"St.Mary is a great school. I have been there since I was in preschool and it's acted as my second home.From the start the teachers have showed me nothing but kindness and care which make this school different from a lot of others. I personally think that if you are deciding wether or not to send your child there you need to get student feedback, after all it's their education. I don't think anyone at the school would say they hate it at all. Everyone has done great things with the help of the staff at the school. If people would take the time to really look into the school you'd know that half of the junior high students are published poets already. We all have one accomplishment or another, so instead of bashing the school take sometime to really see what it's all about. I consider the school my second home and my classmates are my second family. I wouldn't have that without the school and staff that have made my 10 years as amazing as they were. I'm sad to be leaving the school because I grew up there and have so many great memories that I will not forget! I want to say thank you because I wouldn't be anywhere without the help of all the amazing people in the St.Mary family!"
"The principal of this school was in the process of turning this good school into a great school, and it is unfortunate she is leaving. She had an open door policy for students, teachers and parents, and was skilled at conflict resolution. She was honest and fair, and held students accountable for their actions. This did not always sit well with some students or parents, but she did always did what was best for the students. She was extremely knowledgeable in curriculum, higher level thinking skills, challenging all students, and aligning classroom curriculum with 21st century thinking and technology. She was in the process of guiding the teachers at St. Mary into this more challenging way of teaching standard curriculum, and was the key to making St. Mary an outstanding and exceptional school. She will be greatly missed!"
"St. Mary's School is definitely not worth attending. I went to school there for eleven years (pre-school through eighth grade) and I learned very little to nothing. When I went to high school freshman year I had to work twice as hard as my peers. Most of the subjects I excelled at I have always been known to perform well in such as English, algebra, chemistry, and history. St. Mary's had done nothing to ensure that their students not only mastered the basics, but also had divulged deep into their subjects learning raw material, instead we were taught biased philosophies. Not all teachers were like that however, there were a few great teachers at the school. I do personally suggest though that you should send your children to Central and/or Hauser, they have a great education system, and it will save you $4000 every year for tuition alone."
"St. Mary is an excellent school with a strong community feel offering a Catholic faith-based education. The disciplined, yet caring environment truly teaches the "whole person." There has been some positive, and sometimes difficult, changes the past couple of years; I feel these changes will, in the long run, make this strong school even stronger. In my opinion, the "final product" (i.e. graduating 8th graders) are the best measurement of school success, and St. Mary 8th graders consistently get into their high schools of choice and go on to strong college careers."
"My daughter came to 6th. Grade from public school. She is finishing the 7th. Grade and getting ready for the entrance exams to catholic high school. The parents from the day on were supportive, kind, helpful. I came in to this community without an idea of the process and was very pleased with the outcome. If not St. Mary I probably would not be hoping for my daughter to go to best catholic schools in Ill. Thank teachers and parents for welcoming us in to your community."