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9-12
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Jamaica, NY
Students enrolled: 947
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176-21 Wexford Terrace
Jamaica, NY 11432

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(718) 297-2120
(718) 739-0037
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June 30, 2014
My daughter just finished freshman year. She won a New York City and Diocesan Championship. Was involved in school spirit activities. Was enrolled in all honors classes and did amazing academically. She has made more friends in one year then she did in all of her previous years of schooling. I absolutely love this school. It is academically rigorous but the school provides so much help and support, all you have to do is ask and they will do everything they can to make sure you succeed. I highly recommend this school to everyone.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2014
My daughter now suffers from depression because of this school. This school is going downhill and has the worst administration I've ever seen.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2014
I passed my courses and this school still forced me to go to summer school because they didn't like my grades. It was literally money thrown in the garbage.

- submitted by a student
February 22, 2014
Learned more here then college. Build true friends for life. A sister-hood and Builds confidence for a woman to build,dream and achieve anything she see her mind To in life.

- submitted by a community member
January 27, 2014
I am an alum of TMLA. I cannot say enough about this school. I am not a pharmacist. Thanks to the fabulous and relevant education at Mary Louis, I flew through a difficult college program with flying colors, making Dean's List and being inducted in the pharmacy honor society. I now live out of state. If I lived in NY, my daughter would definitely be attending Mary Louis. I have fond memories of my 4 years and I would highly recommend this school and its caring faculty

- submitted by a community member
September 16, 2013
This school as a tendency to sweep kids who are different or having a hard time under the rug. My child was made to feel as though she was at fault for not making friends fast enough for "Saint Kathleen". That woman is apple pie on the outside, but inside, she doesn't understand the modern teenager or give a care to how they are actually feeling. She is a disgusting excuse for a principal.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2013
TMLA stresses that it is cultivating women of dignity, however, there is a subculture of bullying and alienation that occurs at this school which gets brushed under the table or is dismissed.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2013
I am a graduate of the class of 2004. I had a wonderful experience at TMLA. I had gone to public school through junior high school was was somewhat skeptical of an all-girls catholic school, but I am so glad that I attended this school. TMLA offers a wide array of sports and extra curricular activities, which is a great way to make friends. The school also has strict academic standards and expect all the students to act like adults - which I found to be a great way to prepare me for college. I see some reviews on here about bullying and "don't send your kid here if she is in anyway liberal." Well I am about as liberal as they come and cannot remember a time when I felt my opinion or ideas weren't valued or encouraged. Was there some catty behavior that I saw? Yes of course, but unfortunately in a school of all teenage girls there is bound to be some. I can say that the deans were always very involved whenever there was a problem.

- submitted by a community member
December 18, 2012
Absolutely appalling experience in this school. If you have a child that is in any way liberal or different please do not send them here. The administration is horrible to put it nicely. Of course there are the few teachers that make this school livable. other then that I don't have a single positive thing to say about this school.

- submitted by a student
October 29, 2012
I am a senior , class of 2012, of The Mary Louis Academy. I have loved this school ever since I transferred here, junior year. I used to go to a very bad public school, where there were a ton of fights and the science and math was taught poorly and there were a lot of bullies. This school, TMLA, is the COMPLETE opposite. In TMLA, there are no fights, very nice girls, and the teachers strongly care about their students and help them out. Plus, the school itself is BEAUTIFUL. The furniture and computers and everything is very clean and pretty and there is no writing on the desks. The 1st day that I walked through the doors of TMLA, I knew that I was meant to be here and I fell in love with this school. Along with many other seniors, I am going to be upset when I have to leave this amazing school and leave all my friends, but we will stay in touch, and I will be able to look back with a smile on my face that I went to this lovely school. I very strongly recommend that you go to this school.

- submitted by a student
September 07, 2012
My daughter is a graduate of TMLA. What started as a exceptional experience turned into a nightmare her last year and a half of high school. TMLA has an enormous bullying problem which the administration and deans refuse to acknowledge. When I called the dean to discuss the problem I was told that the girls who her bulling my daughter truly were very nice girls, and that my daughter should seek out new friends. Much to my shock and dismay the dean made the same statement to my daughter, who was a victim of bullying. I was asked what I thought the school should do to assist in this matter. When I told the dean that I thought the Academy should start one of the many anti-bulling programs available, the dean literally laughed, and said "Those programs never work!!" That is when I realized that TMLA has a bullying problem because it has adult bullies running the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2012
My daughter is heading into senior year. The teacher's have been really nice. However, I feel that they don't give equal time to all girls in the college planning process. My daughter is an average student and as a result is even more nervous about the college acceptance process. She watched throughout junior year, other girls being chosen (for whatever reason) to go visit colleges during school time. The girls that scored well on the psat's and have higher averages get much more attention in so many ways during the college preparation process. Not a fair situation and also not good for "any" future "woman of dignity's" self esteem. Please be ready for this if your daughter is an average student. I had heard such wonderful things before attending this school but will help my daughter on our own in the next few months. It must be because they are hedging their bets that the higher scoring girls get them on the "ivy and better" college acceptance lists. I was an average student yet, in the end, I am making more money and am much more successful in the real world than most of the ivy league people my age and in retrospect, I credit St. Agnes High School for helping to mold me.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2011
I am a freshman (or, as our principal Sister Kathleen refers to us, freshwoman) at TMLA and I can honestly say that Mary Louis is the most beautiful school I have ever seen. Its library is just like stepping into Hogwarts. The school looks like a castle. Its beautifully crafted doorways and windows are something out of a fairytale. My favorite part of the school is the Library. I love the benches by the windows that are fully cushioned. The warm mahogany work tables always have students diligently working at them. Books line the walls of the main area of the library, but tucked behind a wall is a beautiful book room with small one person couches tucked into corners. This library is what truly defines Mary Louis as a school.

- submitted by a student
April 19, 2011
I had no plans to attend a Catholic High school, but my parents wanted me to take the entrance exam anyway. It must have been fate, because the minute I walked through the doors of TMLA to take the exam, I knew this was where I wanted to recieve my high school education. I will always look back fondly at my four years at Mary Louis as a time of great happiness.

- submitted by a student
March 21, 2011
I graduated from TMLA in 1994. I was very well prepared for college, grad school and work! The work ethic is strong and they accept no excuses. I'd love to send my daughter there one day! But she's only 4 now :) The idea of all girls fosters the belief that women can be leaders, just as much as our male counterparts.

- submitted by a community member
January 29, 2011
I agree with the person below me about the work ethic that The Mary Louis Academy instills its students. I've come to understand that a good education should be measured not by the amount of facts that are taught(though, these are important, too), but by the way it encourages students to think and experience the world. TMLA taught me that I must always give my full effort if I hope to succeed, and to expect nothing less of others. I know that certain elements of TMLA's mission are somewhat controversial--single gender education, religious education, uniforms--but I firmly believe that I am who I am today precisely because of these aspects, and not in spite of them. Of course, I've changed in many respects since I was 17--my most formative years had yet to occur--but Mary Louis laid the groundwork, and for that I am forever thankful.

- submitted by a student
December 19, 2009
i am a freshmen at mary louis and i love it, the students an staff are so welcoming and fun to be around

- submitted by a student
October 23, 2009
My daughter is currently a freshman at The Mary Louis Academy. The way in which incoming freshman (and parents) were prepared for the transition to high school indicates a well organized and nuturing environment. My daughter is thriving academically and socially. The teachers I have met are wonderful and seem sincere in their desire to educate. I have yet to hear a complaint about this school, and I certainly don't have any. We are very happy with this high school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2009
As a alumnae from the class of 2009 I cannot get over the experience I had at Mary Louis. When talking to my former classmates I try to look back on my time there with some perspective that it wasn't all fun and games however I can't say enough about what this school gave to me. I honestly have been changed as a person because of what I learned there. I do consider myself a woman of dignity and now I expect only the best because that was the attitude of Mary Louis. Do your best, expect the best, and never settle for less. For me, Mary Louis is no longer a school but a second home.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 20, 2009
This school encourages young girls to become strong, intelligent women!

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
I love it because it empowers young girls to go far in their education and become successful women

- submitted by a community member
September 11, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
August 22, 2009
I was a student of the class 2008. Students in TMLA bonds tightly to each other than any other school. I went total 4 high schools, among them, TMLA is absolutely outstanding. Students cherish each other, and faculty loves their students. Both students and faculty are academically passionate. Faculty leads and encourage students to pursue their dreams. Also, Your morning starts with welcoming hugs and kisses.

- submitted by a student
no rating March 01, 2009
TMLA is wonderful. The school produces thoughtful, intelligent, articulate, bright young ladies. Ladies, is the key word here -the girls are poised and confident and so well prepared for college and life. The teachers, staff and administration are amazing - first class all the way. What a wonderful experience for a young person to have at this point in life. Many wonderful life memories are formed. God bless everyone at TMLA they are the best.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 15, 2009
Both my daughters attended and graduated from The Mary Louis Academy and they absolutely loved it. My one daughter who has started her masters and my other in her second year in college, wish they could go back to TMLA. They have great fondness for all (well, most) of the teachers and visit often. They have wonderful friends and they cherish their memories from TMLA. They still wear all their t-shirts, especially the walk a thon shirts and gym pants. TMLA has been a great experience and the teachers prepped them so well for college that they are both on Honor Roll in college, can you imagine? TMLA was worth all the money we spent for this fine education and experience that will forever be with them. A Happy Mom

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2008
I am a 1978 graduate of the school, and returned to Mary Louis as a teacher 25 years later. It is such a wonderful place that I commuted 120 miles DAILY to work there!! It is absolutely the best school in NYC for young women; its rigorous programs, high standards, and caring environment encourage the students to be the best they can be. It creates leaders. If I had a daughter, I would send her there in a heartbeat. I directly credit this school for making me the person I am today, and I am delighted to report that it is a true 'gem' among high schools. The quality of education delivered at this school is second to none, and the environment is warm and loving. I have taught at other prestigious schools, and there is no comparison. Bravo, Mary Louis!

- submitted by a community member
October 30, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 17, 2008
Im in the class of 2011 and I absolutely adore TMLA. When I was in eight grade I checked out every catholic school in the queens area and found TMLA to be my #1 choice. Many students worry about the fact that are no boys but for some people that can be a good thing. Many of of my classmates can definitely agree with me when I say that we dont have to worry about how our hair looks, or even how we act.Im glad I go to TMLA and exceptionally proud to be called a woman of dignity!

- submitted by a student
no rating 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.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2008
This school has an excellent faculty. Otherwise, it's really a very lovely place.

- submitted by a student
July 02, 2007
i'm a student of the class of 2009 and my past two years have been great. this school is more like a home-based learning experience. the teachers are so enthusiastic about what they do and so are the studentts. this school makes you want to learn and improve yourself for the better.

- submitted by a student
May 16, 2007
My daughter has had great academic success and has matured personally because she has been cared for and taught by a nurturing and challenging faculty and administration. The school goes above and beyond in college searches, SAT prep and college prep. I am continually impressed by the quality of the young women I have met or have heard speak on behalf of the school - confident, eloquent and intelligent young women, representative of the diverse county of Queens and NYC. The only school I would send my daughters to.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2006
My daughter had a very positive experience at TMLA. Small class size,knowledgable & caring staff, broad range of extracurricular activities and service opportunities. Safety is a major concern and all steps taken to insure the girls' well-being. Free SAT prep is a wonderful program. Wish that college visit trips were opened up to all students and not just the highest PSAT scores. All the teachers my daughter had were greta but would like to single out MR. Cordero of the English Department for inspiring my daughter's love of writing. The administration is up on current technology and prepares the girls academically, spiritually and emotionally for college and the working world. You will not be disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2006
This is, by far, the very best school available for anyone interested in sending their daughter to a Catholic High School. The faculty and administration are top notch, and the girls graduate from there intelligent, confident young woman. I would recommend this school to anyone and everyone.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2005
My daughter takes mostly honors courses and is appropriately challenged. Teachers are interested and qualified. The art program is impressive as are the extra curriculars. Parent involvement is encouraged.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2005
Excellent academic programs prepare the student very well for college. Wonderful and well-run sports programs and other extracurricular activities lead to a well-rounded individual!

- submitted by a former student
May 10, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2005
I am in the mary louis academy now and i absolutely love it. although there are some issues that need to be addressed, including the principal's attitude towards the students and the modern world, the school is still a great place to learn and develop into young women. the teachers are excellent and always try to help the students in any way. the single sex environment is sometimes looked upon as a 'con', but I believe that it helps us to see who we truly are without showing a false image of ourselves in order to impress boys. this school has challenged me and helped my gpa grow over the past few years, and althoughIi cant wait to graduate, I will miss all of the people I met at this school, except for the principal and the vice principals, they are the true examples of hippocrites. But the school great.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2004
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- submitted by a student
May 20, 2004
My daughter went to TMLA. She liked the school but she did no receive the special attention of a small school. We wrote a letter to the principal and she never returned our call or write a note. My daughter needs to be at front because she can concentrate better and the Math teacher denied this request. I transferred her to a private school in Manhattan and became third and second place of her senior class.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2004
I want to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Scazzaro, facualty and staff of TMLA for the wonderful opportunity my daughter received in your care. She has blossom to be a confident, beautiful person who always has a smile for anyone, with an attitude that whatever life throws her way, she will overcome. That comes from her home and the wonderful teaching, support and hard work of TMLA, and having made the best decision to send her to your school. My thanks, best wishes and bless you all. Proud Parent of Class 2004

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March 02, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
Our daughter was accepted into Mary Louis last year. In her first year, she had matured to a level beyond our expectations. She is so very happy there and has made a ton of new friends. The level of education that she has received has pushed her to her limits. She can no longer sit back and try to 'coast'. The school requires that you keep pushing and that nothing less is acceptable. The school is beautiful and wonderfully maintained. The staff is rather gruff and at times not very flexible, but as we've been told, they have the experience to know when a student needs to have her class changed and when to keep her there. I guess they are right. Our daughter took 2 years of Spanish in middle school, and when she was having trouble with Italian, they refused to change her class. They were right. When our daughter learned that she was 'stuck in Italian', she hit the books harder than she did before. She passed the class with the high 80's. All in all, a great school. I couldn't see our child any place else!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 26, 2003
Mary Louis is an awesome school!

- submitted by a former student
no rating August 25, 2003
The best education a girl can have in NY, I truly think so. My daughter is a true example due to all her acomplishments in academics, in dancing(her passion)leadership and as a person in whole, thanks to all the teachers throughtout her 3 years at the school and now thru her senior year starting Sep 2003, who always gave her support and incentivated her to make that extra effort. The competitiveness to excell really amazed me at Mery Louis, loved how on report card day, most girls rushed to the lists posted on the school walls to see if their names were on the list for honors. I am very proud of my daughter and happy that both her dad and I, chose Mery Louis Academy as her guide to that road that leads to college.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
I am a recent graduate of The Mary Louis Academy and I felt the school prepared me for college 150%. Looking back it might have been hard, but without the love and support of my parents and teachers, I would not be were I am today. I am graduating from Saint Joesph's College in June 2004 and I am maintaining a 3.8 grade point average. I am glad I went to TMLA because I was prepared for the 'real world'!

- submitted by a former student
August 19, 2003
This school is hands-down the best school for teen girls in this City. The students here are taught to appreciate themselves for the strong women that they are, and they are encouraged to think for themselves. Mary Louis girls are all well prepared to face the challenges of college and life afterward. Their academic record is excellent. All girls from Mary Louis go on to college--100% of the graduating class for at least the past few years. Mary Louis girls are given the skills they need to be the leaders of tomorrow. I highly recommend this school to all young women in this city.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2003
I am a student of the school. A senior now. I will admit I've had many tough times in Mary Louis as the school has fought against me on many of my views and vice versa. However, looking back on my years, I did a lot of positive growing up and matureing within its walls. I made tons of new friends both with students and teachers alike. I haven't spent a lot of unnecessary time in the building, but even one afternoon helping out a club will make you feel needed and acomplished. The education is unlike any other with hands down phenominal college preperation. The school did come with challenges, especially for a person like me who likes that I can do things my way and be left alone about it. Your best is expected and only your best will be tolerated... no if's, and's, or but's. The many departments will encourage you to find a 'home' within the building. I have spent enourmous amounts of time in the music departments working solo on my personal music skills, helping friends with theirs, and even working personally with Mr. Mora (yay!). I found a lot of acceptance with him as anyone can find a teacher that will do the same for them. The staff is excellent and always willing to go out of their way to help a student do and become her best. It's worth a try. Remember, you may struggle along the hike to the top of the mountain, but once you reach the peak, you can see the world.

- submitted by a former student
August 11, 2003
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The Mary Louis Academy
176-21 Wexford Terrace, Jamaica, NY  11432
(718) 297-2120
Last modified The Mary Louis Academy is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
The Mary Louis Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 50 reviews. Top