Mount Carmel School Celebrating 60 Years

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Left: Sister Joseph Ann Quinene, SSND; Center: Sister Magdalena Cruz, SSND; Right: Sister Mary Juan Camacho, SSND

For the Umatuna Si Yu’os

Mount Carmel School works hard to maintain its reputation as “The Harvard of Guam!” MCS believes -success in college begins with “Educating the Complete Child!” Living up to this reputation and these standards require extensive resources. According to the MCS Foundation Chairperson, Attorney Mike Phillips, “Mount Carmel is fortunate to have benefactors understanding the investment needed to provide the best education possible.” Phillips confirms MCS will retain the same affordable tuition rates this year. “MCS will keep the lowest tuition rates on Guam,” Phillips states, “We are also still just a 15-minute drive from Hagatña and have buses coming from every village.”

William Sarmiento

MCS adds two new programs this year to its rich curriculum. In the middle school, MCS continues to focus on increased math achievement and additional preparation for college. Meanwhile, students in elementary and middle school will enjoy the inclusion of martial arts thanks to the generous contribution of the Ysrael Family used in part to construct a martial arts dojo. 

 Interim principal William Sarmiento has spent a decade as a math teacher and now spearheads the substantial upgrade of MCS’s middle school math program. Students will now take and complete two years of algebra while in middle school. According to Sarmiento, a review of college admissions tests confirms the need to accelerate math learning in middle school. Mount Carmel tested its higher level math program this summer with students performing very well. Sarmiento added that MCS will utilize portions of college admissions tests to measure the success of this higher level middle school math program. 

Mount Carmel students are blessed to again have a number of Sisters from the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) on the MCS Faculty. The school’s Director of Religious Instruction, Sister Mary Juan Camacho, SSND, will be joined by long time MCS faculty members Sister Joseph Ann Quinene, SSND, and Sister Magdalena Cruz, SSND. Phillips and Sarmiento agree that students benefit greatly from having nuns in the classroom. According to Phillips, “The presence of SSND nuns is a tribute to the 60 year history of Mount Carmel School. Their high standards of excellence and discipline help MCS educate the complete child.” 

Sarmiento strongly encourages parents to invest in the highest possible education for their children in their elementary and middle school years. “These are your children’s most important years for learning. Don’t wait for high school or college, it may be too late.” Mount Carmel remains open for enrollment. You can call MCS at 565-5128 and register your children today. “We have the greatest family discounts on Guam. Your children will thank you for a lifetime!” Sarmiento concluded.

As a final celebration of 60 years of educating the complete child, Jones and Guerrero, Inc. and Mount Carmel School will host Grammy Award Winner Yvonne Elliman in an extravagant concert at the Dusit Thani Grand Ballroom, August 19, 2017 at 6 p.m. Biba Kumpleanos, Mount Carmel School!

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