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Cathedral School of Saint Mary

910 San Jacinto
Austin, TX 78701

(512) 476-1480


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Religion, Computer Technology, Music, & Spanish

From the Director:

Our teachers encourage the use of specific web-based resources. We have established certain objectives this year as part of our plans to integrate technology into our curriculum and across core courses in each Grade. The Co-Curricular teachers enable our school to offer a unique blend of courses in contributing to the development of our diverse student body. We a pleased to offer comprehensive studies in Spanish, Art, Skill Builders, and Technology Applications.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Cathedral School of St. Mary, the oldest Roman Catholic school in Texas, enriches students spiritually, academically and socially by fostering a diverse community through, with and in the teachings of Jesus Christ. The Cathedral School of St. Mary is accredited by the Texas Catholic Education Department, which is recognized by the Commissioner of Education for the purposes of accrediting Catholic Schools in the State of Texas.

A Typical Day

8:45 Line Time
8:45-9 Snack in Classroom
9-9:15 Religion
9:15-9:45 P.E. in gym
9:45-10:45 Center Time
11-11:30 Lunch in Cafeteria
11:30-12 W&F=Spanish
11:45/12-2 Potty, Nap, Potty
2-2:15 Religion
2:15-2:45 M=Music T=Math W=Group Worksheets Th=Library F=Religion 2:45-3:00 Playground (except on Thursdays)

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parent Newsletter

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director