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St Mary Catholic School

Private | PK-8 | 334 students


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Posted October 7, 2014

St. Mary Catholic Grade School has been a true blessing to our family. We decided to take our children out of another local Catholic School because it was an unhealthy social environment. The principal is outside of the school during drop off and pick up everyday. She knows all of the kids on a first name basis, as do the other teachers. The Pastor of St. Mary Church is heavily involved with the school. He visits the children weekly and hugs my children every Sunday after mass. He is devoted and loving to all of the children. He has special way of engaging with families. St. Mary is very special and it is growing and thriving. It really is a hidden gem, tucked back in Downtown Royal Oak. My children are thriving academically, they are socially confident and they love learning about Jesus. I am so glad we made the change to move to this school. It was one of the best decisions we ever made for our children.
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Posted January 20, 2013

This school community is a gem inside the vibrant Royal Oak downtown area. The entire staff make this school the dream that it is along with Fr. Steve's wonderful involvement. If you're searching for a place where your child and your family will learn, be part of a small family feel and thrive through faith then you owe it yourself to check us out. Peace be with you and your decision.
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Posted October 12, 2011

What truly makes this school special are the parents! They make the extra effort through events, fundraisers, and feedback to staff and faculty to help make the school experience extraordinary for their kids. The class sizes are small and intimate, every teacher in the school will know your child's name. The teaching staff is kind and committed. The new principal is hands on with the kids, loving, lots of hugs. Its truly a great school. The only downfall that is improving is technology and communication. The intent is there but the action needs to be faster.
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Posted May 14, 2010

We have 2 children currently enrolled and our 3rd will start preschool there next year. Amazing administration and teachers. Great new pastor that is so involved. They bring in specialists when needed to help students who are behind. Amazing parent involvement - and amazing kids (so respectful and well behaved in all grades). I can't say enough good things about this school community. Tuition is very reasonable too. It's certainly worth the investment to send your kids here if you can make it work financially.
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Posted April 28, 2009

This is a wonderful school, they cater to the needs, I mean it, This school, teachers, Principal, secretary, Parent Volunteers, cater to the needs of each and every child. Mr. Carnnachi and Mrs. Irwin are absolute jewels!
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Posted October 14, 2007

small school but with big expectations & a staff that goes above & beyond espec. in 1st-3rd grades. Buys matl just for one student etc.
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Posted September 5, 2007

A little-known gem. The principal is amazing. This was a fall-back school if our son didn't get into the public magnet school, but we walked out of his office and said, 'No more calls, folks. We have a winner.' Very caring environment. Children are respectful. The teachers customized a curiculum for our child (who is reading ahead of his grade level). Well worth the money.
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Posted February 3, 2005

St. Mary's school is the best school a child and a parent could ever hope for. St. Mary's has a wonderful staff who cares for each and every child as if they are their own. We feel very fortunate to be a part of St. Mary's.
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Posted November 23, 2004

This is one of the best kept secrets! The academics are solid. The atmosphere is small, diverse and very friendly. The leadership is solid. The spiritual and moral focus permeates throughout the school. The discipline and homework is consistent. Creativity is encouraged. Lots of project work and hands on activities. You feel welcomed as soon as you walk in the door.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 83% 69%
Multiracial 6% 2%
African-American 5% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Hispanic 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Ms. Gabriela Bala
  • Coed
  • Roman catholic
  • NCEA


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  • Library
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  • Archdiocese of Detroit
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628 South Lafayette Avenue
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Phone: (248) 545-2140


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