St. Marys School

Known for its exceptional science and technology programs, St. Mary's School welcomes families from diverse backgrounds into its award-winning school community.
Students in preK through 8th grade come from many cities in a 35-mile radius.
Class sizes are small, and students receive personalized attention from teachers and staff.
We offer a full range of special area classes for students in all grades, including art, music, PE, technology, library, and, in middle school, Project-based Learning.
All grades, 1-8, offer one-to-one technology devices within the classroom.

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St. Marys School places among the top 20% of private schools in Tennessee for:

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild learning differences (resource program only)
Year Founded1950
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2010

Student Body

Total Students191 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 16%
Students by Grade St. Marys School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers9 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio21:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size18 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesTuition support available
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorDarcy Welch


Total Sports Offered7 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
SwimmingTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.15 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Challenge and Conquest Youth Group, Chess Club, Cub Scouts, Culinary Club, Girl Scouts, Lego Robotics Club, Science Bowl

Arts and Music Programs:
Clay and Pottery Club, Drama Club, Fantasy of Trees Club, Gingerbread Club, Orchestra

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Fall Soccer Club, Spring Basketball Club, Spring Volleyball Club

Nearby Private Schools

The nearest high school and elementary school to St. Marys School is Christian Academy Of Oak Ridge (1.8 miles away)
The nearest preschool is The Goddard School (7.4 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Oak Ridge
    Grades: K-12 | 68 students
    1.8 miles
    535 Oak Ridge Tpk.
    Oak Ridge, TN 37830
    (865) 481-2519
    1.8 K-12
  • Knoxville
    Grades: 9-12 | 10 students
    7.3 miles
    8550 Harold Duncan Way
    Knoxville, TN 37931
    (865) 584-0841
    7.3 9-12
  • Knoxville
    The Goddard School
    The Goddard School Photo
    Daycare / Preschool
    Grades: NS-K
    7.4 miles
    10720 Virginia Pine Way
    Knoxville, TN 37932
    (865) 531-9599
    7.4 NS-K
  • Powell
    Grades: PK-4 | 48 students
    8 miles
    105 Fellowship Ln
    Powell, TN 37849
    (865) 945-1239
    8 PK-4
  • Oliver Springs
    Grades: PK-12 | 153 students
    8 miles
    107 Old Hen Valley Rd
    Oliver Springs, TN 37840
    (865) 435-4831
    8 PK-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
I am the parent of three St. Mary's graduates who went on to high school very well prepared. I recall that, on several occasions, the high school teachers commented that students who come to them from St. Mary's school were, for the most part, more organized and had developed better study skills than those coming from other schools.
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SMS is a wonderful school! Our teachers are supportive, and set the bar high for our children. SMS students work hard but play hard as well! We love having the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia---their passion for Catholic education is contagious! Our science department is amazing--our elementary students have their own lab; our middle schoolers consistently do well at the regional science fair. 11 of 13 past Grand Champions of the Appalachian Regional Science Fair have come from SMS!
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The average private school tuition in Tennessee is $9,401 for elementary schools and $10,300 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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