Our son is in the fourth grade and has been a student at Saint Margaret Regional School since Kindergarten, SMRS has a strong STEM learning curriculum that starts in Pre-K and continues through all the grades. The school is a "Project Lead the Way" school working with Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Science, Technology and Math programs. More importantly, every teacher knows every child and the parents, administration and teachers provide a nurturing, safe environment for kids to grow together
Although apprehensive about beginning a new path for my children, St. Margaret's has proven to be a true success. My children have a different way of learning, which can present to be overwhelming for a school that does not offer a respective department, however, the principal has made it a mission to create the necessary pathways for their success and it has been an amazing experience. Many of the teachers have training and are certified in Special Education. They are willing to comb through reports, implement, supplement and challenge, in a warm, friendly, loving environment. I have never seen my children more content and willing, in a school setting. I will forever be grateful for the experience and honored to know all of these, kind, caring individuals.
Our daughter started at St. Margaret's in Kindergarten. Best kindergarten teacher you will ever find - hands down! Due to moving to a new town, we switched her school in her second year and enrolled her into public school for a couple years. What a mistake! There was such a big difference in both her academic progress and psychosocial development. She had lost her love for learning. During that time, we were left in the dark with her progress and they made it extremely difficult for us to be involved in her education. She was treated as a number, not as family like she was at St. Margaret's. We sent her back to St. Margaret's in the fourth grade (another great teacher who truly cared - she now teaches 3rd grade). Our daughter is currently in their middle school and has a variety of teachers. She loves going to school each day and is already learning a second language (Spanish). Each child is strongly encouraged to reach their full potential. They are expected to fulfill their responsibilities and are held accountable for their own actions. The teachers and staff provide a supportive and positive environment to make it possible for them to succeed. We have never seen her put in so much effort and be so motivated to do well in her studies. She is challenged in each class. The middle school teachers make a great team. They each bring something positive to the table and work with parents to provide a great learning environment for the children. We do not feel left out of our child's educational career as we did when she was enrolled in public school. They continuously involve us in her academic progress and social development. The teachers keep parents updated on their child's progress and make it very easy to get in contact with if need be. St. Margaret's provides our daughter with a safe, nurturing environment where she can be herself and strive for excellence in her academics while staying true to basic values that are taught at home. The staff, from the teachers to the business office, are all very friendly. In my daughter's experience, the other kids have proven to be compassionate, kind people. Their parents are always friendly as well. It is definitely a family-oriented environment. Based on academics and the psychosocial aspect alone, I highly recommend this school to every parent I know. Every family is welcomed at St. Margaret Regional.
This school has fulfilled our requirement to provide a nurturing, family friendly environment for our children and family. They are/were both well prepared for high school. The staff and parents are like family to us. This school offers art and music programs, gym and middle school sports, National Junior Honor Society, Student Council and it's curriculum is STEM based - Project Lead the Way. Technology is woven into all core courses, 100% Science Fair participation and Spanish offered as an academic course grades 5-8. Please include these pieces of information in your facts and details about the school!!!