Mary Sears Childrens Academy

  • Grades: PK-3
  • Student Enrollment: 120
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3 out of 5 | 6 Reviews
  • Address
  • 13245 W Lincoln Hwy
  • New Lenox, IL 60451
  • Phone
  • (815) 485-0055
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School Description

Mary Sears Childrens Academy enrolls 120 preschool and elementary school students from grades PK-3. It is located in New Lenox, IL, which is a medium sized city with a median household income of $67,697.

School Operational Details
  • Students Have Access to a Library or Media Center
School Days and Hours
  • School Days Per Year: 250
    Note: Kindergarten Operates Five Days Per Week
  • School Hours Per Day: 8
    Note: Kindergarten Operates on a Full Day Schedule
School Religious Orientation
  • Christian
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3 out of 5 | 6 Reviews
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6 reviews for Mary Sears Childrens Academy

  • Reviewed by Community Member on June 01, 2011
  • Rating: 1 (1 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • I was able to see what goes on here first hand. I too agree with how this place breaks a child's spirit. The children are like robots and must obey. There is little fun or creativity. I would never ever send my children here and would advise other parents to think long and hard about it.
  • Reviewed by Parent or Guardian on April 08, 2011
  • Rating: 1 (1 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • As a former employee I can say that this place should not be in business. The kids are served cold food and are not allowed to color any way they want. They say they teach respect when really it's fear the kids are learning. I was there 4 months and 4 people quit on her and she never asked any of us why. Don't even consider this place for your child.
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on October 30, 2010
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • 10/30/2010 Sadly these things are very true and rather than defend your place of buisness for financial purposes you should take a look at your program. The children are expected to do everything perfectly. They have to make all papers the same. They are expected to be robots. There is no freedom of creativity! Maybe the person who wrote the last review did not want to be fire because they needed a job! The atmosphere is negative, the teachers are spoken down to! The directors at Orland location are condescending and rude! They put on fake smiles for parents. I personally have seen the man grab a child by the arm and leg and flip him on his stomach yelling RESPECT! On your stomach, hands to yours sides and eyes closed!!!! Come and see, all art projects look the same, they are rushed through! The children have no room to make positive choices or be creative! The Directors demand teachers to be firm which means bark orders at the children. God forbid a child colors a tree purple! The children are forced to role tissue balls for 15 minutes! whether they want to or not! Um there are more ways to develop their fine motor skills!!! Has any one taken any UPDATED early childhood classes. They sing the same songs day in and day out for years and have to be on their names singing and doing their "motions"! The children have to cut for 15 minutes with no end goal!!! They dread it!! This place does not meet the child's individual needs or promote creativity, rather they break down the spirit of teachers, aides, and most important the children! Yes, pony rides are nice and the outside space is nice but the daily program that teachers MUST follow to the second is boring, dull, and breaks the spirit. Teachers are not allowed to be spontaneous or meet the children at their individual levels. Point Blank it is not a positive environment and the directors need to get together and update their program! Stop being so uptight. Creative people leave and do not stay long! This place drains the spirit! Sad but true.
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on October 08, 2009
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • My son has been going to Mary Sears for over a year now. He has developmental delays that are minor, but in the time he has been there, he has learned to drink from a real cup, he is extremely happy, and he loves going there every day. His professional therapists go to this school twice a week to work with him and have reported back that it's one of the best schools they have worked with. If they had once thought my son was in the wrong hands, they would report them. These negative reviews are ridiculous. Having an opinion is one thing. Being disgruntled and slanderous is another.

    Parents: you know the right thing to do is to research and follow your instincts.
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on July 08, 2009
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • Mary Sears School has been like a second home to my 3 children over the past 12 years. My oldest still loves to come back every summer for camp. All 3 children have excelled in school with reading, math and music. I can't thank Mary Sears and their staff enough for everything they did for my children. They are the most caring, loving and understanding school you could attend. My children are proof of that!
  • Reviewed by Teacher on May 30, 2009
  • Rating: 1 (1 / 5) Flag as inappropriate

    As a former longtime employee of Mary Sears, I can state from personal experience that this is a TERRIBLE place to send your children and should be AVOIDED like the plague...

    Please, for the sake of your children, do NOT send them here!

Faculty Details and Student Enrollment

Students and Faculty
  • Total Students Enrolled: 120
  • Total Full Time "Equivalent" Teachers: 3.0
    Full-Time Teachers: 3
  • Average Student-To-Teacher Ratio: 11.3
  • Percent Minority Students: 1.7%
Students Gender Breakdown
  • Males: 21 (17.5%)
  • Females: 99 (82.5%)
Student Enrollment Distribution by Race / Ethnicity
Mary Sears Childrens Academy Student Race Distribution
  Number Percent
American Indian--
Number of Students Per Grade
Number of Students Per Grade For Mary Sears Childrens Academy
  Number Percent
1st Grade43.3%
2nd Grade65.0%
3rd Grade54.2%
Source: IL Department of Education, Source: NCES 2009-2010

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