"Yes, I would recommend this school to my family and friends because of the authentic Catholic identity in academic and non-academic aspects, dedicated faculty and staff, and strong parental involvement."
- Mother of 6 SMG Children
"The teachers here are people I will remember always. They have always helped me with my schoolwork and made sure I understood the material completely."
- Sean, 8th grader
"Over the years, my experience at St. Mary’s has taught me the importance of serving others and the community. They have taught me right from wrong and created a solid moral foundation for my future. I feel as though I will be prepared for the next stage of my life at Montini High School."
- Matt, 8th grader
"What we like most about St. Mary of Gostyn School is how our faith and service to God is intertwined with their every day learning. Not only is the importance of academics stressed and expectations set high to achieve, but the fundamentals of our faith and how to think of others is also enforced. We also appreciate that it is expected that our children be responsible, respectful, ethical, hard workers, and thoughtful. The overall advantage is that we have seen our children evolve into people who are caring, curious, intelligent, and willing to go the extra mile, all helping them become the best they can be. The family involvement and closeness makes it a wonderful community to spend the most important forming years of academic life."
- Parents of 3 SMG children
"The things I have learned through preparation for Confirmation will help me make well thought out choices throughout my life. Saint Mary of Gostyn has influenced my life and shaped my mind and spirit in numerous ways. I have learned so much both academically and spiritually. My teachers have imparted their wisdom, humor, knowledge (both academic & spiritual), and kindness into my life."
- Margaret, 8th grader
"My family has been part of St. Mary's parish for over 5 years. After moving from the city, we knew very few people in Downers Grove. Joining the parish has allowed us to feel like a part of the community and surround ourselves with good people. In addition to the masses, there are so many other social activities that have allowed us to meet people that have become good friends and amazing support for us!"
"Why choose SMG? Community, Friendships, Support, Fun & a wide variety of things to do for a wide variety of people."
"I have 3 children at St. Mary School and love the school. The teachers are great and they have always welcomed any conversations I have chose to initiate regarding the wellfare of my kids. They have a great pulse of what is going on with each of their students, and that is not an easy task. I moved to Downers Grove without knowing many people there. My kids love SMG and I have met great parents who have made me feel so welcome in the community. Other schools may frown on bringing younger children along when volunteering for something school related. SMG has always welcomed it, which is great because then my kids gets to know the school, and others get to know my kids!"
Comments from our kids: "A lot of people are nice."; "There are lots of friends there."
- Mother of 3 SMG Children
"My life has been powerfully influenced from my education at St.Mary’s, and I feel very prepared to begin my high school career."
- Tessa, 8th grader
"My years at St. Mary’s have been very inspiring, and I have learned many aspects of helping others."
- Hannah, 8th grader
"Helping others will carry on in my heart throughout my whole life.....Each teacher shows his or her students a lesson that is not something we can find inside of a textbook. The teachers and staff always take care of us. They truly care about each and every student."
- Madeline, 8th grader
"I think my service has given other people assistance, but best of all it has given me a new way to look at things. I should put others before myself. The staff at St. Mary’s has taught me many wonderful things outside my basic studies, and has been very influential in my life."
- Maggie, 8th grader
"The services that I have done, I am sure will prove to carry out into my high school, college, and adult life."
- Margaret, 7th grader
"The staff at Saint Mary’s has taught me many things besides the required classes, such as collaborating in groups, and working very hard. The middle school teachers are very kind and help me when I need help.....The service projects have given me satisfaction knowing that I am helping others."
- Audrey, 8th grader
"Daily prayer has been a reminder of God’s presence in our everyday activities. Being a Christian, to me, is so much more than going to Mass. It is more about who you are.....I know that because of the dedication of my teachers, I will be able to take on challenges in high school and beyond.....My service showed me how very simple acts can make a huge difference to so many people."
- Bella, 8th grade
"St. Mary’s teachers, staff and parish have changed me for the better. They show me they care about me, and that they are there for me with open arms.....St. Mary of Gostyn has taught me the importance of doing good deeds for the community and other people."
- Breanne, 8th grader