At St. Mary’s Academy, we believe part of being a community means that we share and grow together; we come together in respect to learn and understand one another. Our students come from more than 70 different zip codes and bring with them diversity in its many forms.
It is part of our school’s mission “to recognize and welcome diversity as a positive force within their future world.” As we build a strong community, we strive in all we do to show respect, promote justice, and act in our faith.
We cherish our distinct community recognizing and appreciating the variety of gifts, talents, and treasures we all exchange with each other. In our Lower School, we celebrate religious holidays, cultures, and other milestones with respect and honor that are the ethos of our shared community modeled by our ancestors, the Sisters of Loretto.
Our Middle School students engage in multiculturalism, most notably in traveling together and living among indigenous cultures learning practices, language, and storytelling. Each trip involves reflection and courageous journeys, which transform students and their world view.
The High School is involved in numerous activities during and beyond the school day designed to bring awareness, understanding, and inclusion to the SMA community. A few notable events include the following:
- Diversity Day, organized annually by students of the Common Ground Club, is a day dedicated to providing a greater awareness of the disenfranchised, and the integrity and strength of the human spirit when faced with adversities such as war, physical limitations or even homelessness. Students become teachers as well as learners.
- Students lead monthly roundtable discussions on current topics of interest that reflect issues around diversity.
- A group of tenth graders attend the People of Color Conference (POCC) annually. The conference offers them opportunities to understand diversity and how to deal with prejudice.
- The Common Ground Club, or diversity club, takes on various projects to bring awareness to the SMA community.