I have had four children pass thru SMB with one just starting pre school this year. Our oldest graduated SMB in 2008. We love the school and we love the church. A small neighborhood feel with a caring and very close knit family atmosphere and excellent academics. Dicipline is strictly adhered to (as we like it to be) and parents who complain about the high expectations thankfully don't last at SMB. The principal Rita Basalla is someone who deeply cares for her students and her families. This school/church doesn't just offer catholic lip service, they live it every day. Kids always make field trips even when parents can't afford to pay, and sometimes even winter coats find their way to the families that need them (just as a couple examples). Of course volunteering and fund raising are a part of this experience, this is a small school with not a lot of money. The parent who complained about these things in another rating obviously isn't one who cares about the school community enough to offer to help out. If you are sending your kids to a small catholic (or any small city private) school this is the norm and the way that good programs like this one exist. If you don't want to help then go to cleveland public for the education your kids deserve. Sports are at times lacking because of small size and affordability of many city families is always an issue. That being said, ALL of my kids have played sports at SMB. Basketball and volleyball mainly. This school and church are the main reason that my family has not moved out of cleveland yet. Go Blue Angels!
Very strong and family like atmosphere with high expectations from teachers. Much of what goes on at SMB is framed with traditional eastern catholic values. The majority of teachers espouse these values. Your kids will be learning the ten commandments at this school, and attending church at least once a week. It is about traditional values.
Depends on the grade and on the teacher. Some teachers seems to give WAY more homework than seems realistic, while others seem more reasonable. I am of the feeling that overall, the amount of homework is ok, but it can be overwhelming at times. More homework seems to be the modern trend.
This school strongly represents values of high a moral compass and strict and caring dicipline. The principal Rita Basalla sets a high bar and expects it to be upheld by staff, students and parents. She always sets the strong example for everyone else to follow.
I graduated St. Mary's Byzantine back in 2001 after attending K-8 there and I have to say, even though this school is tiny and the funding isn't so great (as compared to bigger parochial schools), they certainly make do with what they have. The teachers there, for the most part, are lifers with a huge dedication to their students. The small class sizes are great because teachers really get to know their students and take a vested interest in the success of their students. I will say at the time the school had a "one-size-fits-all" teaching style. I struggled terribly in math due to a learning disability and it wasn't until high school until I really understood math. But despite that, I continued on to a parochial high school and then to a prestigious private college. I am now in graduate school and I fully owe it to the dedicated teachers at SMB. If you want to send your kid to a school where the teachers actually care about the success of your child, send them to SMB.
St. Mary's Byzantine is an amazing school. It is a small community and led by a dedicated, devout Catholic (Principle Basala) who really cares for the future and spirituality of each child that attends the school. The school offers great programs for as small as it is and as little of budget that it runs on. The people who work there are truly dedicated since they work there for the love of helping children, not huge salaries. I was sorry to see the previous rating, because it really misrepresented the school, because of a family who is choosing to slander the school out of a misguided over piousness. St. Mary's is a wonderful place to educate your child in the faith and it offers a small school environment with a variety of educational opportunities. Don't miss out on this gem of a school for your kids.
This is the same school I attended while growing up, and now my daughter attends St. Mary's. This school is outstanding, the teachers are dedicated to the students learning process, and the children are well behaved and respectful to other students and staff. I love this school!
As an alum and a parent of three current students (another one to enter in 2 years) I truly appreciate the sense of community the school offers. I agree that some of the facilities need help, but that is what the fundraising is for. We are one of the few schools in the Cleveland area that has been operating financially in the black for the past four years - that means your tuition remains stable. They now offer an advanced math curriculum to help with high school transition and I beleive they have one of the best science programs in the county. I purposely sent my children to this school to receive a Byzantine Catholic education and to have a sense of community and spirituality while receiving an excellent education. I feel the students are some of the most respectful, pleasant children that you would want your children to socialize with.
Outstanding staff, caring and compassionate atmosphere, well behaved student body, great parent teacher interaction, but has some sub standard facilities. Overall a great start for preparing your child for a local competitive private high school.
I graduated from st mary byzantine last summer. I think this is an average school,although the students and teachers are very close-knit. very good history program! It did not prepare me for high school level math, just an FYI. I would say my favorite teacher ther was mrs. tirpak. Not a very well- rounded spports program. st marys has the following sports available; basketball, baseball, volleyball. they host 2 concerts annually a spring showcase and a winter showcase, including the choir, band, and younger students. Little to no ethnic diversity... Beware- this is a very small school=hard to adjust to high school