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St Mary Help of Christians Catholic School

Private | K-8 | 240 students

Our school is best known for its rigorous academic curriculum.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $129,600. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $610.

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4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 1 rating
2013:
Based on 1 rating
2012:
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2011:
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Posted January 19, 2014

This school is amazing. Not only will they not turn anyone away, but they will find a way to help families financially who want their child(ren) to receive a Catholic education. The staff is passionate and enthusiastic, the parents are very involved and welcome at all times, and the principal is dedicated to creating an environment that supports students, staff, and parents all while pulling in awesome fun ("houses" for middle school, Snow Day, Chocolate Festival, etc.). The educational standards are high and students are afforded the opportunity to succeed with all of the benefits of wonderful teachers, free afterschool tutoring, and one-on-one assistance as needed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2013

St. Mary's is an amazing school! They have a fantastic and rigorous curriculum that is just amazing. Furthermore, they focus on teaching children good morals and values. Children and parents are given clear expectations at all times because communication between the school and the parents is stellar. I absolutely love that my child is a student at St. Mary's School.
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Posted March 9, 2010

My child attended this school. The school only cares about the money. While the education provide is acceptable, it is not above par the local public schools. It also has a very uncaring environment.
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Posted September 2, 2009

Excellent school!!! We just recently were relocated from St. Louis to Aiken and have a 1st and 2nd grader at St. Mary's and I cannot say enough about how wonderful adn supportive the staff and principal have been. the children love their foreign language class and I like the after school tutoring they offer free of charge.
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Posted January 12, 2009

My daughter attended St. Mary's for nine years. We will always be grateful not only for the excellent education that she received there but also for the school's caring environment. If I had another child, he or she would certainly attend St. Mary's.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 85% 50%
Hispanic 7% 6%
Two or more races 5% N/A
Asian 3% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 43%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Marguerite B. Wertz
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (803) 643-0092

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Religious
  • Science
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Vocations Club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer time after school
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  • St. Mary's School is known for its rigorous academic curriculum that is at or above grade level and is based on national, state, and the Diocese of Charleston's standards. In addition to a curriculum which includes science, health, social studies, technology, physical education, and the arts, there is an emphasis on the traditional "3 Rs" of Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic. At. St. Mary's School, students of all faiths are welcome. Religion is taught daily to all students. The school day begins
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$4000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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118 York Street SE
Aiken, SC 29801
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Phone: (803) 649-2071

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