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Our Lady Of Mount Carmel

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Posted June 14, 2011

My daughter just finished her first year in the middle school. I am very happy with the school. If you are looking for a balanced education this is the school for you. The teachers are very helpful and the children are very well behaved and polite. The writing program is exceptional. The math is also challenging. If you are looking for a private school to attend this school is top notch.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 4, 2011

My children have attended this school for six years, and this year, I am happier than ever before. The '10-'11 school year saw many changes for the positive, an addition of an assistant to the principal and greater striving in the school for continued academic and sports excellence. Enrollment is up and the school has been invited to apply for Blue Ribbon status. No school is perfect, but when my family considers the academics, the community outreach, the strong Christian standards and the sense of purpose that OLMC offers the children, we feel it is the perfect school for us.
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Posted October 13, 2010

My 3 granddaughters attend this school and I'm very pleased with the Christian values and teaching they are receiving.

Posted July 29, 2010

1 year down and going to give it another shot at OLMC. We are impressed with academics so far but, unfortunately the teacher last year did not live up to a part of mission statement stating they will adapt to each child's individual learning style. Also, I received the cold shoulder from the teacher a lot. My child was criticized all the time by the teacher however, received praise from every one else. I'm hoping this year will feel a little warmer. If not, we're moving on.
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Posted June 23, 2010

My two children just completed their first year at OLMC..... WOW...WE LOVE IT!!!!! Great community, organize, clean, small classes, team spirit, charity work, OUT OF THIS WORLD EDUCATION, involved parents, teachers that really care, positive atmosphere and so much more! Mrs. Coz (the director)...YOU RULE!!! The children are drawn to this amazing leader! They get to go to her office to tell her when they get caught doing something GREAT!!!! This school is creating grand LEADERS!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 18, 2009

I love my school. Middle School has really improved over the years, and even though I'm almost leaving, I'm still going to really miss the school. It's been my family for over 8 years, and the atmosphere is really comforting.
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Posted February 6, 2009

We too looked long and hard to search for a school community that would provide our child with a well rounded education. Unfortunately olmc is lacking in various subject matter. The math curriculum is certainly behind other area catholic schools not to mention the public sector. Homework is rarely if ever checked in certain classrooms. A new principal may have offered hope for the future, however it is the opinion of this author that she does not have a handle on the classroom enviornment. She reportedly implemented something called 'shine', to address discipline issues throughout the school. However there are still issues.
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Posted May 14, 2008

I looked long and hard before selecting OLMC and have been very satisfied. No place is perfect, but we chose OLMC because of the school's vision in educating the mind, heart and spirit of the child. The teachers are dedicated and look at their job as a ministry as well -- the environment of a Catholic Christian community that is inclusive of other faiths is important. As well, we are glad that there is a so much ethnic diversity in the school. The new principal, while different from Ms. O., carries on in the tradition of strict but loving leadership.
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Posted November 15, 2007

What a difference a new principal makes! Kudos, Ms. Cos!
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Posted September 18, 2007

I think that many kids would be lucky to go this school especially middle school. The teachers make even the toughest things simple to understand. They really care for you.
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Posted September 18, 2007

I was very dissapointed to read what the 'president of the student council' has to say. In fairness to the new principal, she is there a very short time. She is working hard to communicate with the parents, students, teachers and staff and,in my estimation is doing a fine job. When children misbehave or break rules either at home or in school, there should be consequences. The children may not like them, however, these are life lessons that need to be learned. The teachers are attempting to set goals for the students to achieve and to become the best that each individual can be. Is this unfair or unreasonable? I don't think so, it may not be what the students want to hear but unfair, unreasonable? No.
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Posted May 17, 2007

I also transferred my child out of OLMC after only one year. With the amount of money it costs annually to attend that school, I was extremely, extremely disappointed! A friend had recommended the school and unfortunately, I listened. Although the extracurricular activities were above average, the upper grade teachers were extremely poor. In addition, Ms. Orifice displayed a complete lack of managerial and/or leadership ability, both of which manifested themselves quite obviously in her staff. Her complete lack of control and discipline created a chaotic environment where learning was difficult at best. She seemed almost intimidated when dealing with specific parents. The school truly needs an experienced administrator who can institute a controlled learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 21, 2005

We weren't there even half a year before leaving. The classrooms are out of control and the only method of control they know is yelling. They have very little skill in dealing with children. I also agree that Ms. Orefice has minimal control over the students and faculty. This is why there is such heavy parent involvement. If you can not be at the school on a constant basis, it's not the place for you.
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Posted June 24, 2005

I must disagree with the previous review. Although I am recently new to the school I have heard over the years only positive things about OLMC and this is why I put my kids in the school. There will always be some level of children who act out and it may appear that there is no control however an overall view must be taken into consideration. I find Ms. O to be right on target and is aware of every child's situation. Sometimes the child causing the the problem is the chld of a parent who is unaware. Ms. O has offered a well rounded curriculm to include academics, afterschool activities, parent involvemnt and inrichment programs. There is no school who does not have a dsicpline problem. I feel confortable in saying this because I have worked with children, with schools and towns to alleviate this such problem. Thank you.
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Posted December 22, 2004

The lack of discipline is what caused us to leave the school. The children, from a very early age, are allowed to act out and disrupt classes without the fear of any repurcussions. I feel the principal, Ms. Orifice, has absolutely no control over the children. This lack of control 'trickles' down to the faculty. My child would come home every day with a headache due to the excessive noise in both the classroom and hallways. I truly believe the overall lack of control has gotten so bad that it has impacted the education students are recieving and is not condusive to a learning environment. The parents of Mt. Carmel are highly educated and place an heavy emphasis on education - I'm surprised more people haven't left Mt. Carmel although the numbers seem to be increasing.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 38% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 19% 9%
Black 18% 16%
Hispanic 17% 22%
Two or more races 9% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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