My two sons have attended the JRK3, JRK4, and Kindergarten programs at St.Mary Magdalen school and have had an outstanding experience. The environment is just wonderful - mostly due to caring, devoted teachers who are dedicated to the social and academic development of all the children. Having a full-day Junior Kindergarten program starting at age 3 was a great convenience for us, as working parents, to be able to have one place to have both our 3 and 4 year old go at the same time rather than two school drop-offs to daycare and preschool. This is a rare find amongst Catholic schools. The Junior Kindergarten years prepares them well for Kindergarten. Kindergarten is academically challenging, yet makes learning fun and encourages continued social development. Music, Spanish, Art, PE are all offered beginning at the preschool levels. Their after school program is also excellent - lots of well-supervised time for creative free play outside and inside. The school has a true community atmosphere where the students and parents are very friendly and make an effort to get to know each other even amongst different grade levels. If you want a supportive environment for your children to have an opportunity to grow and learn, and your family to feel welcome and at-home, this is the place.
I have very high standards when it comes to my child's education. After looking at over twenty different schools this one stood out with everything that we were looking for and Mandarin to boot! My son loves math and science and St James has a rigorous math program. The teachers go above and beyond and their love of teaching shows. Ms Batagglia, the principal is a gem and works well with the parents.
This parish church is the most beautiful church in St. Louis. Not only are the parishinors kind and helpful and gracious, but this parish also takes care of the homeless population by sheltering and clothing and feeding them. If you want to feel great about yourself by doing a kind act, join this parish full time or part time or volunteer to help with the meals program. They need help!!!