Our Five Campuses
St. Mary Catholic Schools serves nearly 900 children in preschool through 12th grade in five schools located in the cities of Neenah and Menasha, Wisconsin. They are:
St. Mary Catholic Elementary Schools:
St. Gabriel, 900 Geiger Street in Neenah
St. Margaret Mary, 910 Division Street in Neenah
St. Mary, 510 Second Street in Menasha
St. Mary Catholic Middle School, 1000 Zephyr Drive in Neenah
St. Mary Catholic High School, 1050 Zephyr Drive in Neenah
Each elementary school is located on the grounds of one of our SMCS parishes. The middle and the high school are located on one campus and share outdoor recreational facilities and a two-acre nature area. All buildings are securely locked and have wireless technology. Each school has a library/media center, gymnasium, band/music room and cafeteria.
In fall 2017, the new fitness and training facility will open on the grounds of the main campus, enhancing the experience of SMCS middle and high school students.
Our stunning fine arts center, constructed in 2012, is adjacent to St. Mary Catholic High School. The theater is equipped with ample, ADA-compliant handicap seating, a hearing loop and assisted listening devices for the comfort of our guests. The Jane Bergstrom Fine Arts Education Center (FAEC) was built to enhance and expand the fine- and performing arts opportunities for all of our SMCS K-12 students. The venue is used by students and staff from our five schools, as well as alumni and community members for concerts, performances and events.
The 22,000 square-foot facility includes a theater that comfortably seats 495 guests and includes state-of-the-art audiovisual, lighting and production equipment, a fly system for scene changes and a Yamaha grand piano. A well-equipped set-building and costume shop, as well as a spacious green room, are located adjacent to the stage.
The finely appointed lobby area is perfect for events such as fundraisers, visual arts displays and the senior prom. An authentic black box theater that seats 96 patrons is used for one-set plays, forensic activities, seminars, small combo instrumental performances and more.
Click here to view a seating chart of the theater.
Are you interested in learning more about the SMCS Fine Arts Program or the Jane Bergstrom Fine Arts Education Center? Contact the fine arts director for more information!
SMCS Training and Fitness Center
In conjunction with the construction of our fine arts education center, a new wing of 21st-century classrooms was added on to St. Mary Catholic High School. Four classrooms, each focusing on a different area of technology, were installed.
The distance-learning classroom provides access to AP, CAPP, specialized and accelerated classes from schools across the state; to educational networks via direct connections to real-world professionals in hundreds of fields; and to new opportunities to build vital skills through live, interactive seminars, lab simulations and virtual field trips. The forensic/presentation lab is equipped with tools to help students enhance their interpersonal communication skills and to craft quality presentations. The business marketing and graphic (BMG) design lab provides an environment for students to create high-quality digital and print media. This lab enables students to become proficient with tools that are commonly used in a wide range of creative industries to produce real-world presentations and graphic designs. The innovation, science, technology, engineering and math (I-STEM) lab provides students with the high-tech resources needed to apply math and science knowledge using engineering technologies including computer-aided design (CAD) software.
The SMCS STEM Club Building (formerly known as the technology and engineering center), located on the campus on Zephyr Drive, is the home to our renowned VEX Robotics program, as well as an aeronautics club and groups that focus on electricity/electronics and programming. With an expansion into an area previously used for storage, our robotics teams have separate and ample areas for design/planning, construction and practice. There is also designated space for an electronics station and construction of quad copters.
SMCS is fortunate to have regulation competition fields for many high school sports right on the combined campus of the middle and high school. A grass football and soccer field, completely rejuvenated tennis courts and a brand new full baseball diamond and softball field provide a home-field advantage to our Zephyr teams.
The Riviere Tennis Center, which has newly refurbished landscaping, eight rejuvenated regulation-size courts and stadium-style seating for spectators, allows SMCHS to host invitationals, conference tournaments and WIAA events.
The McClone Gymnasium and the double gym at St. Mary Catholic Middle School provide a terrific, multi-court venue for hosting indoor sports competitions and practices.
Jane’s Woods is a beautiful two-acre wooded area on the main campus of St. Mary Catholic Schools (SMCS)! The woods is named in loving memory of the mother of two important SMCS benefactors, brothers John and Dick Bergstrom. The small preserve was recognized by a local professional arborist to be “the best-preserved woodland in the Fox Valley.”
Jane’s Woods was established in 1994 when St. Mary Catholic High School (then known as St. Mary Central) was built on Zephyr Drive. When the new middle school was constructed in 2015, the building was positioned at the edge of the woods and designed to take advantage of the verdant view; the science and art labs are located next to the woods for easy access.
Under the guidance of now retired environmental science teacher Ann Hoernke and volunteer Patrick Hickey (who is also a neighbor to the tract of land), many volunteers have worked over the years to transform the wildly overgrown plot into a beautiful area that is enjoyed by many. Groups including science classes, sports teams, scout troops and school families still visit the woods regularly to combat invasive species such as buckthorn, renew native flora and perform trail maintenance. Several small grants from area organizations including SCA, Wild Ones, CellCom, and Bergstrom Automotive, have been secured to ensure that Jane’s Woods is in prime condition to be used as an outdoor classroom, a peaceful refuge, a cross-country ski and running path and home to many plants, small animals and insects.
In addition to beautifying the campus and preserving natural habitat, education is a primary component of the Jane’s Woods project. Service learning experiences for the students in science and religion classes, as well as inspiration for art and literature classes enrich the lives of students from our elementary, middle, and high schools. Those who participate learn the value of hard work, aesthetics and stewardship, as well life skills such as responsibility and property maintenance.
Notable additions to Jane’s Woods include the pastoral Stations of the Cross path that can be prayerfully traversed, and prominent placement of a statue of St. Francis and a large wooden cross at the entrance. The cross was hand-hewn by SMC alumnus Terry Spalding in memory of his father, John Spalding. The nearly 12-foot tall cross was made from the beams of a lodge frequently used by the high school for retreats and faculty gatherings in the 1960s-80s. Special benches donated in memory of Zephyrs community members are located throughout the woods as places to reflect and enjoy the peaceful setting.