Hard to fit in if you haven't been at the school from the beginning. 4th grade transition SEEMED fine but never felt anything like a family no matter how much we gave to the school. (Even by working there and volunteering.) I'm sure the connection we were looking for is created earlier -- in the days of "play dates". But older kids compete for very little praise. Stressful environment is created early and although my child ended up in honors I know other families' children actually felt defeated and unworthy if they received anything lower than a B and weren't supported in building confidence. Also math teachers have been in and out for a few years at the middle school level and students were not prepared as well as they could have been for HS. I have heard several students from Marian that have discussed this topic together as former St. Mary and other surrounding catholic students. Also some families that have made the choice to leave St. Marys have noted that their discipline over small incidences seems over the top. What a disappointment. The kids agree if you have the choice go to St. Thomas or Montini. Wish we would have.
St Mary Catholic School is a private middle school in Woodstock. The principal of St Mary Catholic School is Frank Shields. 300 students go to St Mary Catholic School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. The ratio of students to teachers at St Mary Catholic School is 14:1. Clay Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.
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Excellent teachers and fun learning environment. They everyweek presents with new learning experiences.my daughter is in per-k 4 and loves her class and developed new skills early on. They have a great curriculum and lesson plan laid out for all grade levels.
Every parent wants the BEST for their child. When my daughter was entering kindergarten I checked out ALL the options. I knew I wanted to start her education strong in order to establish a solid base for her future of learning. I wanted her to be in an environment that she would enjoy learning get individual attention be challenged in a safe environment surrounded by friends and family with good character and strong morales. I am so thrilled to have chosen St Marys in Woodstock. It is everything I hoped for and more! Everyone involved including staff families and children are OUTSTANDING!!! I have also enrolled my son in their pre-school program for all the same reasons. Thank you St. Marys!!!
The teachers are there because they care not for high pay. St. Mary's welcomes and appreciates parental help. We are all Moms to each child. St. Mary's offers a great curriculum specials keeps God in our daily lives and keeps children mindful of virtues to live by. My child went to the public school for 1st grade so I offer a true opinion based on experiences.
I have two children that attend St. Mary School and our experience has been excellent. The environment is academically challenging but caring and warm at the same time. The teachers and staff are very engaged. Everyone from the principal on down knows you and your kids by name. We really feel it is worth the money for such a fine educational experience.
St. Mary school is a wonderful enviroment for any child to be taught in. The principal teachers and staff are warm caring compassionate and above all are excellent teachers with high standards. The sports programs are simply the best run and best prioritized around. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to be a part of the school family at all times. This school is not only a fine institution of learning but also a nurturing loving enviroment for building good charactor. We are life long parishnors and have had students attending the school since 1994 and will continue attending until 2011. The community of St. Mary is so very special we feel blessed to be a part of this wonderful family. We will support the school in any way we can long after our children have graduated. Every child who attends St. Mary School is blessed with an amazing education.