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Mary Of Nazareth School

Private | PK-8 | 540 students


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Posted 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.

Posted 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!
—Submitted by a student

Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted 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.

Posted 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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Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 3, 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!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted 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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Posted 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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Posted 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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Posted August 1, 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.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 6, 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.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 4, 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.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 3, 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.
—Submitted by a former student

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 79% 42%
Hispanic 11% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 6%
Black 3% 35%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 4%
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14131 Seneca Road
Darnestown, MD 20874
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