Saint Mary’s Catholic School is AdvancED accredited and the Diocese of Richmond is AdvancED accredited as a school system. AdvancED is the largest community of education professionals in the world. They are a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of Pre-K-12 schools and school systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. While their expertise is grounded in more than a hundred years of work in school accreditation, AdvancED is far from a typical accrediting agency. Their goal isn’t to certify that schools are good enough. Rather, their commitment is to help schools improve.
Combining the knowledge and expertise of a research institute, the skills of a management consulting firm and the passion of a grassroots movement for educational change, AdvancED serves as a trusted partner to 34,000 schools and school systems—employing more than four million educators and enrolling more than 20 million students—across the United States and 70 other nations.
Our school received the U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon School Award in 2004.
Saint Mary’s is authorized to offer the Middle Year’s Programme of the International Baccalaureate Organization (MYP – IB). The MYP offers an internationally recognized world class education to all Saint Mary’s students grades 6 – 8.
Founded in 1967 with just four classrooms, Saint Mary’s has expanded into 20 homerooms, including two sections for each grade, Pre-K – 8. A new academic facility, including eight new classrooms, was added in 1998 along with a newly renovated fine arts center. This includes an automated library, fully equipped computer lab, as well as new music and art facilities. The entire school, including classrooms, is networked with Internet capability. With the completion of the newest worship space in 2008, Saint Mary’s added 6 Early Childhood Classrooms for the Pre-School Preparation, Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and First Grade classes.
During the past years, Saint Mary’s has been blessed with excellent leadership and tremendous parental support. Volunteers are seen as a gift to the school, a gift that is invaluable to the children’s educational process.
Saint Mary’s School is pleased to provide an educational environment where students can be challenged academically in a Christian setting. In this atmosphere, children are taught to respect the dignity of each human being, to recognize their own God-given gifts and to develop these gift to their highest potential.
We are a community within a wider community. In this context, we promote an integrated approach to education. The family, school, and parish share in the responsibility of educating the whole child – mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.