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The Mary Louis Academy5
Posted February 08, 2015
- a parent
I am a graduate of TMLA (1981) and only have fond memories of my time at Mary Louis. At TMLA not only did I a learn but I also built friendships that have lasted over 30 years. Thanks in part to TMLA I have a very rewarding career along with a loving family. I hate to tell the girls who have written reviews that mention bullying, unfortunately it existed back then and it exits today. Bullying is a word that is frequently used, however, I would like to know how exactly they define it, just like the reviewer who wrote that girls are clinically depressed. To write these words without knowing their real meaning truly sounds like sour grapes on their part. The prior reviewer mentions her not fitting the "mold" and being different and being penalized for this. Once again, it sounds like sour grapes. My parents always told me, the school does not make you, you make the school. I only hope my daughter chooses TMLA when she attends high school next year. I was extremely impressed with the Open House I attended this past October and was thrilled to see how competitive TMLA is with other local high schools and how they have managed to keep the TMLA spirit alive.
This school has caused myself, and many other people I know to become clinically depressed. A star student in elementary school, I was an extremely good learner and I was well-liked among the administration and faculty. However, in mary louis, I realized that anyone who does not fit the mold that the administration wants, will be consistently denied the right to be who she is. It is a stifling environment and if you are in any way not average or normal ,including the music you listen to, the kind of person you are, grade-wise, ANYTHING, do not go here. It was the absolute worst 4 years of my life and I cannot say more to deter someone from going to this ridiculously overrated school. There is rampant bullying and alienation from other girls. The bullying is sometimes passive, from not including people to outright taking things from ones locker and throwing them out or stealing them, it all occurs here with no recognition from the administration. The stress of classes is awful as well, from constant barraging from faculty to take honors and AP courses, even if you might not be ready. For the sake of your daughter, choose another school.
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.
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
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.
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.