Choose St. Mary’s Curriculum
St. Mary’s Catholic School and Preschool offers:
A superior educational setting for students in grades PreK-8.
A solid moral foundation, where each child can develop spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically.
A caring, faith-filled atmosphere, where students gain knowledge of the Catholic faith-centered around Jesus Christ.
A caring and dedicated teaching staff.
A community with a safe, joyful, and diverse environment, St. Mary’s School will teach its students the value of their Catholic heritage while respecting the traditions of students of other faiths.
Bishop John’s statement on the Common Core: “After much consideration, the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Marquette will not adapt or adopt the Common Core State Standards which were developed for the public school system. That said, we acknowledge that there is a base of adequate secular material in the Common Core State Standards that faith-based schools could reference as part of their educational programming. While we respectfully understand that other private and Catholic schools may discern to adapt or adopt the standards for these and other reasons, we do not believe that such actions would benefit the mission, Catholic identity or academic excellence of our schools.”
St. Mary’s Catholic School is a pre-school through grade 8 school. We offer instruction in all core academic subjects as well as religion, physical education, and technology. We are currently transitioning to a Catholic Liberal Arts (Classical Education) Curriculum.
What are the Catholic Liberal Arts?
Catholic Liberal Arts are founded on the 7 classical liberal arts and seeks the truth, goodness, and beauty in all creation. Through creation we can come to know God the Creator who is the very source of all Truth, Goodness and Beauty.
The term "liberal" when used in the classical sense comes from the latin word "liber" which means "one who is free" or "free man". It refers to freedom for intellectual pursuits rather than immediately practical, technical or professional studies. Perhaps ironically, liberal arts students are better prepared intellectually and ethically for the more practical studies and careers in STEM fields after a liberal education.
However, the one practical goal of the liberal arts is wisdom. A wise person orders things rightly and directs them well. The rule and order of all things are taken from their end / purpose. Because the end of each thing is its good, a thing is best situated when it is fittingly ordered to its end. As each person is ordered towards God, to know, love, serve Him, and be happy with Him forever, we seek to orient each student towards this most proper and noble end.
In accord with Catholic Liberal Arts tradition, we seek to produce wise students who develop into a “vir bonum, docendi peritus”; a good person, (who is) skilled in speaking.
There are seven classical liberal arts, and among those we focus on what in modern educational terms could be termed language arts and mathematical reasoning. The traditional three R's of reading, writing, and arithmetic encompass a substantial part of our educative work. We work on perfecting the skills and knowledge necessary to read, write and solve problems well.