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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Since 1864, the Sisters of Loretto opened the doors of St. Mary’s Academy to students of every background. We proudly continue this tradition, wholeheartedly believing that diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are foundational to our mission of fostering excellence in each child through academic excellence, spiritual development, and service.

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St. Mary's Academy Statement on Diversity

As an independent school in the Catholic tradition, and committed to the Loretto School Values of faith, community, justice, and respect, St. Mary’s Academy is committed to diversity in its many forms. Diversity includes the human facets of race, ethnicity, national origin, geography, religion, gender, affectional or sexual orientation, age, physical ability, learning style, and marital, parental or economic status.

St. Mary’s Academy affirms the inherent dignity and value of each individual. Our school embraces the distinct identity of each person and helps students to appreciate their own identities and those of others. St. Mary’s Academy actively seeks families, faculty, and staff who bring a range of experience to the school.

We believe diversity increases the ability to formulate and nurture ideas and relationships resulting in a school community where all opinions and views are respected. St. Mary’s Academy provides a scholarly learning environment for an educational experience that prepares students to participate in an increasing complex global society.

We believe that in a multicultural society, developing competency - the will and ability to create authentic and effective relationships across differences - is crucial to being a responsible and compassionate world citizen.

Our DEIB Team

Victoria Fernandez
Christina Garcia
Debbie Horning
Mike Lantagne
Missy Ochoa
Laura Passin
Dr. Maria Salazar
Kelly Shipley
Erik Sheldrake
Amber Summers

Our DEIB Initiatives

Non-Discrimination Policy