Welcome to St. Mary’s Catholic School in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan!
SMCS is a pre-school through grade 8 school. We offer instruction in all core academic subjects as well as religion, art, music, physical education, and technology. We are currently transitioning to a Catholic Liberal Arts (Classical Education) Curriculum. What is Catholic Liberal Arts? Catholic Liberal Arts seeks the truth, goodness, and beauty in what is taught. We do this by using classical works of literature and fairy tales, such as Aesop’s Fables and works by C.S. Lewis, to help form the moral imagination. The practice of poetry memorization and emphasis on grammar helps to train the mind. Latin studies help to train a logical mind and improve English vocabulary. Students study ancient Greek and Roman history to understand the foundations of Western Civilization. An inquiry based method of science instruction helps to develop a questioning, inquisitive mind. A virtues program to develop individuals of strong moral character. All this trains students to seek the truth in the world around them and to gravitate to what is good and beautiful.
The classical model divides learning into three phases: grammar, logic, and rhetoric – known as the trivium, with each stage integrating beautifully with a child’s natural progression in cognitive development.
The grammar stage is where young children learn vocabulary and enjoy repeating songs, chanting rhymes – the building blocks for later learning in science, math geography, Latin, English grammar, history, fine arts, and public speaking. The logic stage is sorting, comparing, and understanding; teenaged students are naturally more argumentative and tend to question authority and facts. The rhetoric stage is naturally when students become independent thinkers and communicators.
Students in grades 3rd through 6th are taught Latin at SMCS; students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade receive an introduction to Latin through prayers and parts of the Mass. Students in grades 7th and 8th take Spanish.
SMCS has a band for students in grades 4th through 6th. Students in 7th and 8th grade have the opportunity to take band, when it is offered first hour, at the local middle school through the shared-time program.
It is our commitment at SMCS to teach the knowledge of the Catholic faith, centered in the person of Jesus Christ, with the values and traditions of the Catholic faith integrated throughout our curriculum.
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Hedy A. Yanni
St. Mary’s Catholic School
Education for Life…Faith for Living