St. Mary Catholic Schools provides an outstanding education to students from Pre-3 through high school. Our dedicated faculty and administrators are committed to meeting the academic needs of every student across the educational spectrum. SMCS’s accelerated opportunities, solid college-prep course selections and high expectations motivate and challenge students, and learning specialists provide support where needed.
Small by choice and faith based
Small class sizes, technology-based curriculum and dedicated, well-trained instructors who truly care create an atmosphere in which every learner can reach the height of his or her potential. SMCS’s comprehensive, aligned approach to Pre-3 – 12 Catholic education is the foundation for the success of our alumni, who leave St. Mary Catholic Schools well prepared, academically and spiritually, for the future.
In 2014, the SMCS Board of Trustees approved a four-year technology plan, which is evaluated and updated annually, to address the growing technology needs of our schools. This plan included the implementation of a one-to-one program at the middle school (modeled after the high school’s program) and the installation of updated equipment at all schools. Over the summer 0f 2017, a significant improvement plan was implemented to upgrade the infrastructure at all five campuses to accommodate the increased traffic on the network and to improve internet safety protocol.
Practical and successful standardized testing
Among the tools used to determine students’ academic strengths and challenges is Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing. MAP tests, which are administered to students in grades 2-7 twice during every academic year, offer immediate and useful results that are used to monitor individual students’ progress, as well as that of a particular class or grade level. The results also influence lesson plans moving forward. SMCS students consistently score above their peers across the national and the state. Older students enjoy similar success in standardized college entrance exams when compared to national, state and local peers.
Active teacher/parent communication
Parents are kept apprised of students’ academic progress through grade-level-appropriate reports via online portals, paper progress reports, student/teachers/parent conferences and individual contact when needed. A measurement of each student’s reading level (called his or her lexile score) is acquired from MAP results. An explanation of how this determination is made and how to use the information can be found at the Parent Toolkit.
The Aquinas Project
St. Mary Catholic Schools is making preparations for a new multi-age, accelerated learning elementary school program for the 2018-19 school year, which will be located at the St. Mary Elementary Campus. Research, site visits and teacher interviews have been conducted, and SMCS has secured an instructor with the required qualifications to begin plans for this important initiative. A well-developed program led by a passionate and qualified teacher will be in place for the fall of 2018.
Collaborative Pupil Services
St. Mary Catholic Schools (SMCS) is proud of the educational support provided to K-12 students through its collaborative pupil services program. The program helps educators proactively assess student needs and apply learning strategies at critical stages of educational development, supporting student achievement and allowing for a successful transition of services from one school level to the next. The pupil services team is committed to joining forces with classroom teachers and parents to enhance students’ individualized education experience and strengthens SMCS’s ability to help every student succeed to his or her highest potential.
Project Lead The Way
In order to prepare students to thrive in our 21st-century world, SMCS is participating in Project Lead The Way, the premier STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)-based curriculum available.
St. Mary Catholic Schools is pleased to offer a world languages program that begins at the elementary level. Students are able to learn German, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish.
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