About St. Mary's School
A Brief History
St. Mary’s Catholic School was established in 1878 to teach children in an atmosphere of faith. St. Mary’s has been the only Catholic, parochial, elementary school to operate for over 140 years, in the Diocese of Memphis and is the oldest continuously existing parochial school in the state of TN. The school has been administered by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation, in Nashville, from 1900 to present. It is owned and operated by St. Mary’s Parish and supported by parents and parishioners and the wider community.
It takes a special place to prepare the children of today for success tomorrow. A place where quality teachers and a remarkable curriculum make a difference. A place where students forge lasting friendships. A place where praying is as important as playing. A place like St. Mary’s School.
St. Mary’s is known for its traditional yet unique programs that encourage the highest degree of academic excellence and spiritual formation. It is a place where education is inspired by a supernatural vision that forms the whole child – spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, and physically.
Authentically Catholic in the Dominican Tradition
Our mission is founded on a Christian anthropology
that fosters a love for wisdom and truth while
integrating the four Dominican pillars of prayer, study, community and service. Through a solid moral formation and a classical approach to learning, St. Mary's provides a well-rounded experience in an environment that prepares children for the future.