About the School of Saint Mary

The School of Saint Mary stands out among Tulsa Catholic Schools for excellent academics, strong Catholic identity, great character formation, and low teacher ratio. Caring teachers make sure every student thrives in a faith-filled, fun atmosphere.

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Philosophy of the School of Saint Mary

The philosophy of the School of Saint Mary is to provide each and every student with a quality education, integrating their spiritual, academic, moral, social, physical, and emotional development.

This philosophy is in response to the challenge to spread the message of the Good News, to build a faith community, to be of service to others, and to implement God’s commandment to love one another.

The aim of the School of Saint Mary is to provide an atmosphere of love within which students can aspire to excellence. This includes the pursuit of wisdom and knowledge, the search for understanding values, and the discovery of talents. We strive to do this in an atmosphere conducive to honoring God and serving others.

The faculty is involved in the task of aiding parents in the development of the total child. The entire faith community provides each child with the foundation needed to grow and prosper in society. Only in this atmosphere of love, affirmation, faith, prayer, and service can a true Catholic education occur.

Mission of the School of Saint Mary

The School of Saint Mary exists to carry out the educational mission of the Church. Our task is to educate students with a commitment which involves peace, justice, and human rights, according to Gospel principles and Catholic tradition. We strive to promote academic excellence, to be responsible stewards, and to motivate students to give generously of self in an attitude of Christian charity.

History of the School of Saint Mary

The School of Saint Mary was opened by the Order of the Felician Sisters in September 1954 with 78 students in first, second and third grades. Until the school building was finished in December 1954, buses took the students to Saint Anne’s in Broken Arrow for classes. A two-story school building with nine classrooms was completed in 1957 and the School of Saint Mary held its first eighth grade graduation in May of 1960.

In 1970, the School of Saint Mary was granted full accreditation from the state of Oklahoma and the school continued to grow. During the summer of 1979 the first renovation began and during this time the twelve bedroom convent of the Felician Sisters was converted into space to house the school library and preschool. The second renovation provided space for a music room, expanded preschool and a media center and a third renovation project in 2003 added space for a new kindergarten center, school offices and more room for the preschool.

The School of Saint Mary has also continued to grow academically. In 1988, the U.S. Department of Education and President Ronald Reagan recognized St. Mary with the National Exemplary School Award. St. Mary was the first Tulsa school, public or private, to receive this honor. In 1998 Saint Mary became the state’s first Catholic elementary school to meet the higher accrediting standards set by the Oklahoma Conference of Catholic Schools Accreditation Association.

School of Saint Mary Profile

The School of Saint Mary is a fully accredited preK through 8th grade school affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church of St. Mary in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Saint Mary emphasizes academics in a Christian environment with Spanish, art, music and physical education. An after school care program is available.

Top Administrator: Maureen Clements, (K-8)
Carla Lechner, Preschool Director

Address/Location: 1365 E. 49th Pl.
Tulsa, OK 74105

1 ½ blocks east of Peoria on the south side of 49th Pl. – parking and school entrance are on the north side of the building.

Phone: School – 918-749-9361
Phone: Preschool – 918-743-4030

Fax: 918-712-9604

Hours/Days: K-8: M-F 8:00-3:00
Preschool: M/W/F, T/Th/F or T/Th, 9:30-2:30

Grades: 2 yrs. through 8th grade

Student/teacher ratio: 15:1 (K-8) with a total student population of 335.

 

School of Saint Mary Admissions

To enter kindergarten, the student must have reached the age of 5 before September 1 of the admission year. Entry into grades 1-8 is based upon the results of a meeting with the principal, placement testing, completion of all admissions paperwork and availability.

K-8 requirements:

To enter kindergarten, the student must have reached the age of 5 before September 1 of the admission year. Priority is given to parishioners of the Church of Saint Mary. There will be a parent meeting in January of the year prior to the student entering kindergarten. Please contact the school office at 918-749-9361 for details.

Entry into grades 1-8 is based upon the results of a meeting with the principal, placement testing, completion of all admissions paperwork and availability. Please contact the school office at (918) 749-9361 for more details.

All applicants must provide immunization or vaccination certificates as required by state law.

Please refer to the School of Saint Mary Admission and Reenrollment Policy for further details.

Preschool requirements: The student must be the designated age before September 1 of the admission year.

All applicants must provide immunization or vaccination certificates as required by state law.

Please contact the preschool office at 918-749-9361 for details.

 

Admission and Reenrollment Policy

Suitability:

In order to identify the needs of an applicant for admission or of a current student seeking re- enrollment by the School of Saint Mary, new applicants and current students shall be assessed yearly prior to acceptance or admission or re-enrollment. The determination of acceptance for admission or re-enrollment to the School shall be dependent upon the suitability of the School for the applicant/student, the applicant/student for the School, and the ability of the School to meet the needs of the applicant/student.

Admission Priority:

The order of priority for acceptance of new students, who have met the Suitability requirements, shall be as follows:

  1. Children of Active Parishioners (as defined below) with siblings in the School of St. Mary (K-8)
  2. Children of Active Parishioners without siblings in the School of Saint Mary
  3. Children of non-Active Parishioners, non-Parish Catholics and non-Catholics with siblings in the School of Saint Mary
  4. All other applicants

Active Parishioner:

To qualify as an “Active Parishioner” and to qualify for the Active Parishioner tuition rate, an applicant’s or current student’s Family (as defined below) will be considered based upon all of the following criteria:

  1. Registered at the Church of Saint Mary for a minimum of six months*
  2. Attendance at Mass at the Church of Saint Mary on a regular basis
  3. Financial support of the Parish, commensurate with one’s ability, through the consistent use of the envelope contribution system
  4. Active participation in Parish and/or School activities
  5. A minimum of 25 documented hours of active volunteer service to the School/Church of Saint Mary (applies to re-enrollment in grades 1-8 only)

Other factors, including length of service as an Active Parishioner, may be applied to determine order of admission and to establish an Enrollment Waiting List of applicants who have applied and been reviewed for admission but who have not yet been admitted. Note: “Family” is defined as the student, his or her brothers and/or sisters and his or her parent or parents. For purposes of admission and tuition policies, the fact that grandparents and/or other relatives of the student are Active Parishioners will not qualify the student for the Active Parishioner tuition rate or admission status except in extraordinary circumstances and upon application to the Pastor.

If an Active Parishioner Family with more than one school age child should apply for multi-level enrollment and should space not be available for each child, then those children not admitted will be placed on the Enrollment Waiting List after the names of other Active Parishioners already on that list.

Re-Enrollment:

Current students seeking re-enrollment, must on an annual basis, meet the Suitability and Active Parishioner criteria as outlined above.

Other:

Extenuating circumstances, as determined by the Principal and Pastor, may result in a variance of the foregoing policy.
*A family that moves to Tulsa from out of town or transfers their membership from another Catholic Church in Tulsa will receive the Active Parishioner tuition rate, provided a letter from their previous pastor verifies their attendance, financial support, and active participation at the former Church.

 

Tuition

Tuition at the School of Saint Mary is

  • 1 Child: $5,559
  • 2 Children: $9,532
  • 3 Children: $12,648
  • 4 Children: $15,010
  • 5 Children: $18,218
  • Non-Parishioner: $6,942 per child

Be sure to read our Admissions requirements.

 

Fees

Entrance test fee:
$30.00 for placement test in grades 1-8
$30.00 for placement test for entry into kindergarten
$25.00 (Preschool)

Book fee:
$85.00 per student (K-8)

Enrollment fee:
$150.00 (K-8)
$50.00 (Preschool)

Home and School Association fee:
$45.00 per family

Tuition 2019-2020 school year:
K-8 tuition: parishioner – $5,559(a multi-child discount is available)
K-8 tuition: nonparishioner – $6,942.00

Preschool: Please contact the Preschool Director, Carla Lechner, at 918-743-4030 for the current preschool tuition.

Scholarships/financial assistance: subject to acceptance and availability for students in K-8 who are Catholic.

Uniform required: yes (K-8)