The early months of each year bring with them choices about which schools students will attend in the fall. For families considering St. Mary’s High School, January and February will bring several opportunities for parents and students to learn about the school firsthand.
Starting this week, eighth graders from area Catholic schools will begin coming to St. Mary’s for Shadow Days. The Shadow Day Program allows prospective students to experience a full-day at St. Mary’s by being paired with an SMHS Ambassador. The eighth-grade students attend all classes with the Ambassador, and also have interviews with the principal, director of admissions, and the guidance counselors.
“Shadow Days offer a chance for students to experience St. Mary’s at the classroom level,” said Robyn Cross, director of admissions at St. Mary’s. “They get to sit in classes and really see what it’s like to be a student here.”
But you don’t have to attend a Catholic middle school to shadow a St. Mary’s student. On Jan. 31, eighth graders from other schools can get a glimpse of what goes on at St. Mary’s during a regular school day. And if that day doesn’t work, Shadow Days are also scheduled for Feb. 20 and Feb. 28.
Parents can also get a glimpse of what life at St. Mary’s is like on Jan. 31. From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. that Thursday, parents are encouraged to attend an open house. During the event they will have a chance to meet with staff and students, tour the school, and observe a class. Cross said she thinks the best part of the Open Houses is the student panel during which St. Mary’s seniors answer questions from prospective parents.
“The student panel is the winner for the day,” Cross said. “The parents get to ask any questions they have and listen to kids who are true products of St. Mary’s.”
Cross said an Open House is really a chance to see the school in action. “It is so effective because parents get to see who we are,” Cross said.
Another Open House is scheduled for Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
To schedule a Shadow Day, parents can fill out an online form at www.smhscs.org/forms.aspx?FID=109. You can also reach schedule at Shadow Day visit or sign up for the Open House by calling Robyn Cross, director of admissions, at (719) 635-7540 ext.16 or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Amy G. Partain, Communications Associate
St. Mary’s High School