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The mission of Jackson Catholic Schools is to joyfully cultivate God’s goodness, beauty, and truth. Through our Catholic faith, we share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, grow in virtue and intellect, and form our students to lead and serve our communities as saints.

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Guided by our Catholic tradition, we provide the highest quality education and empower students to excel spiritually, intellectually and emotionally. We inspire them to reach their full potential and be the Light of Christ in this life and for eternity.


Through a well-rounded curriculum integrated with the message of Jesus Christ, St. Mary School strives to develop Christian people who will use their unique talents and gifts to recognize God’s goodness, experience the family that is our parish, and seek justice in the world, affirming the presence of Christ in all people.


St. Mary School, located at 116 E. Wesley St. in Jackson, Michigan, has a rich history dating back to the late 19th century. The cornerstone for St. Mary School was laid on June 30, 1889, marking the beginning of its construction.


The school was completed later that summer. Initially opened as a secondary school in October 1889, St. Mary School was primarily staffed by the Sisters of Charity from Cincinnati, Ohio. It gained accreditation from the University of Michigan in 1915. By 1950, due to the need for more space to accommodate primary grades, an adjacent building was purchased to expand the school's facilities.

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Prior to the school's establishment, in 1880, Bishop Caspar Henry Borgess of the Detroit Diocese approved the creation of a second Catholic parish in Jackson, which laid the groundwork for the eventual establishment of St. Mary School.


Nowadays, St. Mary School is a co-educational institution offering education from pre-kindergarten through 6th grade. It is affiliated with the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and continues to uphold its Catholic tradition while providing quality education.

This overview captures significant milestones in St. Mary School's journey from its inception to its present-day standing as a notable educational institution in Jackson, Michigan​.

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