St. Mary Catholic School Academics Program
Value of a Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 Catholic Education.
St. Mary Catholic School teachers are dedicated to offering the highest level of academic excellence possible to each student in their care. In addition, they are role models as the students develop in all aspects, academically, spiritually, and physically. Students are encouraged to excel in all areas and to enhance their love of God, own self-image, respect for others, environmental awareness, self-motivation, self-discipline, and critical thinking skills.
Multiple studies and reports have concluded that there are many benefits to a Kindergarten through Eighth Grade educational settings. St. Mary Catholic School offers learning opportunities in a faith-based setting that has proven to be one of the most valuable learning institutes available. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement, St. Mary Catholic School has met the requirements established by AdvancED, an educational system that adheres to the highest quality standards and considers all aspects of how schools deliver quality education.
- Our students show academic excellence in Standardized Testing
- Our students continually excel in extracurricular activities, such as Washington County Spelling Bee, Catholic Daughters Essay/Poetry/Art Contests, American Legion Essay Contests, Theater, Sports, etc.
- Our students are taught by teachers strong in their religious faith and who, through their actions and deeds, instill this faith in the students
- Most of our students remain in the familiar setting that is St. Mary Catholic School from kindergarten through eighth grade, surrounded by classmates who become their friends, and a loving, caring faculty and staff who become their educators. We are a school family who care about and work diligently with the students and guide them to be the best they can be, working hand-in-hand with our parents.
- St. Mary Catholic School exists due, in part, to all the volunteer parents, grandparents, and friends who do not hesitate to step up and do whatever is necessary to assist the faculty and staff and students. They can be seen in the hallways changing bulletin boards, in the cafeteria serving food or helping the students open milk cartons, on the playground at recess keeping watch over the children, accompanying the students on field trips, assisting in the computer lab or library, heading up the home school association and all that is involved with that parent/teacher organization, and the list goes on and on.
- Middle School students begin to take on an expectation and knowledge that they are nearing the end of their educational journey at St. Mary Catholic School and are preparing to take that big step into the next phase of their education. Many of the current students have parents and grandparents who have taken this journey before them with many fond memories. They are aware that the knowledge and guidance they received at St. Mary Catholic School shaped their life-long learning process, and in many cases, made it a little easier. Now, even if it means big sacrifices, they want the same for their own children.
- St. Mary Catholic School is ever growing and enriching the educational environment. The best example of this is the technology department. SMARTBoards are utilized at all grade levels. Middle School students enjoy a one-to-one computing environment with iPads. The computer lab is being refreshed with new touchscreen computers.
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In choosing St. Mary Catholic School, you are investing in your child’s tomorrow. For over 145 years students and families have been entrusting SMCS for educational excellence – spiritually, academically, and socially. We invite you to visit our campus in historic Hagerstown, Maryland to learn more about our school as well as our school community.