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St. Mary Catholic School

Private | PK-8 | 173 students

We are best known for academics.

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $87,200. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $630.

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5 stars

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2012:
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Posted April 10, 2013

My two children have attended St Mary School for six years. As a parent I could not ask for a better school and staff. My children have not only received a quality education but Christian values as well. St Mary School is more like a family than a school and I would recommend it to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2013

This is a great school. I think Catholic Education is the one of the greatest gifts you can give your kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2013

I am a parent with three children at St. Mary Catholic School. Not only do my children receive an excellent academic curriculum, but they also learn values. Yes, these values are taught by us, but it is so helpful to have them reinforced outside of the home. I also like the community involvement and support; it helps teach our children the importance of giving back. Another great benefit is that children at St. Mary Catholic School have many opportunities and are offered extra programs that other schools do not offer. I highly recommend St. Mary Catholic School. Go Hornets!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2013

We have had one student graduate from St. Mary Catholic School after attending Kindergarten through 8th Grade and currently have two middle school aged children attending. We are very happy with the high academic standards the school maintains and have seen our oldest child excel in high school and rank highly on national aptitude tests and the PSAT, thanks to the foundation received from St. Mary Catholic School. The same morals and values we try to teach at home are reinforced at the school. Students are encouraged to volunteer and serve the community and to find ways to make the world a better place. Small class sizes and peers whose families want and expect more for their children help to make this a very caring and nurturing place for our children to spend their day learning, growing, and creating the memories that will stay with them forever. St. Mary is the best choice in education in Orange County. The tuition is very reasonable and they offer assistance for those who may need it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2012

This IS the best school! It has it ALL! If you want your child to have morals, respect, self-worth this is most definitely the school you want! Great family atmosphere. Kids are very well disciplined and not unruly. I love my child going to this school!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2012

St. Mary's School is like a step back in time to the 1950's when students were held to a high standard of respect, honesty and integrity. If you want a school that reinforces what you instill in your child at home, then St. Mary's is the school for you. The Administration, Teachers and Staff are committed to investing in your child. Our child has been a student at St. Mary's for nine (9) years and we are blessed to have this school in our community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2012

We love St. Mary's school. The staff is very caring and the teachers are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2012

St. Mary Catholic School is a wonderful school with many opportunities. The feel at the school is one of a family. We have been with St. Mry Catholic school for 7 years. We were welcomed in the school the minute we looked in to having our children attend and have been blessed beyond words ever since. I feel my schildren are held to higher standards of learning as well as a higher moral standards. The teachers and staff are always willing to be there for your child both academically and emotionally.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2012

St Mary's is great! Many opportunities to excel academically, spiritually, socially, and morally. We couldn't be happier...well, perhaps if it went thru grade 12!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2010

We are very pleased with St. Mary's. It was voted as the best Elementary in Orange County! ;)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2008

This school is above average as far as the curriculum goes. The teachers are hard, but really try to push the kids to excel!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 71% 37%
Black 10% 14%
Hispanic 6% 47%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Best Elementary (2013)
  • Best Junior High (2013)
  • Best Principal (2013)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • State Nominated Student Council (2013)

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
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Recycling club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
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
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Honors track
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Donna Darby
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (409) 883-0827

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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

Don't understand these terms?
  • Spanish
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
  • 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)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Boy scouts
  • Cub scouts
  • Girl scouts
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Student newspaper
  • 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
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


9 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
32
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
35
Students typically come from these schools
LCM
WOS

What does it cost?

Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
LCM
WOS
MKCHS
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2600 Bob Hall Rd
Orange, TX 77630
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Phone: (409) 883-8913

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