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About This School

St. Monica School is a private middle school in Dallas. 893 students go to St. Monica School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Asian/Pacific Islander. The student to teacher ratio at St. Monica School is 16:1. Edward H Cary Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School
White, non-Hispanic 66%
Asian 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3%
Hispanic 28%
Black, non-Hispanic 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4%
Multiracial 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    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!

  • (4 months ago)

    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!!!

  • (4 months ago)

    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.

  • (4 months ago)

    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.

  • (11 months ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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!

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (4 years ago)

    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.

  • (5 years ago)

    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.

  • (6 years ago)

    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.

  • (7 years ago)

    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.

  • (7 years ago)

    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.

  • (7 years ago)

    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.

  • (7 years ago)

    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.

  • (7 years ago)

    There is not a good bullying policy and a lot of emphisis on sports. Other than that the school is pretty advanced and technological.

  • (7 years ago)

    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!

  • (8 years ago)

    Great school with excellent academics. Very involved parents.

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