Applicant age requirements by 1 September
||must be at least 3 years old
||must be at least 4 years old
||must be at least 5 years old
||must be at least 6 years old
Each new applicant must submit all of the following to the Main Office (in person or by mail to SMCS Admissions, 1019 South 7th Street, Temple, TX 76504):
- Application for Admissions (our primary information sheet)
- Authorization to Release Information (allowing St. Mary’s Catholic School to retrieve records from a previous school or counseling professional concerning the education, medical, or psychological history of the child)
- $50 Application Fee (non-refundable)
- An official birth certificate (office staff will make a copy and return original)
- A Social Security card (office staff will make a copy and return original)
- Current Immunization record
- Documentation stipulating guardianship (in cases of divorce, adoption, etc.)
- (for a Catholic child) Certificates of Baptism, First Holy Communion, and First Reconciliation
- Copy of most recent Report Card
- Copy of most recent Standardized Test Scores (grades 1-8)
- Race and Ethnicity Form
- Parish Affiliation Verification Form
- Teacher Recommendation Form – Provide your child’s current teacher with the Teacher Reference Form and a stamped return envelope addressed to St. Mary’s Catholic School. The teacher may also fax the form to (254) 778-1396.
- FACTS application – All families are required to sign up and create a FACTS account as part of the registration process. The link to FACTS is located on our school's webpage at www.stmarys-temple.org
- Once accepted, a registration fee of $375 is due. Tuition payments are made through FACTS Management Company.
The application process also requires an interview with the Principal for entering grades 5-8. All new students in grades 5-8 will be placed on a probationary period for the first nine weeks.
The well-trained staff of St. Mary’s Catholic School deals with students on a highly individualized basis. Certain needs, however, may require the professional attention of a kind other than what we are able to provide. The school reserves the right to refuse admission in cases of this nature, such as the following:
The school may not accept children with behavioral problems.
The school may accept children with special physical or learning needs if the Principal – after consulting with the child, the guardians, and involved staff members – finds that those needs can be adequately met by staff.
Should behavioral, learning, or physical problems surface during the school year, a student’s status will be re-assessed. The Principal - again, after consulting with the child, the guardians, and involved staff members – will decide whether the school can offer the special programs needed to continue the proper development or the student or whether other arrangements should be made.
Schools within the Diocese of Austin do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in: (i) the admission of students; (ii) the offerings of rights, privileges, programs, or activities generally made available to their students; or (iii) the administration of educational policies, admissions policies, loan programs, athletic programs, employment practices or policies, or other school-administered programs.
The Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) is administered annually each September.
The Assessment of Catechesis for Religious Education (ACRE) is administered annually to students in grades 5, and 8. The assessment measures knowledge of the Catholic faith, liturgy, sacraments, scripture, Christology, church history, and prayer.
Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Austin are accredited by the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department (TCCED) which is recognized by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
The curriculum in our school is designed to prepare students for college and beyond. Serving Pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, St. Mary's Catholic school provides a Christ-centered education in which Catholic identity permeates the entire curriculum. The curriculum encourages our students to reach their fullest capacity and teaches the whole child, spiritually, academically, physically and socially.
St. Mary's Catholic school is a faith community within an academic community, where the intensive collaboration among parents, students and staff results in a comprehensive learning environment that goes well beyond the 3 R’s. In addition to the basic skills in Language, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Religion, St. Mary's Catholic school incorporates other key disciplines into the curriculum. Service learning is core to our Faith and is integrated into our school through required community service projects and a minimum of community service hours. In addition to service learning, schools also offer:
- Foreign language studies – Spanish
- Accelerated Reader
- Extracurricular Activities - Athletics, PSIA, NJHS, Student Council, Pro-Life, God-Squad, Church choir
- Elective Program that includes - Choir, Band, Yearbook, Guitar, Creative Writing, Drama, Bible Study, Math Lab, Study Hall, Book Club, and Robotics
- Technology learning through computer skills classes and other special programs that allow our schools to offer opportunities on the forefront of technology. Chromebook & iPad, updated computer lab
- Athletics including volleyball, basketball, football, golf, co-ed soccer, and track