We are new to this school and are amazed at the sense of community and quality of education. My daughter in middle school is being prepared for high school with block scheduling and organizational classes. My younger son is happy with the teachers, schedule and creative way the curriculum is administered. The teachers truly try to engage the children no matter what their learning style is. I was very sad to read the review from the graduate posted here. If anything, my children are more empowered in the few short months they have been at St. Mary's
I went here and hated this school. All it does is prepare you to be scared in life. If you value your children's future, DO NOT send them here.
I am a parent with 3 children at St. Mary's and we have had a wonderful experience. I am a working single mom and I have found St. Mary's teachers, parents, students, and community wonderful! I feel like everyone has welcomed and accepted me and my children with open arms. The kids get a good solid education. the specials ie. music, art, Spanish, and technology seem outstanding. I am extremely pleased with the caring environment that St. Mary's offers. I have never heard any parent say anything but high compliments for the school! I appreciate that Father Gallagher and Principal Eisel are available to greet the kids outside every day. There is a wonderful sense of community. All the teachers and staff seem very involved with all the kids. I am a very involved parent with much higher standards than almost anyone I know and my children have attended other schools but I have been extremely pleased at St. Mary's. I also think the building and facilities are extremely good compared to the other Catholic and small private schools I toured, many of which had much higher tuition. I would highly recommend to my friends, family, and others!
St. Mary's is a wonderful school with great teachers and excellent administrators. We have two children in the school who are growing academically and spiritually. The church leadership is involved and all the parents create a vibrant community. There is a reason why this is a blue-ribbon school.
As a long time St. Mary's parent, I have been pleased with the overall experience. St. Mary's is a welcoming, supportive community. The school has afforded my children opportunities that have helped them develop into kind, happy, intelligent, confident people with strong Christian values. My high schooler was well prepared to take on an honors curriculum in high school. St. Mary's follows the same ADW curriculum that other area Catholic schools follow, and has qualified, dedicated teachers at all levels who take an interest in each child's success. In addition to the core academics, St. Mary's offers superior art and music education and numerous extra curricular activities. Best of all, my children are happy to go to school each day.
This school is a true gift for my kids and I know they will talk great things about St. Mary's when they grow up and move on to their lives! My kids love this school. They feel loved by their teachers and are beginning to nourish friendships with their classmates. There is a lot of focus on passing on faith values through service and different classroom projects. You don't get this on a regular school. Academically, I feel that my kids are attaining a sense of independence or ownership with everything they learn and do, and I must attribute that to their teachers. The school hours are so convenient and I always feel that my children are well protected and taken care of every day when I drop them off at 7:30am until I pick them up after 3 P.M. For us working parents, this is very convenient. I love seeing that priest, Fr. Gallagher?, and the principal, Mrs. Eisel, greeting and welcoming my kids at the door EVERY DAY. It's just amazing. The school is also open to parents volunteering in many activities but also they don't force you like in other schools. There is a good spirit here, I think.
We had our 5 year old son in St. Mary's pre-K and have had problems with his teacher, who's name I will leave out of the review. The new principal we also found unprofessional on many levels, she missed 2 meetings with us and never showed, only to call us 3 weeks later. Overall, for the money we could find a better schools with more caring teachers.
Both my children have attended/graduated from St. Mary's in Rockville, Md. The experience was exceptional. The teacher's take a very active interest in the success of their students, they stay in close contact with the parents, and are willing to help in any way needed. It's not just a school it's like an extension of family. The community of parents and students also very tight.The success of each student is of great concern to the faculty as well as the parents. I do not regret sending my children to this school and I recommend St. Mary's to any parent who is looking for a school with a great academic curriculm as well as a safe and loving environment for their child/children. Our moto is "Christ is the reason for our school" need I say more.
My son goes to St Mary's. Our experience has been wonderful from the start. Academically, the school is top notch. The combination of the fun......celebrating holidays, special days and holy days, makes for a perfect learning environment. I also like how the school gets the children involved in social concerns.
My daughter has attended St. Mary's School for 7 years. She has always been adequately challenged and offered enrichment when she has mastered the grade level requirements. She has been taught great study skills and has been taught a good work ethic. She has had very good relationships with all of her teachers. The faculty and staff are warm and welcoming, always willing to communicate about my child's progress. Having had the experience of sending children to public school, I appreciate that the teachers at St. Mary's are here because they love the children and teaching the word of God. There is a very strong catholic identity within the school. The school goes to weekly mass, quarterly benediction and rosary. I like knowing my child is safe and feels safe at St. Mary's. Parents are always welcome but are asked to comply with all child protection policies. The parent community is very involved in parish activities for the children and is supportive to the other families. I feel the St. Mary's community is like extended family.
My kids go to school at St Mary's. They are very happy and although we had a few bumps along the way, it was all for the best. No school or child for that matter is perfect! What helps is the open communication, the respect and committment shown by the teachers and the principal. I love the fact that the school has increased it's after school activities - Art, Dance, Drama, Chess, Scouts, Robotics, Newspaper and Yearbook Clubs and now Scratch as well as the seasonal sports during the year. My kids love meeting their friends after school, and we as parents get to socialize and catch up. It's a great community.
We have three kids in St Mary's. All three started in preschool. I love the school and its wonderful community. My children are growing up in a loving, faith filled environment. They go to church every Friday as a school, they say the rosary together, and they practice their religion in every day school life. The principal and teachers are open and caring. My kids feel safe and secure. They never compain about not wanting to go to school and wake up every morning happy to go to their 'second home'. It is a small community compared to some schools, and that is why it fits us perfectly. I think our kids do better in a smaller environment and they get more inidivual attention. St Mary's has also received the National Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence which effectively puts the school among the very top nationwide. If you are looking for a Catholic Education, I highly recommend St. Mary's.
The first thing I noticed about St. Mary's was the wonderful community. Our oldest son attended from Pre-K until graduation. It is dismaying to me to see these negative comments on here because it truly made my son a wonderful, empathetic, giving person. He is excelling at a private high school and will have life-time friends from his St. Mary's experience. There were certainly bumps along the way, but overall it was a wonderful experience for us.
I have two children at St. Mary's and my oldest graduated in '12 and is attending a private Catholic high school. I am an involved member of the school and parish community. While no school experience is perfect, I feel as if St. Mary's strives to teach to the entire child which is an invaluable lesson. Certainly as important, if not more so, that math and English. There have been undeniable adjustments with a new principal but the numbers do not point to a mass exodus in the middle school years as the current 6th grade class has nearly the capacity 30 students. There are small classes within the school, some in the primary and some in the upper grades and all for differing reasons. unhappy folks can be found in every school and situation, you owe it to yourself to tour the school to get the sense of community and warmth that only a personal visit can yield.
St. Mary's is truly a warm, caring community. The students are well-behaved and kind to others. The Responsive Classroom curriculum is phenomenal and fosters this caring environment. You will not find a more nurturing environment for your younger children. HOWEVER, the academics after the early childhood years leave much to be desired. As students approach the upper grades, there is an exodus as families see the writing on the wall.
Excellent parent community with supportive teachers, pastor and priests that help to form a truly well-rounded student. While the principal is new and is still making some adjustments, with the help of the other leaders of the school community and the dedicated teachers, we know there will be great results as there were in the past! I totally disagree with the two prior disgruntled parents that have posted here (or perhaps delusional - a child was bullied "by a parent with money" - very hard to believe!) St. Mary's deserved its honor as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence!
St. Mary's has been great for our 3 kids. They are well adjusted in mind, body and spirit. The Pastor is 100% behind the school and its activities. The parent community is very active and embracing. I know when we had an issue with something at the school we went to the teacher or principal directly to resolve the issue, not some anonymous web site to bash. St. Mary's is a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence for a reason...
Very disappointed. The former principal was extremely lovely, caring, true believer in charity and community but believed in discipline! Current principal although highly educated is NOT a leader. Very political! This one knows who keeps the school open - the long timers with money. Parents who are cliquey and if you have a job and can't volunteer much you are NOT welcome! Some wonderful teachers and the support staff is great! Curriculum is okay.Nice music program, drama.Extracurriculars ok. Leadership is below average. The enrollment is down which should tell you something. My son graduated from this school after transferring in 7th grade - he struggled freshman year! He is excelling in EVERY class now in honors and AP but at this school was considered a 'problem' who had an 'adjustment' problem because we were military. Not impressed. My youngest started here until in 2nd grade she was bullied by a parent with money and influence (we were told not to use the hottest buzz word to describe her situation). We transferred to another blue ribbon Catholic school and are doing VERY well. She used to struggle with math but for some reason it is her favorite subject now!
I am warning you, do not send your children here! The middle school curriculum is terrible with bad teachers who do not know how to teach! My daughter had a terrible 10 years at this school and I think this school needs a better principal, new teachers, and new school buildings. Their heating system does not work in the winter, and the school itself is useless to a student that wants to do well! It is NOT a fantastic school, and I WARN YOU TO TAKE YOUR CHILDREN OUT OF ST.MARY'S! there are many more catholic private schools in montgomery county. I am a parent who has experienced the worst of the worst teachers at St. Marys! Please do your children a favor!
This is a fantastic school with a wonderful parent and teacher involvement.
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