About Us

St. Mary School was founded in 1865 and remains a cornerstone of the German Village community. We attract students from over 30 zip codes. The diversity of our school closely matches the city of Columbus.

St. Mary School

Mission pitch

The mission of our school is to love and serve our neighbors as Christ loved. We believe that every child deserves a highly rigorous, 21st century education rooted in the traditions of faith. We welcome all learners and are Ed Choice and Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship providers.

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2022 Fall Enrollment

30

Our Students Come From 30 Zip Codes

90%

2022 Graduates Attend Catholic High Schools
St. Mary School

Our Core Values

Each student is welcomed as a valued individual with unique educational, intellectual, spiritual, social, emotional, and physical needs and is supported appropriately.

Literacy and mathematics are the foundation of student learning and are celebrated and supported through programs and resources in our school.

Students understand the value and dignity of each person, which is underscored by the celebration of the diversity that exits in our school, community, and Catholic Church.

Students gain real-world, 21st century skills throughout the curriculum, including specials classes, through the use of technology and a variety of challenging and engaging learning experiences.

Parental participation, support, and cooperation both outside and inside of school is essential for student success and will be supported and fostered by Saint Mary School in various ways.

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Faith Tradition

Catholic schools make up the largest non-public school system in America. St. Mary School German Village was founded in 1865 in the Specht Center which still houses some of our classrooms. Our tradition of teaching the Catholic faith continues today with a rigorous course of study supplied by the Diocese of Columbus. By seeing each student through the eyes of Christ we provide a faith-centered education. Students receive daily lessons in the Catholic faith as well as Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for the our lower grade students. The school attends mass each week as a community. We focus on the development of the a healthy mind, body and soul for each of our students.

Education

St. Mary School students are met each day by highly educated and trained teachers who are dedicated to their vocation in the Catholic school system. With over 300 years of combined teaching experience our team takes pride in addressing the learning styles and needs of each unique child. With programs targeted, St. Mary Schools sees the average student gain more than 1.5 years of growth foreach year in our classrooms. There are targeted programs for special needs students as well as talented and gifted students. Foreign language, Algebra, art, music, physical education, band, choir, and Diocesan sports are all part of our regular programing.

Community

St. Mary School welcomes children from more than 30 zip codes around the city of Columbus. The diversity of our school closely matches that of our surrounding community. We teach a respect for everyone and responsibility for caring for each other. Through the teachings of the Catholic church, that we are all uniquely made in the image and likeness of Christ, we celebrate the distinctiveness of each person’s experience and the richness of learning from one another.

Excellence

St. Mary School welcomes children from more than 30 zip codes around the city of Columbus. The diversity of our school closely matches that of our surrounding community. We teach a respect for everyone and responsibility for caring for each other. Through the teachings of the Catholic church, that we are all uniquely made in the image and likeness of Christ, we celebrate the distinctiveness of each person’s experience and the richness of learning from one another.

History

St. Mary Church was dedicated in 1868 as a response to the spiritual needs of the growing German-Catholic population of Columbus' South Side. The original schoolhouse, which stands behind the church, was erected in 1865 under the direction of Rev. Francis X. Specht, St. Mary's first pastor. It served as a temporary house of worship until the Gothic-style church was completed. St. Mary's distinctive spire - soaring 197 feet into the Columbus sky - was added in 1893.​

By 1865, Columbus' population was one-third German, and the South Side had become a thriving working-class community. The new immigrants built homes and churches and established schools. Local German businesses, organizations, and newspapers prospered.​German Village is one of the premier historic restorations in the world, and is the largest privately funded historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. More than 1,600 buildings have been restored since 1960.

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St. Mary School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs