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St. Mary of the Assumption School

Private | PK-8 | 240 students

 

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Posted March 28, 2014

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2014

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2014

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2013

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2013

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.
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Posted October 7, 2013

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.
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Posted October 4, 2013

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.
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Posted September 19, 2013

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 .
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Posted June 14, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2012

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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Posted May 31, 2012

Great School. My daughter just finished Kindergarten and is very excited about first grade. The school is small with 25 or so kids in each grade. Challenging curriculum focused on reading and math skills. Test scores are consistently very high. Family environment with healthy parental involvement throughout the year. Christian values are also an important part of the educational program. Diverse student body also adds to the educational experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2011

I was a student here for 9 years. From kindergarten to eighth grade, St.Mary's was like a family. The teachers really cared about the student's well-being and the education was advanced. Coming out of this school, I entered into a higher level math class than other high school peers. This school really allowed good values and morals to be instilled in students. I may be in college now, but i will never forget my elementary school experience.


Posted February 11, 2011

St Mary of the Assumption School is a Great School, I have two, soon to be three children there, and could not be happier. First and foremost my kids love the school.The leadership is very strong with lots of help from parents. Mrs. Schroeder the first grade teacher has got to be one of the best teachers in the United States, her care, concern, and work ethic for the children, is absolutely the best I've ever seen from a teacher, and it's so important to have that type of teacher for young kids early in their education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

St. Mary's has wonderful teachers and staff and the children are learning at an advanced level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2009

I am a strong believer in 'it takes a village to raise a child. St. Mary of The Assumption has a great Principal and village of teachers that have been very instrumental in raising my children to the next level.
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Posted June 30, 2009

My child has been at St. Mary's going on 3 years. My son has benefited from the education he is receiving. While to class sizes are larger compared to the public schools, I believe he is getting a much better education and is being challenged academically. Some of the teachers make use of the schoolnotes web site, which is terrific (as a parent you know what homework to expect). I wish all teachers made use of the site. The school is family oriented; students are polite and well behaved. The principal and vice principal are wonderful! The principal loves to brag about the students accomplishments at the HSA meetings and at other meetings he attends. Compared to other private schools in the area that charge an arm and a leg, St. Mary's is ideal.
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Posted August 21, 2008

My child has been at St. Mary's going on 5 years now and I am blessed to have found the school. I like the fact that the school is small and that my child is not merely a number. Compared to other Christian schools in the area that charge an arm and a leg and give so much homework that the parents end up doing the majority of it, St. Mary's is ideal.
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Ethnicity This school State average
Black 41% 40%
White 41% 45%
Two or more races 14% N/A
Hispanic 4% 10%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian 0% N/A
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
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4610 Largo Rd
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
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