Thành lập: 1907
Loại hình: Công lập, Trung học
Tổng số học sinh: 2,090+
St. Mary’s High School is the home of the Eagles with a current population of 1,880 students. We are nestled in the heart of Kitchener, serving a diverse student population that includes a large ESL program and the province's largest Specialist High Skills Major program.
St. Mary’s High School has undergone many changes throughout its history. From its beginnings as a convent school, St. Mary’s has transformed itself many times. Not only has the focus and purpose of the school evolved over time, so has its physical shape changed.
1907: St. Ann’s Convent School opened as a preparatory school for candidates interested in becoming School Sisters of Notre Dame and eager to obtain a Catholic High School Education. The first class opened with nine students in the Old Pierce Terrace (White House) later referred to as the Choir Studio with the first graduating class in 1910.
1928-30: Grades 9 to 12 students were accommodated in four classrooms offered to the Separate School Board by St. Mary’s Parish. In 1920, the school became known as St. Mary’s High School and opened its doors to 45 students.
1930-80: As student enrollment increased, the all-girls school continued to expand occupying a block on Weber street bordered by Ontario and Young streets. Expansions and renovations included increased teaching space, a gymnasium, cafeteria, chapel, and library. St. Mary’s senior students paid tuition until 1984 when full funding for Catholic education in the province of Ontario was announced.
1990-2001: In 1990, St. Mary’s became a co-ed school due to the closure of the former St. Jerome’s all-boys school. Students now occupied both the original St. Mary’s campus as well as classrooms across the street at the former St. Jerome’s campus.
1990-present: In the fall of 2002, St. Mary’s moved to a brand new, state of the art educational facility located near Block Line Road and Homer Watson Boulevard. In addition to regular teaching spaces, the new facility includes specialized technology, computer and science labs, triple-gym, auditorium, and chapel. It also has two natural turf playing fields and are within walking distance City of Kitchener athletic facilities providing the varsity athletes and PHE classes with excellent competition venues. The school is also connected to the Country Hills Branch of the Kitchener Public Library, providing our students with exceptional access to learning resources. St. Mary's 21st Century learning resources include Brighlight interactive data projectors in all teaching spaces, student accessible wifi coverage throughout the school, and a 3:1 student Chromebook ratio.
Why St. Mary's High School
- Course variety: St. Mary's offers Advanced Placement courses in Biology, English, French, Mathematics, and Physics, has a College co-operative education program in partnership with Conestoga College, and a University co-operative education program in partnership with St. Jerome’s University, University of Waterloo, and Wilfrid Laurier University. It also offers Specialist High Skills Majors in Arts & Culture, Business, Construction, Energy, Health & Wellness, Hospitality & Tourism, Information & Communications Technology, Justice & Community Safety, Manufacturing, Sports, and Transportation.
- Extracurricular activities: There is a lot to do at St. Mary's, as it has groups that cover almost any interest. Some of the clubs offered include American Sign Language, media/tech, concert band, dance, environment, link crew, powerlifting, social action team, and vocal ensemble, to name just a few. Sports teams include basketball, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, soccer, tennis, volleyball, curling, hockey, swimming, wrestling, badminton, rugby, softball, and track and field.
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