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Mission & Philosophy

Saint Mary’s is a Catholic college preparatory high school that provides opportunities for spiritual growth, strives for academic excellence and empowers students with the skills and compassion necessary to thrive in an ever-changing global society.


Be who you are and be that well. - Saint Francis de Sales
Saint Mary’s High School is a Catholic secondary educational institution rooted in the Salesian teachings of Saint Francis de Sales. As such, our students are encouraged to be authentic and understand the sanctity of doing the ordinary extraordinarily well. Saint Mary’s believes in developing the total person – spiritually, intellectually, creatively, socially and physically. We cherish our diversity and welcome students of all faiths and backgrounds. Saint Mary’s strives to provide a quality and affordable Catholic education, steeped in tradition, to students throughout our community.
rams logoSince our establishment in 1876, we encourage our students to grow spiritually and challenge them to become lifelong learners by focusing on the Integral Student Outcomes: Respect, Academics, Mission and Spirituality. RAMS
Respect: Through participation in our four-year college preparatory curriculum and a variety of secular and nonsecular extracurricular activities, students and staff cultivate respect and appreciation for the diversity and similarities of the human condition, thus empowering students to understand people throughout their lives.

Academics: St. Mary’s students demonstrate the fundamental academic skills and performative literacy and communication skills necessary to pursue post-secondary education and career opportunities. St. Mary’s students develop critical thinking and technological skills necessary for application across disciplines and situations.

Mission: St. Mary’s students participate in campus life beyond the classroom through participation in athletics, Campus Ministry, service learning, and various club activities in order to develop and share their talents and gifts in service to others and to form a balanced outlook on life. St. Mary’s students experience the support of a community that encourages each student to contribute to the long tradition of St. Mary’s High School and thrive in an ever-changing global society.

Spirituality: St. Mary’s students integrate religious instruction into their daily lives to assist them to make good moral decisions based on their understanding of the Gospel values and so apply the message and teaching of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church. Through prayer, students build community and foster a personal relationship with God allowing for the development of a moral and social conscience.