School Reviews

We moved to Maryland almost 3 years ago. We didn't know anyone and knew only what we read online about St. Raphael school. The minute we walked in, we felt it in our gut that this was the school for our son. He started off in the nursery school and is now in 1st grade. All we can say is that we are so blessed. Everyone was so welcoming and supportive. In addition to being strong academically, we absolutely love the strong catholic identity. We cannot imagine being anywhere else. We do not have any family here, but St. Raphael is our family now...

My 8th grade daughter has attended SRS since Kindergarten and I cannot say enough good things about the school. The community is amazing and the friends we have all made are definitely lifelong ones. The Catholic identity is very strong and is taught in such a joyful way that my whole family's faith has improved with our daughter going to school there. The academics are fantastic with small class sizes and enthusiastic and accessible teachers. I know my daughter is well prepared for high school, as is her peers.

We are new to the school and really love it! Our son is in the 3's program and our daughter is in kindergarten. They both come home so happy singing songs, excited about their drawings, and tell us about their teachers and their friends. The religious aspect is amazing and we love how much they've learned already. Everyone is so, incredibly nice and welcoming! We feel very fortunate to be a part of this wonderful community. We are truly grateful and appreciate everything the school does. Thank you St. Raphael! We are so happy here!!

A perfect combination of warm and welcoming with a strong catholic identity. The small group sizes (1:9 student teacher ratio for reading and math) enhances learning. The teachers have creative teaching methods and neat projects. Field trips are outstanding.

This is a wonderful community that inspires learning, creative thinking and kindness. From the whole school daily meeting to the individual attention, the small group learning and the overall atmosphere --I love it. More importantly my kids do too! What a great place to be!

St Raphael provides a warm nuturing environment where all students are engaged in learning through many cross-curricular activities. Our child transferred in mid-year, and within 2 weeks felt totally at home and at ease. The differentiated learning, i.e. splitting the small classes into even smaller groups based on abilities, has been most helpful. All in all it is a wonderful school.

This is an excellent school. The environment is warm and welcoming, the teachers are engaged, and the principal is amazing.

I give them five stars b/c they care about EVERY child's education & well-being. Learning is customized to your child. They have a proactive emotional support program to help kids socially. They incorporate community service into their curriculum. The administration embraces new ideas that will help the kids succeed in the future & is not afraid of change. Parents are very involved. The staff, teachers, principal, etc. truly love their job and are always enthusiastic when delivering their lessons. The school values the indivudal talents of every child and tries to promote and recognize them. A truly amazing community.

St. Raphael is a community where everyone knows your name. In the large Washington suburb we live in, St. Raphael is family. The teachers know their students and what each one needs. The small groups allow every child to reach their full potential. But most importantly, Jesus is the center of our school.

This school is great! I'm so happy that my kids have the opportunity to study at St. Raphael, because not only the teaching level is high but also the staff is amazing; starting by the Principal Mrs. Dwyer, a lovely person, who cares about kids and parents all the time. I wish there was a school like this when I was a kid!!