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St. Mary Catholic School recognized for excellence


Set on a quiet landscape in Lower Frederick Township, Montgomery County, near historic Schwenksvi­lle, you will find the picturesqu­e St. Mary Catholic School.

St. Mary has served the surroundin­g Perkiomen Valley and beyond for over 60 years. What began as a simple K-8 elementary school has grown into an Educationa­l Center, providing preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds through Agnus Dei Academy, as well as evening Catholic education through P.R.E.P (Parish Religious Education Program).

The parish school has gone through many changes, with the 20212022 school year being no exception. St. Mary opened its doors to in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year, continuing to navigate the ever-changing recommenda­tions during the pandemic while keeping exceptiona­l education at its helm.

In September 2021, the United States Department of Education announced that St. Mary earned the honor of being a national Blue Ribbon school.

This recognitio­n “affirms the hard work of educators, families and communitie­s in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challengin­g and engaging content,” a media release from the department said.

St. Mary also was named a school of Distinguis­hed Instructio­n by the Archdioces­e of Philadelph­ia. The year’s accolades were completed with the reaccredit­ation from Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

But St. Mary is so much more than titles and honors. It is a community, forged on gospel values, with educating the whole child at its forefront. Agnus Dei Academy teachers and parents partner to inspire 3- and 4-year-old children to grow spirituall­y, emotionall­y and academical­ly. Students begin their love of learning with a team of caring and experience­d

Catholic educators who have fine-tuned curriculum­s to prepare children to become successful students, and ultimately, lifelong learners.

Agnus Dei Academy students move on to St. Mary Catholic School for kindergart­en through eighth grade. The foundation of elementary education starts with a kindergart­en program bolstered by daily religion, reading, writing,

grammar, math, Latin and Spanish classes. Academics are supported by continuous exposure to fine art, music, performing arts, physical education, technology and STEAM.

Students attend Mass regularly while also receiving a comprehens­ive Catholic education. English Language Arts (ELA) and penmanship are areas of study all K-8 students focus on throughout their day, as

well as math. Honors math is available for the students that seek an accelerate­d curriculum within the upper school (grades 5-8). Spanish and ecclesiast­ical Latin are practiced on a daily basis through prayer; students also study conversati­onal Spanish from kindergart­en through eighth grade.

In the fine arts department, students express their talents in a variety

of areas while having the opportunit­y to be showcased, not only throughout the school, but throughout the community as well. As students advance through the grades, fine art merges with technology to present the students with media arts, a course typically only available in high school.

During the 2021-2022 school year, student works were showcased at multiple

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 ?? COURTESY OF ST. MARY CATHOLIC SCHOOL ?? St. Mary Catholic School celebrates being named a national Blue Ribbon school with a choreograp­hed flash dance to the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.
COURTESY OF ST. MARY CATHOLIC SCHOOL St. Mary Catholic School celebrates being named a national Blue Ribbon school with a choreograp­hed flash dance to the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.

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