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St. Mary Elementary School

Private | PK-8 | 278 students


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Posted yesterday

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.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted 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.
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Posted 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

Posted 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.
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Posted 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.
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Posted 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

Posted 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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Posted 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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Posted 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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Posted August 3, 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.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted 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

Posted 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!
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Posted May 17, 2006

st mary elementary is a wonderful school where students learn in a safe environment.
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Posted 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.
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Posted 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.
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Posted April 26, 2004

This is a great school with an advanced curriculum though it lacks divirsity.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 66% 51%
Hispanic 20% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 9%
Black 2% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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