They are changing the name and structure to St. Mel's Academy in an effort to change the image and negative reputation in the area. The academics area low and teaching quality substandard. To have a principal in his 20s leading other educators, without enough experience in the field speaks volumes regarding leadership. I agree totally with the below parent's review.
AWFUL I would give it 0 stars if I could. The teachers don't teach the children anything, they're to concerned about wether your daughter has nail polish on. The teacher need to step up the academic work. The parents don't care. They let their child do whatever, but if their child complains that the work is to hard, the parents go right up to the principal to complain. I would not recommend this school to anybody.
St. Mel's is a nurturing small school that provides a excellent academic education thru professional experienced teachers. My son is able to complete his homework by himself in 5-20 minutes. He loves all subjects and has fun in gym, art, music, and computer. If your child has a disability, this is an accepting school. The parish priest, principal, and teacher will take special interest in your child and do what they can to accommodate your child's needs. Even the other children are kind and tolerant. As a military brat, I have attended many schools along the east coast and abroad. I have never been a member of a clique or popular. By personal comparison, this school is very fair and treatment is unbiased.
Love this school. I like that it's a small school. Everyone watches out for each other. The school year just started, give the principal a chance to prove himself before you say he doesn't have enough experience to run the school. He is very involved. I see him more than I saw the previous principal. This principal is planning on bringing in common core. If he does that, then this school will be even better. Good luck Mr. Stein. Hopefully you prove these negative families wrong, for the sake of the school.
I put my daughter in this school, thinking that the smaller class sizes would be a plus. This school is not up to par with the curriculum. My daughter is in the third grade. There is such a difference in her work than the work of her friends in the public school system. ST MELS is significantly behind. I really wanted to give this school a chance but I may be transferring her out of it. As for the comments that if you are not one of their families, they are prejudice against you? I haven't seen this but in any school you go to there are cliques. Wether it's the children or the parents. You can't get away from that.
I agree that if you are not one of their families you don't exist. the school is very prejudiced against certain families.The environment is not at all a Christian one.
As for the former negative reviews, there is a new principal and new teachers. Father Gerard Sauer has a true mission to re-vamp this school and great things are happening here!!! I would definitely recommend this school. Both my children started in the Toddler Time program and are now in 3rd & 2nd grades. They are both doing wonderfully, they play soccer and baseball with the CYO teams and love it. Parents and Faculty here are so pleasant and willing to go above and beyond to help. The PTA committee really goes out of their way to make fun events for the children. It is a great environment!
I am a former student and my children are now enrolled in this school. There is a great sense of family and security . As with any other institution we've had our ups and downs but if you do your part, you'll receive an excellent education!! There's a new principal, new teachers, and the pastor is on a mission to re-vamp this school. I highly recommend it, would never think of going elsewhere!
If you are not one of "their" families, you are an outsider. The school is not welcoming, unless you are in the click. A whole school year can go by and wondered - who/where is the principal? With the scandal that was uncovered in January, only specific classes were informed. While the offender may not have had direct contact with entire school, information and updates should have been distributed to everyone. Parents shouldn't be informed through the news or only in the parish bulletin (again, their parishioners). In my eyes, the school is nothing special, compared to other parochial schools. I'm not saying it is a terrible school, but there is nothing especially great to boast about. I will end it this review on a good note - St. Mel School is financially more sound than other Catholic Schools and will stay in business for "their" students.
My child just recently graduated from this school. He is now a freshman at Holy Cross. St. Mel did not do their job in properly preparing him for high school. Instead of telling the boys what kind of socks to wear or how to do their hair, or telling the girls that they cannot wear any nailpolish or make-up in highschool ( which is'nt true), they should be more focused on academics and PE. This school does not have a gym. Our children are going to be worked beyond words in a high school gym class. They are not doing their job!
I have 2 children in St Mel's and as I do like the school, I am disappointed that they don't offer any help if a child is struggling a little academically.The first thing they say is 'get you child evaluated'. What is that going to do if the school is not equipped to give your child the extra help. You're better off in public schools where they have these resources to help your child. Not only do I have to pay tuition, I also have to pay for tutoring. It's ridiculous!! The catholic schools want the money, but they don't help your child what so ever. Plus it has no gym and no extra activities. My children have to eat where they paly gym. That's unsanitary.
I am going to disagree with some of the comments made that the St. Mel school lacks in education...first of all if you want to start comparing St. Mel with the public schools you should send your children to public school. I have 3 children, my son who is an '08 graduate, and now my son is entering the 8th grade and my daughter in the 6th grade. We have been part of St. Mel school for 11 years and I have to say that all my children excel academically...The school also provides a safe environment that I feel most public schools do not. I feel that there is no such thing as a peferct school, every school has issues..We came a long way and the school is now updated with smartboards, teachers have worked hard to help the children with whatever help they need. I highly recommend this school!
I am going to disagree with the posting on 4/18/08. I see that many private schools inflate grades to make their schools look better. I have removed my children from this school because I felt that their education was subpar as compared to public grade schools in the area. The academics here leave alot to be desired. Why am I doing the teachers job after school with a 2nd grader, 3 hours of homework? That is the teachers job to teach. Not mine at home. Take a look at the ratings for the public schools in the area. All high. What are the credentials of the teachers? I felt my child deserved an honest & straightforward education. One he earned and was not given. You know what? My oldest child was accepted into Holy Cross also. He did it honestly and with hard work and actual great grades he truly earned.
I currently have one graduate son (graduated with honors and with a scholorship to Holy Cross, Prep and offerings to Malloy) and another son in 2nd grade. I feel that BOTH my boys have greatly benefited from attending St. Mel's. The main reason why I sent my children to Catholic schools were for the MORALES that they would learn. I feel that a high ratio of students that come out of that school go onto wonderful things in life. Of course every school has things that need to be worked on, but for the most part I highly recommend this school!.
I am a little disheartened with this school. It seems the teachers expect the parents to do the work after school. There are no extra curricular activities on an academic level. Do they not beleive in Arts and Sciences? But there is soccer. (sarcasm) The children are learning, but not at the same pace as other students in public schools in the area. Besides these obious drawbacks, everyone in the school I have met is friendly and helpful. I just wish the academics were just as important to the school as handwriting and religion.
I have two children at St Mel's, and have been nothing but pleased. Small, safe, nurturing environment where teachers in all grades (and principal!) know the names of nearly every child. Two classes per grade. Afterschool program. A few drawbacks - no foreign language is taught. No accelerated program.
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