WHY ST. MARY SCHOOL?

LEADERSHIP

  • Kindergarten 4- and 5-year-olds through 8th grade campus allows middle school students to act as mentors to younger students
  • Extensive public speaking opportunities for Kinder 5-year-olds through 8th grades
  • Student Council for 7th and 8th grades
  • Encouragement of moral development, leadership and service

ACADEMICS

  • Emphasis on core subjects and academic excellence to prepare students for the 21st century
  • WCEA and WASC accredited
  • Full-time aides for Kinder 4-year-olds through 4th grade for a 1:17 class size ratio; class sizes up to 35 students
  • Balanced curriculum: academics, religion, PE, music, art, Spanish enrichment
  • Outstanding junior high science program and lab—strong preparation for high school science; award-winning instructor
  • Curriculum follows State of California and Diocese of San Jose guidelines
  • Prepares junior high students for high school structure (home room, 5 subject teachers, change classrooms)
  • Designated resource teacher provides intervention and extra assistance

FAITH

  • Educate for academic excellence combined with Catholic tradition for a community grounded in faith
  • Religious environment where students are challenged to fulfill their individual potential
  • Exceptional and caring faculty and staff who help students reach their highest potential
  • Sisters of the Presentation nun on staff
  • Religion taught in every class throughout the week
  • Values taught throughout the curriculum
  • Masses and prayer services on a regular basis
  • Advent performance at Christmas
  • Lenten program: Ash Wednesday, weekly Stations of the Cross, Passion Play on Holy Thursday, Good Friday observance

TECHNOLOGY

  • Campus-wide Wifi
  • Class set of iPads for Kinder 5-year-olds
  • One-to-one use of iPads or Chromebooks in 1st – 8th grades
  • Apple TVs and projection systems integrating technology into the classrooms
  • Laptops for every teacher

PROGRAMS

  • Before- and after-school extended care
  • Art instruction and appreciation taught by local, award-winning artist
  • Music instruction and appreciation directed by accomplished vocalist and musician
  • Band program for 4th – 8th grades
  • Chess program for Kinder 5-year-olds through 8th grade
  • Speech & debate program for 4th – 8th grades
  • Science camp for 6th grade
  • Washington, D.C. trip for 8th grade
  • Bullying prevention and positive peer-interaction programs: ABC Project Cornerstone and Second Step
  • Library

SPORTS/FITNESS

  • Physical Education (PE) for all grade levels
  • After-school sports program for grades 5th – 8th
    • Volleyball
    • Flag football
    • Basketball
    • Track and field
    • Belong to league of other Catholic schools
    • No tryouts, all students who want to play make the team
  • Annual Walk-a-Thon

COMMUNITY SERVICE

  • Community Service Program for 6th – 8th grades
  • 25-hour community service requirement for graduation
  • Numerous community service opportunities at the school and in the parish

PARENT INVOLVMENT

  • Strong community of committed and involved parents
  • Men’s Club
  • Mothers’ Guild
  • School Advisory Committee
  • Room Moms
  • Committees: Facilities, Technology, Safety, Development
  • 50 required volunteer hours per family per year
  • Organize and run four major fundraisers: Walk-a-Thon, Fall Spaghetti Dinner, Blue & White Auction, Spring Spaghetti Dinner