St. Mary Catholic Elementary Schools

Courses Offered

Foundational Curriculum
“Specials” Courses
“Specials” Scheduling

In conjunction with our commitment to providing an educationally robust, faith-based education, the SMCES curriculum includes a strong foundation in the traditional elements of a well-rounded education, as well as a complement of “specials” that are part of every child’s elementary school experience.

Foundational Curriculum

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Penmanship
  • Religion
  • Science
  • Social Studies

“Specials” Courses

These courses offer students an opportunity to explore new ideas and experiences in areas that reach beyond the basic curriculum. Teachers dedicated to one subject travel to each elementary school and the middle school to provide instruction in these areas, and we have devised a system of rotating the classes among the schools to ensure that all of our students get an approximately equal number of days with these teachers.

  • Art
  • Computer Skills
  • Library/Media Center
  • Mandarin Chinese (grades 3-5)
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish

“Specials” Scheduling

Each day of the school year is assigned a letter from A to F. The first day of school is an A, the second day a B, and so on. We go through A to F, and then start over. Specials are assigned to schools by letter days rather than days of the week. When there is a vacation day, the letter follows in order, assigned to the next school day. The A-to-F schedule is included in the SMCS calendar, and each campus sends home an explanation of what specials are scheduled on A to F days at their own campus.


Enrichment—in addition to our rich curriculum, a large variety of after-school and summer courses are available. Visit the SMCS Enrichment Program page to learn more.

Move to the Groove—Move to the Groove is an award-winning program that was started as part of the system’s health and wellness initiative. With Move to the Groove, all students, faculty and staff gather in the school gymnasium each morning for a little fun and exercise through choreographed moves set to energetic music.

Project Lead The Way is a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)-based program that is being integrated into the St. Mary Catholic Schools curriculum through a three-year implementation plan that begin with grades 4-5 in the fall of 2016.