I am not sure people in this school and community really love it. Ask your neighbor who have experience in this school, in person.
The last comment is mean-spirited and full of drama. If you don't like the school, then find another one that suits your needs. Why can't these few parents accept the fact that St. Mary's has a new leader and the school will move on without them? A small number of parents have left, but the majority is staying because their children are happy. Please leave the rest of us who love the school live happily. To vilify a professional woman because she did not meet your personal needs, is not fair. If you are unhappy, find a happy solution for your child and stop trying to bring down the school. It appears that the same small group of parents wants to continue controlling the school, which other parents don't appreciate. My kids are happy at St. Marys' and we're staying. If you feel differently, then find another solution, but stop trying to scapegoat the principal and your child's teacher. St. Mary's is a great school! My kids are happy there and I know other parents who are also very satisfied with the school and returning next year. Please accept this fact and move on.
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.
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!
I disagree with the comments about the new principal. She's a decent, professional woman who has worked hard to bring about very much needed changes that the school needed. Right now the school is running better than ever. It is organized, the kids are interested in their learnings and activities, and the teachers now have more dedicated time to teach and are able to manage their classrooms more effectively without unnecessary interruptions. The school is vibrant and kids are happy. St. Mary's is definitely a positive experience for those kids who want to learn, achieve according to their individual gifts, and have fun.
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.
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!
I absolutely adore this school. The education is great, the kids move on to all the elite schools in the area. The curriculum is comparable to schools that cost 5X as much. The diversity is amazing and most importantly the children are happy. The school does get a bit small in middle school, but that is only b/c a lot of the children get accepted into top notch programs by that time. I do agree with the other reviews, the amenities are not state of the art but they do have smart boards and all the "necessary" technologies. I would recommend this school 100X over.
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.
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 :)
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!
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. Yes...as 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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