Good, strong, smart, dedicated teachers! Loving and kind too, which is so important and not always the case in bigger, public schools. We are allowed to show our faith, ANY FAITH, and our teachers can build real relationships with our kids based on mutual respect and values!
There is a lot of homework, but in the end, it's worth it! My kids complain a little, but they are so happy when they do well. They can always email their teachers for help and the response time is amazing!!
The homework also teaches them to work hard and be disciplined and that can never be a bad thing! :) I have also found that the curriculum is always ahead of their peers in public schools.
Honesty, Integrity, and fairness is at our core at SMS. It is wrapped up in our character building, in our faith, in our belief system and in our community service building! We are raising children with values, from our parents and our teachers!
St. Martin's is so much more than a school! It is a community and a family. We have been at SMS for 7 years and what brought us to the school was our faith, what sealed the deal on our decision to attend were the students! When we first arrived for the open house, the students gave us a tour of the school (which is still true today) and we were so impressed. They were articulate and mature and knowledgeable and we thought, "this is how we want our kids to be".
Everyone at our school knows each other to some degree, the parent involvement is amazing, the older kids mentor the younger kids, and the teachers are very hands on. The teachers really know all the students, it's an amazing place and we are so lucky to attend such a special school!
Furthermore, St. Martin's and the Archdiocese of Washington have very high academic standards and it show's year after year when our kids graduate and leave for high school more prepared than their peers and ready for AP classes. While the academics are tough, the teachers are ALWAYS there for the students. They get to know them well and they understand their different personalities, strengths and weaknesses and they are the first ones to rally behind them when they need help. They will not hesitate to reach out to parents when needed, so we have open communication and a good plan in place when a little extra help is in order.
I have two very different learners and SMS has been a nurturing learning environment for both of them!
If you want a good Catholic School that teaches about faith, community service, character building, has great academics, after school activities, dedicated teachers and so much more...than SMS is the place for you! AND, if you are not Catholic, but you still want ALL those things...SMS is STILL the place for you! This school is a small little gem that should not be overlooked! It is "top notch" in so many way and in this sometimes crazy world, you will not find a better home for your children and your family than St. Martin's School!
Five of my children have graduated from Saint Martin's, all of them arrived at high school ready to take on the challenges of advanced course work as a result of the excellent instruction provided by solid educators in both the elementary and middle school levels.
Additionally, Saint Martin's has been and continues to be a great place for children to grow up in the faith, and not view education and having a faith as contradictory. My children have learned to love serving the poor, being generous with stocking the pantry, they've learned to love learning, and they've learned that adults outside of their parents, care about the faith and practice it in their every day.
The trend in Homework is sometimes too much and sometimes not enough, so I like that Saint Martin's has, over the years always demanded of its students that they work after school to deepen their understanding, but never merely for the sake of proving, it's a tough school. The homework load I think is a necessary discipline, which teaches children that sometimes, you do have to go the extra mile. It's true in the work world, in relationships, in faith life, so it makes sense, it is also something that happens to children. I think, it is good for the children to have work and to sometimes, have more than they can easily rush through.
My child has been attending St. Martin's School for 5 years. He loves his teachers and feels very happy at this school. The curriculum challenges him and his teachers are always ready to help whenever he needs it. As a parent, I find the school to be an inviting place, very warm and welcoming. The teachers and staff are very supportive; it's obvious they love teaching and working at St. Martin's. The students are happy and respectful, and I feel much of that has to do with the school's emphasis on good morals, values, and helping those in need. I am very pleased with St. Martin's school.