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St. Mary of the Annunciation

Private | PK-8 | 310 students

 
 

Living in Danvers

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $299,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,160.

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Posted January 2, 2013

My children have been to two Catholic schools on the North Shore and I don't have enough wonderful things to say about SMA. The teachers work hard (although a few of them should have retired a few years ago, but that is the case with most schools, unfortunately) The kids are well prepared in all academic subjects. The facility is very safe and welcoming. The before and after school programs are staffed by warm, loving people and I feel like my child is safe and cared for there. The writing/reading program and math programs are very, very strong (I am an educator) but the Spanish program leaves a lot to be desired. Music and art are awesome as well. They children are doing algebra concepts in 4th grade and come out of SMA with high expectations of themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2012

We love this school. Having toured at least four other schools on the North Shore before choosing St. Mary's, I can say there is plenty to justify the cost. The curriculum is just as demanding as some of the higher priced secular schools. But the children also get the Catholic teachings, morality, and sense of community. Is there a lot of homework? Yes, but my friend who teaches AP courses at a Catholic high school has told me she can tell in the first week of school which of her students went to St. Mary's. They're the kids who don't balk when they find out what is expected of them at the high school level. Our kids are prepared and ready to hit the ground running. I think that's money well spent. With the economy taking a nosedive, there isn't as much parent volunteering as there used to be- more folks are working. But there is still a strong sense of community and support. We've had a major reno this year on the school library and elsewhere. And a lot of that was possible because so much material was donated by parents and alumni. There are lots of terrific changes coming!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2012

My children attended SMA and thrived while they were there. The teachers are committed and every child is treated with respect and understanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2012

Our children's experience at St. Mary's has been overwhelming positive. We were drawn to St. Mary s for the high academic standards, general reputation for excellence and a focus on morals and core value. The school has not disappointed us. SMA is providing my children with a strong self-management skill set that is preparing them to succeed in high school and beyond. Coupled with the positive teachings of God s presence we feel we have made the best choice for our children s future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2012

SMA Danvers is a fantastic school and a great value for the tuition, with small class sizes. Students are challenged daily . Our daughters love going to school each day and have developed self confidence. Public speaking is emphasized , even in the early grades. The spiritual componet of the school reaches beyond just learning facts about religion. Children participate in service/ adopt a cause projects that teach them concern for their community and the world around them. Our family has enjoyed meeting wonderful families who come from many North Shore communities to attend SMA. There is a lot of family involvement and great extra curricula activties.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2010

I have to say the education is well above what my children were getting in their old school. They are challenged, there is a lot of homework. That is the only thing I am not a big fan of. They are happy, learning and making friends. The new principal seems really willing to make changes and have a really strong school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2010

I had two children graduate from SMA. Some things you may need to think and ask about before you come here: 1) There is a new principal coming in the fall of 2010. This is a GOOD thing. So change is afoot, so be sure you ask lots of questions of the new person as I don't know much about her. 2) Want to be involved? Parent involvement is at an all-time low, but with the new principal there is hope! 3) Want the Catholic school experience? It is here, stronger than in some other schools we've been at. Fr Dorgan is a tremendous leader in the area, and prayer is a very active component of daily life. 4) Areas of strength? In the middle school, it is now science, religion, social studies, English (science was dreadfully inadequate until they hired a new teacher for 2009-10). 5) Areas of weakness? Math
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2010

Great school, sound education with spiritual catholic education, higher priced compared to North Shore Catholic Schools!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2008

Great school. A good value for your money. A christian education with execellant academics. No parent would be disappointed in sending their child to this school. We are very happy
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2007

Challenging curriculum. Knowledge is being passed to our children by very passionate and caring teachers. We love St. Mary and its strong community. My children are nurtured, challenged and therefore happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2007

My children have been at the school for 4 years. My husband and I have been thrilled with the education (the kids are doing accelerated classes compared to the public counterparts). In addition, the school reinforces the respect and commitment to our community and others that we work on at home. All children are involved with fine arts at the school and it has been great to watch the older students mentor younger students. The newer (2 years) administration has taken an aggressive approach to implementing an even stronger curriculum and has worked closely with the parent guild. We have made so many great new friends as parents as well. We are quite happy with all aspects of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2007

My child loves St Mary's school. It is a delight to see him so excited to go to school every day. He is being taught great values and the love of learning. Knowledge and compassion are important and his teacher is bursting of it. We are very pleased with the whole school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2006

St Mary's should be proud.Our goal for our kids is to get a great education.You get it here at St Marys.I learned this year that most of our students if not all get placed in private or public high schools in the AP or Honors program. That is a fact you cannot dispute. The middle school program is very good. My daughter is in the 8th grade and son is in the 5th. My daughters middle school teachers are strict and tough, but the end result is they are ready for High school. I believe it is their hard work and the work of the early grades that gives this school such a high standard. I hope they keep up the high standard for my kids. Parents that do not like the middle school just want to baby their kids. Those are the ones who want to lower the standard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2006

I have had 3 children attend St. Marys and for the most part I am very happy about the school. I was not very happy however about the math program in the 7th and 8th grade. I feel that Ms. Maguire and Mr. Naso did an excelent job teaching Literature and English to the 8th grade. That is deffinitely a strong asset to the 8th grade. Since Ms. Maguire has left however it will be very hard to replace her. The sixth grade is a different story. Three years ago that grade was wonderful and I have no idea what has happened to it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2006

St.Michael's creates a very positve learning environment. The classes are challegning without frustration, as the teachers are very willing to help struggling students. My son was having problems in English, and his teacher cleared up his confusion in no time. The extra-curriculars are very well run, and there is a wide variety to chose from. I would say that St.Michael's is definately the place to send your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2006

St. Mary's has a close-knit community of parental involvement. Most parents are very committed to enriching the school environment. The Kindergarten teachers are wonderful! Miss Symonds in first grade is a wonderful asset - a 5 star teacher to start your child off to a lifetime of learning! We are moving on to second grade now so I will update when I am able to comment on that! Overall, the school is a nice place to be. The staff is helpful, courteous and actually know you and your child's name very early on. Everyone looks out for each other (including the children). There are many opportunities for parental involvement if you choose to participate. Uniforms are a great asset! One drawback is they could form more school sport/activites teams. Most families are from different cities and unity could be better served with more activities or teams.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2006

The new leadership has done a great job in improving the school. Middle school liberal arts department needs some improvement. The Math and Science is the tops. Math teacher Mrs. Keon is great I hope she never leaves I have a 2nd grader and hope she is around for her. She has taught 3 of my kids. One is in High School another College. My College student is in Pre Med and says Mrs. Keon started his love for math.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2005

Excellent school. Staff are extremely qualified and have the best interest of each individual child in the forefront. The curriculum is challenging but students are well taught in content,organizational skills and social skill. There will be new leadership for 2005-6. The are many ways for parents to be involved. This is a very welcoming community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2005

Overall, it's a very nice place for a Catholic education. But, too many parents want to be buddies with the teachers (traveling out-of-state for your kids to be in a teacher's wedding party!?) and likewise; favoritism is a big problem here. While other parents may tolerate this behavior, many children are sensitive towards it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2005

I think the teachers, activities, and closeness of community in this school is fabulous. some thing, however, such as principal leadership and math programs, could use improvement.
—Submitted by a student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 95% 67%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 8%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 16%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 2:55 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:55 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (978) 750-4852

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Boy scouts
  • Girl scouts
  • Math club
  • Mock trial competition club
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2011-2012 school year
$5000 - $5000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
No.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
St. John's Prepatory
Bishop Fenwick
Govenor's Academy and Pingree
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14 Otis St
Danvers, MA 01923
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Phone: (978) 774-0307

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