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St. Monica School

Private | PK-8 | 865 students

 

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Posted May 14, 2014

St Monica Catholic School - LOVE THIS SCHOOL! We came to SMS 5 yearss ago when our daughters were entering 1st and 4th grade. We left the smaller, higher end private school because we didn't feel that the $ we were paying brought significantly that much more in the way of academics, culture, etc. And while everything at SMS may not be pretty and shiny new, the teachers, staff, and community are second to none. Because it is larger our kids immediately found what intersted them in the way of sports, clubs, groups, etc. Our transition was so smooth and the SMS community opened their arms to us and we have embraced it since then! There is always so much going on whether its sports, games, clubs, social events, there is truly something for everyone! We are so glad we made SMS our home. We wish we would have started here in PreK!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2014

I love working at this school - I feel such a sense of community and a great partnership with families and the faculty and staff here at St. Monica. I appreciate prayer before meetings and the ability to work together as a team to make this school the best possible Catholic elementary school it can be. This is a jewel in the city of Dallas. Affordable, Quality Education. This school works on not only education - but how to be a good human being by giving back to others.......do come check out this school. I have been here 4+ years and I cannot say enough good about it.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 13, 2014

Love. We moved from an A list Dallas private school to SMS for my son's *rd grade year and this is home! You will find a place here. I am proud that these families are in my children's lives. This community will last a lifetime for my children -- high school, college, careers -- they are truly supported forever. As for the academics, the school strikes the right balance with rigor in the curriculum. The new administration has implemented a writing program that is horizontal and vertically-integrated throughout the school. The middle school is outstanding. Jesuit and Ursuline consistently look to SMS for strong students. We have more boys going to Cistercian each year than any other school in DFW. Another 10 of 40 entering 5th grade next year are from SMS. There are problems such as bullying from some kids and some teachers are less than desired. But being elsewhere, I know this is not SMS-specific. Further, they have implemented a new bully-prevention program this year and the new admin seems to take evals of teachers seriously and looks to be ensuring teacher quality. Highly-recommended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2014

St. Monica School has been a blessing to our family! The teachers and staff are fully committed to ensuring all children get the best education available. Beginning with preschool all the way to 8th grade, the teachers are passionate about the students, subject and school. They know their "stuff" for sure; however, they also know how to work collaboratively with the student and parents to ensure the children are progressing. They have helped mold my kids into great students with outstanding study skills that will carry them through high school, college and beyond. A recent example of SMS's commitment to education is the opening of the beautiful, state-of-the-art June Cooper Learning Center for gifted and learning different students. I encourage you to make an appointment to tour the Center as well as the entire campus. You won't be disappointed. I promise, you and your child will grow to love the SMS community as we have. There's a reason, SMS has been thriving for more than 50 years. You need to go and check it out for yourself. Reading about it here is the first step, but seeing it for yourself is quite another. It's truly the best investment you'll ever make in your children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2014

St. Monica is warm , friendly, and true gem in the sea of private-schools! Our family moved to the area 7 years ago, and have firmly planted our roots in the neighborhood, due in part to St. Monica. We have most definitely found our FOREVER school and community. Although my husband and I are not alumni, it makes no difference. The community welcomes everyone with open arms! The educational experience my child has received at SMS is truly exceptional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2014

St. Monica is a wonderful place to call HOME! It is so much more than just a school. The community is welcoming and there seems to be a place for everyone... no matter your interests. In my opinion, the larger size is a strength. My children are very different and have each found a group of friends and activities they enjoy. The teachers and faculty have been incredibly supportive. I particularly love the Christ centered, Catholic focus. Our new principal, Phil Riley, is extremely hands on and approachable. This administration is committed to making St. Monica the best it can be. The new June Cooper leaning center allows the school to reach all learners and they have always been very accommodating for my child with ADD. With this being said, no school is perfect but SMS is as close as perfect can get. As with all things in life, you get out what you put in. SMS is surrounded by loving families and staff that are extremely generous with their time and talents. We feel truly blessed to be a part of this community. Go Bearcats!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2014

When looking for a parish school for our 3 sons, we visited St RIta, Christ the King and St Thomas, Because of the warm welcome and inclusive community, we chose St Monica and tall of our sons received an excellent education as well as a strong foundation in the Catholic faith. It is a great value for the education and a wonderful community. The community includes involved parents, grandparents and extended family and all work to support and better the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

St Monica is a wonderful environment for students and families. The principal is very hands on and a nice breath of fresh air to the school. He is bringing the school up to higher standards. I have two very different students at SMS and both fit in well. The school is very welcoming and is a magnificent community. I have never seen or heard of a school with the kind of community as this. I feel very blessed to have my two sons at St Monica.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2013

You cannot find a better community of amazing parents, faculty, and, of course, children than at St. Monica Catholic School in Dallas, TX. From the second we decided to move our children to St. Monica 4 years ago, we've never looked back and have been very happy with our decision. Our children are receiving top notch acadamics from excellent teachers in a faith-based environment supported by the entire community. We felt welcomed and received from day one. "It takes a village to raise a child" is a such a cliche but it really encompasses what St. Monica is all about. St. Monica reinforces the important values that we teach at home along with superior academics. The athletic programs are top notch, as well. The involvement of the parents in the PTO and the Dad's Club is strong and we've made great friends. There are a lot of awesome schools out there but what truly sets St. Monica apart from any of them is the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2013

St. Monica is a real community parish school. The Dad's Club and PTO are busy ALL the time, and are very inclusive. The families are very supportive of each other - we truly have the help of a "village" in raising our kids at SMS. The Math and English Honors programs allow faster moving kids more room to grow. The classes are a bit large (25 x 4 per grade usually). The principal is still new (this is his second year - after a long-serving principal). Sports dominate the extra curricular activities: many grades have over 90 per cent lettering for one or more school sports (5th-8th grades) (which can be good and bad at the same time). The Chess Club, One Act Play competition and Quiz Bowl teams, among other more academic activities, are great extra curricular activities that open more avenues for the kids. The school is diverse - one of our favorite characteristics. The foreign language program is not all that we would want it to be, but progress is promised. Overall, our kids have excelled academically at St. Monica and are doing well in the upper level area schools. And our family truly appreciates Father Bierschenk and his presence and leadership of the parish.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2013

We have 1 graduate & 2 current students. This is a Parochial school NOT an elite institution. It relies on community involvement/volunteers & accommodates a broad set of students. At times parents who volunteer have a lot of influence & tradeoffs are made to accommodate the most kids. It is a good fit for families who WANT to be involved. The diversity balanced with relatively high standards is a good trade off. As a volunteer coach I believe most parents have a healthy perspective on kids sports. A few don't & they are vocal & that is a shame but they CAN be ignored. I see reviews mention bullying and have heard rumors about it. However, when I've had the opp. to know specifics they didn't hold much weight. A few poorly adjusted kids have passed through but mostly I am impressed with how kind these kids are. Academics: My graduate among others has been accepted to highly selective college. We have never had an outside tutor. I would argue the tools are there if parents keep standards high and work WITH the teachers. I liked the former principal & I like the current one. They're different. Some teachers are moving on.The school was ready for new perspective. Change is ok.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2013

We have had a great experience at St. Monica! We have an 8th grader and he is well prepared for high school. No place is perfect but they do an amazing job overall. The school has a very diverse population. People really care about your child. The new principal is doing a great job! This is a special place!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2012

I agree with the last poster's comments. I have talked to several ex-students, now in high school, who have horrible memories of being bullied at St. Monica - some of it by teachers. Some of the teachers that have been there forever are the worst! If your child is not in the mainstream, or a future "master of the universe", forget it. I gave five stars to parent involvement - in reality it is parent "over-involvement". Certain families who are large donors basically run the school. Certain "well-meaning" parents will go to administration to complain about just about everything. For your tuition dollar you get - overcrowded classrooms, and a weak administration who looks the other way when there are issues. Save your money - some of the local public schools are just as good, if not better. If you're looking for a religious school, this is not an inclusive, faith-filled place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

I previously wrote a purely positive review of this school but must give the other side of the story. The administration here refuses to recognize the issues with the school - the math program is weak at best - plan to have a tutor for your child if you value math - and if your child is not a jock, you may have a problem. The entire school is sports nuts. Bullying is a huge problem. But for the administration, it is non-existent. They do nothing, so it is up to you to confront parents on your child's behalf. Don't count on any one there to protect your child. Not going to happen. If your child is a shrinking violet - go to a safer place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2009

I have taught in many Catholic Schools in Texas and my time at St. Monica has been the best. The administration is supportive as well as promoting professional development for its faculty. The teachers work well together to promote an educational experience that will sustain students in high school. The rigors of the academic environment are necessary to prepare students for the rigors of real life. Parents, for the most part, are supportive and dedicated to the work of the faculty. Teachers offer plenty of one-on-one time with students in the mornings, after school, and even during their already short lunch period. St. Monica offers a truly Catholic education.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 28, 2007

This is an excellent school. My daughter is learning so fast! The only negative I can say about the school is that they are constantly asking for more money to support this or that... But that is common for private schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2007

St. Monica is a good school although the homework load is a bit ridiculous. The school has a great academic atmosphere as well as athletic. They teach good social skills to.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 16, 2007

St. Monica is a hit or miss proposition. There are some excellent committed teachers, and some who are very poor. The class size is very high (25+), and the administration's attitude about it is 'well we had 50 in a class when the school was first founded'. There is a lot of emphasis on sports, probably too much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2006

I continue to be impressed with St.Monica's. I went to school there as a young child and still keep coming back. It is a strong community and a great basis for children. It teaches life skills that you can't usually get from just a normal school. Children here learn respect and love for one another. My neices go to St.Monica now and I am so impressed with the way they are turning out. The academics alone is impressive, but when you factor in the sports and the lessons in humanity and respect, St. Monica's is the best school I know.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 12, 2006

St. Monica offers your children a safe environment and a sense of family community. The academic program offer children a challenge yet allows room for every child to be a success in some area of school achievement. Speciality subjects such as art, music, computer, and Spanish are offered at every grade level. Specialty subject faculty are sometimes hard to connect with regarding assignments and classroom issues. However, once contact is made the discussion is open and responsive understanding is achieved. Extracurricular programs are designed to support school values of self discipline, respect for others and support of your community. The parents are very involved. Evolvement opportunities are many, so the contributions of working parents as well as stay home Mom's are valued.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 68% 31%
Hispanic 26% 51%
Asian or Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Black 2% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
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College counselor(s)
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Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Special education coordinator
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

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

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

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  • Gifted specialist(s)
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Gender
  • Coed
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (214) 352-2608

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Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

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Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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4140 Walnut Hill Lane
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