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St. Marys School

Private | PK-8 | 185 students

National Blue Ribbon School; Regional Sci Fair Grand Champs for 10 of 13 yrs.
 
 

 

Living in Oak Ridge

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $95,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $610.

Source: Sperling's Best Places
 
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Posted May 2, 2014

St. Mary's School provides an academically challenging and nurturing environment. The faculty and staff genuinely care about the well-being and development of all our students and our fellow colleagues. I have been so blessed with my experience as a teacher, that without reservation I knew it was the place to enroll my child for his education. As a parent and teacher, I could not be more pleased.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 30, 2014

My school is the best, faith and family oriented education my children can receive. The academics are second to none and they are steadily building to improve athletics. I look forward to many more years of being a St Mary's parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

I love my school. We have a science lab where you can do all sorts of fun things such as building catapults, birdwatching, and dissecting animals. There are many cool after school programs like clay club, volleyball, basketball, and garden club. You should definitely consider going to this school! (Written by a student in grade 4)


Posted April 29, 2014

When we moved to the area several years ago, we visited three private schools . Upon visiting St. Mary's School, we knew this was the school we wanted to be a part of. There was an instant feeling of a warm, caring, and nurturing environment. The low student to teacher ratio provides a learning environment that allows teachers the ability to adapt to the child's needs. We especially feel blessed to have the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia presence in the school, offering a faith based education. We appreciate the daily blessings St. Mary's School provides in our child's education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2014

Before St Marys, my child scored satisfactory or below on most tests. Immediately gained an enthusiastic attitude about school and became more content. Seldom brings home less than 100 on tests. Enjoys reading now without note. All due to the blessing of St Marys. I especially appreciate my child learning Spanish, now instead of later. St Marys genuninely cares for the intellect, the heart and the soul of all these kids. I wish every child could enjoy an educational environment that is loving and respectful to students. When college comes, we will be academically preparred as well as already having years of appropriate behavior, thoughtful decision making, the discipline of self-control and confidence that has already made a positive impressionable difference. St Marys has made a difference!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2014

Our school is excellent because we have small class sizes, lots of individual attention, and excellent teachers. The staff and teachers at St. Mary's are there to for the students and go above and beyond what is expected!! We are very pleased with our school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2014

Many schools have high academic standards and excellent track records of test scores. St Mary's has that and much more. St Mary's is a complete package with high standards for all teachers, staff, and students. This results in superior role models of Catholic Christian attitudes of caring, compassion, helpfulness to each other, involvement at all levels, willingness to serve, and deportment for all who make up the St Mary's school community. The students see this every day and cannot help but strive to emulate their professional and peer models. The role of the Sisters of St Cecilia is paramount in setting the standard in all respects. The faith-based learning at St Mary's prepares even the youngest for excellence in life and in academics. As a parent who has observed many public, private and parochial school environments and student bodies over many years, I can truly attest that St Mary's is where I want my student grow and prosper. St Mary's makes a difference each and every day and it shows!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2014

St Mary's Oak Ridge is a warm and welcoming place, that is well situated for the highest level of education. The classes are small enough to allow for much one on one interaction between the children and the teachers. Yet the entire school interacts like a large family. The schools approach to education goes well beyond the standard and enables all levels of learning to be incorporated in the classes. The interaction between our school and the public school system to facilitate their resources to benefit the education of our children is outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2014

What a precious, wonderful school! They truly are a family. The students are greeted every morning by name as they enter the door! We love the scool's laid back atmosphere with the focus on academic learning and being a Christian family. We have enjoyed our St Marys experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

St. Mary's School is a very special and unique place. With the presence of the Domincan Sisters, the students quicly learn that someone cares very deeply about their success both in school and in life. Beginning each day with a prayer, places each students heart in the proper place before tackling the academic challenges of the day. From Pre-K to 8th Grade all students have classes with teachers who specialize in specific disciplines such as: computer, Spanish, science, library, music, art and physical education. St. Mary's has been recognized nationally as a Blue Ribbon School and its students have won many regional awards for science and math. The community of parents at St. Mary's is amazing. With parents who are involved in the student's lives and who recognize the value of a Christian education, these students grow and learn in a very close family environment. Each middle school student is paired with a young student and is called their big buddy. This program gives the young students someone to look up to and helps the older students learn responsibility. Attending mass twice a week, tops off the many positive aspects of this very special and amazing school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2014

The best school in Oak Ridge. The teachers are wonderful. My children love their teachers and classmates. I am so very grateful for St. Mary's School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2014

St. Mary's is a wonderful school that provides a lot of structure and discipline. The teachers, staff, and parent community are very dedicated and work hard to provide a solid academic and religious grounding. It is an excellent choice if you are Catholic. Depending on your values and your child's ability to find other friends with whom they click, it may also work well for those who aren't Catholic. It is a small school, so it can't always offer the same amount and variety of sports, music, and other extra curriculars that a strong public school might offer. However, the small nature creates a tight-nit communtiy and very personal academic experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2014

St. Mary's School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee excels in forming each child academically, emotionally, and spiritually. The small school environment creates a loving family atmosphere where each child can feel accepted and important. This is an excellent place to help your child reach his/her full potential.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 15, 2014

This school employs the most caring and highly intelligent teachers! Right now I am preparing a costume for my daughter with "leg-o-muffin" sleeves for the Spring Concert. I am learning along with my child! I also love volunteering at this school. It's nice to work alongside the dear devoted sisters in Christ. Amen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2014

My daughter attends Saint Mary's Catholic School - Oak Ridge, TN. We've been thoroughly pleased with the warm and loving environment and the amazing presence of the Dominican Sisters. We find the education to be top notch - even when weighed against other private schools in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2014

We are so thankful for St. Mary s School. The teachers and staff are caring, compassionate and there for our children. We chose St. Mary s for the outstanding Academics and we received so much more. The School develops the whole person. Our children have gained morals and values that will be with them forever and carry them through the many trials of life. They look forward to school every day and miss school during the holidays. I am very grateful to St. Mary s Church for the gift they have given our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2014

St. Mary's School does a great job of meeting the individual needs of students. While it cannot handle students with severe disabilities, it can handle students with ADHD and learning disabilities like dyslexia. The small school environment helps all of the teachers to work together to really pay attention to what each student needs. There is a school resource teacher who has an aide and together they work with all of the teachers to do what is needed for the kids. They also work in the classrooms to help with grouping so even gifted kids get something extra. You should visit the school to see what I mean.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 10, 2013

This school really works to meet the individual needs of the students. Lots of attention for gifted, average, and special need children. Family atmosphere. Dominican Sisters are wonderful!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2009

Excellent academic record and staff that is genuinely focused on the children
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2009

SMS is a wonderful school! Our teachers are supportive, and set the bar high for our children. SMS students work hard but play hard as well! We love having the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia---their passion for Catholic education is contagious! Our science department is amazing--our elementary students have their own lab; our middle schoolers consistently do well at the regional science fair. 8 of 11 past Grand Champions of the Appalachian Regional Science Fair have come from SMS!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 87% 67%
Hispanic 7% 7%
Two or more races 5% 1%
Black 2% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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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
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:50 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
  • Sr. Marie Blanchette Cummings
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (865) 483-2875

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • College prep
  • Direct instruction
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Car pool; bus from West Knox
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Boy scouts
  • Cooking club
  • Cub scouts
  • Gardening
  • Girl scouts
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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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
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


9 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
35
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
40

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$6000 - $8000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
Catholic Charities

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Knoxville Catholic High School
Oak Ridge High School
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323 Vermont Ave
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
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Phone: (865) 483-9700

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