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Mother Of Divine Grace

Private | PK-8 | 236 students


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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $60,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $850.

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Posted February 5, 2014

MDG IS a small school with a BIG HEART! They have some fantastic educators. Most of the teachers are very dedicated and involved not only in the student s academic career but also in their supplemental enrichment. With the school being so small the administration is wonderful. They re masters at multitasking, very knowledgeable, and ever-willing. The principal is impressive. Each morning while happily greeting the students. She engages them to see if there's anything that she can do to make their day a little brighter. She runs a tight ship but emphasized the importance of respect, acceptance, and loving of one another. Aside from principal duties she also teaches their technology curriculum. The only gray cloud hanging over this terrific school community is the absence of parental involvement. Parental participation is abysmal. The, very few, involved parents are extremely active and unbelievably dedicated. But despite best efforts, that's no replacement for the 97% whom are never seen. We d highly recommend MDG to parents who want to see their child(ren) emerge ready for their successful future having been well-educated, and taught to be respectful, responsible young adults.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 7, 2013

Snall school with a big heart! Caring religious something we don't see much of anymore. Great home & school staff. God bless!

Posted July 28, 2013

It's better then the public school in our area. Most people send their children to MDG because the principal is the best.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 14, 2012

Mother of Divine Grace is a great school. I am a single mother to my son and without the help of the principal I wouldnt have had a chance to give my son a Catholic education. They always go that extra mile to help you with everything. The teachers are so understanding and caring with the children. I feel so comfortable leaving my child in the moring i know that my son is in great hands...!!!! Coming from a 8 yr old " I love my school they are great " It makes you feel great inside when ur child looks forward to go to school everyday !
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 13, 2012

Mother Divine Grace school is a very special school to many children and adults. The teachers are always pushing the child to do their best. The Principal is a great person, she is very caring to all the children but is sturn when she needs to be, I have many stories of the principal & teachers at MDG and not one of them are bad. My children are not really out going, but MDG has made them more confident. When I leave my children at school at 7:55 i know that the are being taken care of by excellent teachers, loving and caring peopld.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 13, 2012

The staff at Mother of Divine Grace are a very dedicated and caring group of educators.They encourage their students to always do their best, and will often give their own personal time to help a student in need. The teachers and principal do have high levels of expectations and in turn, the children have higher standards for themselves. The office staff has an open door policy and are always very kind and courteous when I am in need. I would highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 30, 2008

Very clicky school. If you are not part of the click then your child suffers. They want the parents to be involved and volunteer but when the parents outside of the clicks volunteer they get pushed off into the corner and forgotten about or they become the gofer at functions.
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Posted November 10, 2008

I wish I could say that we are happy with MDG but every week we discover more that we do not like. I would not recommend this school to anyone whose child is above average in intelligence. MDG has nothing to offer that child. The reading program is not good. Not enough variation in academics or extra curricular. The staff is not the best of the best and the principal is average.
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Posted May 28, 2008

There are many things that I love about MDG. MDG has great teachers and staff that show enormous effort and care in these students education. I am disappointed in the fact that while along with the community of this school have gone through many fundraisers and benefits to acquire computers, my child has yet to use them. It is the end of May and the school year is just about over. I am also disappointed in the fact that my child has only had a gym teacher for half of the school year so therefore went without gym class for the other half. I would like to continue my child s education at MDG because I believe in the teachers abilities, but these issues would have to be improved upon.
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Posted May 6, 2008

Mother of Divine Grace School is awesome! The staff works very hard and expect the students to always try their best. The principal encourages all parents to be involved in their child's education. The principal and staff want the students to accept responsiblity for their actions and education. As a parent I thank them for this. The school has continued to grow because of the staff and principal.
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Posted February 22, 2008

As parents we are the primary teachers of our kids and have assumed an important vocation to raise them in the practice of the Catholic faith. Our children will follow our example in coming to know Jesus, encounter Him in the Sacraments, and participate in the life of the Church. MDG is supportive of this role as my child s teacher in the ways of the faith by daily prayer, religious instruction, Mass and seasonal devotions. MDG aims to provide a diversified and strong academic program that goes beyond 'test scores' to develop a student s full potential. MDG offers a safe learning environment; many extra curricular activities for the children and families; and an open, respectful communication setting with the principal and her staff. This is our third year and so far, so good.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 21, 2008

Great school-As they say-small school with a big heart!!!
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Posted January 13, 2008

I believe the school encourages each and every parent to get involve. As all schools need support, so does MDG. Fund raising is a very big issue and is no different @ other schools as well. If each and every parent continues to donate their time and efforts to the school, we would be striving to be even better. MDG has been climbing the ladder of success and is thriving very well.
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Posted October 15, 2007

My child went to this school for several years. She did well. The last few years the school went down hill. The teachers and principal don't seem to see eye to eye. Bullying and clicks is a big issue in this school.

Posted February 24, 2006

I have to agree with other parents on the principle. She is on a power trip and spends most of her time blaming the parenting yet never notifying the parents of the issue. I find this to be disturbing that a women who has no children and no experience on running a household can so quickly downgrade the parents of her students. This school is very clicky and unfortunatly for your child you need to hope you are part of that click or your child will be singled out.
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Posted February 21, 2006

MDG is a great school! Learning is fun at MDG. The teachers and staff make the child interested in what they are learning. My daughter started playing chess in second grade and now is teaching her grandfather how to play. The teachers not only teach their students, they care about them. The Principal goes above and beyond her call of duty and gives each child the attention and love they deserve. I think sometimes the school gets a bad rap and it isn't fair. If each parent did their part, I think things would be a little easier for everyone.
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Posted February 19, 2006

My child was a student at MDG for quite a few years until this year and I must admit, our experience was not all pleasant overall. The principal is strict but I disagree that she rules with an iron fist. She does however takes the side of those irresponsible and seriously underqualified teachers that work there rather than seriously looking into situations, more than one childs complaint over the same teacher is not the students but rather the teacher. By doing so she undermines the few caring and talented teachers in her staff. In terms of academics it's what one would expect from a catholic grade school, just ok but better than public schools. Parental involvent is key to your child's success there, teachers are less likely to maybe even pick on your child if your presence and caring is known,not to mention your child will feel more confident.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 30, 2006

MDG has implemented an unrealistic discipline policy where children are rated each day either receiveing a sticker or a number. It seems that numbers are given out for just about anything and everthing such as not underlining your name in a homework assignment. When 4 numbers are received, it's detention & eventually suspension or expulsion. I do not feel that the focus is on learning and children are not tested for learning disabilities which may explain many behavioral or academic problems. Instead the school focuses on punishing & degrading, which after a few years can leave a child feeling worthless. The current principle is on a power trip - and rules the school with an iron fist rather than a compassionate heart that you would expect from a Catholic school. The academics are shaky & it is difficlut to get tutoring. Too much stress, aggravation & $$$ for a poor education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 5, 2005

M,D,G is a great small school with smaller classes and to me it was like a private school, because of this. My daughters both graduated with honors and went on to Nazareth Academy. They loved the school and the teachers were great also.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 5, 2005

Mother of Divine Grace school is a small private catholic grade school that has given my child the foundations she will need to carry her through the tough high school years. These foundations are both academic and spiritual.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 97% 71%
Hispanic 2% 9%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Black 0% 15%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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Philadelphia, PA 19134
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