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Mount St. Michael Catholic School

Private | PK-8 | 188 students

MSMCS is spiritually rich and academically solid.

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
Based on 1 rating
2012:
Based on 4 ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted November 9, 2012

Mount St. Michael Catholic School is in its twenty-sixth year of partnering with families in the DFW area for the purpose of forming children in courageous virtue grounded in the truth of Christ. Because parental involvement is essential to a child's school success, parents are encouraged through various service opportunities to be engaged in the life of the school. The school communicates on a regular basis, usually weekly via email, with parents regarding current information and activities. We have enjoyed very positive relationships with families and have been able to work productively with each whenever a difficulty has arisen. We encourage open and productive communication among the members of our school community. This is an aspect of our life together that makes us strong and benefits our students.

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Posted February 24, 2014

This school is based on gossip and people thinking they are more superior than others. They do not appreciate parents that volunteer their time and donate their money. Instead they treat them with disrespect. It is a shame that just because they are a Catholic school they think they are the "perfect role models" and they don't sin but want to judge others on their sins and ways of living.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2013

Our experience has not been positive at all. If you've read a review written by a parent there's some likelihood the parent is a staff member. This school spends most of its budget on staff and personnel. They made the claim that the cost of educating a child at this school far exceeds the tuition they charge. Well if they didn't hire all their friends and family the costs wouldn't be so high. For the size of the school and number of students it is amazing the number of personnel employed there.They spend the remaining budget on everything else except building and maintaince repair or copy paper or qualified teachers. The grounds are a mess. The playground is a health and safety hazard. There are potholes and cracks everywhere. Not sure if all teachers possess a T.E.A. certification. They claim to be a virtue based program but gossip and are unprofessional. Be weary of the fake smiles and pretense of piety. This school is a crock. Find a school that respects the children and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2012

We have been involved at Mount St Michael for 13 years and I can't imagine sending our kids anywhere else! We love the teachers and staff. The students are encouraged to grow in their personal relationship with God while being challenged academically and prepared well for high school. The office staff and principal work hard to communicate clearly and often with the parents. I do not have to worry about what influences our children are being exposed to or that they will be taught something contrary to our Catholic faith.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2012

We have been at MSMC for 3 years. It's been a wonderful experience both academically and spiritually. The teaching of a solid Catholic foundation is supported by the classical curriculum, montessori pre-K/K, daily mass, and virtue formation. MSMCS is a jewel of a school with excellent, loving teachers and a supportive staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2012

Our children have attended Mount St. Michael Catholic School for the past 4 years. We chose MSMCS because it offers a Catholic Montessori and Classical curriculum, daily mass, and excellent, professional, loving staff and teachers. We have been very pleased with our children's experience. There are many excellent schools much closer to our home but none that offer the unique opportunities to grow spiritually, educationally, and socially that MSMCS does.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2012

This school is a huge disappointment. The teachers are cold. Some teachers are unprofessional and down right rude. The principal is not accessible. They require a tremendous amount of parent involvement but do not provide alot of parent support. They insist on parents being up to date on school notices. The standards are very low. Before you consider this school do your research. Talk to parents. Call the diocese. They aren't affiliated with the diocese. This school just isn't suitable for everyone. I do not recommend this school at all. Do not pay your money to be treated poorly by school staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2011

Great School! Small classes, students with excellents behaviors, the children are expose to much more then the average private school, great teachers and best of all LATIN for 3 years olds.
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Posted May 19, 2010

I don't know where GreatSchools gets their information, but this school starts with Montessori for 3-year-olds and offers a classical education for grades 1 through 8. My oldest, now working on a doctorate in physics, started there with Kindergarten, and my youngest is currently in 7th grade there. With daily Mass, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, and excellent academics, it is the only school I would ever consider for my children.
—Submitted by a parent


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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Vietnamese
Vietnamese
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Duke Talent Identification Program (2012)
  • Debusk Enrichment Center for Academically Talented Scholars (2012)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
  • Vietnamese

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:50 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Gretchen Montgomery, MCSL
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • TCC
Fax number
  • (214) 339-1702

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • Core knowledge
  • Montessori
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Humanities
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
  • Vietnamese
Extra learning resources offered
  • Appropriate Accommodations
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Checkers, Chess, & Go
  • Pro-Life Club
  • Robotics club
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Mount St. Michael Catholic School (MSMCS) recognizes that parents have been given the responsibility for the education and formation of their children. Finding a school to partner with them in fulfilling that responsibility is an ominous task. MSMCS was started by parents seeking a school that would support the spiritual and moral formation taking place in the home. To that end MSMCS has continued to this day. Spiritually, students participate in the celebration of the Mass on a daily basis, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd weekly, and confessions and Adoration monthly. They are guided by a faith-filled, dedicated, and capable faculty. Academically, The preschool Montessori program and the grade school/middle school Classical program make it possible for MSMCS to address the spiritual, academic, and social formation of children in way that is developmentally appropriate. A 15 to 1 Montessori and 20 to 1 Classical student to teacher ratio facilitate each student's opportunity to advance to the child's full potential. Please visit our web site to learn more: www.msmcatholic.org.
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$2000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
All Catholic high schools in Dallas
The Cambridge School
The Hockaday School
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4500 W Davis
Dallas, TX 75211
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Phone: (214) 337-0244

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