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From the Principal

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to St. Mary's South Side Catholic High School. You and your son(s) are about to experience an exciting and novel approach to education that has resulted in much success and recognition over the last twelve years.

St. Mary's South Side Catholic High School received extraordinary recognition during our February 2016 accreditation visit. St. Mary's South Side Catholic's teachers have been featured in nationally recognized education books regarding how they have implemented high yield strategies resulting in gains in achievement.

Over 75 teachers from 20 elementary schools have participated in either St. Mary's workshops led by Jane E. Pollock or have observed our teachers to learn more about our Professional Learning Teams (PLTs) and teaching and learning strategies.

If you choose St. Mary's South Side Catholic, your son will begin his journey of preparation to become contributing members of not only the St. Louis community but of the global community. He will achieve this with the support of his parents while working in conjunction with our highly experienced and talented faculty. To thrive in the twenty-first century and beyond, he will learn a variety of worldviews, will develop exemplary character and emotional intelligence, maximize his potential in all academic areas and become a young man of strong faith and commitment to serving others. The strategies and technologies that will assist him in his growth are varied and numerous at St. Mary's South Side Catholic. 
Our student-centered curriculum is constructed to take advantage of brain-compatible learning to help your son succeed. Coursework is designed to address the complete development of your son, physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.

Be assured; we continue to strive for ways to improve our programs and to serve each student. Whether you already attend St. Mary's South Side Catholic or are exploring enrollment, I commend you for considering St. Mary's South Side Catholic High School. Our commitment to our Marianist heritage, combined with our rigorous academic program, St. Mary's South Side Catholic continues to prepare students for success, not only in college but for life.
Valerie A. Todd
Valerie A. Todd
314.481.8400 ext.101

To graduate from St. Mary's High School, a student must earn 30 units of credit.
Religion 4 Units of Credit
English 4 Units of Credit
Social Studies 4 Units of Credit
4 Units of Credit - Highly recommended
OR 3 units & 1 additional unit of STEM** senior year
Science 3 Units of Credit
Fine Arts 1 Unit of Credit
Practical Arts
1 Unit of Credit
Physical Education 1 Unit of Credit
.5 Unit of Credit
Personal Finance
.5 Unit of Credit
World Language/or Equivalent
2 Units of Credit
Dragon FIRE Service 1 Unit of Credit
Electives 4 Units of Credit


Total Units of Credits -  30
** Eligible STEM courses include Anatomy & Human Biology, Architecture, Computer Technology, Earth & Space Science, ECO ACT, Environmental Science, Introduction to Computer Science, Introduction to Sports Medicine, Physics, and Statistics.