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Characteristics of Marianist Education

St. Mary’s High School is a Catholic School rooted in the Marianist tradition. St. Mary’s men are: Embodied in Faith, Empowered by Excellence, Embraced as Family, Enlightened through Service and Transformed for LIFE. These core values are derived from the five characteristics of Marianist Education.
  • Educate for formation in faith
  • Provide an integral, quality education
  • Educate in the family spirit
  • Educate for service, justice, peace and the integrity of creation
  • Educate for adaptation and change
Embodied in Faith
Educate for formation in faith: St. Mary’s is committed to enhancing the spiritual development of every student throughout their four years. St. Mary’s strives to make their religious faith the center of their life.

Empowered by Excellence
Provide an Integral, Quality Education: In addition to providing students with an excellent academic foundation, St. Mary’s focuses on developing each young man as a whole person – his mind, body, heart, and spirit. In partnership with his parents, St. Mary’s works to develop the leader within him, helping him recognize and develop his God-given gifts.

Embraced as Family
Educate in the Family Spirit: As a member of the St. Mary’s family, each student is entering into a community of faith. The development of meaningful relationships is emphasized – among his teachers, the staff and his St. Mary’s “brothers.”

Enlightened through Service
Educate for Service, Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation: St. Mary’s encourages students to be the change he wants to see in the world. The entire community focuses on the proactive development of Christian responsibilities, for as Mother Teresa once said, “The fruit of silence is prayer. The fruit of prayer is faith. The fruit of faith is love. The fruit of love is service. The fruit of service is peace."

Transformed for LIFE
Educate for Adaptation and Change: While true principles never change, people’s lives are constantly evolving. St. Mary’s helps students develop their critical thinking skills as they search for truth in a changing world. As a school, St. Mary’s also continues to “adapt and change,” seeking and implementing the best practices available to serve students. A fine example of this is how the curriculum is based on the most current brain-based research. This ensures our faculty instructs our young men in the most impactful way.

May the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit be glorified in all places through the Immaculate Virgin Mary.