SCHOOL OF ST. MARY

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185 E ILLINOIS RD
LAKE FOREST, IL 60045
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Phone: 847-234-0371
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 0
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Catholic
  • Grades: Preschool - 8th Grade
  • District: Archdiocese Of Chicago
  • Students/Teacher: 8:1
  • Students/Grade: 54
  • Number Students: 540
  • Number Teachers: 37
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Dr Vinni Biancalana
  • 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 (25 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (22 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-12-20
    "My child has attended this school for a few years, of which I will be transferring my child this semester. I have questioned the structure of the classroom, lack of academics being taught, responsibility of the faculty, and demeanor of office staff. This school plays favorites and unfortunately, they hold politics above education. I regret sending my child here, and would refrain from sending your child here."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-11
    "Our child has been at the school for 9 years. While any school has good and bad, the good at St. Mary's far outweighs any negatives. The level of education is good, the kids develop a good sense of community, and the administration is open to feedback from parents. I question some of the negative reviews here, as I have never seen issues with 'haves vs. have nots' (other than growing pains from the kids) and there is no PTA at the school."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-06-21
    "Congratulations on receiving this year's U.S. Department of Education Excellence in Education Blue Ribbon Award!! Performing in the top 15% of the nation on your standardized achievement testing in math and reading is exemplary!! Our experiences at the School of St. Mary have been second to none! As an educator, I am knowledgeable about school systems and the types of programs needed to meet the needs of elementary students in preparing them for life. This school offers a kind, caring, well educated certified faculty and staff, faith based curriculum instilling morals and values, world language programs, support and enrichment for those students who are in need, differentiated instruction within the classrooms, small class sizes, social emotional development programs, an excellent fine arts program and so much more. Students are well prepared for high school and the school's Alumni are very successful. Thanks to School of St. Mary!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-02-05
    "Incompetence and bullying are rampant at St. Marys. I just read the prior post which gave me comfort to know I am not the only victim. I am not a top donor at the school which means I have no value to them. What a disgrace of Catholic education."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-02-04
    "The administration is unqualified and have proved so. The teachers are young and inexperienced. They seperate the girls and boys at recess to avoid actually dealing with social issues. They dim the lights at lunch and tell the children to keep quite. The children have very little gym time. The blue ribbon award they received is a waste of administration's time and parents' money (research blue ribbons). They promote children repeating kindergarten as a way of generating more tuition dollars. Parents not only pay a very high tuition compared to other local catholic schools, they are expected to donate an exhorbitant amount of additional money just to 'turn the lights on'. The art and music department have very little resources. The upper grade center children have recess in the church parking lot. The lower grade center recess area is usually under water due to leveling, so recess is cancelled alot. The curriculum is outdated. The education is terrible. The children who go on to the public high school have low testing scores. There is very little help for children who need extra help reading, writing etc. The help that is available is given by a very young and inexperi"
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