no other school where the parents are so much a part of the school - sometimes good sometimes not.

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January 06, 2007
My children have attended Mary of Nazareth since 2002. They really love the school. The principal has made cread strides in improving the quality of the teachers and programs for special needs. The kids love the extracurricular activities such as soccer and cheerleading. The choral and band programs are excellent and have fantastic teachers. The kids are not thrilled that Spanish is a mandatory subject with no other language options. There are after school Italian classes offered by the Italian embassy. The parents are very involved in the daily activities of the children.

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December 04, 2006
mary of Nazareth School. I'm in the 7th grade and I think that the teachers are great. Yes, 7th grade is hard but the teachers are always there to help you. The teachers all know what they're talking about and are the best at what they're teaching. There is a very good music program. We perform 2 musical concerts a year. We also have a very good band. Mary of Nazareth offers basketball, soccer, baseball, softball, and we started a track team last year. We have clubs like drama club, chess club, choir, band, and offer an Italian course. (Spanish is a required class during the school day) The parents here are great. Each class has 2 'room mothers' these parents organize a lot of things for that class. They also organize other activities like dances, bingo, the Santa breakfast and more. In all Mary of Nazareth is a great school.

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October 03, 2006
I attended Mary of Nazareth Catholic School in middle school. I must seventh grade was an okay year, when Sister Elaine was the principal.The staff at Mary of Nazareth is mediocre, unfortunately the good teachers left or retired.

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Mary Of Nazareth School
14131 Seneca Road, Darnestown, MD  20874
(301) 869-0940
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Mary Of Nazareth School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top