Is St. Mary School accredited?
SMS is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. A self-study was conducted in 2014-15, followed by an evaluation visit in 2016 resulting in re-accreditation until 2026.
What are the grade levels?
Preschool (3 & 4 year olds) through grade 8.
Is there busing?
Yes, all Milford residents have busing available.
What are school hours?
(Subject to change this year) 7:50am – 2:40pm.
What are the preschool hours?
Morning session is 8:30 – 11:00 and full day 8:30 – 2:30. Preschool Before Care program begins at 7:30am.
What is the enrollment?
Total enrollment for 2017-18 is 363: K - 8 is 277 + Preschool is full at 86. Our largest enrollment in 15 years!
What about teacher qualifications?
We have 19 full time teachers and 18 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, and 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?
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 2017. Our students scored better that 74.2% of all who took the same test.
What is the pupil to teacher ratio?
The present ratio in K-8 is 15 to 1, and 8 to 1 in our preschool.
What are the classes offered?
Besides the regular subjects of religion, language arts, math, science and social studies, the students also have art, music, physical education, computer lab & Spanish classes. The students receive health education as well as substance abuse and violence resistance education. Family Life is integrated with the Religion curriculum.
What technologies are used?
All classrooms have computers & Smartboards. Ipads are utilized in the preschool and lower grades. Chromebooks are used in the upper grades. The school also has a computer lab which is used by all grades for teacher guided instruction.
Do you have to be a Catholic to attend SMS?
No you do not, all religious affiliations are welcome.
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, Trumbull and of course Milford.
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.
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 an extended day program?
Our after care program is offered each school day for all St. Mary students, preschool - grade 8, from dismissal until 5:30pm. Students do their homework, have a snack, and play outdoors (weather permitting). Our after school program is staffed by our teachers and costs $18 per day. There is a before care program for all registered preschoolers that begins at 7:30am.
Is there financial aid?
Yes, tuition assistance & grants are available. For school year 2016-2017, over $30,000 in tuition assistance has been awarded. This helped many families remain in our school (about 75% of those who officially applied). Most aid ranges between $500-$1000 per family.
Is there a kindergarten entry age requirement?
To be considered for acceptance into kindergarten, a child must turn 5 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 their preschool teacher. Please consult the office for further details.
What is done on campus for security?
Under the guidance of the Milford Police & Fire Departments, and monitored by our safety committee, our school works vigorously to maintain a safe learning environment. New door locks, closed circuit television, two way radios, practice drills, and ongoing training are just some of the steps being taken. All school entrances are locked until 5:30pm with a call box and video surveillance, and all staff must wear identification badges and use pass keys, and visitors must sign in and wear badges.
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.
Is there help available for students with educational or other difficulties?
- St. Mary School employs a full time Learning Resource Teacher for the purpose of helping classroom teachers develop strategies to gather educational and functional information to screen and/or help a student who is experiencing some type of difficulty. This teacher also works with individuals, or small groups, should a particular strategy be determined.
- 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 Learning Resource Teacher will also work with a Resource Teacher assigned to the school by the MPS to help assist and focus on specific goals mandated by an IEP, or Service Plan. Individual needs, as well as any extra service that the public schools may not be able to provide, will be accommodated to further help the student’s progress.
- Individualized testing can also be arranged through the Milford Public schools. The school’s Learning Resource Teacher will collaborate with the classroom teacher to be sure the process for gathering data and documenting strategies is carried out in an efficient manner, one which will be beneficial to the student, in terms of goals, supports, and services.
- A Speech Therapist is provided by the MPS to screen students who have a potential language disability and to provide service when deemed necessary. Identification is done through individualized testing done by the Speech Pathologist and sometimes other Public School Personnel.
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.
Why parents choose Saint Mary School?
Studies show that parents place their children in St. Mary School:
- 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.