St. Mary's Catholic School

St. Mary's Catholic School in Taylor educates for wisdom & virtue, centered on Christ, in the Classical Catholic Tradition. Our mission is to further God's kingdom through faith, academics, and service. As we grow in wisdom and virtue, we also order our hearts to seek that which is True, Beautiful, and Good. In order to know the truth, behold the beautiful, and choose the good, students must learn that truth is not relative, beauty is not "in the eye of the beholder," and goodness is not subjective.
These objective transcendentals set us free from the condition that prevents us from being fully integrated human beings mind, heart, body, and soul.
In other words, our vision is to develop what is uniquely human by equipping students with the knowledge, skills, habits, and aptitudes necessary to realize their full potential - created in the Divine Image of God - and grow in relationship with Christ.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
AdvancED
Texas Catholic Conference Education Department
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDyslexia, Reading Intervention, Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded1896

Student Body

Total Students210 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
29%
State avg.: 38%
Students by Grade St. Mary's Catholic School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers22 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
23%
Average Class Size16 students
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Khaki, plaid, and Royal Blue Logo Shirts)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$5,600
% on Financial Aid
20%
Average Financial Aid Grant$500
Acceptance Rate
98%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorKim Bohac

Sports

Total Sports Offered7 sports
SportsBasketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Flag Football, Soccer, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCheering,
Cross CountryFlag Football,
SoccerTrack and Field,
Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.14 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Chess Class, Private School Interscholastic Association, Program of After School Enrichment, Robotics, Woodworking

Arts and Music Programs:
Art, Cooking Classes, Guitar Lessons, Handbell Choir, Legos, Liturgical Ministry, Piano Lessons, Vocal Choir

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Recreational Sports

School Notes

  • St. Mary`s Catholic School is a classical school in that we pattern our education after the classical model of education - the dominant educational paradigm from the time of the ancient Greeks up until the end of the nineteenth century.
  • Classical education seeks to educate students in a way that goes beyond departmentalization, test preparation, and "self expression". It strives to lead students to discover knowledge that is ordered, coherent, integrated, and is rooted in the wisdom of the past, particularly in western civilization.  The study of Latin, Art, and Music is integral to classical formation.  By soaking in the best that has ever been thought, written, spoken, painted, created, composed, or performed, whether or not it has fallen out of favor with modernity, a love for all things true, beautiful, and good is cultivated. 
  • Classical educators stir up in their students wonder and awe at the beauty of the universe and the goodness of heroic virtue, which propels their natural curiosity into lifelong self-motivated learning and mastering the art of living well.
  • We believe the purpose of education to be the cultivation of whole human beings, not just the preparation of students for a particular job or function in society. It is called a "liberal" education because it makes men free: It equips them to live and to continue learning. (The Latin word liber means "free.") The goal of classical education, in other words, is not to teach people how to do a job but rather to teach them how to be human beings in their fullest capacity - as we are created in the Divine Image of God. 
  • St. Mary's views knowledge as a coherent whole and the various disciplines as unified in their purpose to know Truth (Christ) in our world, in our hearts, in our souls, and in our fellow human beings. Thus the various elements in the classical curriculum (traditionally music, gymnastics, the seven liberal arts (trivium and quadrivium), philosophy, and theology) are not taught as disjointed enterprises but as multiple facets of a coherent pursuit of truth. All of these disciplines function together and build on each other to provide a coherent understanding of the universe, which ultimately allows us to know God in the deepest sense.

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
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I have enjoyed teaching at St. Mary's for many years. The small class size and personal attention along with faith-based learning has made teaching here truly a beautiful profession.
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This is a superb school. My eldest wasn't getting the attention she needed at the public school so we switched and now she's thriving. Worth every cent. My only complaint is that it's a 30 minute drive to get there and a 30 minute drive to get home.
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AWESOME school! They transitioned last year to a classical curriculum, which is rigorous without being overbearing. The students are challenged in a good way and seem to thrive on it. I had 3 students go through and all are excelling at their new schools (Unfortunately, SMCS only goes through grade 8). The faculty and staff are the best, and everyone really cares about each other (BIG difference from other schools we were in). The icing on the cake is that my children lived their Catholic faith while in school!
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