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Family Mentoring

Arriving to a new school can be an overwhelming experience for new parents and their children. To make the transition easier for new parents, we have established the New Family Mentoring Program.  The goal of the program is to help new parents and children adjust to their new school and make their experience at Saint Mary’s easier. Through this program, we pair a new military family with a returning family so they can assist and help in the during the transition period.


The school year runs from August to June. School begins at 8:00 a.m. and dismisses at 3:00 p.m. Pre-kindergarten dismisses at 12:00 p.m. Before school care is provided from 7:00-7:45 a.m. After school care hours are from 12:00 to 5:30 p.m. for Pre-K students and 3:15 until 5:30 p.m. for students in grades K-8. There is a 2:15 p.m. dismissal two Wednesdays each month for faculty meetings and professional development.


Pre-kindergarten classes for 3-year-old and 4-year-old children are offered at Saint Mary’s School. Children must be 3 years of age on or before July 31st of the school year for Pre-K-3 and 4 years of age on or before September 30th for Pre-K-4. Hours for Pre-K are from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Pre-K-3 program is also available on a three-day basis – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Students must be toilet trained upon entering Pre-K.


A full-day kindergarten program is offered for children who are 5 years old by September 30th of the enrolling school year.


Before School Care begins at 7:00 a.m. and After School Care is available until 5:30 p.m. Child care is offered when school is not in session depending on family need. Saint Mary’s also hosts a summer camp.


Uniforms are worn by all students. Uniforms are purchased from FlynnO’Hara Uniform Company. There is a local store in Virginia Beach or orders can be placed online or through mail order. For convenience, a used uniform closet is located in the upper building. Uniform items can be purchased at a reduced rate or swapped with other items.


The PTO is an active and integral part of the Saint Mary Star of the Sea School operation. It provides a wide variety of auxiliary services to the school. The PTO sponsors various social and fundraising events each year. The parent volunteer program lends substantial support to the professional staff throughout the year.


We are a proud member of the Peninsula Independent Athletic League. The purpose of the PIAL is to promote the athletic program of the member schools through cooperative planning, scheduling, and coordination of mutual athletic interest. Students in grades 5 through 8 may participate in soccer, cross country, basketball, volleyball, softball, and baseball.


Saint Mary Star of the Sea School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability in its educational program activities, or employment practices.

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