Thank you for visiting the St. Mary Catholic School website. We are proud to be part of the history of the oldest Catholic school in North Carolina which will be celebrating 151 years of continuous Catholic education in the city of Wilmington during the 2020/2021 school year. We are also proud to be the school associated with the Basilica Shrine of St. Mary. Our school is located in the beautiful historic district several blocks from the Cape Fear River. You can read about the school’s rich history by visiting another page of this site.
Our school family has the privilege of being able to attend Mass every Friday morning in the historic Basilica Shrine of St. Mary. Our Catholic faith is taught in classes and is lived out through numerous outreach projects during the school year. We strive to develop and share our gifts to glorify our Father.
The mission of St. Mary School is to ensure learning for all our children within the framework of Catholic Christian values. Our instructional programs follow the State of North Carolina Standards as well as that of the Diocese of Raleigh. We offer two high school credit courses, Math I and Math II. Our students consistently score well on the Iowa Standardized Test and go on to find success in high school and higher education. The core subjects are enhanced by an enriching arts program consisting of choir, two levels of band, Suzuki violin, and visual arts. Also included in our offerings are Spanish, physical education and technology. St. Mary School is accredited by AdvancEd which encourages continuous school improvement.
Our students and teachers have the advantage of walking to so many interesting sites for field trips, such as the Cape Fear Museum, Historic Latimer House, the main Fire Station, Thalian Hall, City Hall, and the Children’s Museum, just to name a few. We can even walk to a water taxi which takes us across the river to the U.S.S. North Carolina. Occasionally, our students have taken the free trolley to the river to tour historic ships docked in our fair city.
The Falcons’ Nest Early Childhood Program operates on all school days, 8:15-12 in our lower school building as well as an extended day program that dismisses at 3pm. This allows our families an opportunity to offer their children the St. Mary educational experience from the age of 3 years.
The St. Mary Faculty, Staff, and I are dedicated to carrying out the threefold mission of Catholic education which is to spread the message of God, build community, and teach service while providing an excellent academic program.
Mrs. Joyce Price