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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is not a good bullying policy and a lot of emphisis on sports. Other than that the school is pretty advanced and technological.
We put 2 children through St. Monica. Thank goodness we are through with it! Other than a few teachers that have been there since the turn of the century, most teachers are fresh college grads lacking experience. Although St. Monica brags it is a 'feeder' school into Ursuline and Jesuit, don't count on it. The year our youngest left for high school, less than half were accepted to the better private high schools. St. Monica 'brags' it is the largest Catholic grade school in Texas. This is a good thing? Over crowded classrooms. Forget individual attention, unless yours is the teachers favorite. Not a good experience!
This is a great Catholic school offering pre-k 3 - 8th grades. It feeds into Ursuline, St. Marks, Greenhill, and Jesuit, among others. It is diverse both ethnically and financially, and keeps kids well-grounded in a loving community with lots of parental involvement and a well-structured day. Approximately 5% of the student population is non-Catholic. Its sports teams are excellent, its teachers and administrators committed, and many opportunities exist for enrichment: weekly Spanish, art, music and computer classes are the standard from Kindergarten on. We tried another much more expensive private school nearby and were not happy with the lack of discipline and diversity. Our children love this school and became part of the community very quickly. The Dad's Club is fabulous.
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