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St. Mary's School

Private | PK-8 | 215 students

Strong academic rigor surrounded by moral Catholic values

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $132,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $670.

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Posted April 29, 2014

Our staff is adept at listening to the concerns of parents and acting to rectify any issues. We believe that by working with our parents, we can make the best educational environment for our students. Beyond the spiritual development of our students, we have superior academics, placing our graduates at the top of the area high school rankings. This is a special place to work, teach and grow.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 15, 2013

Fantastic school and teachers, our daughter's abilities and knowledge has grown exponentially since attending. our son is thriving in the preschool program as well
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2013

If there was a rating with 6 stars I would give it to St. Mary's. With the world as it is, I greatly appreciate the way the teachers and staff at St. Mary's instruct our children. We have had three of our four children attend St. Mary's from K-8th. Honestly, as a non-Catholic I initially was very opposed to the idea. Boy was I wrong! It is awesome to see how our kids approach life's challenges and temptations. They have a developed capacity for forgiveness and compassion. They stand up for kids that aren't in the mainstream socially. They say a prayer for people injured when they hear an ambulance. Also, St Mary's graduates excel at the high school level and are well represented on homecoming floats! Our children will face many ethical decisions throughout life. How they handle these situations directly impacts how much joy, love and success they achieve. For our family, it makes sense that the school they attend be able to help them form a sense of self based on what God wants for us. Lastly, there is one poor review from 2008. Much has changed since then including several new teachers. Best of luck in whatever school you decide to send your children! Mark
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

St. Marys school has great faith formation and rates at the top academically. This is the fifth year my son has been going to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

St. Mary s provides the highest quality education in a safe, Christ-centered environment. We see the impact of having small classroom sizes & one-on-one interaction between student/teacher. Uniforms allow classmates impressions based on actions, not brands. Our children benefit from frequent visits & open conversations with Fr. Dan/Fr. Bill. Our kids have the option to participate in Spring Lake School clubs/sports. 5th 8th grade boys/girls can play basketball on our own school team & be a cheerleader Go Cyclones! Band, gym, art, Spanish, music & choir are year round in addition to strong core curriculum. The lifelong friendships our children are making, the exceptional quality academic education, & strong moral guidance received by our teachers/staff on a daily basis greatly impacts life & values of our children, families, parishes & entire community. Our children s friends & family share the same values. St. Mary s provides an environment that we ve come to rely on. Interaction & guidance of fellow parents outside of school is similar to what you expect from relatives. St. Mary s is continuing to grow, listening to the needs of students, community & changing technology.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2013

I love St. Mary's school. My daughter has attended since three year old preschool. I love the fact that all the kids know each other and the teachers know all the children. The teachers and staff are caring and loving. The academics is first rate...I've heard nothing but positive comments from teachers in high schools when they hear that children have attended St. Mary's school, the usually are way ahead of the public schools. I've never been happier in our choice to send our children to the Catholic School. We also love that God is a part of school and our children are being brought up to appreciate all that catholic education has to offer. Thank you St. Mary's School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

St. Mary's not only has excellent academic standards, but they teach in an environment of faith based values. My children are taught to be aware of their community and their contribution toward it. We have had the benefit of attending both Catholic and public education, and find the benefits of Catholic education are significant. St. Mary's is worth looking into!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2013

My son has attended St Marys school for 8 years and I can say this is the best thing for him! This school has been such a positive experience for our entire family it is difficult to put into words. I can simply say that you must look into this school for your children.!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2013

St. Mary's has been a terrific school for our three kids. The staff is attentive, caring, and dedicated. Parents are committed to improving and furthering Catholic Christian values, which the kids display through kindness and caring for others. There is an atmosphere of acceptance and love here and protection from negative cultural influences. The academic achievement and success of St. Mary's students AFTER they leave the school is well documented by the local high schools. There is ample assistance to help pay the tuition, which is the lowest of all private schools in the Lakeshore area and the lowest of all Catholic Schools in the Grand Rapids area. The school has a beautiful gym, science lab, computer lab, and music/band facilities. The classrooms buildings are old, but well kept, but a brand new school is going to be built in 2014/2015 with state of the art classrooms. YAY! Also, the website currently is awful, but a new one is arriving soon as well. My 5th and 8th graders are getting new tablet computers this year. The school and the parishes that support St. Mary's have made a substantial investment in improving the technology and facilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2008

The teachers are always willing to reach out to each and every student. We have a full time Resource Room Teacher, who is there to educate students who need extra help in any subject. All of my children have experienced 2nd Grade and it was an exceptional experience for them. Two of our children received additional help, which was recommended by the 2nd Grade teacher. She came to us and gave advise on how to proceed and ensure that our children receive the best education. We ve been a part of St. Mary s School for 8 years. If there is a want or a need, it will be resolved. We have generous parents, teachers, and Parish who are willing to back up our school. St. Mary s School and Church are a wonderful faith filled campus. We are truly blessed to be a part of such a great environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2008

St. Mary's School is such a wonderful acedemic, and faith based school. All of my children feel so safe an loved here, and that is so important to me. Their faith grows everyday and the friendships that they make are life long. I have always been able to talk with staff freely. They have proven time and time again that they are here to help every child succeed. The parents who volunteer are fantastic. I love to know that if one of my children is hurt, need's help, or just need's a smile or hug, can turn to any of them and get that! But, I can honestly say that beyond the acedemic's and faith, St. Mary's children learn how to be good people. Service projects are something the students are very involved with. Honest, caring, and considerate students is what you find at St. Mary's!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2008

We found St. Mary's to be an excellent school. Our children have been given a Catholic education that inspires students to excel in learning, leadership, and service. The alumni of St. Mary's School are attending outstanding selective colleges and universities. To name a few, the Air Force Academy,Notre Dame and the University of Michigan. We have faith in St. Mary's School. As a parent volunteer, I have witnessed the great caring and concern shown to all students by the teachers and staff. The playground is also well supervised by experienced volunteers. I encourage anyone in the tri-cities area to take a closer look at St. Mary's School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2008

The well meaning staff is losing many children due to overburdened teachers and shrinking budget. They are not equiped to handle special needs children and the rest of the students suffer. Most have been there greater than 15y, I believe they are tired, and going threw the motions. My wife and I wanted our children to have an education with faith based guidance, but we want them to be able to move forward without having to go to Sylvan Learning to make up for problems not addressed in class. My 2nd grader finally got tested after 6 months of pleading. My 4th grader is required to memorize random poems or he will not get to go out for recess. The playground is a huge problem, not enough parents involved on a daily basis to help take care of their children. I hope the incomming principal will get things on track.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2005

My children are getting top-quality education in a Christian environement. The school offers Spanish, art, music, and gym to all students with sports and band in the upper grades, choir in all grades. This school gets an A!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 98% 69%
African-American 1% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Hispanic 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Multiracial 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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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
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Music
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Girls on the run
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:40 am
School end time
  • 3:40 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Michael Devitt
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • apendery@slstm.org
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
  • (616) 842-8048

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Direct instruction
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • 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
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Boy scouts
  • Community service
  • Cub scouts
  • Girl scouts
  • Girls on the run
  • 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
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
15
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
15

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$3000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Spring Lake High School
Grand Haven High School
Muskegon Catholic Central
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421 E Exchange St
Spring Lake, MI 49456
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Phone: (616) 842-1282

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