PART III ‑ SUMMARY
Saint Mary’s Catholic School is an inner-city elementary building which serves students in grades kindergarten through 8 located in the southern part of the state in New Albany, Indiana. Saint Mary’s Catholic School is a member of the New Albany Deanery and in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Our parish has supported Catholic school education dating back to 1854. Saint Mary’s Church was established in 1852 and the first school was built in 1854.
In 1867, a five story Girls’ Academy was built which also served as the living quarters for the Sisters of St. Francis. In the year 1872, the St. Joseph’s Hall School building was erected and the lower floors served as the boys’ school. In 1949, in what was formerly a residential area, the present school building was built. The school was dedicated and occupied in 1950. Between 1969 and 1970 Saint Mary’s consolidated with Holy Trinity School (Holy Trinity parish and school were located one city block south of Saint Mary’s) to become Catholic Central School. After Holy Trinity Church burned in 1975, the current Saint Mary’s building was completely renovated and modernized and was occupied in 1978. The history of Saint Mary’s is a testimony of its concern, commitment, and dedication to education as well as being a cornerstone of the community.
Saint Mary’s is State accredited and participates in an ongoing school improvement process driven by the Indiana Department of Education. Our faculty and staff uphold the highest levels of professionalism to stay abreast of current instructional strategies to provide optimal learning for our students. Our school motto is SMCS – uccessfully otivating hampion tudents. We launch a school-wide child friendly yearlong theme annually to enhance our Catholic identity and to build a sense of collaboration and enthusiasm among the school community. Our mission and vision statements are as follows:
SAINT MARY’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT
Saint Mary’s Catholic School, rich in tradition since 1854, exists to provide a safe, spiritual, and stimulating environment conducive to lifelong learning.
As an extension of the family, Saint Mary’s seeks to strengthen and nurture the total person by instilling feelings of self-worth and confidence in our students. We challenge a diverse population of students to meet their full potential by emphasizing academic excellence, strong moral values, and dedication to community service.
Our school family is bound together by the common thread of Catholic character, which includes mutual respect, personal dignity, and individual responsibility. We believe in education and faith for life.
SAINT MARY’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL VISION STATEMENT
Saint Mary’s Catholic School affords progressive educational and spiritual opportunities to achieve excellence in learning for each child.
We provide an array of services and programs to develop the multiple intelligences of our students. The following programs are supported to allow our students opportunities to discover his/her penchant for different ways of exploring our world: technology, orchestra, choir, foreign language, Speech Team, hand chime instrumental program, Peer Mediation Team, a State Honored Student Council, Academic Olympic Team, Physics Day, Science Fair, Art Fair, travel experiences, Stock Market Simulation, Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl, Family Friday Assemblies, athletics, student retreats, and a rosary program.
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