Every spring, students graduate from St. Mary Catholic School as students have done for almost one-and-a half centuries. And every fall, these students begin high school. Without fail, we hear one story after another about how our high school students have a great advantage over their peers from the public schools. The students discover that their years at St. Mary Catholic School have given them a very firm foundation not only in knowledge, but in study habits and critical thinking.
I am never surprised when I hear these stories, because behavioral scientists have been intensely studying Catholic education in this country. They are trying to discover how Catholic schools so consistently achieve excellence while other schools fail so many students.
I believe that the success of Catholic schools is due to: (1) a commitment to excellence in academics, and (2) teaching values to guide our students through their life journeys. Because Catholic schools strive to develop the whole person—mind, body, and spirit—it is no wonder that in the United States, about one-third of all doctoral degrees go to Catholic Christians even though we are only one-fourth of the population of the country.
One of the greatest benefits of graduating from St. Mary Catholic School is that students may always come back for faculty help in their future.
I join the faculty and staff of St. Mary Catholic School in wishing nothing but the very best life has to offer to each and every student. If we can ever help you on your life journeys, don’t hesitate to contact us, and we will do whatever we can to help.
Sincerely yours in Christ,