St. MARY CATHOLIC SCHOOL



ST. MARY CATHOLIC SCHOOL

Our Mission

To ensure learning for all our students within the framework of Catholic Christian values

Support St. Mary School – Donate to the Annual Fund

At St. Mary School, we are dedicated to providing an exceptional learning environment for our students. Each year, we rely on the generosity of our families to contribute a minimum of $250 to the Annual Fund. Your donation is vital to maintaining and enhancing the quality of education we offer.

How Your Donation Helps:

  • Maintaining Facilities: Ensuring our lower and upper school buildings are well-maintained, clean, and improved over the summer.
  • Restocking Classroom and Athletic Equipment: Upgrading educational materials, such as books, whiteboards, and gym equipment, to keep our students well-equipped for learning.
  • Investing in the Future: When immediate needs are met, funds are used to address teacher requests for additional resources, including expanded classroom libraries and educational software.

Every contribution, no matter the size, helps us create a better educational experience for our students. Thank you for your continued support and generosity.

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Our Programs

Our Early Education program is designed to ignite the curiosity and enthusiasm for learning in our youngest students (ages 3-4), setting them on a path to lifelong success. 

Our philosophy towards elementary education is rooted in a deep commitment to nurturing not only the academic growth of our students but also their personal and spiritual development. 

Our Middle School program is designed to empower students with the skills, knowledge, and character they need to thrive in their academic journey and beyond. 

Our After School program is designed to give students extra support with their homework and time to unwind in a safe, nurturing environment.

Meet our principal

Meet our distinguished Principal, Joseph Poletti, a seasoned educational professional with an impressive 37-year career dedicated to shaping young minds and fostering excellence in education. His diverse roles within the field have included serving as a classroom teacher, instructional technology facilitator, state department consultant, university program administrator, athletic director, central services director, and school administrator. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his role.

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Visit Us

School Tours

For the 2024 - 2025 School Year

Discover the excellence of St. Mary Catholic School through our guided tours! Prospective students and parents are warmly invited to experience our vibrant educational community in action. During these tours, you'll get a firsthand look at our historic campus, meet our dedicated staff, and witness the engaging learning environment that sets St. Mary apart.

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155 Years of Academic Excellence

Sisters of Charity at St. Mary  (photo credit: New Hanover County Library)
Sisters of Charity at St. Mary (photo credit: New Hanover County Library)


Welcome to St. Mary Catholic School, a K-8 institution nestled in the heart of historic downtown Wilmington!

St. Mary Catholic School is strategically located, serving families not only in New Hanover County but also offering convenience to families across multiple locations in Brunswick County, ensuring accessibility to a quality education for all.

With a rich legacy of academic excellence and a diverse student body, we are more than just a school; we are a close-knit family committed to nurturing the future leaders of tomorrow.

Our school is known for providing a foundation of religious education and a strong arts and STEM program. We are the only school in Wilmington offering Suzuki violin, and our middle school students have an opportunity to take high school courses. 

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At a Glance

1869

YEAR FOUNDED

10:1

STUDENT TO FACULTY RATIO

17

AVERAGE CLASS SIZE

8

SPORTS OFFERED

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Testimonials

"St. Mary has met my expectations for a very high academic program while balancing compassion, service, and engagement in their programs. The school prepared my rising 9th grader to a competitive high school honors program."

"We love the small classes and extra attention each child gets. The level of education is exceptional. I would recommend St. Mary's to any family with young children in the area. The music and Science programs start early and are sublime."

"Unlike a lot of small schools, it did offer athletic teams, band and art programs, and Spanish language. My very favorite experience at St. Mary was participation on the Science Olympiad team... I have now gone on to do Science Olympiad for 7 years... It is what made me decide that I want to go into the STEM professions. This experience at St. Mary gave my academic life direction."

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A Day in the Life

Grade Levels

St. Mary offers PreKindergarten 3 to 8th grade. PreK 3 and PreK 4 are offered as a half day and a full day (until 3:00 p.m.)

School Hours

School begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at 3:00 p.m. After school is offered from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. as an addition to tuition. Mass is celebrated with the community Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m.

Curriculum

As a Catholic Institution, St. Mary follows the Standards and Instruction of the Diocese of Raleigh. St. Mary students participate in faith formation throughout their years.

Classes Offered

Core courses are Science, Math, Social Studies, English/Language Arts, PE, Art, and Music. Middle school electives are Journalism, Technology, and Spanish. High school Math I and Math II are offered to advanced math students in the 7th and 8th grades.