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St Mary Of The Assumption Elementary School

Private | PK-8 | 235 students


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Posted November 3, 2014

St. Mary's school in Brookline has been going through some changes. The new administration had made meaningful changes. It is my strong belief that positive changes have happened and continune happening. New qualified teachers are on board and students feel cared for and are well-adjusted.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 3, 2014

This is a small school where the kids know each other well and form long-lasting friendships. Children are challenged through creative and analytical learning. Teachers are kind and highly-educated. The school has a band, a co-ed basketball program, and a vigorous curriculum. Staff, teachers and parents are committed school members. I give the school 5 stars based on the feedback that my kids give me and based on the experience I've had with the teachers and conversations I've had with other parents.
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Posted October 31, 2014

A few years ago I left a glowing review of this school. Since I can not retract it, I am updating my review to reflect current opinion. With the change in administration last year, we felt this was no longer a positive environment for our children (emotionally or academically). The comments on the board fall into step with the new administrative thought process ...if you are not happy leave. We made the decision to cut ties with St. Mary's and move our children into a new school. We are now struggling to play "catch up" at the new school since last years academic program was not at the same level as other local parochial/public schools.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 31, 2014

I am not sure people in this school and community really love it. Ask your neighbor who have experience in this school, in person.
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Posted June 21, 2014

This is a school with high academic expectations and strong curriculum. After 6th grade, most students get accepted to top performing middle schools. Superb education for the price. My children love their teachers.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 11, 2014

St Mary's in Brookline, MA is an outstanding school! I have been a parent here for several years and this year I watched a new principal transform this place into a world class elementary school. The teachers are engaged, the students are respectful and love to learn and the building is alive with activity. In the past there were a handful of parents who were allowed to function as if they ran the place and they have struggled with their loss of power this year. They need to get out of the playground, stop gossiping and find another school! We are so fortunate to have such a strong leader in our new principal; the school lacked leadership for many years. Our family is happily returning to St Mary's next year!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 20, 2013

St. Mary's is a great school. The teachers are exceptional. The principal is new this year and is an amazing, well educated woman who loves children. The teachers are also amazing. The only problem I have with the school is the parents who can deal with changes. Instead of helping to make the school the best possible place for their kids....they suck the life out of everybody by being negative and complaining (i.e. some previous posts). If you hate the school so much why don't you take your kids out or why don't you make more of an effort to help and be connected. Why don't you volunteer in your kids class room? Why don't you offer to help out in your kids class? The Principle, Teachers, Community and Parents make a school. Use your energy to help.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 6, 2013

Some teachers are excellent, and some are absolutely terrible with NO credentials, and not even a master's degree or background in child development or teaching! This is what you get from private, catholic schools. And yes, their interest will ALWAYS come before yours or that of your child's! You have to figure out if this is better than the public school in your area, and just for now, for me it is! If you can afford a better private school or a good public school system, then definitely go there! Yes, they need to really look into some of their teachers, and their new principal has changed some administrative things for the better but she thinks like a lawyer and is NOT as accessible as the other principal. School administration, money, and business will always come first. They do not listen to the parents!
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Posted May 16, 2013

I am a parent of a student at this school. It's kind of odd that there are suddenly all these positive reviews of this school all of a sudden. I agree with the reviewer who said that everything is ok as long as you don't question anything that they do. When you question something about your child's education, then you will see their true colors. The principal is fake and the teachers are fake.
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Posted February 25, 2013

Excellent School and Excellent Teachers and Staff:) My daughter has been going to Saint Marys for 3 years and I will continue to keep her in this school till 8th grade. Yes, its pricey and yes, it seems like there is quite a price increase every year. But besides the financials, I am super happy with this school. Every teacher/office staff really cares about each student. The Principal is also amazing and so kind as well. Great School !! I Highly Recommend :)
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Posted January 31, 2013

We came to this school hearing great things about it, until this year. There's a 5th grade teacher that doesn't have any experience and looses the children's classwork. The worst part is that the parents have made their concerns known to the Principal who has protected her and made excuses. A parent removed her child at the beginning of the year due to the unprofessional conduct from the teacher yelling at parents and not permitting the parents to ask her questions without a scheduled appt. The principal has even banded parents from being able to come to the classroom during school hours in his efforts to cover up the incompetence of the teacher. She looses the children classwork, homework and indicate that they have not turned it in. My biggest concern is the Administrations handling of the reports from many parents. The challenge is that several teachers have children that attend the school thus the unequitable bias. I do not recommend this school based on the cover ups when there are situations reported against the teacher. As long as you don't report any issues or have any concerns the teachers you will never see the disturbing behavior of the principal and the priest!
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Posted April 23, 2012

Great School!! A condusive environment for children to learn and grow and be individuals. Amazingly diverse. My kids have been to 3 other private schools in 2 seperate states. One of which was MUCH more expensive than St. Mary's. St. Mary's is incomparably superior to any other school we have attended from an EDUCATIONAL PERSPECTIVE. stated in reviews below the facilities do have room for improvement but that aside it is a great place. We are happy and most importantly my children are happy. Love this school-wish they went all the way through high school.
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Posted March 28, 2012

This school is the worst one where I have experienced. I am not sure that the staffs really love and want help students to have a good experience in the school. it seems that they just want money from students and this is just goal in operating school.
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Posted November 16, 2007

The school facilities are not the best, but the environment is truly diverse and welcoming. St. Mary's staff truly take care of the students needs. I love the school and the great afterschool program that offers a series of activities with great, energetic and hardworking staff. The school is safe, and parent involvement is truly necessary.
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Posted March 23, 2006

I gradulated from St. Mary's It is a good school. Best its not a great school. They teach you alot about religion and great values. The education can be better. Class of 2004.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted March 18, 2006

Parent involvement is a strict requirement in this school. Very welcoming and diverse community with warm and nurturing staff. My child is in his third year here and thriving. Lots of fun activities for the kids during the school year. We love the school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 11, 2004

St. Mary's is not a good school if you are looking for a school that thinks money is more important than Christian values. The director is a money hungry person who does not care for the children. The principal, however, is a very nice woman.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 31% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 26% 6%
Black 17% 8%
Two or more races 15% 3%
Hispanic 10% 16%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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