Saint Mary’s Academy (SMA), a private Catholic school for grades K through 12 (with boarding available for boys grades 7-12) and a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, operates under the guidelines of the United States District of the Society of St. Pius X. SMA was founded in 1978 on 465 rolling acres approximately twenty-five miles west of Topeka, the State Capital, and seventy-five miles west of Kansas City. Our historic buildings were originally constructed by the Jesuits on the site of an old mission, dating from 1848, where they served the Potawatomi Indians. In the early 1900's, Saint Mary's was a well-known college and seminary and the site of over 1,000 priestly ordinations—see more of our history here. Today we continue the work of the Church, providing our nearly 900 children with a thorough Catholic education founded upon traditional principles. The school strives ultimately to form good Catholic citizens, men and women willing and able to work for the restoration of all things in Christ, freely submitting to the reign of Our Lord in the spiritual, moral, intellectual, and physical realms.
Learning is a profoundly human process, one best accomplished through patient, qualitative drawing out, rather than mechanistic, quantitative filling up. The school strives continuously to provide the best possible facilities, tools, and material resources, in terms of texts and an integrated curriculum, simultaneously recognizing that our teachers’ mastery of subject matter, ability to communicate, and, above all, love for our students, are what finally foster a desire for learning in those students. Our curriculum challenges minds; our teachers work with God to form souls.
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