St. Mary Catholic School

St. Mary Catholic School Photo #1 - Blessings of The Pets!
St. Mary Catholic School Photo #2 - Representing at the Mobile Chamber of Commerce Expo! #MakingMaryProud
St. Mary Catholic School Photo #3 - We are a Bicentennial School! We are proud to be chosen to represent our State as one of 200 Bicentennial Schools in Alabama! Pictured is Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Gwen Byrd with St. Mary Catholic School Principal, Debbie Ollis.
St. Mary Catholic School Photo #4 - St. Mary Fifth Grade Buddies walk their Little Kindergarten Buddies back to class after the Friday Student Mass
St. Mary Catholic School Photo #5 - We Remember. St. Mary students participate in the 9-11 Patriot's Day Memorial.
St. Mary Catholic School Photo #6 - St. Mary Faculty and Staff! St. Mary welcomed back our faculty and staff with a beautiful Mass before a week of training and orientation to prepare for the first day of school.
St. Mary Catholic School Photo #7 - Students participate in weekly Mass at St. Mary Catholic School in many ways. From planning the Mass as a class, to lectors, gift bearers, and altar servers, there are many opportunities available.
St. Mary Catholic School Photo #8 - Technology is important at St. Mary Catholic. Each and every year we upgrade our technology resources. From Ipads for every student, to smart boards in every classroom, to the latest software, we make sure that our students have the most up to date tools available to them.
St. Mary Catholic School Photo #9 - First month of school smiles!
St. Mary Catholic School Photo #10 - Join us for St. Mary Parent Night! Explore the opportunities for your child in grades PreK3 - 8. Event begins with an open house for our Parish Mom's Day Out at 4:30 p.m. followed by an informational dinner at 5:30 p.m. and and curriculum tours of PreK3 through 8th grade at 6:30 p.m.
Our mission is to provide an environment where Jesus' message of love meets the spiritual, intellectual, physical and emotional needs of our students.
This mission is manifested through MARY - Moral Accomplished Responsible Yearning to learn.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1867
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students543 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 21%
Students by Grade St. Mary Catholic School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers56 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size25 students
Number of AP Courses2 courses
Advanced CoursesHonors Algebra, Spanish I
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(navy houndstooth plaid pants, jumpers, and skirts; white buttondowns and polos)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$2,900
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$1,000
Admissions DirectorAnnette Patterson


Total Sports Offered10 sports
SportsBallet, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Flag Football, Football, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBalletBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
Flag FootballFootball,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.22 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Local Science Fair, Middle School Enhancement Program, National Junior Honor Society, Piano Lessons, Regional and State Technology Competition, Regional Spelling Bee, Scholars' Bowl, St. Jude Mathathon, Student Yearbook Staff

Club or Organization:
Altar Servers, Ballet and Jazz, Boy Scouts, Chess Club, Girl Scouts, Pro-life Club, Recycling Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Competitions, Children's Choir

Recreational Athletic Programs:
CYO Sports Program:Basketball, CYO Sports Program:Football, CYO Sports Program:Soccer, CYO Sports Program:Volleyball

School Notes

  • St. Mary Catholic School, founded in 1867, is the oldest existing Catholic elementary school in Alabama. As the largest education ministry of St. Mary Parish, the school continues today, as a partner with parents, focusing on the development of the whole child. The mission of St. Mary is to provide an environment where Jesus` message of love meets the spiritual, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs of our children. The mission is manifested through MARY-Moral, Accomplished, Responsible, Yearning to learn. St. Mary Catholic School strives to be attuned to the needs of both students and parents. To this end, St. Mary offers before and after school care, has Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 programs, and provides a full-service cafeteria. St. Mary Catholic School makes no discrimination on the basis of religion, race, or national origin. St. Mary considers all non-parish and non-Catholic students on a space-available basis. Screening interviews may be administered to new students.
  • St. Mary Catholic School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). St. Mary offers an academic program that produces students who are ready and eager to move to the next level of academic achievement. In addition to the core curriculum of language arts, mathematics, social studies and science, St. Mary is pleased to offer the following: Marian Honors Program, Religion, Library, Resource Program, Performance, Assessments, STEAM plant, McGill-Toolen Prep Band, Art Classes, Middle School Drama, Science Lab, Preschool Phonics Program, Performing Arts, Pre-KE-5, Computer Lab/Instruction, Full-time counselor, Spanish, Low Student to Teacher Ration, Guided/Levelized Reading Curriculum, Outdoor Classroom, Middle School Debate Team.
  • St. Mary Catholic School is committed to raising the leaders of tomorrow. A partnership between parents and St. Mary creates a home and school environment positively impacting the lives of children. In addition to every day parent/teacher partnership, St. Mary has other opportunities for parents and members of the greater community to make a difference: Parent/Teacher Organization (PTO), Sacramental Programs, School Advisory Committee, Room Parents, Business Partnership Program, Teacher/Library Assistants, Casino Nights, Special Events/Programs, Parent Information Nights, SCRIP Program, Annual Fund Drive which provides for facility, academic, and campus improvements, Steve Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament.
  • National Junior Honors Society, Bay Area Scholastic Challenge League, Peer Helpers, Something Beautiful for God Service Program, Weekly Mass, Buy Into Mobile Recycling Project, Altar Server Program, Sacraments, Liturgical Services, Scouts and CYO Sports Programs, Yearbook, Alabama High School Athletic Association, grades 7 and 8, Children`s Choice, Pro Life Club, and Computer Club.
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