About St. Mary's Montessori School
The mission of St. Mary of the Purification Montessori School
is to promote and nurture the optimum spiritual, intellectual,
cultural and physical development of the children of St. Mary’s
School through a Catholic Montessori Education System according
to Roman Catholic principles and in a collaborative partnership
Our History: We Opened
Our Doors in 1930
In 1929, the then, Diocese of Galveston-Houston purchased
six acres to start a new parish community in Southeast Texas.
This new Church, located in Houston's Riverside Terrace community,
was named. St. Mary of the Purification Catholic Church. The
area surrounding the peaceful wooded church grounds would
soon become home to. St. Mary's School. A temporary school
building was erected in 1930 and opened the following September
8. The first enrollment listed 35 pupils. The blessing of
the old school building took place October 27, 1930. The Sisters
of Dominic staffed the school until it closed in 1967. St.
Mary's school reopened in 1980 and adopted the Montessori
System based on learning methods and styles developed by Dr.
Maria Montessori. The school is recognized as the only African-American
Montessori School in Texas.
On April 5, 1929, Monsignor M.J. Daly was appointed
the first Pastor/Administrator of the school. He was followed
by Father Dexter George in 1960. Father George was succeeded
by Father Frederich O'Connor until 1968 when Father George
Swilley became Pastor/Administrator in June 1968. In 1968,
Father John LaBauve, SV.D. became the first African-American
Pastor/Administrator. Father Charles Leisring, SV.D. replaced
Father LaBauve in 1973. In 1975, Father George Artis, SV.D.
became the Pastor/Administrator. It was under the leadership
of Father Artis that the Montessori School, was opened in
1980. Father Artis served until1984 when Father William Feldner,
SV.D. became Pastor/Administrator. Father Michael Fritzen,
S.V.D. became the Pastor/Administrator in July 1996 until
he was replaced by Father Francis Alvin Dixon in 1999. Father
Dixon was replaced by Father F. Borgia Aubespin, S.V.D. in
2001, the current Pastor/Administrator.
Sister Edna Herbert, O.P. was the principal
when the school was reopened in 1980. Mrs. Rose Ellis (the
first lay principal of the school) succeeded Sister Herbert
in 1985 and was principal from 1985 to 1994. Ms. Erin Smith
followed Mrs. Ellis as principal in 1992 and served in this
role to 1995. Dr. Mae Smith became principal in June of 1995.
She was succeeded on July 1, 2003 by Mrs. Mazie S. McCoy who
is the current principal.
St. Mary of the Purification Montessori School
is one of fifteen, Houston, Texas, inner-city schoolsgoverned
by the Office of Catholic Schools, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.
The school is sponsored by St. Mary of the Purification Catholic
Church. The school has adopted the Montessori System based
on learning methods and styles developed by Dr. Maria Montessori.
The school is recognized as the only African-American Montessori
School in the state of Texas. It primarily serves the Greater
Houston, Harris and Fort Bend Counties, Texas.
St. Mary of the Purification Montessori School
has full accreditation from the Texas Catholic Conference
Education Department which is recognized by the Texas Education
Agency (TEA) as the official accreditation agency for Catholic
Schools in Texas. St. Mary's is under the auspices of the
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston School System and is affiliated
with the American Montessori Society, Texas Association of
Non-Public Schools, National Catholic Education Association,
National Association of Mathematics Teachers, National Association
of Science Teachers, and National Association of Elementary
Office Of Development
The school has an Office of Development. Major goals of the
Office of Development are to organize and administer effective
fund-raising programs to support St. Mary of the Purification
Montessori School. The fund-raising programs include, but
are not limited to Annual Fund Giving, Student Financial Aid:
Scholarships, Grants, Loans, Work Study; Capital Funds, Endowment
Gifts, Memorial Gifts, Planned Giving, Deferred Gifts, Major
Gifts, Outright Gifts, Student, Staff, Alumni Giving, Friends
Program Gifts, Special Events Gifts, Special Projects Gifts
and Other Giving. The school is an IRS 501(c)(3) Non-Profit
Organization (EIN 74-6018777).
In an effort to expand the in-kind support of
the school, it is essential that coalitions are established
with individuals, institutions, agencies, businesses, corporations,
foundations, etc. Members of the coalition can provide valuable
support bases to ensure quality education for children. St.
Mary of the Purification Montessori School does not discriminate
in recruitment, admissions, financial aid, educational programs,
activities, or employment and treats all persons equally,
regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national or ethnic
origin, disability or any other classification proscribed
under local, state, or federal laws.
Parents are the first
St. Mary of the Purification Montessori School acknowledges
that parents are the first educators of their children. Faculty,
staff, clergy and parents work together as a collaborative
team to teach as Christ taught. Our team creates a warm caring
environment that, by example, teaches Christian principles.
We nurture and encourage the development of self-esteem and
dignity in each child. St. Mary's is a school that
uses both traditional and the Montessori method to empower
each child with Christian values, academic skills, and social
principles to continue his/her educational endeavors and live
a full Christian life. Our aim is to graduate students who
are well-versed in the Catholic faith, have a personal relationship
with God, and are academically prepared to continue their
7:45 - 3:15 PM. Students are considered tardy after 8:00 PM
Extended Day Program
Extended Day: 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM