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FAQs

Is St. Mary School accredited?

SMS is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (www.neasc.org). A self-study was conducted in 2014-15, followed by an evaluation visit resulting in SMS being re-accredited until 2026.

What are the grade levels?

Preschool (3 & 4 year olds) through grade 8.

What are school hours?

7:50am – 2:20pm.
 

What about the Preschool?

Morning session is 8:30 – 11:00

Full day 8:30 – 2:30

Preschool Before Care program begins at 7:30am

Is there an extended day program?
  • Our “after care” program is offered each school day for all SMS Students, preschool through grade 8, from dismissal until 5:30 PM. Students do their homework, have a snack, and play outdoors (weather permitting).
  • Our after-school program is staffed by our teachers. The cost is $15.00 per day.*There is a before care program available to all registered preschoolers that begins at 7:30am & is free of charge.
What is enrollment?

Total enrollment for 2016-17 is 348

K – 8 is 262 + Preschool is 86

What about teacher qualifications?

We have 20 full time teachers and 15 part time teachers (including specials & aides). All members of the professional staff are either certified or what the State considers to be the equivalent of certified. Most have advanced degrees. All have been approved by the Archdiocese of Hartford and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. All staff members have gone through background checks and full time teachers receive ongoing professional development.

Is there a dress code?

There is a school uniform.

As students progress through the grades they change slightly. Different versions are worn by the preschool, kindergarten–grade 4, grades 5–7 and the 8th graders.

There is also a gym uniform that everyone wears on gym day.

How are the test scores?
  • Standardized test scores consistently demonstrate superior performance. Based on national student norms, our students scored very high in the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills standardized test which students in grades 3-7 took in May 2016.
  • Highlights include:
    • Every grade tested scored about 1 year higher than the national norms.
    • Our students scored better that 77.2% of everyone who took that same test.
    • The oldest group which took these tests, grade 7, scored:
    • 1 ½ years higher in Math
    • 2 years higher in Reading
    • 3 years higher in Language Arts and
    • 4.5 years in Written Expression
What is the pupil to teacher ratio?

The present ratio in K-8 is 15 to 1, and 8 to 1 in our preschool.

 

Do you have to be Catholic to attend SMS?

No you do not, all religious affiliations are welcome.

 

Do the students go to Church?

Yes, all students attend a Mass or prayer service at least monthly. Each Mass or prayer service is hosted by a particular grade.

What are the classes offered?

Besides the regular subjects of Religion, Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies, the students also receive Art, Music, Physical Education, Computer Lab & Spanish.

The students also receive Health education as well as substance abuse and violence resistance education. Family Life is integrated with the Religion curriculum.

Is there a library?

Our school has a library. All classes have a designated library time and visit at least once a week. Parent volunteers run the library. Each year the library volunteers host a Book Fair.

What technology is used?

All classrooms have computers & SmartBoards. Ipad technology is utilized in the Preschool and in the lower grades.   We are gradually phasing in a plan where by students can use their own personal devices in the upper grades (with the appropriate policies and safeguards). The school also has a Computer Lab which is used by all grades for teacher guided instruction.

How do graduates fare?
  • Virtually all graduates are accepted into the high school of their choice.
  • Most achieve honor status in the first semester of high school.
  • Schools consistently report our students as being well prepared for the rigors of secondary education.
Is there financial aid?

Yes, tuition assistance and grants are available. For school year 2016-2017, over $30,000 in tuition assistance has been supplied. This is helping 21 children from 16 families to remain in our school (about 75% of those who officially applied).

What do I hear about gifts to taxpayers?

Parents provide a gift to the taxpayers and the local, state and federal government. Based on per pupil costs, St. Mary School saves the taxpayers of our community over $3,000,000 + per year. Catholic Education saves the tax payers of CT over $700 million and taxpayers of the Nation over $15 billion per year.

What towns do you attract students from?

We have students currently enrolled from Orange, West Haven, New Haven, Hamden, Ansonia, Oxford, North Haven, Meriden, Stratford, Bridgeport, Haddam Neck, Woodbridge, Cheshire, and of course Milford.

Is there busing?

Yes, all Milford residents have busing available.

Is there help available for students with educational or other difficulties?
  • Any child in our school has the same right to diagnostic testing as does a child in the Milford Public Schools (MPS).  Staff from the MPS are frequently here, in our school, to provide testing and meet with parents and staff.
  • The MPS provide a Learning Resource Teacher to serve those who have been diagnosed with a specific disability, and even those who just have a weakness, and to work with teachers regarding how to implement regular educational accommodations and modifications when deemed necessary.
  • A Speech Therapist is also provided by the MPS to screen students who have a potential language disability and to provide service when deemed necessary.  All this follows the same procedures and protocol as would be followed in the public schools.
  • Our school has Child Study Consultant on staff who works 8am- 12:00 each day.  She works with teachers to screen potential problems, develop the various strategies which may be needed, work with those who could use more than regular classroom help, and work with those students diagnosed with learning problems to supplement whatever help is provided by the MPS.  This teacher will also work with anyone who may not have been diagnosed with a specific disability, but who may none the less need a little extra help in addition to regular classroom instruction.
Will teachers tell the parents if they notice any educational or likewise difficulties?

Yes.  Teachers always communicate problems they see with parents.  In some cases, parents notice things first – teachers want to know when this is the case.

Is there a kindergarten entry age requirement?

To be considered for acceptance into the kindergarten, a child must turn five by September 1st of that school year. Special consideration is given to those turning 5 after September 1st but before January 1st, if the child has successfully completed a preschool program and has the recommendation of his/her preschool teacher. Please consult the office for further details.

Is there a requirement for entry into grades 1-8?

A student must have successfully completed the previous level at a recognized educational institution and be judged to be academically, socially and behaviorally prepared to enter the school of the particular grade level.

Why parents choose Saint Mary School?

Studies show that parents place their children in Saint Mary

School for the following reasons:

  • for a secure and safe environment with a supportive family atmosphere.
  • for gentle yet firm discipline.
  • for superior, challenging academics.
  • for the integration of faith into the total school environment.