Located in the heart of the historic district, St. Mary Catholic School lays claim to a rich and unique past. St. Mary School was established in 1869 and has been educating children for 152 years, making it the oldest Caholic school in North Carolina.
St. Mary School is dedicated to a total education program in grades PreK3 through Eight and our mission is to ensure learning for all students within the framework of Catholic Christian values. The faculty and staff are committed to offering each student advanced learning resources to develop their intellect. SMCS embodies a robust and deeply embedded committment to providing students opportunities to excel in a technological society.
Through a continuous education at St, Mary School, our data supports the fact that graduates leave well-prepared to be independent learners who maintain high academic achievements and moral standards throughout their high school and college years.
Our Science Olympiad team placed 2nd in the regional competition and 17th out of 42 schools in the state competiton. Two of our individual events placed in the top 10 at state. We are small but mighty and our school competed one on one with the top ranked national schools.
According to our school's accreditation by Cognia, "SMCS embodies a robust and deeply embedded commitment to providing students opportunities to excel in a technological society". The digital offerings and technology advances at SMCS surpass those in most other schools. As noted on the school website, they "recognize the importance in technology at the core of today`s education."
- Top Ranked NC School
- Grades: Prekindergarten-8
- Enrollment: 190 students
- Yearly Tuition: $6,160
- Average class size: 20 students
- Application Deadline: None / Rolling
- Source: Verified school update
St. Mary Catholic School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in North Carolina for:
School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Mild Learning Differences
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade
Academics and Faculty
Total Classroom Teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
Number of AP Courses
Classroom Dress Code
Tuition and Acceptance Rate
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
7540 Non Catholics 6160 Registered/Active Catholics
% on Financial Aid
Total Sports Offered
Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Club or Organization:
- We offer a small, inviting family atmosphere.
- Teachers engage the students, taking time to explain and challenge them, making learning fun.
- St. Mary School is accredited by Cognia. Students score high on ITBS and EOC's. We offer Algebra I and Geometry which give students high school credit.
- Our historic downtown location houses many venues for enriching field trips within walking distance.
- St. Mary School Falcon athletic teams - volleyball, basketball, cross country, fencing, baseball, tennis, and soccer, bring us great pride.
- Hot lunches are available 5 days per week from "My Hot Lunchbox".
- The faculty and staff strive to help our students grow in a manner consistent with their needs,interests, and abilities, preparing them to live in a changing world as self-directed, caring, responsible citizens. We lead and encourage students to develop their intellect to its full potential.
- St. Mary School curriculum includes instruction in the precepts of the Catholic faith and practice in the Christian call to service. The development of intuitive thinking skills, knowledge, and reasoning are more important than the mere accumulation of facts and data.
- St. Mary School philosophy is that every facet of life is important: Spiritual, Physical, Educational, and Emotional.
- The initial steps for admission to SMS are completion of the Prospective Student form, submission of current and prior year report cards and the current/prior year EOG`s or standardized test results and a copy of your child`s birth certificate. The Principal of St. Mary School will review all records and will make the decision of acceptance. The principal makes final decisions for all admissions. Every effort is made to meet the needs of children of all learning styles and abilities.St. Mary School will not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national or ethnic origins. Admission priority is given to siblings of students presently enrolled in grades pk3 through 8th and active members of St. Mary Parish and all Catholic parishes including transfers from out-of-town parishes.
- COME JOIN OUR FAMILY!
Source: Verified school update
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does St. Mary Catholic School cost?
St. Mary Catholic School's tuition is approximately $6,160 for private students.
What sports does St. Mary Catholic School offer?
St. Mary Catholic School offers 7 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Soccer, Tennis and Volleyball.
What is St. Mary Catholic School's ranking?
St. Mary Catholic School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in North Carolina for: Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees and Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for St. Mary Catholic School?
The application deadline for St. Mary Catholic School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).
Endorse St. Mary Catholic School. Endorsements should be a few sentences in length. Please include any comments on:
- Quality of academic programs, teachers, and facilities
- Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities
- Academic or athletic awards
The Evolution of Early Reading Strategies for Children
Explore the journey of early reading strategies from the 17th century to the present day, uncovering the evolution of tools, methods, and technologies that have shaped how children learn to read. This article delves into the historical milestones and contemporary approaches that offer a fascinating look at literacy development in children.
The Evolution of School Choice: A Focus on Vouchers
Explore the history and evolution of school choice, focusing on vouchers. This article provides an in-depth analysis of vouchers' origins, growth, benefits, and criticisms as part of the broader school choice movement, along with a look at current trends and future outlook.
August 11, 2023Admissions Matters: Following Up, The Competition, & Deadlines
Navigating the complex landscape of private high school admissions requires expertise and insight. This article delves into essential areas that every school should master: inquiry follow-up, standing out in a competitive market, and choosing between rolling admissions and fixed admissions deadlines.