If you are considering this school for your child, you may want to read this.
Teachers do pretty much whatever they want. The Junior High History teacher is a disaster. The way she teaches is only by kids reading lessons out loud in the class, or reading the textbook on their own, either in the class or at home. What the heck am I paying the school for if my child is self-taught?! She also gives them these huge assignments that take days of research on the internet. Then she is too lazy to grade them and has other classmates do it, which results in many mistakes and lower grades, and she does not check them. She takes 10 points off on each assignment if the child does not fold the paper in half, and another 10 points if not putting in the header the title of the subject she teaches. I would hope that she knows what subject she is teaching and does not need a reminder, since she does not teach them any other subjects. Many parents share our thoughts, but don't dare speak up as this woman is also an Assistant Principle.
The Spanish teacher is another case. After years of taking Spanish with her, none of the kids speak any of it, except for those who come from Hispanic families, so it's their first language. She praises those kids in the class and grades everybody as if this was their first language. She also discovered this new thing recently, teaching through stories, so she decided to ditch the textbook in the middle of the school year and started teaching without any handouts or lesson plans and it's a total chaos. Kids are having some fun, but have no idea what's going on and have forgotten even what little they knew before, and grades are even worse. She is also some kind of program director, so parents are scared to speak up.
The only reason I am giving this school two stars instead of 1 is their new Science teacher. She is outstanding, patient, teaches great, and kids love her. We are looking for another school, though, as the teachers mentioned above are just too much to put up with.
Both 6th grade teachers were new to school last year. Ms. Navarro is truly an awesome teacher, very patient, experienced and effective in teaching math, religion, and science. Mr. Brimeyer, however, came to MIS straight from college, and could not teach much. Kids had to learn most stuff on their own. He struggled to keep up with posting grades and assignments in the online tool (at times, he was 2-3 weeks behind, which defies the purpose of the online communication). He could not figure out how to make simple and useful handouts to help students understand basics and he made many grading mistakes (always at student's expense).
Totally nuts amount of homework given on daily basis. Teachers do not coordinate with each other how many assignments they give for which subject daily, so there are many evenings where a child spends 4 hours doing homework and going to bed very late.
I've sent four kids through this school and we've had nothing but great experiences. It feels like a family there. They are excellently prepared for high school. And the religious instruction is thorough and faithful to Church teaching. The teachers and administration are excellent. I give Mary Immaculate my highest recommendation.
MIS is a wonderful school with smart, dedicated and passionate teachers. I have one getting ready to graduate from 8th and go to his HS of choice because of all of the support and care that his teachers have given him since he first started attending MIS. I love as a parent how all the teachers get to know your child and help them reach their goals. They know when to encourage and when to push. They take great care in each students school journey. MIS is not just where my kids attend school but it is our school family. My youngest is so excited to be starting his MIS journey this August in kindergarten. We are so happy to be a MIS family!