Why St. Mary's?

Why St Marys 2016

St. Mary's High School understands boys and how they learn. The student-centered curriculum is constructed to take advantage of brain-compatible learning to help students succeed. Coursework is designed to address the development of the total student-physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. The devoted faculty and staff help young men identify their talents, reach new milestones, set new horizons, achieve at the highest levels, believe in themselves, overcome whatever weakness may exist and live in the light of Christ’s freedom. St. Mary’s men are: Embodied in Faith, Empowered by Excellence, Embraced as Family, Enlightened through Service and Transformed for LIFE. 

A Unique History...

  • St. Mary's High School opened its doors in 1931 and has granted diplomas to nearly 13,000 students.

  • The campus is 27 acres and is situated in the Dutchtown area in south St. Louis.

  • St. Mary’s is supported by the Archdiocese of St. Louis and sponsored by the United States Province of the Society of Mary.

  • The staff averages 14 years of teaching experience and more than 70% have earned advanced degrees. Our teachers have been featured in books and have won numerous awards.

  • Students come from over 70 different elementary schools including Catholic, Lutheran, Private and Public schools and from over 30 different zip codes.

Academic Excellence Combined with Experienced & Dedicated Faculty...

  • St. Mary’s requires 29 credits for graduation and offers 49 hours of college credit. Honors courses are available at all grade levels.

  • The student teacher ratio is 13/1.

  • Students have an opportunity to meet one on one with teachers four times a week during Academic Lab and St. Mary’s teachers provide structured study time every day for an hour before and after school in the Media Resource Center.

  • The faculty meets in weekly professional learning teams (PLT’s), consults with Mrs. Jane E. Pollock, a renowned author and speaker and participates in significant professional development every year.

  • St. Mary’s college acceptance rate is 100%.

  • St. Mary’s students have access to real world experiences through partnerships with the Missouri Botanical Garden, Focus Youth Leadership-St. Louis and with a variety of businesses and organizations assisting us with our Junior Experiential Internship Program.

  • Honors students have the opportunity to be involved in 3 honors societies:  National Honor Society, Beta Chi Pi and Mu Alpha Theta.

21st Century Learning Technology...

  • A One to One Device Program implementing Google Samsung 11.6" Chromebooks was introduced in the Fall of 2013 to all students.  Chromebooks are used for online textbooks, note taking, online research, e-mailing, crating documents and presentations, editing pictures and using a wide variety of Google Apps for Education in the classroom.

  • St. Mary’s offers several technology courses including Digital Art and Media, Graphic Arts, Videomaking, Computer Technology, Architectural Design and Animation.

  • Faculty members integrate their classroom instruction with technology every day using subject specific webquests, virtual field trips, video conferencing and electronic communication tools. 

Competitive Athletics & Numerous Clubs & Leadership Opportunities...

  • St. Mary’s students have access to 13 sports, over 20 clubs and leadership programs and superior Theater and Art Departments.

  • St. Mary’s athletes have been a part of almost 200 conference, district, regional and state championships.

  • St. Mary’s is 1 of only 6 private schools in the St. Louis area who participate in the FOCUS Youth Leadership Program.

  • If St. Mary’s doesn’t have a club, ask a teacher to help you start one!

Faith Formation & Life-Changing Service Opportunities...

  • Students' faith formation includes a 4 year religious studies program, daily prayer, all-school liturgies, yearly retreats, frequent celebration of sacraments, ongoing community service and exposure to the Characteristics of Marianist Education every day.

  • St. Mary's High School students participate in over 100 hours of service over their 4 years of school through the Dragon FIRE Service Program.

  • Students travel all over the world for Service Immersion Trips, including Puerto Rico, New York, Appalachia, New Orleans and Nashville.

  • St. Mary’s offers many opportunities for students to give back to their communities including an annual blood drive, the Washington DC Pro Life Rally, the Autism Walk and many others.


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

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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