Linda Oppelt

What Can St. Mary’s High School Offer Your Child?

By Tom Maj

There are many factors to consider when choosing the right academic fit for your high schooler. Selecting between public, private, and religious schools can pose a substantial enough challenge, and choosing a specific institution requires careful thought, ample research, and quiet consideration.

Many reasons can drive a parent’s decision to enroll their children in private schools. There are even more reasons why parents trust Catholic private schools to provide a top-tier high school education. Consider the following characteristics of Catholic school graduates:

• More likely to vote

• More likely to graduate

• More likely to attend a four-year college or university

• More likely to pray and attend church

• Less likely to experience drug and alcohol abuse

Research supports that achievement gaps between students of different racial and socioeconomic backgrounds tend to be smaller in Catholic schools. Additionally, students of color enrolled in Catholic schools tend to demonstrate higher academic achievement than their public school counterparts.

St. Mary’s is a co-ed private Catholic high school located in Colorado Springs. Since its founding in 1885, St. Mary’s has served as a pillar of the community, offering unparalleled academic and spiritual guidance to young people of all backgrounds and abilities.

Rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, St. Mary’s challenges students to seek truth in all they do and devote themselves to the pursuit of excellence, integrity, faith, and service.

St. Mary’s understands the vital role academic institutions play in students’ developmental process. That’s why our campus culture, curriculum offerings, and extracurricular opportunities have all been carefully cultivated with our students’ diverse needs in mind.

We offer diverse curriculum offerings, wellness resources, and a wide range of extracurricular opportunities and faith-centered experiences to help students discover their passions and become well-rounded members of their communities.

With a student/teacher ratio of 11:1, St. Mary’s is able to offer students the hands-on, individualized support they need to thrive academically, socially, and professionally. We also offer student support departments in the Counseling Office and Academic Support Center, to provide students with additional resources to help them meet their personal and academic goals.

Perhaps most notably, St. Mary’s is proud of its Catholic heritage and is committed to supporting students on their faith journeys. Theology plays an integral role in our curriculum, as students are invited to build upon their theological foundation by participating in faith-centered retreats (including Kairos for juniors), prayer experiences, service projects, and cultural explorations. Additionally, all members of our community are invited to attend daily Mass in the morning and participate in our school-wide liturgical celebrations and feasts weekly.

If you’ve been struggling to find the right academic fit for your son or daughter, St. Mary’s may offer the individualized, faith-based support they need.

Learn more about what sets St. Mary’s apart from other public, private, and Catholic schools in Colorado to support your son or daughter throughout their academic journey.

Reach out today to learn more about the admissions and enrollment process. A member of our team will gladly sit down with you to learn more about your child’s unique academic journey and discuss how our college preparatory school can help them thrive in high school, in college, and in life!

Make sure St. Mary’s is part of your pursuit of Catholic schools in Colorado that can make a true impact on your child’s future.

Learn more by contacting Danny Cuadrado, Director of Enrollment at dcuadrado@smhscs.org or (719) 635-7540, ext. 16.

(Tom Maj is President of St. Mary’s High School.)

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