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PK-8
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Oak Ridge, TN
 

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323 Vermont Ave
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

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(865) 483-9700
(865) 483-2875
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June 11, 2015
St. Mary's is a Catholic school and they strive to impart Christian virtues to the students. All that is done is referred back to the life of Jesus.

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June 11, 2015
I love St. Mary's! The students are happy and have a great rapport with the faculty and staff. The newspapers speak to their academic successes: 16 of the 18 school Science Fair winners won awards at the Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair, a 5th grader was the Grand Champion in the Da Vinci Science Fair as well as taking 1st place in Earth Science. 8th graders test into Spanish II and some into Spanish III. My daughter took Algebra II and Geometry her freshman year in high school and did great. I have found the school very responsive to concerns addressed over the years. Bullying happens everywhere, but at St. Mary's it is addressed. I have found student safety to be a top priority at the school. Go and visit the school. It is a caring and nurturing environment!

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May 03, 2015
St. Mary's is wonderful! The administration, teachers, and staff are dedicated to providing an atmosphere in which children are able to thrive academically, practice their faith, perform service projects, and enjoy a number of extra-curricular activities. Some of our school's highlights are: *We have a primary grades science lab as well as a science lab for the big kids. * Pre-K and kindergarten teachers use small group, hands-on methods. * All students (Pre-K through 8th) have classes in religion, Spanish, language arts, math, social studies, science, phys. ed., computer, music, library, and art. * Many of our graduates qualify for AP classes in high school. * Students attend All-School Mass every Friday. Grades 1 through 8 attend Mass twice a week. * Our "Big Buddy/Little Buddy" program, pairing the Pre-K, kindergarten, and 1st grade children with grades 6, 7, and 8, benefits the older students as much as it does the little ones. * Extended child care is available both before and after school. * There are a number of after school activities offered, such as sports, clay club, and gardening club, just to name a few. * Bullying is not tolerated!

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April 30, 2015
St. Mary's is an outstanding Catholic. I completely disagree with some reviews. My child attends St. Mary's and excels at Math and Science. My child is allowed to advance and do extra math. Bullying is not allowed. The teachers and principal are top notch. It is a close loving family environment where each student is treated as an individual. The faith based education teaches patience, kindness and understanding. I don't think my child would do as well as she is doing at public schools. I also visit the other private schools regularly and St. Mary's offers a top education and curriculum. Every complaint also properly dealt with based upon the truth and proper Christian response.

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April 28, 2015
Spent 3 years at St Mary's. Huge disappointment. My children are on the spectrum. My eldest needs no accommodation but also gained no confidence at this school. The kids had to eat lunch before they could get up from table, not helpful when child has food therapy & problems eating. He often went hungry. My other child was told he was a 'bad boy' because he had trouble settling into the preK schedule. Special Ed teacher didn't know her job and waited 3 weeks into school to even start helping. A child got injured at the festival because a volunteer parent was 'goofing off'. Nothing was done because his contributions to the school were more important to the principle, vice principle & superintendent than the child's safety. The staff and board members are more important than the children. Board meetings are closed with no transparency. The curriculum is below the standards of Oak Ridge public schools, especially in math. Bullying is allowed and both the bully and victim are blamed equally for any fighting. I have seen bullying in 3 separate sets of children. Parents also contributed to the bullying in one instance. I would recommend finding another Catholic school.

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March 13, 2015
My child attended this school for 5 years, had mandatory Spanish class every year and still can't form the first sentence, nor can any of his peers. No advanced level classes for students who excel in math or reading...everyone stuck in one group and held back by academically struggling kids. Not especially well behaved kids with no one issuing consequences. Catholic school in name only; just a bunch of wannabes paying too much money so they can say they send their kids to private school. Little more. Sensible people, please save your money!

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February 15, 2015
Funny to read several reviews, all posted on the same day. Someone is stuffing the proverbial ballot box! Smells like desperation. This school is only good compared to area public. It is a shadow of its former self. Blue Ribbon was 2010, under different principal and staff. New principal/vp/board are inept group-thinkers and will accept anyone's money without improving programs. Most of the great teachers have retired. Some grades have 25 in a single classroom. Children's safety and injuries are often swept under the rug. No grievance procedure in place, just dismissive attitudes. Diocese needs to make sweeping changes to save SMS in the long term. Please restore the heart of Oak Ridge to its rightful place.

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May 02, 2014
St. Mary's School provides an academically challenging and nurturing environment. The faculty and staff genuinely care about the well-being and development of all our students and our fellow colleagues. I have been so blessed with my experience as a teacher, that without reservation I knew it was the place to enroll my child for his education. As a parent and teacher, I could not be more pleased.

- submitted by a teacher

April 30, 2014
My school is the best, faith and family oriented education my children can receive. The academics are second to none and they are steadily building to improve athletics. I look forward to many more years of being a St Mary's parent.

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April 29, 2014
I love my school. We have a science lab where you can do all sorts of fun things such as building catapults, birdwatching, and dissecting animals. There are many cool after school programs like clay club, volleyball, basketball, and garden club. You should definitely consider going to this school! (Written by a student in grade 4)

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April 29, 2014
When we moved to the area several years ago, we visited three private schools . Upon visiting St. Mary's School, we knew this was the school we wanted to be a part of. There was an instant feeling of a warm, caring, and nurturing environment. The low student to teacher ratio provides a learning environment that allows teachers the ability to adapt to the child's needs. We especially feel blessed to have the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia presence in the school, offering a faith based education. We appreciate the daily blessings St. Mary's School provides in our child's education!

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April 24, 2014
Before St Marys, my child scored satisfactory or below on most tests. Immediately gained an enthusiastic attitude about school and became more content. Seldom brings home less than 100 on tests. Enjoys reading now without note. All due to the blessing of St Marys. I especially appreciate my child learning Spanish, now instead of later. St Marys genuninely cares for the intellect, the heart and the soul of all these kids. I wish every child could enjoy an educational environment that is loving and respectful to students. When college comes, we will be academically preparred as well as already having years of appropriate behavior, thoughtful decision making, the discipline of self-control and confidence that has already made a positive impressionable difference. St Marys has made a difference!

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April 23, 2014
Our school is excellent because we have small class sizes, lots of individual attention, and excellent teachers. The staff and teachers at St. Mary's are there to for the students and go above and beyond what is expected!! We are very pleased with our school.

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April 23, 2014
Many schools have high academic standards and excellent track records of test scores. St Mary's has that and much more. St Mary's is a complete package with high standards for all teachers, staff, and students. This results in superior role models of Catholic Christian attitudes of caring, compassion, helpfulness to each other, involvement at all levels, willingness to serve, and deportment for all who make up the St Mary's school community. The students see this every day and cannot help but strive to emulate their professional and peer models. The role of the Sisters of St Cecilia is paramount in setting the standard in all respects. The faith-based learning at St Mary's prepares even the youngest for excellence in life and in academics. As a parent who has observed many public, private and parochial school environments and student bodies over many years, I can truly attest that St Mary's is where I want my student grow and prosper. St Mary's makes a difference each and every day and it shows!

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April 23, 2014
St Mary's Oak Ridge is a warm and welcoming place, that is well situated for the highest level of education. The classes are small enough to allow for much one on one interaction between the children and the teachers. Yet the entire school interacts like a large family. The schools approach to education goes well beyond the standard and enables all levels of learning to be incorporated in the classes. The interaction between our school and the public school system to facilitate their resources to benefit the education of our children is outstanding.

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April 21, 2014
What a precious, wonderful school! They truly are a family. The students are greeted every morning by name as they enter the door! We love the scool's laid back atmosphere with the focus on academic learning and being a Christian family. We have enjoyed our St Marys experience!

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April 17, 2014
St. Mary's School is a very special and unique place. With the presence of the Domincan Sisters, the students quicly learn that someone cares very deeply about their success both in school and in life. Beginning each day with a prayer, places each students heart in the proper place before tackling the academic challenges of the day. From Pre-K to 8th Grade all students have classes with teachers who specialize in specific disciplines such as: computer, Spanish, science, library, music, art and physical education. St. Mary's has been recognized nationally as a Blue Ribbon School and its students have won many regional awards for science and math. The community of parents at St. Mary's is amazing. With parents who are involved in the student's lives and who recognize the value of a Christian education, these students grow and learn in a very close family environment. Each middle school student is paired with a young student and is called their big buddy. This program gives the young students someone to look up to and helps the older students learn responsibility. Attending mass twice a week, tops off the many positive aspects of this very special and amazing school.

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April 15, 2014
The best school in Oak Ridge. The teachers are wonderful. My children love their teachers and classmates. I am so very grateful for St. Mary's School.

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April 15, 2014
St. Mary's is a wonderful school that provides a lot of structure and discipline. The teachers, staff, and parent community are very dedicated and work hard to provide a solid academic and religious grounding. It is an excellent choice if you are Catholic. Depending on your values and your child's ability to find other friends with whom they click, it may also work well for those who aren't Catholic. It is a small school, so it can't always offer the same amount and variety of sports, music, and other extra curriculars that a strong public school might offer. However, the small nature creates a tight-nit communtiy and very personal academic experience.

- submitted by a parent

April 15, 2014
St. Mary's School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee excels in forming each child academically, emotionally, and spiritually. The small school environment creates a loving family atmosphere where each child can feel accepted and important. This is an excellent place to help your child reach his/her full potential.

- submitted by a teacher

April 15, 2014
This school employs the most caring and highly intelligent teachers! Right now I am preparing a costume for my daughter with "leg-o-muffin" sleeves for the Spring Concert. I am learning along with my child! I also love volunteering at this school. It's nice to work alongside the dear devoted sisters in Christ. Amen.

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April 15, 2014
My daughter attends Saint Mary's Catholic School - Oak Ridge, TN. We've been thoroughly pleased with the warm and loving environment and the amazing presence of the Dominican Sisters. We find the education to be top notch - even when weighed against other private schools in the area.

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April 15, 2014
We are so thankful for St. Mary s School. The teachers and staff are caring, compassionate and there for our children. We chose St. Mary s for the outstanding Academics and we received so much more. The School develops the whole person. Our children have gained morals and values that will be with them forever and carry them through the many trials of life. They look forward to school every day and miss school during the holidays. I am very grateful to St. Mary s Church for the gift they have given our family.

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December 10, 2013
This school really works to meet the individual needs of the students. Lots of attention for gifted, average, and special need children. Family atmosphere. Dominican Sisters are wonderful!!

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October 12, 2009
Excellent academic record and staff that is genuinely focused on the children

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October 09, 2009
SMS is a wonderful school! Our teachers are supportive, and set the bar high for our children. SMS students work hard but play hard as well! We love having the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia---their passion for Catholic education is contagious! Our science department is amazing--our elementary students have their own lab; our middle schoolers consistently do well at the regional science fair. 8 of 11 past Grand Champions of the Appalachian Regional Science Fair have come from SMS!

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November 14, 2008
Amazing school! The teachers are so kind and you can tell they love your child. They don't stay in the same class all day like other schools. They actually go to science, music, art, computers and spanish. They get to go to the lunchroom and experience the lunchroom line and trays. My daughter loves school and it's been such a great experience for her. She's excited about learning at St. Mary's.

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July 25, 2008
I can't say enough about the quality of education provided at St. Mary's. The staff is caring and devoted to providing our children with the very best education. Students are taught to treat one another with respect. Extracurriculars are varied and parental involvement tops. St. Mary's is not just a school but a home for our chidren.

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May 22, 2007
St. Mary's is wonderful. We wouldn't have our child anywhere else

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April 04, 2006
An excellent school! We have very bright children, and they have been reached and challenged consistently every year that they have attended St. Mary's. We love it there! It is a very bright, cheerful, happy place. Parents are very involved and are encouraged to do so. There is a great deal of variety in the so-called 'special' classes: music, art, etc.

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St. Marys School
323 Vermont Ave, Oak Ridge, TN  37830
(865) 483-9700
Last modified St. Marys School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St. Marys School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top