St. Mary’s is an Award-winning Catholic school, founded in 1950, that offers Pre-K-8th grade classes. A National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, the school is known for its excellent math, technology & science programs, as well as small class sizes, individualized instruction, athletic programs & after-school care.
Partnership of faith and science: St. Mary’s students are taught to value the material universe in light of its creation by God and to appreciate the positive relationship between a living faith and genuine scientific inquiry.
“…there is friendship between science and faith, and through their vocation to the study of nature, scientists can take an authentic and fascinating path of holiness.”
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
One-to-One Technology: Every student in grades 1-8 has a school-provided Google Chromebook in his or her classroom, which is used in most content areas to encourage our students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for success in future education, work, and life. These devices help to individualize the academic program for every student, providing opportunities for enrichment, remediation, and exploration.
Committed, enthusiastic faculty: St. Mary’s science faculty have presented at NSTA conferences, been awarded grants for classroom research, received national recognition for their educational efforts (2007 Biodiversity Educator of the Year by Discover Life in America, 2014 Air Force Association Tennessee Teacher of the Year), and consistently produce students who excel in the area of scientific inquiry. For eleven years out of the last fifteen years, St. Mary’s students have been awarded Grand or Reserve Champion, Junior Division, at the regional Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair. Ninety-nine percent of all St. Mary’s Algebra I students have scored Advanced on the state End of Course exam.
Integrated science curriculum: Faculty at all grade levels collaborate to hone students’ writing and research skills as well as link science to math, art, language arts, and history. A project-based learning class for grades 7 and 8 was launched in 2008 to provide an interdisciplinary and hands-on approach to problem solving.
Access to resources: St. Mary’s location in the heart of Oak Ridge, home to the DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, brings science alive for our students. In addition to the wealth of scientific research expertise in town, the nearby Smoky Mountains also provide the ideal outdoor classroom, where middle school students participate in outdoor education research programs at Wesley Woods in Townsend, TN.
The St. Mary’s School students, families, teachers, and parish are united to provide a Catholic education in a Christ-centered environment, dedicated to academic excellence and promoting truth and charity in service to God and others.