ST. MARY ELEMENTARY CATHOLIC

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1600 E AVENUE R4
PALMDALE, CA 93550
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Phone: 661-273-5555
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 0
  • Educational Climate: Low
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Catholic
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 8th Grade
  • District: Archdiocese Of Los Angeles
  • Students/Teacher: 20:1
  • Students/Grade: 30
  • Number Students: 270
  • Number Teachers: 13
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms R Kate Laferriere
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (19 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (14 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-06-11
    "I have had two children graduate from St. Mary's, with the educational benefit for my eldest child(10 plus years ago) being more than we as parents could have expected; however, the education of my second child (5 plus years ago) was not. The leadership has received since the Salesian Nuns left has been a severe detriment to the school. The admin. decisions have left the school with a less than favorable taste in the mouths of alumni & their parents. Mismanagement of funds, & hiring of less than qualified (though educated) teaching staff has further compounded the problem. If left to do it again, I would say no, the education may not be much better than a public school - but public doesn't charge tuition. Very disappointing to not be able to give a more positive review. This is not to say that some, rather than most, staff do not care about the students or their education - they do, but not being in a position to change things or convince the new administration of the need to address these concerns, their hands are tied, and that is a shame. Additionally, though they mean well, too much parent involvement has become a problem as well. Too many chiefs, and not enough indians."
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    Posted 2012-03-10
    "We had to bring in a whole dollar just to participate in Electronic toy day back in like 2nd grade. Plus, the uniforms were hot and itchy and the nun teacher was kind of mean....ohhh but i liked the chalkboard. i remember the art teacher got mad at me for using a light green crayon that looked yellow instead of a dark green crayon...i remember it got really got on the playground and the blacktop was squishy...i remember there were nice parents and kids and mean parents too...um....yeah i only went there for two years....but they were always like 'give us money give us money'...oh but i remember we "baptised" our stuffed animals that was cute i was a student here about 5 years ago."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2011-09-02
    "My daughter has been attending St Marys school since kinder, she's in the third grade now, and all I have to say is that I am so grateful that we have such an excellent catholic school here in the AV. I have found nothing but respect, hard work and dedication to the children, from both the staff and teachers. Sure our principal is loud, but she came to add a much needed boost of energy to the school and if you don't know how to follow simple rules as to where to cross in the parking lot for your own safety, maybe you don't belong at St. Marys."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2011-09-02
    "Great school !!! Both my boys go to St. Marys, this school is one of the best, there is a lot of extracurricular activities, the teachers are excellent and always involved. My kids love it here!! I do have to say it has been a strggle, but its well worth it. You go to the other schools in the area and I woulnt want my kids anywhere else but St. Marys. The way the world is now adays, strong moral character, values and strong ethics are what we can give our children and that is offered at St Marys. Priceless."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2011-04-29
    "This school is going down the drain! My son has attended there 3 years already, the first year, Kinder, was awesome but as you get to know the school better and the things that go on... well now I can't wait to get my child out of there! We pay so much money for a better education and I'm at the point right now where my husband and I feel they can get much more at a public school. We are currently looking to move out of the A.V. to a better neighborhood with bettter schools. St. Mary's got a new prinicipal this year and oh boy, she is a yeller!! Watch out, don't cross the parking lot where you're not suppose to or she will get in your face and yell at you!! Very rude and needs to know how to communicate better with parents... and if she can yell at us adults that way, what kind of respect might she have for our children! We're leaving St. Mary's School!!"
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