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PK-8
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Glen Burnie, MD
Students enrolled: 790
 

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120 Dorsey Road
Glen Burnie, MD 21061

(410) 766-7130
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March 17, 2015
This is a solid school and good value with two caveats: the principal is passive-aggressive and caters to the fears and anxieties of parents who have longstanding ties with the school and the Church, also the anonymous rumor mill is quite active. On the other hand, the teachers are superb, both competent and committed to the children's education. If you can ignore the nonsense and focus on the classroom experience, this a good fit for parent and child.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2014
This school is not a quality program. Our child attended this school for two years and we were very pleased the first year with our daughters teacher and program. This year the school retained a new principal that has not been consistent with addressing issues that the school has currently. Our child was bullied and we reached out to the school in the beginning of the school year to have it fall on a deaf ear. The bullying continued throughout the year with no intervention. The school plays favoritism to students that have other siblings in the program or belong to the church. I would not recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2013
After reading through the comments, there seem to be some misconceptions. "The teachers at the school don't have any degrees in teaching and not certified to teach. Most of the teachers were students at the school or attend the church. They do not have any teaching experience." is an absolute false statement. The Archdiocese of Baltimore has made sure that each teacher is certified or will be certified by 2015. Most teachers at Slade have their certification and many have Masters degrees. If not, they are working on completing the certification. Saying the school does not have a curriculum is another false statement. The school follows the curriculum outlined by the Archdiocese of Baltimore and that curriculum is current with the national standards. My children both went to Slade, were average students, and were extremely prepared for high school. They have both said that they can identify Slade students in their high school classrooms because they are well behaved and ready to learn.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2013
This is a really good school, definitely worth the money. The staff really cares about the success of each child, and if they see anyone struggling, they use all their resources to assess the needs of the child to get the kid back on track. They just really want everyone to succeed. I am also impressed with the strong community of families at this school. We looked at other schools but were turned off by the cliquish atmosphere created by the families. Our experience at Slade has never been anything other than absolutely welcoming.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2013
Please visit for yourself and see what Slade has to offer. It IS a caring environment with teachers whom are not only certified but also holding or pursuing Masters Degrees (and beyond). In one of the instances addressed below (the reading sign), I happened to walk in to the classroom that same day and the "a" had fallen off of the wall mid-day. Kudos to the teacher for continuing to teach and fixing the sign after school. I am sure the parent would have been upset had the teacher stopped class to repair the sign. As far as the curriculum goes, each grade has a specific curriculum they follow and Slade would not be an accrediated school if they did not. There is a bullying policy in the Parent/Student Handbook which is strictly followed. The library is one of the largest in the county private schools and is not only organized but also computerized. Schedule a visit and see for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2013
Real courage is standing up for what is right, not posting something anonymously on a web site. If people have issues, they should address the source. Spending time on dealing with issues instead of posting negative comments on a web site is infinitely more courageous (and emotionally healthy). Everyone has a different perspective. If any one of these former students had brought their concerns to the administration/teachers in a positive, intelligent way, they may have a different perspective. You cannot change another person, but you can change how you deal with them. Be the better person. Stop ripping apart something just because things didn't go your way. People are generally treated with respect when they treat others with respect. If names were permitted here, I WOULD post my name. Support your school and your teachers and I think you'll find they will support you, too.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2013
My granddaughter attended Slade for kindergarten. During my open house visit, I was disappointed by the classroom appearance and reading lesson. The word reading was displayed on a classroom banner spelled: reding. The lesson was on blends/sounds at, cat, however, theprepatory reading was unrelated and did not include these phonic blends. The teacher reported there is no curriculum to follow. School climate is negative beginning with the principal and assistant principal at morning drop off. While waiting outside locked doors for the Christmas program it began to rain. A family had entered the building with a teacher. The Assistant Principal briskly escorted the family with young children back out into the rain. When trying to report a possible bullying incident, the response from school faculty was: "there is no bullying here". During the librarian's lesson the children drew on a paper plate then retrieved a book from an unorganized bin. This teacher used gender groupings. The principal was unavailable to discuss parental concerns. Teachers are not highly qualified and lack of rigorous instruction was evident in both settings witnessed. I would not recommend this school.

- submitted by a community member
February 06, 2013
My children attended Slade and my friend's children attend Slade. No school is perfect but Slade offers a good education. I find that if parents communicate with teachers if they have concerns, complaints can be resolved. Teachers are very willing to give up their lunch breaks to help students and they stay after school to help students also. The school has resource teachers to support students who need extra help also. There are a wide variety of activities and a great parent volunteer program.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2013
I graduated this school, not going to state which year. However, I was very unsatisfied with some of the Middle School teaching. Two teachers in particular: One who does not have a teaching degree and one who took forever her papers. The one without a degree set me up in a bad way for High School, causing me to recieve a low grade that I was not at all happy with. On the other hand, after taking four years of Spanish, I was still only abke to place into Spanish I at the High School level. The K-5 is outstanding; the teachers and ciriculum, but I would not recommend staying through 8th. I, along with many other students, had a poor expirence at the Middle School level. I believe some teachers need to be replaced & some need to learn more effective teaching strategies. I believe the school is losing its reputation, and it is very obvious why. Thank you for reading.

- submitted by a community member
January 16, 2013
I graduated Slade in 2008, and I can honestly say that this school has truly shaped who I am today. The caring and nurturing staff concern themselves with the well being of each student. Teachers are willing to put in extra time to help those who ask and challenge their students to reach their highest potential. The education I received from Slade helped prepare me for high school. The transition into the next stage of my education was much easier, thanks to the education I received from Monsignor Slade. I attended Slade for grades K-8 and would recommend this establishment for anyone looking for a quality education and wonderful experiences.

- submitted by a community member
August 02, 2012
My daughter finally graduating this year and I can tell prospective parents that this school is not a good school anymore. When we first attended the school, we were elated and found the teachers and staff to be caring. Now, the school tuition has been raised twice, teachers are leaving and being replaced with inexperienced teachers, the staff focus on families who raise a lot of money for the school. If your child does not participate in band or sports be prepared for your child to be isolated and picked on. The school operates on sports, band and teachers who have either attended the school as a child or have children at the school. You can imagine how the teachers' children wind up always being on honor roll or getting scholarships. Its a very unfair system and I have to be honest I see nothing Catholic at all about this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2012
I am a student at Slade and I think the school is awesome. I have some of the best friends here. The teachers really help you when you need it, like when you don't understand something. Everybody is so nice and friendly and welcoming, so it feels like home. I love music and I am in the band and chorus, and it's really fun. It helps me show the things I like to do. I can't wait to try out for the play. We have the best music and band program around. I only have a few more years at Slade and I know I'm going to miss it when I leave.

- submitted by a community member
March 19, 2012
This is my children first year in Monsignor Slade. My daughter is in third grade. She transfer from a public school, she is doing alot better she loves her teachers. She notice that teachers take interest in showing her to learn. She loves her Math teacher because, she has patients. Something mommy has to learn,"she said". My son is in pre-k so he is starting out right.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2012
I am a 8th grade student and I can testify that Slade is not a good school anymore. I have been going here since 1st grade and every year its gotten worse. I have been bullied and called names in front of teachers and they do nothing to stop them. The teachers treat "popular" kids better and they are in the high group even though they need help with most of their school work. The teachers at the school don't have any degrees in teaching and not certified to teach. Most of the teachers were students at the school or attend the church. They do not have any teaching experience. I have to rely on my parents to help me explain the lessons. If I had to choose again, I would not choose this school. Many of the "uncool" kids don't get the extra attention or work so their parents reteach them at home. I am very unhappy and can't wait to graduate.

- submitted by a community member
March 15, 2012
I am a grandparent who takes care if my grandchildren while their parents work hard to send them to a private school. I am very saddened by what I have been seeing at the school. I have 2 grandchildren who are going here, one is in the 1st grade and the the other one is in intermediate. The teachers and administrators are so worried about the reputation of the school and what test scores are they forget to look at the whole picture. Are the children being treated fairly? No. Many of the scholarships and high level children are the teachers' children. The parents who know the system learn that if they want their child to succeed they have to raise a lot of money for the school and befriend the teachers. What type of Catholic politics is that? Also rules? what rules? The children wear what they want even though in the handbook in says otherwise and there is no discipline. My grandson has been bullied since he was in the 3rd grade and they just kept saying that they informed the parents. My grandchildren will be attending another private school in the area where most of the families from Slade usually go after they realize what a disappointment the school really has become

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2012
I am a current parent at the school. I have 3 children who attend this school and I have seen at the this school go downhill every year. My son graduates next year so we will be pulling our 2 remaining children out when he graduates. I will tell prospective parents to really consider your option when choosing a private school. Parents are sacrificing a lot to send their children to a private school not to have adequate and competent staff and teachers who are teaching your child. This school is failing all ALL levels.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2011
I'm a student in the 8th grade and there is a serious bullying problem. Everyday these boys pick on everyone sometimes even teachers. They will make fun of your laugh, your hair, the way you talk or what sports you do. They try to help the bulling problem but it gets nowhere. I'm glad this is my last year so I wont have to go to the same high school as them. Thee academics are very good but one or two teachers are a lot to be desired.

- submitted by a community member
December 07, 2011
Currently my son attends Spades Educate program. He attend pre school last year in public school. Wow is all I can say. The staff is simply amazing. My son T.W. is currently in what's called the Panda Room. His teacher Ms Elmira, Ms Judy and Ms Edna are truly gifted people. My son was terrified in public school and learned nothing. These teacher take some much time teaching the children so much. Every day is filled both activities and play. They believe children learn by play this is so true. My son was 4 when he started at Slade and is so excited about learning. He of course knows his ABC's, he is adding learning to read, knows a great deal of sign language. Everyday I'm so impressed with how much he is learning. At just about $800 a month for tuition it is a great strain on us financially but worth every penny. I cant wait for him to get to first grade. I just pray those teacher are half as good and the three teachers i mentioned above. Ms Jane runs the office and the financial end and has been so wonderful with us. As I said its expensive but she has helped us worked payments when tough times hit us. And they never made us feel like trash when we made a payment a little late.

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2011
I'm a student in the 8th grade at Slade. I thought the elementary school was great, but when I got to middle school it all went down hill from there. There are the usual cliques, bullying, and a few of the teachers are a bit out there. The school tries to help the bullying issue, but the kids don't listen and it continues. There's a lot of cussing too. If you aren't in the cool crowd you will be made fun of, and some kids are made fun of just because others don't like them. I've seen some kids make fun of others because of their race. Don't get me wrong though, I liked the elementary school a lot and there are some really good teachers in the middle school. Its pretty good academically, with the grading scale being tougher than public schools, and its non-advanced classes are more advanced than public ones.Overall it could be better.

- submitted by a community member
October 16, 2011
Slade is a great school for academics but because the economy is very slow I think looking at the entire school is important for every family. The tuition at the school is very high compared to other schools and many families make sacrifices to send their kids to private schools. As a parent of a non White children I can testify that the school's environment try to accomadate this population but falls very short. The parents who "whisper" and "don't speak" to people who do not look like them are the ones who rule the school. So often families from different backgrounds are shut out and don't feel like you are a part of the "Slade family"..there are many incidents that happen that the school will not tell other prospective parents. They may can get a few people with different backgrounds at the school but they usually leave the school. Statistics don't lie. This is our last year here.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2011
I am a current parent at Slade and although I do not agree with bashing a school I do agree with most of the comments about race, lack of leadership and the tuition cost. I think most of the teachers try really hard to help the students but some do not know how to help students who may need "extra" help. Also I do think the school need to address bullying at the school because it is happening.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2011
I am currently a student in 8th grade. Slade is a good school if you yourself are student academically. K-5 is very good compared public school. Middle school is a different story. There r the usual cliques and social status. If u differ from your usual social group you end up getting pcked on. It is sometimes to get a teachers help. The academics are very good overall and is both a challenge and a good life experience. Though on a side note the school is a typical white school with little diversity. As a non caucasian student you are welcomed by the normal mannered students and are picked by the 'cool' kids if you are not good at sports or fit in. Overall the problems are with a certain clique in each grade and the school deserves its 4/5

- submitted by a community member
September 02, 2011
After seeing my son come out of school after his first day of second grade smiling ear to ear I was reassured we made a wise choice when we picked Slade three years ago. Slade provides him with a safe, comforting learning environment. He has learned so much academically as well as morally. The teachers are caring and considerate of each child s needs. We are looking forward to another great year!

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2011
I have children at Slade. Been there a total of 9 years so far. I am very happy at this school. I have read thru so many of the comments posted on here, and I am very sad. I am a very commited parent volunteer at Slade, and I have not encountered the behaviors that other parents have posted. I believe that if you are interested in this school, you MUST come to the open house or call to set up a time to have a private tour. I truly think you will be pleasantlly surprised. I also have children in public school, so I have a differeent perspective on private and public education.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2011
I recently graduated from Monsignor Slade. They were some great years that I'll never forget. When I first came to Slade in kindergarten I was very excited, but also scared of leaving home. Very quickly I made lots of friends that I'll always remember. I also learned from the teachers that you don't have to be scared, because they will always be there for you. Slade is such a great school. It prepared me very well for high school and helped me learn the importance of service to others. I'm so glad I went to Slade. I hope you'll check it out if you're looking for a great school.

- submitted by a community member
August 31, 2011
Our family was deciding between two Catholic schools in our area, and we chose Slade specifically because it is more diverse than the other school. We also chose Slade because of the excellent academic perfomance, and most importantly, we chose Slade because of the strong Catholic identity. Our children are receiving a well rounded education, that fosters both academic and spiritual growth.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2011
Great Teachers totally dedicated to the students and their families. The school also offers sports programs and the kids enjoy playing Soccer, Basketball and lacrosse with their friends.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2011
Slade is the best Catholic school in Anne Arundel County! Although it is larger than most, it still has a small family feel to it and my children love coming to school. The teachers are the best, many of them hold advanced degrees, and the principal's emphasis on growing the students' faith is to be commended. Two of my children have graduated and moved on to Catholic high schools, and they were well prepared due to the excellent education they received at Slade. The extra-curricular offerings are wonderful, the band is outstanding and the musicals they produce are of top-notch quality. This is a school that holds high standards and the students benefit from it in every way. If you are looking for a great Catholic school, you have to check out Monsignor Slade!

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2011
Monsignor Slade Catholic School is a blessing for those who chose to send their children there. Slade has thoroughly prepared my children for high school not only academically, but socially and morally. This school has helped my children grow in to respectful, responsible young adults who take pride in what they do. The sport programs along with the band program and the annual Middle School Musical (to name a few) offer the students opportunities to try various activities. The teachers are ready and willing to help. Not only are there opportunities for advanced students but resource teachers are there for those students who struggle and have learning challenges. I HIGHLY reccomend Monsignor Slade Catholic School!

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2010
I actually saw that another website had the population at 900! No way, it's more like 700 and that is because more parents are leaving the school (like us). The top reasons are the increasing tuition. I understand that the school has to make up for the parents who left but every year! Another reason is the lack of 'concern for diversity' at the school. The parents, teachers and administration could care less about why students of color are not choosing their schools over other local schools. They do not go out of their way to keep or to attract people of color. The other reasons are the lack of response from the staff and administrators when it comes to the 'rules' they set in the handbook and they do nothing to enforce it. The kids wear what they want, they act anyway they want and they do bully other kids. Safe the

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2010
I'm a parent of a current student and another student who graduated. The grade school is OK, but the middle school is not very good. For the amount of money payed to the school, middle school parents should not have to tutor their children in order to reinforce the concepts (I know for a fact that I'm not the only parent who has to work with a child). Overall, the quality of the middle school teachers leaves a LOT to be desired. Science and English are exceptions. They are very good teachers. Parents have complained, but teachers with no teaching degrees still 'teach' at the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2010
I think the school needs a huge overall of administrators who actually do something with the parents and the children who do not comply with the rules. The school does have a handbook of rules set but rarely enforce it. As far as diversity goes, I agree with the parent statements. I feel like I am going to a school back in the 1950's with so many close minded parents. I actually over heard a few parents talking about how they would leave if too many 'colored' kids went to the school. I nearly feel over because I am a White parent! I think the only thing the school does have going for it is the academic program and that is about it. If you could, skip this school and go to another. We intend to enroll our children at another Catholic School in Howard County.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 16, 2010
This school totally lacks diversity. There is so much politics in the school that you would not know from the outside unless you know the parents. There are hardly any non-white kids in the school. That creates a situation for the kids who are going and learning in that environment. When they go to regular college they are not well prepared. Some teachers yell at kids as well.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2010
I am a student at Slade right now and I am about to graduate and let me tell you I can't wait to get out. I had no problems with the school until Middle School. Middle School, money gets brought up a lot and makes kids feel bad. Morals are not a big factor at Slade. The mission statement is, ' A Comprehensive Education in a Caring Enviroment.' I don't think it's all that caring, there are bullies like there are at every other school, but getting in physical fights! In a Catholic School. No, I would not send my kid here. If I heard about that.

- submitted by a student
August 31, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 28, 2009
We have two children in this school and have been attending for 4 years now. We can say this school offers a solid education as it's students consistently demonstrate significantly higher test scores over it's public rivals. We also like the christian foundational beliefs that are taught there. The Pros: faith based teaching. Discipline. Many (not all) compassionate teachers on staff. Good before/aftercare program. Affordable. Results oriented cirriculum. Online assistance for lessons. Cons: if your child has special needs, this probably isnt the school for you. Also, if you happen to get one of the few teachers that aren't their best, you will have a long year.

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April 01, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 05, 2008
I can't say enough great things to show the appreciation I have for a school who is like one big happy family. The education is great. There are multiple activities (sports, band etc...) for the kids that are all quality. Most of all, it is required to all parents are involved! A recipe for success!

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 18, 2007
School is really good. Although, there are not enough students from different races. Hence, the teachers lack diversity perspective.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2007
Monsignor slade is a great school, but the tuition is becoming very expensive. I do not care for the principal at all. Most teachers are helpful and understand you want the best education for your child and that you are paying for school. I think that they should offer a foreign language in the second or third grade.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2007
I think the staff and teachers are great but I am unsure about the principal and vice principal because they seem invisible at times! I like the idea of parents mandatory involvement and having an open communication with teacher/parent. I would suggest that certain volunteer chairs should be more organized and give parents more direct work to do. Overall, I like the school and my child enjoys going everyday.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2007
The school staff is great and is very on target with the welfare of the child. I wish more people of color would attend this school because its really a great school for everyone regardless of race.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2005
Great school with very caring teachers. They make it more like family.

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August 26, 2003
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Monsignor Slade Catholic School
120 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie, MD  21061
(410) 766-7130
Last modified Monsignor Slade Catholic School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Monsignor Slade Catholic School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top