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St Mary Of The Mills School

Private | K-8 | 427 students


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Posted September 18, 2014

My son is going into his 3rd year at SMS. He has loved his teachers the past 2 years and looks forward to going to school. We have had issues with my son's attention span in the classroom and other behaviors, and exchanged many emails with teachers. The teachers and staff care so much about their students! SMS has had a teacher receive the "Golden Apple" award for 5 out of the past 6 years since the award was introduced by the Archdiocese of Washington. Previous reviews mentioned technology and I thought I'd comment on that too. Every one of the 22 classrooms has projectors and white board technology. Students get media/computer lab 2x a week, even in kindergarten. I do agree that the principal is not very tech savvy and needs to be more responsive to parents when issues arise. I think he feels that he has a team around him that will address these issues when he should handle them personally and directly. The process for raising concerns needs to be improved. I do believe that my son is receiving a quality Catholic education at St. Mary of the Mills. I'm so glad that he can attend mass, talk about his faith, and that the school focuses on building good character.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 13, 2014

Highly disappointed and keeps getting worse. This school use to be so wonderful with great staff and teachers. Unfortunately the principle has angered and chased away so many wonderful teachers, staff and students. Catholic values are NOT being met under his leadership and he cares more about his own image and does not put the kids first at all! I pray that this school can return to the great school it once was but right now it is going in the WRONG direction!!!
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Posted June 7, 2014

The middle school teachers are very supportive. The school has poor leadership; the principal does not show any interest in his teachers nor does he take the time to meet with parents. We are sadden to see so many great teachers leave this school because of the leadership.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 8, 2014

I would not recommend this school, especially if you are not Catholic. I agree with another parent in that the curriculum is very weak, it does not prepare kids for the technologically advanced society in which we live today. My daughters have attended the school for 2 years and I have made a grave mistake enrolling them. They were in a Mandarin-immersion program in a school that utilized Smart boards and computers as a part of their curriculum. St. Mary's staff is still thinking that they can teach students they way they were taught 20 years ago.
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Posted March 8, 2014

My daughter loves this school. She is finishing her second year there and already told me she wants to stay there until 8th grade. She says she loves her teachers and the staff. All her teachers have been very nice, supportive and open to communication. The only true thing I don't care for is the lunch options.
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Posted December 3, 2011

I have been at this school now for 3 years and have a middle schooler and two children in elementary school. I have been extremely pleased with the academics at this school, and with the teacher support and input. When I had a concern with one of my children, I arranged to talk to the teachers and we worked out an ongoing communication method so we could keep track of how my child was doing. Moreover, there are lots of opportunity for community involvement for families.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 15, 2011

Wouldn't give St. Mary of the Mills a 4 star for parent involvment... after denying a parent a teacher conference. Wow totally amazing... and I have proof. Ever heard of such a thing? So sad!

Posted May 24, 2010

I have been very pleased with this school. I have 2 children currently enrolled who remain very enthusiastic about school and learning. I find the environment to be caring and nuturing while maintaining a strong academic focus. Would strongly recommend this school to others
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Posted May 28, 2009

The teachers are pretty good, but the students are a little snobby and disrespectful.

Posted May 28, 2009

St. Mary's is an exceptional school. The academics and strong emphasis on the Catholic faith is great. This school is wondeful for forming young children of virtue and character. The principal is always involved and the teachers are all extremely dedicated to teaching the students beyond the standards. St. Mary's has a very good media department that teaches knowledge at a high school level in a fun, understandable manner.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 11, 2009

Excellent and caring teachers..superb middle school with a great focus on all the core subjects..very strong in language arts, science, math, and history...religion class is superb
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Posted November 19, 2008

St. Mary's is an outstanding school. The teachers and staff are very caring, and the academics are strong. In 1st grade my child grew leaps and bounds academically due to the high standards to excel set forth by her teacher, and that has continued each year. There is also a real emphasis on the Catholic faith, with daily prayer, weekly adoration and Mass with their classes, and the steady reinforcement of Christian values. There is a great feeling of family there and caring for your child. You know that the faculty takes a personal interest in your child and the school is very safe. They will let you know when your child is having a rough day, and are quick to acknowledge and praise good work. There is also a very diverse student body with children of many races and backgrounds. Good sports and extracurricular programs too. We love St. Mary's!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 31, 2008

St. Mary of the Mills is a great elementary-middle school with mostly wonderful, caring, and very involved teachers. We have been at the school for years & my kids absolutely love it. Educationally they are excelling at all subjects--now. A few years ago under a different principal it was a different story. But since the current principal (in his 3rd year & he is wonderful) took over, he I feel has made curriculum & teacher expectations his top priority. Catholic christian values & morals are emphasized here at all times...which is wonderful (and I am not catholic!) and my children have grown spiritually into wonderfully well-rounded children with a great sense of security, self-worth & a genuine love for others.
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Posted September 15, 2008

This is our first year,so far so good.GREATsecurity technique. Advanced technical teacher,very concerned and care for the children.This school has been in existence since 1800s.God has not allowed it to fail.The system works along with practicing the love of Jesus.The uniforms are very respected as is the school.Principal and vice are on top of things and you will see them every morning and afternoon active in the assurance of the childrens entering and leaving the school.I reccomend this school to all people including students comming out of other Christian schools.You will be pleased.Keep up the good work SAINT MARYS OF THE MILL!
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Posted September 4, 2008

This school is quite good in my opinion. The circular for K-4 isn't that good though. The social studies is below average because you only learn about American history and things like communities. All the rest is fine and the basic stuff you would get if you were at any other school. When you get into 5th grade the circular picks up. The social studies teacher in my opinion is one of the best and the Language arts, Math and Religion teachers are quite experienced. The Science teacher is nice and you can easily pass by just studying. Anyone who says the principal lacks leadership I think is making that up. Again I reccommend this school for older kids and the kids there are very diverse so your child will most likely make at least one good friend.
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Posted April 1, 2008

This is my daughter's 3rd year at this school. We are very unhappy with the quality of teachers and the leadership of the principal. The curriculum is weak, and teachers are too lax. I would have kept her if I knew that next year's teachers are any better, but when asked around, I found out that the teachers next year are worst that what I've seen already. We are considering moving her to another private school. If you live beside a good public school, you are better off saving your money and sending your child there.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 1, 2008

This school is horrible. None of the teachers are really nice and most of them are very weird. the uniforms are horrible!!And if there is a big problem or situation they don't do anything about it this is the truth. I am a student here and i don't like it at all.
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 19, 2007

Saint Mary of the Mills is a fantastic school. The teachers are great and in my opinion above average.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 6, 2005

Often times as a student I feel this paticular school is sexist seeing as thought it has more female oriantated activities, for example girls group( no boys group )and knitting club. All other groups are the cyo sport( not entirely St.Mary's sponcered) teams,student council, band, and mathcounts. On the other hand its middle school teacher strive to assist the students in reaching their true potential.
—Submitted by a student

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 56% 42%
Black 26% 35%
Hispanic 10% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 4%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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106 Saint Marys Place
Laurel, MD 20707
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