June 10, 2008
Both daughters did not think they would like going to a Catholic HS, coming from very good public schools. They did not like the idea of no boys, and hated that they would have to wear uniforms. Surprise surprise. Both daughters ended loving TMLA, found no boys to be a plus, and ending loving wearing uniforms. I think the school pride, has something to do with them wearing them on the bus etc, and it does make getting dressed for school a snap. I mention these things first, because no else mentioned them here. Praise for the staff, the choice of classes, and quality of the education is what most mention. It does prepare the young ladies for college, and for life for that matter. There is a great bonding, of diverse students, that I did not see happen as much in public school. The staff go above and beyond. Lots of stories of how they put students first, before their own needs took me a while to believe, but hearing my daughters tell me about this or that, I quickly saw them fall in love with TMLA staff. The older daughter, is now at John Jay, with a scholarship, and TMLA really did prepare her well for college, and for life for that matter. She grew at TMLA, confidence, courage, became more outgoing. Those gifts cannot be judged by SAT scores, I think the staff makes the girls feel (or see) that they are truly special, and valuable by all the TLC and concern they show the students. A funny story, one teacher, a sister, was especially tough on my oldest. By that I mean, she would not let my daughter slide, handing in hasty, poor work, or worse...skipping an assignment ... when she knew my daughter was capable of much more. That sister later became one of my daughters favorites, and when the AP test score came in, my daughter knew in heart, who to thank, and thanks her to this day, one year later, when visiting the school. That should say something, when she drives to pick up the baby sister (willingly lol) now and then after special events... she is thrilled to bump into any of the staff. Both daughters enjoyed the teams, and clubs, and made many friends. My 3rd daughter, chose St. Francis Prep, and she just graduated from there. Comparing the two... The smallness, and close knit life at TMLA puts it above Prep. The bonding, and promotion of women's strengths clearly are gifts that my prep daughter did not get. I also think, that while Prep has caring teachers, they have way more students. At TMLA everyone knows everyone by name. Students know all the students ditto the staff. Friendships happen even outside of your grade/ class. Both schools prepared the girls for college equally, both grads earned scholarships to college. I should say, my Prep daughter does love Prep. just as both TMLA daughters love TMLA.
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