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Rutherford, NJ
Students enrolled: 278

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72 Chestnut Street
Rutherford, NJ 07070

(201) 933-8410
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June 25, 2015
The below positive input was in January. The principal came last year. At the end of the year only the parents who were a lot involved in in some way or the other, the kids were rewarded. The principal does not work on the teachers inputs but works as an independent person, and that is an ineffective way to work. Your She is there to prove herself versus focus and bring out the best in children. Positive competition is not encouraged. The new principal has started a very positive drive. The class sizes are small, which is great for the money paid. There is arrangement for math through the special site. However if your child is ahead, there are no kaleidoscope programs. Spelling bee, talents contests etc are there as well. The kids are very very polite and so are the teachers. The principal is working on fine arts and science programs and contests ... ----------------------

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April 13, 2015
New principle is excellent she know what she is doing !!! My daughter has been there for 2 last year We are very happy with the school

- submitted by a parent

November 18, 2014
Can't believe that some of the parents didn't corrected there posts after this horrible for 4 months only principal quit. (Mrs. Colture) We have now almost 2 years this wonderful lovely principal Ms. Castaneda. Everybody love her and the school is on the right track. I live in Rutherford but still I choose to send my kids to St. Mary's . We have great teachers, parents are also very involved. Ms. Castaneda have always listen to every complain or suggestion. It's just so great to have her. I have two boys in school.

- submitted by a parent

October 21, 2014
Since the change in administration, there are so many positve things going on at The Academy. The brand new science lab, junior honor socitey and many new clubs. My children just love being there.

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May 20, 2014
I miss Mrs. Simmons. It has to be said. The school is so sad since she left. We were increasing and everyone was positive about school. We have gone through the ringer since she left and although the newest principal is better than the old, the kids miss her. I bet the teachers do too.

- submitted by a parent

January 20, 2014
I'm very happy to say that the principal that was causing so much grief to the staff, students and parents resigned in December! She has been replaced with a new principal that has years of experience and seems to be fitting in well in the school. Crisis averted and St. Mary is back on track.

- submitted by a parent

December 20, 2013
Unfortunately I have to agree with the previous comment. The new principal lacks leadership and communication skills. Despite the wonderful teachers and friendly environment, it feels like the school is falling apart little by little. The gym/computer teacher resigned, that means the kids will not have any gym or computer until they find a replacement. Parents are not allow inside the building unless they have an appointment, she is not there half of the time leaving no one in charge in case of an emergency. It is just too many issues that have parents very concern.

- submitted by a parent

December 18, 2013
My children have been going to this school for 5 years. It is truly sad that the school, which is now known as The Academy at Saint Mary, has literally fallen apart. Under the leadership of the new principal, the school has taken a turn for the worse. There is absolutely no form of communication between the principal and the parents, no activities, no field trips, very little exams and homework etc. The principal SCREAMS at children and is argumentative with parents in the few instances they have to speak to hear. The new PTA association is absolutely useless to the parents and a contributing factor to the failure of the school. It is extremely sad to see the frustration in the faces of the parents and teachers, who are frustrated and helplessly watching what was once a great school, literally fall apart. Teachers have been coming and going and this has had a negative effect in the progress of the students who have fallen behind. The situation is so helpless, that parents in various grades have had to pull their children from the school mid year. I myself will be taking my chidren out of the school this December. Keeping them there any longer would be a disservice to my kids.

- submitted by a parent

September 15, 2011
My daughter started at SM at the end of PreK3. Being a smaller school, children received personal attention and parents have more access to teachers. The school is now an "Academy" w/curriculum standards and expected student behavior. Tough decision after Kindergarden between the "highly regarded" Rutherford school system or SM. Both had pros and cons. Religious ed was important, she was receiving excellent academics & I loved that they encourage cross-grade partnering, color team days and mixed aftercare, so she knew almost every student. Another plus, no switching to middle school. In the end, I did choose Rutherford schools. Yes, I would save over 2x my car payments in tuition per month, but more important for me was having a channel to "local" families, friends & support system. A single mom never knows when her power of duplication will fail w/out warning. SM families are great, but mostly from towns further away seeking good ed. She now attends CCD at SM & it keeps her connected to her "old" school. So far in Rutherford schools..I am waiting for the homework quantity and content to reach SM level BUT, it's too early in the year- I'm sure there is level setting going on.

- submitted by a parent

August 30, 2009
I transfer my daughter last year into the second grade, and I was very nervous as to how my daughter would take the school, But amazing she loves the school! The teachers are very caring , and concern with every students education. I love how the parents are involve with the activities.

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April 21, 2009
The new principal is wonderful. She is innovative and has brought many new ideas to the school. She really connects with the importance of bringing the school community together. teachers are creative and truly bring out the best in each child.

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February 13, 2009
I cannot say enough good things about this school. Yes, we do have a Blue Ribbon Public School system but St. Mary's meets the challenge. Their pre-school is bar none! Phonics, reading....I love that there is full day kindergarten. You cannot imagine what the teachers pack in, in one day. Absolutely amazing. My children have been there since PREK3. I wouldn't go anywhere else.

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August 03, 2008
The school is great at giving the kids a sense of religion and community especially in the early grades. Upper grades the school lacks. The principal will listen to any concern you have but never do anything about it.

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December 20, 2007
My children have been going to St. Marys since last year. The education is very good since they are a private school and must compete with the blue ribbon public schools in the area. The principal takes the time to listen to all parents and solves problems quickly and effectively. My children also enjoy going to school there.

- submitted by a parent

July 26, 2007
We transferred our daughter to this school last October. The teachers at St. Mary's took the time to make sure her adjustment was smooth. A caring and warm atmosphere. Our daughter blended in quickly and thrived. She really likes going to school. That's a tremendous plus!

- submitted by a parent

May 17, 2006
st mary elementary is a wonderful school where students learn in a safe environment.

- submitted by a teacher

October 23, 2004
My daughters have been receiving an excellent education at St. Mary Elementary School. The learning environment is secure and disciplined. The teachers are professional and caring.

- submitted by a parent

September 14, 2004
The education at this school is ok, nothing more. The facilities are lacking. As far as safety, there is none. Anyone can gain access to the building.

- submitted by a parent

April 26, 2004
This is a great school with an advanced curriculum though it lacks divirsity.

- submitted by a parent

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St. Mary Elementary School
72 Chestnut Street, Rutherford, NJ  07070
(201) 933-8410
Last modified St. Mary Elementary School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St. Mary Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top