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St Mary School

Private | PK-8 | 79 students


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Posted January 23, 2014

Where are the teachers who hold a MS in early childhood education ?? My daughter was referred to see a physiologist when the teachers are not even highly educated !!! GO GET YOUR M.S so our children will not struggle .. You have to know what your teaching in order for children to feel confident , and a M.S in literacy does not count , if that's what you have then stick to your subject and stop playing around in classrooms like you have the right education to help our children succeed at such an early age ....
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Posted October 28, 2013

My daughter started at St. Mary's in the 1st grade. I remember taking their private tour before she started. I now enjoy being one of the parents that give tours during open house week. The faculty members of St. Mary school are dedicated, enthusiastic and determined to strive for the highest quality of education for our children. It is an atmosphere that I want my children in, knowing that they are surrounded by people who care when there are not home with their family. St. Mary school is like their "2nd" family. I know that my daughter is looking forward to high school next year, but a small part of her will remain at St. Mary's school....
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Posted September 5, 2013

St. Mary School provides and excellent spiritual and academic environment. They set the bar higher than the schools in the area. The teachers strive to make the students accept nothing less than the best through hard work and dedication. St. Mary School is very committed to the community providing many opportunities for the students to give back to those most in need. The principal is strict but fair. He has led the school with tireless dedication for over twenty years. I love that the children have a uniform and specific hair and make up standards. The students are challenged with just the right amount of love and nurture.
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Posted September 5, 2013

We love Mary School. Our child is receiving an excellent education, including education in our Catholic Faith. It is a nurturing environment for all children, with caring and skilled educators. St. Mart School is like our second family.
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Posted August 31, 2013

Both my daughters attended St. Mary's in East Islip from Kindergarten thru 8th grade. From day 1 I felt like our family was part of a bigger family. The teachers continued to push and support the students to reach their academic potential & prepared them for achieving all their academic goals in high school. Parent participation was always encouraged. I always loved going to the school & witnessing the events the children participated in throughout the year. My daughters received a terrific education but more importantly they learned & had continued support in great values & morals.
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Posted August 26, 2013

We are fairly new to the St. Mary School family but have been extremely pleased so far. There is a real commitment to the students. We appreciate the discipine, the personal attention, the extracurricular activities and the strong leadership. I have seen my child become a stronger student and an enthusiastic learner rather than a reluctant participant.
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Posted August 25, 2013

St. Mary School is awesome. For almost 100 years, children from Long Island have received a quality education while building strong bonds with teachers, staff, fellow students, and the community.
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Posted August 24, 2013

We are very happy with the education our children are getting at St. Mary School. The small class size allows each student to receive personal attention, and the dedicated teaching staff creates a family-like atmosphere. I am confident that a Catholic school is the most secure atmosphere for my children. Our kids are very happy here and they are flourishing both academically and socially under great leadership and excellent teachers.
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Posted August 23, 2013

St Mary School is a wonderful school. My son is very excited to go back to school in September. He is very happy at school. The teachers he has had thus far have been wonderful and really care about him. The school offers a variety of programs and the teachers, students, parents and staff are all really involved in making the school a great place.
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Posted March 13, 2011

It is not the students or the school and it's ativities that is the problem it is somewhat the teachers. Alot of the teachers are pleasent and caring while other have favorites and only care about their favorites and are mean and rude to the others. You would be better of going to a public school if you do care about the people who are with you and teach you all day every day. The school,A+, The students,A-,The activities,A++, The teachers,D-.

Posted September 25, 2010

I have been attending St Mary School since i was in Nursery. This year I'm graduating, The teachers are great in every way. The Baseball team for 8h grade looks very good , with 7 good pitchers , including me and some freinds. We also go to Church once every month. This school is great, The Principal, cares for every one who steps foot in the school.

Posted March 20, 2009

I have been attending Saint Mary School for 10 years. I absolutly love it. I get a wonderful education and everyone is so nice. If you are thinking about sending your child here, I highly recomend it. I wouldn't trade St.Mary School for anything!
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Posted January 24, 2008

I have been a student at St. Mary School for almost ten years, and have always been pleased to come to school each morning. There are no cliques or exclusive parties, so every student feels welcome. Religion is taught daily, and liturgies are often held. We have outstanding sports teams (our softball team is one of the best on Long Island). The courses here prepare us for high school very well. All of the teachers are extremely friendly, but discipline. Recognitions such as the National Junior Honor Society are offered to sudents who work hard enough. All in all, St. Mary School has been a great part of my life. curriculum
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Posted February 5, 2007

Outstanding school! As a public school teacher and a resident in an excellent school district, we chose to send our two daughters to St. Marys. The disciplines that are reinforced respect one another, manners, common courtesy, etc. are common practice. Teachers are excellent, subject matter and projects on cutting edge of educational theory. Sports program for middle school students, before and after care program for working parents. Highly recommended!
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Posted April 9, 2005

Even though we have an excellent school district, we elected to send our 3 children to St Mary s, primarily for spiritual reasons. In our opinion the top 3 reasons to send children to St Mary s are 1) Religion is ever present: Our children have developed personal relationships with God, Jesus and the Holy Mother, 2) Loving and attentive tutelage: Consequently our children exude confidence and learn with ease, and 3) Community: Our children have made friends with families who feel the same way we do. On the negative side, St Mary s does have a reduced sports program, which we supplement with extracurricular activities available abundantly through the town, and of course there are the fees - currently $695pm raising to $850pm next year which covers all three. Having said all this we believe St Mary s is the best money we've ever spent - we see it daily in our children s character.
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Posted September 16, 2004

My daughter attended this school for three years. We then transferred her to a public school because we felt the services at the public school were better. It turns out that we were right. You cannot compare the training and educational background of those teaching in public grammar schools with a Catholic school that only requires 12 credits in education. I now feel that my daughter is getting a quality education and that her teachers actually teach.
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Posted September 10, 2003

Good school. Learning and structure help the kids understand what is expected from them.
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Posted August 26, 2003

Excellent school. Principal is top notch. Teachers are 100% in every way.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 73% 52%
Hispanic 10% 21%
Black 8% 21%
Two or more races 6% N/A
Asian 2% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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  • Biagio M. Arpino
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16 Harrison Avenue
East Islip, NY 11730
Phone: (631) 581-3423


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