Welcome to St. Mary Catholic Schools!
Regardless if you’re a current St. Mary Catholic Schools (SMCS) family or you’re thinking of joining our community, we welcome you!
The foundation of an SMCS education is in faith, academics, service and personal development. These tenets, in conjunction with strong co-curricular opportunities, provide a well-rounded experience that encompasses students’ intellectual, spiritual, physical and emotional growth and development in a real-world environment. SMCS faculty and staff are committed to ensuring that every student achieves his or her highest potential.
We are humbled and blessed to witness the many gifts and talents of the greater SMCS community. Together, we strive each and every day to transform the heart and mind of our growing student community discerning God’s will for what is good and acceptable and purposeful in developing Jesus centered truths. As Catholic disciples, our core is Christ.
St. Mary Catholic Schools has integrated Project Lead The Way (STEM-based program) into our curriculum. With Project Lead The Way, we have entered an exciting new era in preparing students for the future and equipping them to thrive and succeed. Additionally, SMCS has developed The Aquinas Program, a project-based accelerated learning program for elementary students in grades 3-5 who will thrive in an enviornment with a self-directed and inter-disciplinary model of instruction.
Pillars of Honor
As an active and engaged member of the St. Mary Catholic High School community, we are all expected to act with integrity. Actions, behaviors, and decisions, both inside and outside of the classroom, should reflect and support the school’s five Pillars of Honor.
- Faith: “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” (Phil 4-13)
- Honesty: Truthfulness in all we do and say
- Respect: Sincere consideration and appreciation for individuals and the differences among them
- Responsibility: Pride in and responsibility for one’s actions
- Trust: Belief in the integrity and reliability of others
As you enter the front doors of St. Mary Catholic High School, you cannot help but notice the words: “Be it known to all who enter that Christ is the reason for this school.” As a Catholic institution, SMCHS has the privilege of making faith the cornerstone of everything it has to offer, instilling Christian values and welcoming students of all religious beliefs. The varied socio-economic backgrounds of SMCHS students fosters a balance of values and attitudes within this small-by-choice school community. We draw students from around the Fox Cities, and the freshman class is typically composed of students from an average of twelve different middle schools.
The school’s one-to-one laptop program integrates technology into a strong, college-prep curriculum. We offer a wide variety of classes, including numerous advanced, AP and CAPP courses, and an unlimited array of classes through the state-of-the-art distance learning lab. Low teacher-to-student ratios promote individualized instruction, and our full-time learning specialist is available to help students reach their highest potential.
The average ACT score over the past five years is 23.94, which exceeds state and national averages, and is among the highest in Fox Cities schools. In addition, SMCHS has a tradition of National Merit Scholars and the percentage of AP Scholar honors among seniors is also among the highest in the region.
St. Mary Catholic High School students benefit from the small size of the school because it allows them to experience a variety of academic and co-curricular opportunities throughout their high school careers. Rather than having to limit themselves to one or two interests, SMCHS students are encouraged by their peers, advisors and coaches to participate in multiple activities, and often play a vital role in the groups’ successes. SMCHS’s competitive teams perform very well across the spectrum of athletic and academic competitions.
An impressive 98% of students participating in multiple activities. Opportunities such as STEM Club (robotics, aeronautics, electronics, etc)., E.A.R.T.H. Club, fine arts and three world languages reflects SMCHS’s awareness of our place in preparing students for the changing world and global community. Our 2018 Zephyr baseball, track and golf were extremely successful and competed in State competitions.
St. Mary Catholic Middle School benefits from its location on the grounds of St. Mary Catholic High School, but stands alone in its 21st-century layout that is designed to accommodate collaborative learning, interactivity, technology and nurture our Catholic faith. Our faculty and staff at St. Mary Catholic Middle School (SMCMS) are faith-filled, dedicated, knowledgeable and experienced professionals who strive to meet the individual needs of students and the embrace the unique characteristics of a middle school community.
At SMCMS, every student is known by name, and our instructors work to address individual learning styles and social and emotional needs. Discipline issues are rare because students are engaged, involved, known and appreciated.
SMCMS believes strongly that parents are partners in the learning process and encourages parents to become involved as volunteers in school to further foster that partnership. We offer frequent after school socials so students can have fun with peers in a safe and welcoming atmosphere.
Our middle school focuses on the values that so many seek in a quality education: superior academic results, faith formation, the building of character, and a safe, caring community where each child is accepted, respected and never lost in the crowd.
Parent Involvement Program: 40 Hours
Research has proven that parent involvement and student achievement go hand in hand. Parents may choose to pay the fee or give 40 hours of their time to SMCS Middle School. Parents are billed $200 as parent involvement fee. Some possibilities include: Volunteering for Events, Lunch Supervision, Athletic Events, Chaperoning and Coaching.
Character Development, Expectations & Honor Cards
St. Mary Catholic Middle School has adopted the Pillars of Honor to help teach the character traits of faith, honesty, respect, responsibility, and trust. SMCS Middle School also uses a positive approach to discipline and expectations. Throughout the school our expectations of behavior in relation to these Pillars of Honor are posted. Additionally, we use an honor card that lists expectations for the students. The seventh and eighth graders begin this honor card on the first day of school, with sixth graders starting it a couple months into school.
Our goal is a shared partnership between school and home to create a positive learning environment for everyone at St. Mary Catholic Middle School and help students better understand their responsibility as students.
We are blessed to have three vibrant and thriving elementary school campuses that serve students in pre-3 through fifth grade, and their families. Each school is a community that offers an outstanding education that encompasses academic, spiritual, emotional and physical development in a creative, positive learning environment.
The heart of the St. Mary Catholic Elementary experience is the relationship between supportive and caring teachers, engaged parents and talented, eager students. The strong partnership between school, students, parents, parish and community fosters a close-knit “family feel” that is often missing in larger school systems. Our teachers, working collaboratively to inspire a love of learning in their students, recognize children as gifts from God, and value each child’s natural desire to learn.
Our strong curriculum challenges students intellectually and nurtures their personal growth. This is coupled with a commitment to inspire students and embrace innovation. At St. Mary Catholic Schools, we believe that every child is blessed with unique talents, and our task is to help grow and develop those talents so that each child can reach his or her unique calling in life and flourish as an integral member of the community
Every elementary school campus offers:
- A program that is accredited through Wisconsin Religious and Independent Schools Accreditation (WRISA)
- A dedicated, energetic, and highly qualified faculty, all of whom possess Wisconsin licensure and religious certification
- A Catholic-Christian foundation that permeates all aspects of school life, including the curriculum
- A challenging academic curriculum implemented to meet all instructional levels and learning styles
- Specialized teachers in areas of the art, music, physical education, Spanish, and technology
- A guidance counselor and program to help support child development in conjunction with the comprehensive counseling philosophy of supporting emotional and career development for students in kindergarten through high school
- A warm relationship with its partner parish and pastor
- A flexible extended-day and after school program for school families
- A nutritious lunch program that provides hot, well-balanced meals
- A unique and extensive after-school enrichment program that offers a plethora of co-curricular activities