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St. Mary's at a Glance


The school year runs from August to June. School begins at 8:00 a.m., with an arrival time beginning at 7:45 a.m. School ends at 2:50 p.m. for students in K-8th grade, and dismissal concludes at 3:15p.m. Pre-Kindergarten half day students dismiss at 12:00 p.m., and Pre-Kindergarten full day students dismiss at 2:30 p.m. There will be early dismissal days scheduled throughout the year  for faculty meetings and professional development. 


Pre-kindergarten classes for 3-year-old and 4-year-old children are offered at Saint Mary Star of the Sea School. Children must be 3 years of age on or before September 30th for Pre-K-3 and 4 years of age on or before September 30th for Pre-K-4. Beginning  the 2023-2024 school year, the Pre-K-3 program will be available on a four-day ( Monday-Thursday) or five-day (Monday-Friday) basis with a half day or full day option. Students must be fully toilet trained (able to use the restroom independently) upon entering our Pre-K programs.


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 (BSC) is provided from 7:00-7:45 a.m. After School Care (ASC)  hours are from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. for Pre-K students, and 3:15 until 5:30 p.m. for students in grades K-8. ASC is also offered on selected early dismissal days. Saint Mary Star of the Sea School also offers a summer camp. 


Uniforms are purchased from Flynn-O’Hara Uniform Company. There is a local store in Virginia Beach or orders can be online through mail order. For convenience, a used uniform closet is located in the upper building. Uniform items can be purchased at a reduced rate. For more detailed information, please see our Uniform Policy document. 


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 PTO lends substantial support to the professional staff throughout the year. 


Saint Mary Star of the Sea School is a member of the Peninsula Independent Athletic League (PIAL). 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.