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Mater Christi School

Private | PK-8 | 235 students

We discover personal greatness in pre-school to grade 8 students of all faiths.

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 5 ratings
2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted April 7, 2014

Really? For the parent who commented on the principal's not enforcing parking rules? I too have had over 10 years association with MCS as a parent, and frankly my concerns run more to focusing on the quality of the teaching and the educational experience. I agree with the reviewer below who tips his hat to the current principal for refreshing the teaching staff and boosting greatly the educational level of this (now) fabulous school. Park where you want, I will take the refurbished strength in the middle school teaching staff any day. Our family couldn't be happier with our experience at MCS for the last 4 years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2014

I have had two kids at MCS, a combined 15 years. The school floundered badly in the years approximately 2007-2010 until a new professional principal was brought in. Previous to his enstatement we had withdrawn our kids and enrolled them at a nearby competing catholic school. We decided to give the new principal, Paul Jette, one year to see if he could make significant strides in improving the quality of the middle school teaching staff, the educational discipline of the staff, and the core quality of the educational experience. We are so glad we stayed. The new principal improved discipline, removed teachers that had been at the school for decades but were poor teachers, and turned the atmosphere and enrollment around. In 2010 the school had lost almost 1/3rd of its enrollment in ONE year. Since the new principal we have regained enrollment and more importantly--we have a middle school faculty of great teachers who love teaching and love kids that cannot be matched anywhere in the area. I recommend this school unreservedly and couldn't be happier now with my kids' education. Bravo to the new administration, they have performed a monumental feat in turning the school around!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2014

Nepotism is a problem at this school. When the principal is related to a teacher that has kept her job despite numerous complaints over the years, this is definitely not a school that puts students first. Elitism is also a problem...take a look at all the parking violations in the mornings. A lot of parents think the rules don't apply to them and the principal doesn't enforce the rules for fear of losing more tuition payments.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2014

Mater Christi is a great child centered school! The principal and middle school teachers put the students' interest first. When a school is non-profit raising money will always be a necessity especially at a Christian school. Perhaps we should, before posting, remember that this is a Christian School, a Mery School...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2014

This school is overrated. Current management run the school focusing more in making money for the organization that education to the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2013

My daughter is excited to go in the morning and happy to tell us about her day at the end. Her caring teacher knows just where to set the bar to challenge her without overwhelming her. We couldn't be more pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2013

I simply cannot say how lucky we are to have found this school, not only for our son but for our family. It is so much more than just a school but a holistic community network of amazing parents, children and staff. This is our second year at MCS and absolutely cannot be more happy with the quality of the academics and the amazing people from the PTO to the Admin. We have met the most incredible and supportive people here and they are now part of our family as we as parents go through this journey of parenting. We also love all of the Afterschool Enrichment Programs offered too like yoga, art classes, martial arts, piano and cooking classes. The school is very much involved in supporting the greater community with clothing and food drives and supporting local non-profits. For our family, this school is a perfect match as we rely and depend on each other to support and raise each others kiddos. It takes a village and this one is a tremendous one!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2013

I love this school. There are small class sizes. There is a good deal of academic rigor. It is a caring school and the teachers and other adults at the school are attentive and kind with the kids but also expect them to behave and contribute. We switched from one of the "great" (not our experience) public schools in the area. The kids are so much better behaved here, it is rubbing of on our kids. My kids are happier, calmer and getting a better education. I give Mater Christi my highest recommendation - it is absolutely worth every penny in my opinion!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2013

Mater Christi has been wonderful for my girls. They were at a smaller private school, but we felt they needed larger peer groups and the advantages of a larger school. We also wanted daily Christian education. MCS is small enough to provide personalized attention and give a real sense of family, but large enough to offer a broad set of opportunities in sports, music, science, and drama to name just a few. Most of our experience is with the middle school (grades 5 - 8). The faculty is great at connecting with the students. The separate literature and writing classes provide a solid foundation for critical reading and thoughtful expression. The social studies and science teachers have kept my older daughter interested and engaged. We're also very pleased that a goal of the math program is to complete 9th grade algebra by the end of the 8th grade. Finally, I cannot say enough about the music program. My girls have absolutely flourished in it. There are three levels of orchestra as well as jazz bands, rock bands, and a drum line. The director even pulls together a marching band for the annual Burlington Kid's Day parade. It's so much fun!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2013

I am so grateful to Mater Christi School for all aspects of my children's education. The classrooms are run based on an agreement of mutual respect. The teachers respect the children and their individuality, and the students respect the teachers. This creates an environment perfectly suited for learning. I feel that the teachers and staff really care about my children - this is apparent by the fact that just about everyone, whether they teach my child or not, knows most every child by name. The teachers are energetic and enthusiastic and care about my children's success and well-being. I also really like the parent community. The parents are engaged, involved and invested the school s success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2011

Mater Christi has provided a supportive environment that has enabled our daughter to thrive academically, spiritually, and socially. The highly educated faculty and staff at Mater Christi are the best! Every member cares and wants to help make a difference in the lives of the students they teach. They will do whatever is needed of them to help each student reach his or her potential. Being a part of Mater Christi is like being a member of a close family. Walk through the building and you have a sense of family, not an institution. From the 1st open house my husband and I attended (now over 5 years ago) I knew this was the school for us and we made the right choice. My daughter is making friends that I know she will have and keep for years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2011

Mater Christi really helps children develop personal discipline; it teaches kids how to focus and learn. With this skill they can excel at whatever they choose. It also is unique because they provide two classes in English everyday -- literature and writing. When these kids graduate they really know how to write.


Posted June 25, 2011

Mater Christi School is an absolute gem. My daughter has had a tremendous experience at Mater Christi. All of the families have a vested interest in their child's education. The teachers and staff are phenomenal and provide innovative and supportive ways for kids to learn. Many people in the community express that Mater Christi has the most polite and respectful students. This is because the education at MCS is so well rounded. Not only do they excel academically, they also excel at teaching community involvement, personal excellence and respect for others. This is the reason that for the past 12 years, the salutatorian and/or valedictorian at Rice Memorial High School has been a former Mater Christi student. This is the reason that a Mater Christi student won the State science fair this year. This is the reason that so many Mater Christi alumni are leaders within our community. This is the reason so many of us choose Mater Christi for our children. It is simply the best for our kids and their future. I am so happy I made this choice....my daughter is worth every penny.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2010

Mater Christi has a safe, caring, respectful, and academically challeging environment. This has formula has created a calming inner strengh that and allows my children to be the best they can be, and then strive for more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2010

We could not be happier with our experience at Mater Christi for our two children. The teachers and staff are wonderful and truly love what they do!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2010

Academic excellence with a record to show for it; A dedicated and kind faculty; A Community of students, faculty and parents that is unmatched. With a single visit to the campus and with the people of Mater Christi School, all of this is apparent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2010

Mater Christi is a quality school, in all areas. The teachers are phenomenal, its a values based education, and the academics are outstanding. In my opinion it's the best private K-8 school in Vermont. My husband attended Mater Christi when he was young. All these years later, MCS still delivers! Parents are passionately involved in their child's education at the school. We've got a great new principal starting next week.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2010

My kids love going to MCS, which makes me a happy parent. We love the preschool and the aftercare program. My daughter also loves being in French Club and my son thinks it is "cool" to eat hot lunch with all the "big kids". If your moving to Vermont, I highly suggest Mater Christi School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

This school is always striving to help students grow and learn in EVERY way. What a wonderful community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

A caring faculty and sincere dedication to children


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 87% 94%
Asian 5% 1%
Hispanic 4% 1%
Black 3% 2%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Rock band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Marching band
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Girls on the run
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:10 am
School end time
  • 2:50 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
  • Paul Jette
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
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
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (802) 863-1196

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Foreign languages taught
  • French

Resources

Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Diocese of Burlington
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • baseball (co-ed)

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Rock band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Cub scouts
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Girl scouts
  • Girls on the run
  • Marching band
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Odyssey of the Mind
  • Yearbook
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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
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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50 Mansfield Ave
Burlington, VT 05401
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Phone: (802) 658-3992

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