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St Margaret Mary School

Private | PK-8 | 441 students


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Posted April 9, 2014

This is a wonderful school that provides excellent educational opportunities for their students. STMM is outstanding in National History Day, Science, Speech Competitions as well as Writing Competitions.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 17, 2014

St. Margaret Mary School is an outstanding choice for students K-8 looking for a challenging educational environment and a top-notch Catholic education. The teachers are dedicated educators. They are paid less than their public school counterparts, but spend more time and effort bettering the students. Leadership is good. The principal is hard-working and puts in many hours. She loves the students and school. The school offers MANY extra-curricular activities for students: student council, pro-life club, quiz bowl, basketball, track & field, choir, band, languages, computers, theater, cheerleading, and more! The recently built gymnasium (2011) provides a great environment for events. Religious education and sacramental prep are excellent. Some suggested improvements: more of strategic focus on directing the school rather than day-to-day operations; a greater focus on algebra is needed; the hot lunch program should be abandoned or a full-time staff hired to alleviate volunteer issues. Overall, I recommend parents of prospective students make a visit to St. Margaret Mary School and find out if it's the right place for their children. I believe most will find it a fantastic fit.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 30, 2013

My husband and I are very pleased with this school. In this economy when all public schools are making cuts to education this offers a nice change. They offer many of the special classes that the public elementary schools have had to cut (Spanish, art, etc.). My only complaint with the school is that there is no playground and although the students may use the neighborhood park they often end up just playing in the parking lot. If they built an onsite play area with equipment I would be pleased to give a 5 star rating.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 1, 2013

I was very dissapointed with this school. I did not pay for my child to be mistreated by the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 17, 2012

There are good things for some children at this school yet there are a lot of situations that are not the greatest for every child. Parent involvement is good but there is not too much diversity. A lot of children that are of color or have a different ethnic background get excluded with the exception of if they have a parent of a different race is well off or if the parent has a good job and is known in the area. Status is a big deal here and if you dont fit that mold your child could get labeled as a troublemaker or ADHD. Not a great school yet not the worst Catholic school in the area. The children learn this behavior at home and some of the parents just want to keep their children away from children of any other race or background but they do have a high standard for class work not the friendliest place for EVERY child.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 3, 2012

My two children attend St. Margaret Mary's School. I would highly recommend it. The teachers are very professional, willing to listen to any concerns you may have, and provide a rigorous curriculum to prepare the children for high school and beyond. They provide a faith based education that develops the students spiritually, intellectually, and academically. The office staff is also very friendly and helpful.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 27, 2011

I am very happy with this school. It is a very caring and nurturing enviornment. They teach the kids to be responsible in all aspects of their lives. The faith community is very strong. They expect a lot from the students which I feel is a great asset in today world. I would highly recommend this school to others of all faiths and backgrounds.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 26, 2011

I question the motives of anyone who would give a school a "one star" rating. If an adult, or even a student, feels so negatively towards a learning environment, why would they wait until they are done to complain? Sure St. Mags has its share of challenges. The school did not have a gym for many years, and they made due. And now, their graduates are parents contributing to our community. The challenge in almost every school district is that most parents are willing to complain, but when asked to participate, they fall silent. If you're considering St. Mags for your child, visit the school. Take a tour. Ask administrators, teachers, and students directly. It may not be a "five star" school, but that means there's always something to strive for. I'm proud to have my child attending this contemporary Catholic schoot.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 14, 2011

I can understand where some think the best of this school and some think the worst of it. Its unfair thats why. The ones that are in with the principal have nice things to say, on the other hand I have witnessed first hand the bullying, the unfairness, the punishments and the gossip. This school is not a bad school, its because of the people that do this not only to certain children but also to their parents. Its not that diverse and this is 2011, why is the principal being so stubborn about everything. I have one thing more to say, this is a catholic school and do unto others because it will come back to your child someday.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 1, 2011

St. Margaret Mary School is a faith filled community with a wonderful Principal and caring teachers. Students attending this school are well prepared for high school. The student thrive from Pre K all the way to 8th grade. There are many activities including:Quiz Bowl, Newpaper, Photography, Student Council, Choir, Scouts as well as Cheerleading, Track and Basketball. There is a great before and after school program for the students. The lunches are made by volunteer parents and the kids love them! This year the school added a beautiful new gym, locker rooms, stage area. Send your child to St. Margaret Mary for everything from Math to Ballroom Dancing, I am so pleased with the education my children have received at STMM!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 11, 2010

My son came from a local school that was run like a circus, the principal was never there, when she was there, the secretarys were her babys babysitters.The bully program that was in place was removed.. The school has a major behavior and bully problem.Several teachers are tyrinnical screamers,she fired many outstanding teachers, her promised 'open door' policy was a joke. When my son changed to St Margaret Marys we were just so impressed with the professional, high quality, high standards of teaching, love, disipline, a great bully program and just wonderful people to set good examples for the children.The office staff are so friendly and wonderful. Everyone goes above and beyond at St Margaret Marys. The Harrisburg Diocese can be proud of St Margaret Mary's. It is a school that TRULY FOLLOWS ITS MISSION STATEMENT TO THE LETTER. Thanks to Mrs Fennessy, a woman of integrity and substance.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 12, 2010

I was not treated bad but I know some of the kids in my class were. Some of the kids in my class never got in trouble or yelled at and they were the one that should have. That is mean to the kids that are always getting in trouble even if they didnt do it. I would be sad if that happened to me. I could never understand why and I prayed about it. Other than that its an ok school but not that fun.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 15, 2010

Message 2 of 2: There has always been a cafeteria with a full kitchen and dedicated moms who run the hot lunch program. The students have hot lunch a few times a week. Extracurriculum activities include: After School Help, Quiz Ball, A-Step, Pro-Life Club, Photography Club and a few others will be added the Fall of 2010. The students are encouraged to learn to play an instrument and enroll in band. A Children's Choir is in consideration for next school year. There will also be a couple more extracurriculum activities added next year. Yes, STMMS is a strict, but warm, fair, and loving school. The teachers, principal and parents work together for the development of all students: socially, academically and religiously. So, if you want your child to succeed in life, then please do enroll him/her in St. Margaret Mary School - a Christ centered and faith filled community!

Posted February 23, 2010

This used to be a great school. Labeling exists in almost every grade. This is typical of almost every other teacher. For every good teacher, the other teacher is unrealistic and unfair with both homework and behavior expectations. A few of the female teachers, along with the librarian, mental counselor and a few parents families too friendly dont keep the fairness of school at hand for individual students. If they do not like a student, he or she will not have a chance to succeed in their classroom. Very sad behavior from some adults for a school that is centered on Christ. Its 50/50 here. No cafeteria, no gym.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 12, 2009

This school is friendly, caring and truly a community for students and their families. Curriculum is 2nd to none. Students are well prepared for High School.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 15, 2009

Teachers are very demanding with school work and behavior. Not very diverse, basketball is offered as the only sport but is non advanced compared to other catholic schools in the area. The gym is in the cafeteria, if your child is athletic, send them to a school that will appreciate their talents and efforts.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 8, 2009

Very unfriendly families. If you want diversity, its not the school for you. Yes they have a few different cultures, but they certainly treat them seperately. This is a school that labels people and children.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 8, 2009

There are ABSOLUTLY no interesting programs here! And the uniform is so STRICT!
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 12, 2008

this school is okay. i graduated from this school two years ago and it was at times the worst and at times the best. There are a few great teachers and a great english program but the math and science programs are absolutely horrible. students from our school are having a really hard time doing well in those subjects in high school and it shows. The school does lack reasoning and problem solving skills and fairness is a problem, a lot of students are given special treatment. it also has a bad sports program. in my 9 years of going there we have used the cafeteria as our gym and the only sport offered is basketball. So overall st. mags was okay
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 4, 2007

St. Margaret Mary prides itself on high academic standards. The students are challenged and learn to perform to the best of their ability. The faculty is dedicated and willing to go the 'extra mile' for a struggling student. I am thrilled that I have the opportunity to send my children to such a wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 73% 71%
Two or more races 10% 2%
Black 8% 15%
Hispanic 6% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2826 Herr Street
Harrisburg, PA 17103
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