Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS/CASI)


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 Tennessee.  The school has been staffed by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation in Nashville from 1900 to the present.  It is owned and operated by St. Mary’s Parish and supported by parents and parishioners and the wider community.


2-K through 8th


207 Students

Average Class Size

15 students

Student Teacher Ratio


Faculty and Staff

3 Full time Dominican Sisters
15 Full time lay faculty
1 Part time lay faculty
2 Full time aides
1 Part time aide
6 Member administrative staff


7:30 AM – 7:55 AM Morning Drop-off
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM Monday through Friday


Aftercare available from 3:30 – 5:30 PM


Choice of hot or cold lunch daily, drink included – $4.25

Religious Affiliation

Roman Catholic
Daily Religious Instruction
Bi-Weekly Mass
Weekly Rosary Devotion

Sacramental Preparation

First Reconciliation (2nd Grade)
First Holy Eucharist (2nd Grade)
Confirmation (8th Grade)

Yearly Assessment Program

Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS)
A test battery for collecting critical educational data is used by many dioceses and independent schools throughout the nation. It is developed for schools with high achieving standards. The test is administered in the spring of each year to grades K- 8.

Facility Information

An automated library with over 8,000 volumes and modern research materials.  Instructional computer lab as well as computers in each classroom. A comprehensive science lab with state-of-the-art equipment.