My daughter has been going to this school for several years now. Ms. Greer is now the principal and seems quite young. I am a little concerned about the staff turnover mostly and based on my interactions and observations of Ms Greer, I wonder if the turnover in staff is indicative of her attitude. As a principal, I would expect that she would be more personable with parents and children in person and not simply on paper. This concerns me a bit. I find her to be a little rude and am concerned about how her leadership is impacting the quality of the education at this school starting with staff turnover. So far this is the second week of school, and information about new staff has yet to be communicated. Returning teachers that was communicated over the summer changed and I had no idea until I questioned my child the first day of school. Nursing staff is infrequent and inconsistent. Spanish teaching is lacking. Overall this is a good school but the quality of the school can and will suffer depending on the leadership.
This was not a great school for Pre-K. I sent my son based on reputation and paid the almost $7,000 in tuition. if I could do it again I would not. It was only nap time and begging for money. I have nothing against Catholic Schools, I graduated from an area Catholic High School and received my graduate degrees from a Catholic University, but this school is poorly run. Education is not the focus of administration it is making the parents happy. The kids suffer, keep your $7,000 and send them to a public school!!!!
I graduated from Saint Matthias years ago. My two younger siblings also graduated from there. Some of the teachers and leadership are still present there now and I have friends who send their children there. I feel comfortable saying that St. Matthias was, is, and hopefully always will be an outstanding school. Everyone close to me who graduated from there feels that the academic foundation and the sense of family simply cannot be rivaled. Some 15 years later, I can still call on my former St. Matthias classmates and teachers. I left St. Matthias after graduation and attended a public school. I tested 3 years ahead and in AP levels. If I lived closer, my own children would be there without a second thought. LOVE this school!
As a recent graduate, I believe that St. Matthias is a FANTASTIC school! In the graduating class of 2011, (which consisted of only 26 people) the students earned a full-tuition academic ride, a band scholarship, a visual arts scholarship, two partial-tuition academic scholarships, two Knights of Columbus scholarships, and a Catholic Business Network scholarship. The class of 2012 also earned many awards, including another full ride to Catholic High school and vocal/band and Knights of Columbus scholarships. These excellent results attest to the fantastic and committed teachers and staff, as well as the resources available. The school boasts a full computer lab, two libraries, a music and art room, and a band program. For recess and PE class, the campus includes a basketball court, full baseball and soccer fields, and two play equipment areas. The school also offers soccer, basketball, t-ball, softball, and baseball teams from intramural to varsity. Other extra curricular activities include an elected student council, a newspaper, a chess club, and scouting. I loved my nine years at St. Matthias. It gave me a quality education in a wonderful atmosphere and I highly recommend it.
This is the BEST SCHOOL EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am in the 4th grade and LOVE IT! we have an awesome buddy system where the 4th graders are buddies with the Pre K 5th, Kindergarten......etc., etc. and the only thing I don't like is the PE / music teacher Mr. Minc... I shouldent saw but I think they will replace him soon so if you're thinking about sending your child here DO IT!!! Mr. Min... I mean the PE / music teacher might not come back next year
I am currently an 8th grader at St. Matthias, and i must say, it has been the best years i could wish to have. Coming from a public school with little stress on my education, i could barely read in the second grade, the year i joined the school. But by my 5th and 6th grade years i was on the honor roll, read FOR FUN, and enjoyed school, all because of the learning enviornment i was placed in. I have even recieved a scholarship to a private high school that i will be attending next year. Its a small school, and it seems to be stuggling with the number of students so i'm sure that everyone at st. Matthias would love to have whoeverr wants to attend. Give us a chance and i'm sure you or your child will have an amazing time during elementery and middle school, then also be well prepared for their futures.
I am the proud parent of both a 4th grader and pre-schooler who attend St. Matthias. It is a small school with a hometown feel. Academics and religion are stressed in the school. Teachers are great and keep parents informed. As a busy parent, I do feel we could do better with parent involvement to help nurture the school's extra-curricular activities.
As a former student, I must say that this school has an excllent group of teachers that do not settle for anything except your best
St. Matthias is a good school. My son has been a student there since kindergarden. He is now in 7th grade. Its a small school. Therefore, all of the kids know each other. But lately there is a serious lake of parent involvement. In years past parents basically ran all non-academic programs/activities. Because of seroius changes to both church and school adminstration, most parents feel left out in the cold. Many long-term parents have pulled out younger kids after the eldest graduated.
St. Matthias is an excellent school that stimulates children academically. They have also have music, sports, extracurricular activities while providing a deep foundation in Religion. The teachers are excellent and communicate well with the parents. Because St. Matthias is a small school, parents develop relationships with other parents and their children. I would suggest that if you live in Maryland, that you visit this school - it's a hidden treasure!
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