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Mount Saint Dominic Academy1
Posted January 24, 2015
- a parent
In all the years of sending my children to the catholic school system, I never felt the need to express any negative feelings about any school.. until now. I am so sorry to have to express my concern and disappointment with Mount Saint Dominic Academy. My daughter was so excited about going into this school freshman year . I have to agree with some of the past negative posts.. primarily issues with the principal. This school can improve if someone takes a look at how the administration deals with the girls. They are not fair-minded or practice the catholic values we would expect.
My daughter graduated from the Mount in 2012. She received an exceptional education throughout her 4 years. Yes, she was (is) a high achiever, she was in the honors program and had outstanding and committed teachers for the most part. The Mount prepared her to excel in college and she is doing just that, not to mention the generous scholarship she received! My daughter was not an athlete and she was not into the Arts program either, but that did not limit her to participating in other groups - she was an Ambassador, she was a member of the Key Club, she was in the Spanish Club, as a Junior she was on the 'Big Sister' committee, and she was on the committee for Relay for Life for 3 years, and co-chairperson in her senior year. The school's motto is "Empowering young Women", this is truly what I saw happen with my daughter through her 4 years. She entered the school as a shy, timid, quiet young girl and graduated as a confident, mature, empowered young woman. Of course there are some teachers that aren't as ambitious as others, and I know there is certainly favoritism that goes on (as it does everywhere) but these negatives can never outweigh the positives for this school!
I see my last review was taken down. I guess the truth hurts and I was correct in saying the principal believes she is above the law. I am sure many families had a wonderful experience here but to silence the truth will not make the problems within the school go away. We would love to see the school back to what it once was. Changes need to be made and it starts at the top.
Mount Saint Dominic Academy Caldwell, NJ...........Beware. This school may be a great school for girls, but just make sure you do exactly what they tell you or want you to do. The principal and Athletic Director can be vindictive, non-Christian, and destructive and will use every possible form of litigation to destroy children. I would think twice before ever sending my child to be educated by such people.
the mount... a school where girls can be girls. no male distractions... not even a young male teacher. majority of the teachers know how to work with the students and are willing to stay after school to help. The mount is very welcoming to everyone. girls can make friend very easy. sports are a good way to make new friends, along with clubs and activities. alot of girls are leaving but alot are staying. even though the tuition is high and keeps raising girls keep coming back. The mount is flexible to financial aid. i love this school(...99% of the time)! go here!
The Mount is a very good school. I have a high-achieving daughter and have been very happy with the academics and rate them much better than the public school she attended. They are adding an AP Chem for next year so the academics are stronger than ever. Athletes, clubbers and creative types can all find their places at the school. I have found the faculty to be responsive when problems occur (which has been very rare for us). My daughter loves the relaxed attitude among the girls and has even found wearing a uniform to be liberating. The majority of my daughter's teachers have been good to excellent. There are a small few teachers who really do need replacing as they do not seem to be able to deliver a well-structured course but this number is far fewer than you might find at other schools. I would highly recommend the Mount to anyone who wants to go to a safe and happy school.
Pros 1. No drug culture. Go to this school and you won't be exposed to drugs 2. Strong athletics 3. Clubs are very inclusive and a great way to make friends 4. Very strong math. I recommend taking one summer course so you can take AP Calc by senior year 5. Strong history. Most kids make a 4 or 5 on APUSH exam and a lot of choices in senior year 6. Strong theatre. Current director is very committed, 2012 musical was a success. Theatre is also inclusive 7. Strong English. Offers 2 AP classes, one for sophomores and one for seniors. You will come out of this school knowing how to write an essay Cons 1. Some favoritism towards athletes. Sadly this sometimes affects who gets put into Honors or AP classes. Definitely pays to suck up a little 2. Bad visual arts. If you are really into visual arts and would die in a school without it, don't come here 3. Science isn't so strong, due to some bad science teachers 4. There are some really bad teachers. Not the majority, not as much as at a public school, but enough to be a definite blemish on the school I love this school so much. I've made many friends here. Some have problems w/ it. Read the list above and decide for yourself
This school is awesome. The negative reviews here are by parents of poor perfoming students, who would be losers at any school. This school had a student accepted into Governors School for the Sciences this year, no other girls school within 25 mile accomplished that. The only other girls school in northern NJ to have had a student accepted was Holy Angels in Cresskill. 5 year national average for students getting a 5 on the AP bio exam, 17%, this school is over 50%. Awesome. The head of school is marvelous, the parent here who is complaining about her and mentioning tuition shows their true colors. If you think a college with a $15,000 tuition is comparable, you need to send your child to vocational school.
My daughter is a student at Mount Saint Dominic. She is having a fabulous experience. Small classes, caring teachers and a very challenging academic environment is a great combination. The Aquinas Honors Program is very challenging and she is seeing great results. The environment is excellent for fostering learning and growing. She has made great friends. Having to go back and make the decision again- I would 100% make the same decision. Between the faculty, staff, programs, and the environment- it is a home run. If you are looking for a private school education in a fostering environment- this is the place to be. Small classes, challenging course load, opportunities to excel through summer courses, all in a setting where young woman can be comfortable with themselves and be empowered.
This is a very out standing school. My daughter loves it. She has made many new friends and has done well academically .It was one of the best decisions we made about her education. I find most teachers are fair and the principal is a very strong leader. The challenging academic environment at the Mount may not be for every one but it certainly was right for my daughter.