What grades does St. Mary’s encompass?
St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic School offers an enriching academic program for students from 5K through 8th grade.
Does St. Mary’s accept non-Catholic students?
Yes, approximately 25% of our students are not Catholic.
What is St. Mary’s student-to-teacher ratio?
The total enrollment at St. Mary’s School is currently 205 with an average student-to-teacher ratio of 16:1.
Are all teachers certified?
All teachers at St. Mary’s School are certified or working toward certification.
What hours do children attend school?
5K through 8th grade students attend school from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Is before- and after-school care available?
Free, supervised care is available from 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. daily. After-school care is available until 5:30 p.m. for an hourly fee.
Do St. Mary’s students have recess?
While children of all faiths receive a well-rounded, faith-based education grounded in the 3 “Rs” – Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic, we also believe a 4th “R” is important – Recess. All grades enjoy recess daily, a time for students to both learn how to get along with others and take an unstructured break between lessons so they may have an easier time concentrating once they return to the classroom.
How does St. Mary’s ensure a safe environment for students?
Saint Mary Help of Christians Catholic School is the only completely gated elementary and middle school in Aiken. The perimeter of the campus is secured by fences, gates, and locked doors. The school also conducts monthly fire drills and periodic tornado, and earthquake drills. All volunteers take a training class and undergo a background screening.
What sports does St. Mary’s offer?
Students in the 5th through 8th grades have the opportunity to participate in St. Mary’s sports. Fall sports include volleyball, cross country, golf, and tennis. Winter sports include bowling, pickleball. basketball and cheerleading. Spring sports include soccer and track and field. As St. Mary’s competes in the highly competitive Augusta Aiken Middle School League, tryouts are held for basketball, soccer, and volleyball.
What is the tuition?
Current tuition rates and fees can be found here.
When will the Science and Engineering Academy open?
Construction is scheduled to begin in February of 2023 with an anticipated completion date of August 2024.