We've sent our children here , but decided to leave last year when we noticed that the new administration is just not the same caliber as in years past and caters to the rich parents only. It appears this school is going down hill, and enrollment numbers appear to prove this. This school still has some talented teachers but the self involved principal and a few lazy teachers are ruining this school. Another concern, the state rates public schools on achievement and test scores, but this information is not included for private schools, so true achievement of this particular school is not known. When my children transferred out, they struggled to keep up at a public school.
This school does have some excellent teachers but as with every school some teachers shouldn't be there. The major concern is the Inexperienced principal who has a terrible attitude and appears unable to support and bring appropriate resources to the struggling teachers. Enrollment keeps dropping. I wouldn't expect this school to survive much longer. My advice, keep your money and attend a thriving public school.
My child has attended St. Mary's for 4 years. The faculty and staff are dedicated to their vocation and care for each and every student. The curriculum ensures academic rigor as well as personal and spiritual growth. There is no where else I would send my child. All faiths are welcome.
My child has attended Preschool I and Preschool II at St. Mary's. The staff are overly friendly and accomodating. It is amazing the way they seem to work with each student and know each student individually. I have often found that my child has had a behavior problem throughout the day and the teacher does not remember what it is but can ALWAYS tell me about a new thing that my child learned or a question that only my child knew the answer to. They seem to really take the time with the parents and the students. I have an older child that went to public school in Ponca City from the beginning and we have NEVER gotten this type of treatment from any teacher. I would highly recommend St. Mary's for anyone, not only for Catholics.
I went to St. Mary's for a very short time and have parent(s) teaching there. Overall, I feel it is a wonderful environment. Academics are a priority as well as helping the children learn about the world in which they live. There are some wonderul teachers, but there are some that aren't where they should be.