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Message from our Head of School

Welcome to the St. Mary's School web site! We are grateful that you have stopped by to discover more about the school and how St. Mary's might be the best choice for your child. As you explore the various pages, you will begin to discover what our wonderful, high-achieving, and nurturing school community can offer your family.

Our school is designed with an academically rigorous curriculum, being mindful of the age-appropriate skill levels of our learners, the students' interests, and their maturation rates. Learning occurs both indoors and outdoors as classroom lessons are enriched with the accessibility to our 51-acre campus, where students can observe nature and test scientific principles.

Our innovative classroom instruction based on brain research and child development includes heart, mind and hands-on learning experiences, stimulating class discussions, partner and small group projects and interesting field trips that challenge our students to stretch their understanding and become independent thinkers and learners. Our students will explore the world of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) education. They experience STEAM through challenging and fun projects that encourage problem solving, decision making, and innovation.

Our technology-rich environment aids in the development of 21st century skills and also helps us customize each child's learning. In our classroom environments our master teachers will inspire their students to love learning and embrace curiosity, creativity and hard work.

I hope to have the privilege of meeting you in person soon!

Pamela Dockter
Head of School
pdockter@smesedmond.org