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Our Mission and Philosophy


Mission Statement

In the tradition of Catholic Education, Mary Star of the Sea Elementary School promotes the growth of faith in Christ, academic excellence, and civic responsibility.  As a small community, together with parents, faculty, and staff, it is our goal to develop these values in each student.

Philosophy Statement

Mary Star of the Sea Elementary School believes that each student is a child of God, endowed with unique gifts and talents.  In cooperation with parents, the primary educators of their children, the school and church form a faith community dedicated to teach, nurture, and integrate Catholic values into student's everyday lives. 

Mary Star of the Sea Elementary is a Christ-centered environment that provides the opportunity for spiritual growth through the living traditions of the Church.  Faith development is achieved with the practice of prayer, participation in Mass, and a strong religious curriculum.  Students are able to celebrate the presence of Christ in themselves, and others, by displaying charity, performing service, and making faith-based decisions.  Mary Star of the Sea is our mother and our model as we practice our Catholic Faith.       

As a faculty and staff, our school strives for academic excellence through a standards-driven, assessment-based curriculum.  Students are challenged and guided towards achieving grade level expectations within their individual capacities by way of lessons that reflect cross-curricular connections with real-life applications. By providing a strong foundation, students are prepared for the demands of high school and learning as a life-long process.            

Our students will possess a working knowledge of their rights and responsibilities as a member of our community, and as a citizen in the United States.  They will develop cultural awareness, show tolerance towards others, and have an appreciation for differences.  Through cooperative learning, physical education, and extra-curricular activities, students exercise teamwork and good sportsmanship.  Furthermore, our students will exhibit both personal and academic accountability as well as the virtue of self-discipline. 

Through the integration of faith, academics, and personal development, we are preparing our students to become Catholic leaders of tomorrow.