Award Year: 2016

St. Mary Interparochial School

440 Locust Street a/k/a Fifth and Locust Streets
Philadelphia, PA, 19106-3712

(215) 923-7522

Mrs. Jeanne Meredith, Principal at time of Nomination

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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St. Mary Interparochial School challenges its diverse student body to grow morally, academically, and socially into passionate, confident, and Christ-centered leaders of the 21st century.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 19%
  • White: 64%
  • Hispanic: 9%
  • Asian: 6%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Fourth Grade Art Class

Fourth Grade Art Class

Students at St. Mary Inter-parochial School are challenged each day to grow morally, academically, and socially into passionate, confident, Christ-centered leaders. Dedicated parents, administrators, faculty, Board of Limited Jurisdiction and staff nurture our students' passion for intellectual rigor, creativity in the arts, compassionate community service, and spirited athletic competition. Students aspire to remain life-long learners who extend themselves to others, and who possess the strength of character to act on their beliefs. We are proud that our graduates are confident young people who possess the compassion, vision, and inner strength to make significant, enduring contributions to the world around them. The rich academic and historic heritage of St. Mary Inter-parochial dates to the early days of Philadelphia and our country. Founded as St. Mary's School in 1782 by the Jesuit fathers of Old St. Joseph Church, St. Mary Inter-parochial is known as "the mother school" of parochial education and is credited with influencing Catholic educational practices throughout the United States. Situated in the shadow of Independence Hall, St. Mary Inter-parochial has provided education to Philadelphia's children from the earliest days of our nation. Using a creative approach to teaching, and integrating the latest technology, the faculty of St. Mary Inter-parochial promotes the growth of higher level and critical thinking skills, willingness to take risks, peer collaboration and a passion for inquiry. A cross-curricular approach enlivens the study of religion, math, language arts, social studies, science, Spanish, music, art, and physical education. We follow the Common Core State Standards and the curriculum guidelines of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Building on our history and our faith, and with the support of our school and neighborhood community, St. Mary Inter-parochial, a fiscally independent school of the Archdiocese, demonstrates excellence in the education and development of well-rounded, globally-aware students who are ready to take the next step toward college and career.