Transition Programs

Transition Programs Admissions

Freshmen Orientation Program

Freshmen Orientation Program is St. Mary's 9th grade initiative to provide freshmen with greater continuity and support as they seek to identify who they will become in an adult world. This initiative helps our boys acclimate quickly to high school so they can become participating members of the St. Mary's family right away. 


Bridge Program

The St. Mary’s High School Bridge Program is comprised of three courses designed to assist students with sharpening skills needed for a successful high school experience. It also assists students with transitioning to high school by becoming familiar with the St. Mary’s environment, faculty and other students. This program provides support for students as they journey from elementary school into high school.

All courses are located at St. Mary's High School. The program is open to all incoming freshmen. Students required to attend the Bridge Program will be notified by mail when acceptance letters are sent.

  • Dates: Usually the last 3 full weeks in June
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $325 per 3 week session (Session includes the three 1 hour courses. $100 per course and $25 for supplies: required freshmen portfolio & novel.)
  • Credit: Students will receive ½ elective credit for each course (total possible = 1 ½ elective credits)

For more information, please contact the St. Mary's High School Learning Consultant at 314-481-8400 x 205 or at  Course Descriptions are below.

Improving Note Taking and Study Skills

  • Topics Addressed:  Organization, Listening, Memory, Note Taking from a lecture and text, Test taking and Homework
  • Course Description:  This 1 hour course will address ways to improve in the above areas by learning how to elicit a variety of strategies. Emphasis will be placed on the process of ACTIVE LEARNING in order to bring maximum understanding to presented material.


  • Topics Addressed:  Basic Operations of Numbers and Mathematical Organization
  • Course Description:  This 1 hour course will deal with manipulations of fractions, decimals and signed numbers while applying mathematical organization


  • Topics Addressed:  Reading Comprehension and Reading Strategies
  • Course Description:  This course will address reading comprehension and other reading strategies utilizing the summer reading novel. This course will fulfill the summer reading requirement.

A Marianist Education

Catholic High School serving young men in the Marianist tradition.

Characteristics of Marianist Education (CME):

  • Educate for formation in faith
  • Provide an integral, quality education
  • Educate in family spirit
  • Educate for service, justice and peace
  • Educate for adaptation and change

Become A Dragon

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Why St. Mary's?

“My experiences at St. Mary’s have been incomparable. No other school has a closer community than here. Everyone knows everyone’s name. Even the teachers know every student and how each one of us learns. It is this close attention and family atmosphere that have helped me to achieve all that I have during my four years here. I can look back at each step in the National Merit process and recall how Mrs. Klimpel proofread an essay or Dr. Muentnich helped me pick a college major. Everyone here is connected, and I am confident these connections will last throughout college and the rest of my life. The opportunities at St. Mary’s are immeasurable.”  - Tony Puricelli, National Merit Finalist and Valedictorian of the Class of 2010

"...this place is like no other. My son is flourishing and is so happy here. What happens here is so simple, yet so profound. My son is standing tall and growing into a young man. The care and understanding he has received here is remarkable.  I could not be any happier."  - Dana Kramer, Parent of Alex, Class of 2014