Welcome from the Academy President

Academy President's Blog

Why
Bill Barrett, Academy President

One of the joys of being an educator is knowing that the work we do is never finished.  We constantly strive to find new and meaningful ways to engage our students in support of their growth as we prepare them for success now and in the future.  We regularly reflect on what we do, how we do it, and most importantly, why we do it.

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Welcome from the Academy President

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to St. Mary’s Academy. For over 150 years, St. Mary’s Academy has been fostering excellence in each child through academic achievement, spiritual development, and service. Our Loretto School Values of faith, community, justice, and respect guide our community in everything we do. Today, we continue the Loretto tradition of providing children with a learning environment where they can explore, create, and thrive.

Although visitors to St. Mary’s Academy often first remark on the beauty of our campus, they are frequently more impressed by the warmth of our community - a community built on a love of learning. Our academic program builds foundational and critical thinking skills and is structured to help our students discover optimal ways to express themselves and to excel. We pay attention to each child and create an environment where each student can thrive. We are proud of our recent Lower School recognition as a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Our highly qualified and committed faculty and staff – including 11 alums – have an average of 18 years in education and 10 years at SMA.

Our firm commitment to a STREAM curriculum (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, and Math) ensures that we focus on critical thinking infused with character education and Loretto leadership. Our students can engage in a variety of visual and performing arts choices that encourage student self-expression and an appreciation for the work of their peers and other artists. Our small school allows a majority of students to participate in twelve interscholastic athletic teams. We celebrate our Roman Catholic faith by celebrating mass every month.

I invite you to visit our classrooms where you will find students engaged in deep thinking and deep learning and teachers creating a culture of innovation. I hope you will discover the warmth and vibrancy of our SMA community as you explore our website. We can’t wait to meet you!

Bill Barrett

Academy President