I would agree with the last review. We have observed a continuing increase in both class size and tuition. The school also offers no multiples discount which makes it increasingly difficult for a family with three children. The teachers are wonderful and make the school. Parent involvement is excellent and much needed by the teachers due to the class size. We will continue to send our children here with the hope that they are gaining a strong academic foundation that justifies the cost.
I'll start by saying that I am disappointed to have to rate this school as average but am doing so after a great deal of thought about our experience as parents over the last few months. St. Mary Magdalene's popularity represents both a blessing and a curse. As both Cary and Apex have grown considerably in recent years, large numbers of Roman Catholics from around the country have moved to the Triangle area, joined their local parishes and sought what used to be called a 'parochial' school education for their children. So this school takes the position that meeting the demands of a burgeoning population with class sizes of 30 means both keeping the tuition at a reasonable level and satisfying the diocese that educational concerns of parishioners is being met. That sounds good and certainly represents one path that any Principal and diocesan administration can take. A problem, of course, arises when your child, as one of 30 under performs in a subject and may require additional teacher time. It will not happen unless you as a parent take an active interest in getting the teacher's attention. I would add that the daily schedule is far too crowded with specials.
StMM is a fantastic school with dedicated staff that strive to challenge our children academically, while at the same time helping to develop their Catholic faith and promote Christian ethics & service to others. Our children have attended StMM since preschool, and we feel that it is a wonderful church & school community in which to raise our kids.
STMM is a wonderful and vibrant Catholic school. The teachers, staff and students exhibit on a daily basis the important mission of teaching and learning at a high level while caring and praying together and for each other. My child has had six teachers who in so many ways have acted as an extension of our home, instilling beautiful values and while also teaching the subjects at an advanced pace. The neat thing is that the children very often rise to the challenge of strong academics and all other things that go into making a school into a school community. Take note of the school garden. Attend a Thursday morning Mass. Watch the students lead each other in service projects. Cheer for them as the excel on the courts and the fields. You will not find a better partner to assist in raising your child into a responsible young adult.
I love this school. I love it so much that I commute an hour round trip to allow my children to attend. They say it takes a village to raise a child. I have three children, so I certainly need a good village! St. Mary Magdalene is that village. The teachers know my children by name before they ever attend their class. They know their siblings, us as parents and even the grandparents. They care for our children in a way that only close friends or family would. The staff and teachers and administration are not just educating our children, but they are helping us parents raise them. They instill spirituality, a moral code, ethics, and even encourage them to nourish their bodies with healthy food. This school is our home. It is our life. And I love it.
This place reminds me of the Hunger Games. We wanted to like this school so we gave it three years. We had some great teachers. We also had our share of teachers who did not respect children and their needs. The teaching techniques were a bit dated. Some parents complained and the principal cannot admit that a single thing is wrong with his school including teachers who sit at their desk all day. One parent told me I would just have to "put up with it". I don't think so. There are too many options in the area.
We moved to North Carolina a few years ago in the middle of the school year. We were prepared for a hard adjustment but instead St. Mary Magdalene made it a breeze. Our children were welcomed so warmly into the school system as were we into the community of so many transplanted families. From day one, the teachers made a priority to help acclimate my children, getting them up to speed with the curriculum and connected into the spirit of our school. And every day since, the dedication and passion St. Mary Magdalene has for every student made our family feel confident that we made the right decision to enroll into this school. The children are challenged to be the best version of themselves both academically and as young Christians. We are so glad we chose St. Mary Magdalene for our family!
My children have been at StMM since 3 year old preschool. Through robust academics, home-cooked meals in the cafeteria, health & physical education, clubs, sports, and arts, I cannot imagine a place that could better support a healthy body, mind, and spirit. The academic philosophy of the school is to teach to the top learners and work with those who have not reached that level so they can be successful. The teachers and assistants do an excellent job treating each child as an individual and providing the appropriate support to improve areas of weakness so everyone is successful. What I love the most about StMM is the community. The parents, teachers and staff work together as a team to create the best educational experience possible for our children. We are friends and we support each other. There is no other school in Wake County where I would ever consider sending my children.
My 2 children have attended another private Catholic School in the past. This is our second full year at StMM. By far, it's the best parent/teacher partnership I have experienced. The teachers are excellent, professional and caring. I am extremely happy with the curriculum, the learning environment and the overall family atmosphere. I love the school more and more each day.
Overall, St. Mary Magdalene School is a decent learning environment. It is safe, clean, and well-maintained. The curriculum is accelerated. The classroom facilities are adequate for the number of students, though the small cafeteria requires that some students eat too early or late lunches. Most of the teachers are excellent. The downside is an increase in recent years in the number of sub-par teachers. The principal is a very good man who has done a great job of building the school. His weak point is in teacher oversight and review. Otherwise, he would receive 5 stars. Removing the few lower performing teachers would put the school at the top. In short, it's a great school unless your child ends up in the class of a poor teacher. That shouldn't be the case in an expensive private school.
We are so happy with St. Mary Magdalene school. This is such a caring environment and everyone knows my daughter. She is very happy to go to school each day and I know she is getting the best education possible. This is truly a second home for her. It is such a great feeling to sit at work all day and know that if anything were to happen she would be well taken care of. I am very grateful for her to be able to receive such a wonderful education. I will never forget one of her first days of Kindergarten when we were new to the carpool experience. I dropped her off and she seemed fine.. but as I pulled away she began to cry and was very upset. I was stuck in line and couldnt go back quickly. I watched in my rear view mirror as an older student, who was probably in 7th or 8th grade, hugged her, talked to her then grabbed her hand and walked her inside. As she was walking inside she waved at me to let me know it was ok to leave. I later learned that the student had actually walked my daughter into her Kindergarten classroom to make sure she was ok before going to her own classroom. This school is just full of amazing kids! The students, teachers and staff are just wonderful!
Outstanding teachers and administration, top notch campus and facilities, challenging curriculum (averaging 1-2 grade levels ahead of NC), school-parent-teacher communications with great use of technology, parental involvement, and emphasis on academics with exceptional extracurricular and sports opportunities for students.
I graduated from STMM last year and I would have to say that it is one of the best pre-k - 8th grade school around. I loved going to the school, except sometimes the school can have drama issues in the upper grades because it is a small school. I was at StTMM the day it opened to the day I graduated. It's a great place to prepare your child for high school and other conflicts in life, and the religion base gives them a stronger connection to who they are. STMM helped me in the best way because I am a freshman at the best high school in NC, Raleigh Charter High School, with all A's and one B+. STMM can be expensive, but it's worth it in the long run. And parents, Cardinal Gibbons is not the only school after STMM, only half my friends went to Gibbons.
I am a student at STMM and I have been attending this school for seven years now. it's a great school despite some of their(expensive)lunches and high expenses for tuition.
We have found STMM to be a truly wonderful educational environment for our child. The teachers and staff are caring and committed. The principal, Bob Cadran, has strong expectations for the young people he is shaping. Our child feels supported, integrated into a school community and appropriately challenged by the academic work. We have been a part of this school community for 5 years and could not be more pleased with out choice.
I am a student here at STMM and i must say i would not reccomend this school to others. The principle is very strict and the school is not well run. If you have an older child (like me) i would say to find another school.
Very happy with the leadership of the principal. The teachers are great and the parental involvement is wonderful. People choose this school for their children because they want something better for them- and St. MM delivers. I can't say enough about our positive experiences at St. MM.
Every student is accepted as a unique gift from God with talents and gifts that are recognized and valued. I highly recommend StMM to all who are interested in being part of a special school.
We have a 2nd grader and a child in the pre-k program. For 3 years we have witnessed our 2nd grader thrive in the STMM environment, from the challenging academics, to the wonderful afterschool programs like Chess Club and semi-private piano lessons. I can't wait to see what STMM expriences will help shape my pre-k child in the years to come. We are blessed to be a part of the STMM family.
I have two children who have been at the school for 7 years now. This school has become a second home to them. The feeling of security, comfort, and caring is obvious in the halls. The academics are superior and staff and parents work together to meet the needs of the children.
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