Catholic Education has its essential elements: Message, Community, and Service. St. Mary’s seeks the integration of this three fold dimension with total educational process in order that the child may grow in the knowledge and love of God, and in the awareness of, and commitment to, the basic Christian values of love and service to neighbor.
Our Catholic schools use a standards-based curriculum which defines all the information students learn, plus experiences they have in acquiring and using that information.
There are three types of standards: content, process and Catholic identity. The standards answer the questions for students, “What am I going to learn?”, “How am I going to apply it?” and “Who do I want to become?”
Teachers combine the content standards (what kids should know and be able to do) with process standards (critical thinking and decision making) to create rigorous instruction.
St. Mary’s offers a varied and in-depth program of learning from preschool through 8th grade. Our curriculum includes six core subjects: religion, English, reading, mathematics, science, and social studies. Spanish, music, art, physical education and STEM education round out our curriculum, designed to educate the whole child.
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St. Mary’s Catholic School and the Diocese of Dallas follow national standards, supplanting local and state guidelines. We are accredited by the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department (TCCED) and approved by the Texas Education Agency (TEA)
Religion – A key goal of St. Mary’s Catholic School is to help every child grow in the knowledge of God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Our centered environment emphasizes service, prayer, and discipline. Weekly Mass attendance enhances the children’s appreciation of the faith.
Pre-School – St. Mary’s pre-school program follows early childhood education standards developed by the Diocese of Dallas. The program provides a trusting and open atmosphere in which children can grow to their fullest potential as they develop a strong foundation intellectually, spiritually, socially, and physically.
STEM Education – Beginning in kindergarten, our students begin working on STEM skills to prepare for the unknown future. Our SmartLab is designed to challenge and engage a student upon entering. Concepts like “fail-forward” and collaboration are integral to this process.
Health – Health education is taught to Kindergarten – 8th grade. Students are taught proper hygiene, dental care, nutrition, circulatory system, and anatomy.
Music – Music programs are offered at all grade levels. Our annual Christmas program includes participation by all of our students and staff.
Physical Education – Our physical education program is modeled after the President’s Physical Fitness Plan. Our goal is for all students to successfully complete the age appropriate fitness schedules by the end of the school year.
Foreign Language – St. Mary’s students are educated in a secondary language from their earliest years. Spanish is taught in Kindergarten through 8th grade.
Community Service – Community Service projects are included in our religious curriculum. Students learn the virtues of kindness and mercy through visits with the elderly and projects for the needy.
After School Program – Our After School Program is offered to students in all day pre-school through 8th grade. The After School Program does not meet on days when school is not in session or on early release days.
Early Arrival Program – Our Early Arrival Program is offered to students in pre-school through 8th grade. The Early Arrival Program does not meet on days when school is not in session or on late arrival days.
Students at St. Mary’s School take the IOWA & CogAT test in October. The purpose of taking the test during the Fall semester is to determine within the curriculum standards where the school needs to focus instruction. The IOWA is not used as a scorecard for ranking school performance. We believe the academic excellence of St. Mary’s speaks for itself.
St. Mary’s does not believe in teaching to the test. We do not mock test or practice test with exception to having 3rd graders learn how to bubble answer sheets. Students in Grades 1-2 circle answers on consumable tests.
The IOWA is a norm referenced test designed to display how your child compares to other students his age and within his grade level (AKA The Bell Curve). The CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) identifies how your child thinks, providing a profile sheet with suggested learning strategies for your child.
Strengths of IOWA
- Scores are likely accurate. The test is usually piloted before deployed at large.
- The test scores are compared to a large population of similar aged students.
- The tests have broad coverage of curriculum and helpful in comparing to national scores.
- Helpful in identifying at risk students or Gifted & Talented
St. Mary’s Catholic School is accredited by Texas Catholic Conference and holds membership in the National Catholic Education Association. Highly qualified professional educators staff the school, each one dedicated to the growth and development of the children entrusted to their care.
St. Mary’s seeks to assist the parents in laying a firm foundation for the spiritual, intellectual, and physical development of the students. The integration of a strong academic program with religious truths and values distinguishes this Catholic school and gives St. Mary’s its uniqueness.
St. Mary’s offers an excellent opportunity for children of all faiths. A combination of self-paced instruction and regular classroom structure maintain a high level of academic excellence. This challenges every pupil to reach their potential as a student of St. Mary’s Catholic School.
St. Mary’s is a proud institution: proud of its rich heritage of excellence, proud of its current level of excellent academic performance, and proud of the future that can be as right and promising as the past. We are committed to having one of the best primary schools in the nation. Will you join us? Great Service in the Past… Great promise for the Future!