Principal's Corner

Welcome to the St. Mary Catholic School website. We are proud to be part of the history of the oldest Catholic school in North Carolina which will celebrate 139 years of continuous Catholic education in the city of Wilmington. Our school is located in the beautiful historic district several blocks east of the Cape Fear River. You can read further about the school's history by visiting another page of this site.

It is our privilege to be able to attend Mass every Friday with our school family in the historic St. Mary Shrine. Our Catholic faith is taught in classes and lived out in our many outreach projects throughout the year.We strive to develop and share our gifts to glorify our Father.

The mission of St. Mary School is to ensure learning for all our children within the framework of Catholic Christian values. We follow the Diocese of Raleigh Curriculum which is enhanced by an enriching arts program consisting of choir, two levels of band, Suzuki violin, and visual arts. Our students consistently score well on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills with school norms of 94-99, and go on to find success in high school and higher education.

Our students and teachers have the advantage of walking to so many interesting places for field trips, such as the Cape Fear Museum, Historic Latimer House, the main Fire Station, Thalian Hall, City Hall, and the Children's Museum just to name a few. We can even walk to a water taxi which takes us across the river to the Battleship North Carolina. Occasionally, our students have taken the free trolley to the river to tour historic ships docked in our lovely city.

The Falcon sports program includes P.E. classes as well as team sports: tennis, soccer, basketball, and lacrosse.

We offer many extra-curricular activities including Chess Club, Liturgical Dance, Student Council, Science Olympiad, Mad Science, and Doll Making.

St. Mary School has an After School Program which operates from 3-6 P.M. on each full school day.

Our school is accredited by SACS CASI which encourages continuous school improvement.

NEW! I am excited to say that we added an Early Childhood Pre-K4 Program for the 2008-2009 school year and will add a new PreK3 program for the fall of 2010! Both are half day programs which will run Monday thru Friday.

Thank you for showing interest in St. Mary School. Please call our school office to schedule a tour and discover the reasons for our Falcon Pride.


Joyce Price

St. Mary Catholic School 217 S. 4th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 910-762-5491, x40
Last Modified: Thursday, Jun. 04, 2009