I have a son that just finished pre k as well as a son that just finished kindergarten. My son did pick up some behaviors but we worked with him at home and explained to him we don't follow others and he ended up fine. I know that my kids are getting a great education at St Mary's. They both test well and love going to school. I see how much my kids have grown. My sons love all of the staff there. I don't mind volunteering to help out. My boys benefit from seeing their parents at the school. Volunteering also helps you know who is working with your child. My sons have never been cursed at. Overall I had good experiences with my boys teachers. I can't speak on the favoritism because I have not experienced that and both of my kids meet the age requirements. I do think that some parents expect to much. Some kids start off rough but as long as the school and parents work together, most kids end up fine. If you don't want to do lunch duty or volunteer just pay the fee. Private school is mostly funded by the parents so it takes a little extra to make things work. We have not reached 5th grade yet so I can't speak on that. Thanks to all of the staff at St. Mary's for a great year.
St. Mary's is a wonder school of academic excellence. We have been at the school for years. The two parents who are talking about the boy in the Prek should be ashamed of themselves for speaking that way about a child. All kids act up and do things that they are not supposed to. PRIVATE SCHOOL IS NO EXCEPTION. No matter what school your child goes to, there will always be a child who acts in a way that you don't like. GET OVER IT! The teachers work hard and all of the kids do well in high school and beyond. I have a child to prove it, and he started off rough in kindergarten. Most of the parents complaining are parents who don't put any effort into helping the problem. Working or being a single parent is not a excuse to be a lazy parent. The parent that is a room mom should really be ashamed because it is against privacy regulations to talk about what you see. I am sure your child has issues that she can work on. If your child already completed a prek program and you choose to put your child back in prek blame yourself for not looking into other options. There are schools that allow kids test into kindergarten early. I recommend St. Mary's to parents wanting a quality school.
The school is okay. My child just finished pre k here. The teacher was okay she is new. But I have to agree with the below comments about favoritism my child couldn't start early due to the strict age requirements but they had a few 3 year olds in the class. 3 year olds that belonged to other teachers in the school but my 4 year old had to do pre k4 over because you had to be 5 for kindergarten. So if they are going to bend the rules for some be fair about. The good thing is my child was tested and scored very high and was accepted to another prestigious program. I don't like how my child was called the b word on three different occasions by another pre k student and I was told it was handled but she was called a b again. As far as volunteering I was a room parent but as a single mom the volunteering can become overwhelming when you have kids at different schools and working. I do think the recess and lunch duties are excessive. St Mary's Landover and St Matthias doesn't require recess or lunch duty just to name a few. The parent that made the it takes a village comment is probably the parent of that bad little boy that stays in trouble. It starts at home first.
The school is a good school, period. I cannot speak for the 5th grade issue, and the principle is somewhat aloof. However, the academics are good and comparable to other private schools in MD, DC, and VA (that cost less than 12K a year), and students that attend the school are able to compete with other students to attend choice secondary schools. The school is a Catholic School, so yes, parents are expected to volunteer and do things that Catholics do: support the community. The comments about teachers having children at the school is nonsensical: I would suspect that a parent would prefer that teachers have enough confidence in the performance of the school to enroll their own children! I would be concerned if the teachers DID NOT enroll their own children. I think that some parents have unrealistic expectations. Catholic schools keep tuition low by having mandatory volunteer hours and contributions from the Archdiocese. If a parent does not want to volunteer, then the parent should pay the fee. If the parent complains about the fee, then the parent can pay about 4K more a year for a comparable non-Catholic private education. I like the school.
I love the pre k class. The teacher and aids are wonderful. The teacher is new but she is doing a amazing job. She is great at responding to emails and keeping parents informed about what is happening. She has really helped my child develop and grow this year. I also love the kindergarten teacher and aids too. They have been great with my oldest child and I look forward to working with them again next year. Both of my children are doing great academically. I can tell the staff at St. Mary's really cares about all of the children. Even the school cook is wonderful and goes above and beyond and takes time to help out with the kids. I would like to see a lot more parent participation. As I read these reviews I wonder how many of the parents with negative thoughts actually spend time at the school or attend HSA meetings. If they spent a little more time at the school I believe that they would feel differently. I also don't think that 3 days a year of recess duty is to much to ask a parent for. Our children and their education should come first. We have to make time for our children. It takes a village to raise a child. My family is proud to be a part of St. Mary's village.
This school is OKAY i mean really as a parent my child has been doing great in school and the teachers help her with her studies. But not so sure about the principal he doesn't do so much when the kids say bad things or starts fights especially when a child in class cursed at a teacher all he did was get him in school suspension i am so sorry to say but i have a really bad feelings about the next few years in this school.
This school needs a new office staff. I don t care for the principal or staff. There is clearly favoritism among the staff. Half of the students at the school are children to teachers and staff. Every time I look they are sending emails asking for money. The latest email was for each class to provide a baby shower gift to a teacher. That is unacceptable. My child doesn't even know that teacher or takes any of her classes. They are money hungry, academics is mediocre, and they ask a lot of unreasonable request from parents that work (i.e. recess duty 3 times a year) and protesting abortion clinics around lent time. I cannot do recess duty because I work. I will not be boycotting abortion clinics at lent time because I work and I am not explaining to my prek, k or 1st grader about abortions. The stuff I do ask to volunteer for does not count towards volunteer hours (such as field trips). I was told by the office all Catholic Schools required that. But when I looked into two other schools they both said they realize parents work and do not require recess or lunch duty but is more flexible with volunteer hours. Needless to say my child will not be returning next year.
St. Mary s is mediocre. I put my child here based on reputation and a successful interview with the pre-k teacher my child was SUPPOSED to have. A couple of weeks before school started, I was sent an email stating that there was a new pre-k teacher. Not impressed with the new teacher at all! Needless to say my child is bored ALL the time. The classroom size is HUGE, my child has picked up a ton of bad behavior AND language. My child has been in preschool since the age of 2 and I have never heard or seen some of the behavior that my child displays at home each week. When I ask where certain phrases or behavior is from it s always the same bad little boys named in the class. The children curse (YES PRE-K children are cursing), they fight (my child has came home injured a FEW times), and a couple of the kids I have seen firsthand defy authority. I put my child in private school afraid of the public school negative stigma of the large classroom sizes, bad kids, and academics. My area public school has better ratings than St. Mary s. Needless to say my child will be attending public school next year in our area. St. Mary s is a high price public school!
It is hard to believe some of these reviews. My children have been treated with so much love and respect at St. Mary's.. The school is above average in academic areas. The school has wonderful use of technology. The sports and extra curricular activities are nice but they could use track. The teachers are great. They have also made some great improvements to the aftercare program. I also don't see where Spanish is being taught in the lower grades. The school nutrition program could use some better food. I would like to see less can food and more fresh food. The school could use more field trips. At least 4 trips a year would be great. I would like to black history, and more science added to the curriculum. A lot a lot of kids do not wear the uniform pants that are brought at flynn o hara. It is a smack in the face to parents and students that buy and wear the proper uniform to have student to come in there with out it.The school also needs fire drills and emergency event drills. Overall St. Mary's is a loving environment. The teachers work hard and really care about all of the students. No school is perfect but I am glad we found this school. My kids are too.
You should be very aware of the internal workings at this school. There is a lot of teachers that have kids enrolled. Your conversations with these teachers becomes general conversation between everyone. There is unfair punishment to the point of one child using the N word and only having to stay in kindergarten for a day. Many have pulled their children out. The secretary attempts to pug her hand in everything. The new 5th grade teacher put in 2013 is rude and unprofessional to parents. She has yelled at parents and told them to get out of her class room. The have lifted the requirement of quality student and are only looking at numbers.
All parents considering bringing their children to this school should REALLY take the comments with concerns very SERIOUS! As a parent who has high demands in education & expectations from their child, I was very concerned about the qualifications specifically of the 5th grade teacher & how the Principal handles situations. The parent that took offense to a parents comments on 5th grade is probably within the "click" at the school, therefore may have different experiences. I can guarantee you, that parent stands alone since I knew MOST of the parents from 5th grade who were in agreement that the teacher was HORRIBLE! She looses the kids papers and gives them F's due to her poor classroom management skills. She's judgemental of the kids, teaching skills aweful-kids are teaching themselves. I agree that she was new, but she should have NEVER been hired for that grade level. She does NOT want to interact with parents that question her, she YELLED & put one of the parents out of her classroom and forbidded parents last year from talking to her if they see her in the halls or after school. The principal supported that? Parents with that same teacher this year have the SAME concerns!
I love St. Mary's. My children love this school. As a parent I could not be more pleased with the education my children are receiving. I have noticed a huge difference in my children's confidence. One of my children, not in junior high is already doing Pre-algebra. The more time you spend at the school you see how much the teachers love these children like their own. It's one big family here. As a parent I know the new aide well. Yes, she has a child in the class however, she has 3 children in the school. I do know she is very qualified for her new role with many degrees and certifications. As a bonus to the class she is also a former pediatric nurse. I would feel 100% confident in the development of my child if they were in that class.
This is my first year as a parent at St. Mary's and I am more than pleased. My daughter loves her classmates and teachers and she's excited to go to school each day. My husband and I admire the use of technology in the classroom as well as in the assigned homework. The office staff are always welcoming and available to answer any questions I may have. The parents are very involved not only in the HSA but also as volunteers during the day to help with lunch and recess. I'm so happy that we chose St. Mary's for our daughter's education and look forward to many happy years at this school.
Originally I thought this school would be great for my 4yr old. Our interview went well. The PreK teacher was AWESOME!!! And I was really impressed with the staff & kids. Then the new school year came around & I found out that my child would NOT have the teacher that we met with. There were 28 kids in the PreK class (2 that were 3yrs old). The new teacher had NO experience & her aids did come with education, experience nor certifications. Needless to say I've removed my child from this school - but not before the aid pulled my child's are out of the socket!!! I would NEVER refer anyone to this school.
St Mary of the Assumption school is mediocre in my opinion. The school touts itself on having a rigorous academic program, but it's quite lackluster. If you're looking for a school that is for the average to below average child, this is the place for your kids. My child has been there for over a year and I feel it was a year wasted. Needless to say, parental involvement, though it should be expected, they're very laid back in their approach in asking for help. The teachers don't really keep parents aware of what their child is doing and the school sorta give off the polite cold shoulder. The school's prinicpal lacks true leadership and is by no means a visionary of the academia .
As a parent of a student who was enrolled in the fifth grade this year, I take offense to the person who stated that you need to beware of the fifth grade. The fifth grade is one of the best classes in the school, with a wonderful group of students. My child has attended St. Mary's since the third grade and I have always been please with the fact that each year, the class has been small, around 17 students. This year, the fifth grade started out rough because of the unexpected need to hire a new teacher. This was also the teacher's first year of teaching. Everyone struggled in the beginning, the teacher, the students and the parents. I was one of them. I kept the communication open with the teacher. My child eventually settled in to the classroom routine and finished out the year doing very well. I found the teacher to be very interested in the progress of each student and always kept their best interests at heart.
St. Mary of the Assumption School is a wonderful place where children work, pray and play! We have been at St. Mary's since 2005 and have experienced nothing but exceptional caring teachers who teach the Faith and so much more to our 4 children. We understand as parents we are our children's 1st educators. We are so blessed knowing that our morals and values are reinforced daily at school. As our oldest prepares to enter 8th grade, we know that she has been prepared academically and spiritually for her high school years. We are so thankful to be part of this community.
St. Mary's has very reasonable class sizes especially compared to the public schools. This school does not have any diversity within it's staff and it doesn't appear to be a priority. The school has become very diversed with it's students, probably due to the administration now accepting more of the families from the community into the school. Families that are in the parish from other counties used to be primarily the families that attended the school but are beginning to pull their children out. Parental involvement is awesome!! I've noticed lots of comments on how wonderful the school is and question the objectivity of those comments since there are lot of families that attend and work in the school. There are great things to say about the sixth grade, beware of the fifth grade. Overall the class size is reasonable, academics are average and the principal is not qualified to lead. As long as you do not question the system there will not be any issues. Once you question any decisions by the principal...you will be labeled as a trouble maker...remember they are a very close knich group so you should be prepared to move your child out of the line of fire.
We heard great things about this school and our first year everything was wonderful. Our concern is the schools unequitable bias in their processes. There are several parents who are teachers at the school and who are relatives. There are not consistencies for handling processes for questions on grading, discipline, staff conduct. An example-a teacher submitted back weeks worth of grades after the quarter had officially closed and there was no recourse to handle it with adminstration. The principal stated that grades in elementary doesn't mean much? On handling discipline, a child hit one of the teachers & consequences were minimized due to parent relations but other children are suspended and punished for actions with less severity i.e accussations from another child on an inappropriate language. The school is very political on handling of situations due to relationships and religious denomination. The priest plays the role of judge and jury, so If you are not a catholic and do not adhere to these beliefs and practices I would not recommend sending your child to this school. In addition to the fact that the academics does not match the public school system which is free.
When my girls started at St. Mary s in August 2011, I was still located in Raleigh, NC. The girls were living with my parents so that they could begin the school year. It wasn t until late October 2011 that I finally secured employment and was able to relocate to the DC/MD area. Unfortunately, I was a part time contractor working only 20 hours per week. As you can imagine, it was quite a struggle as a single mother on a part time income paying private school tuition for two kids (in addition to other bills). It was a difficult situation but it all worked out and it DEFINITELY was well worth it!!! I was confident in knowing that my children would receive the best education by attending St. Mary s School after researching other choices for them. The staff, students and parents of St. Mary s welcomed us with open arms and made my kids feel right at home. It was difficult being away from them but I was at peace knowing that they were in great hands. I am happy that the girls have made life-long memories and friends.
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