St. Mary School Foundation


About the Foundation

The foundation’s goal is simple – perpetual funds for perpetual needs.

The St. Mary’s School (SMS) Foundation was established in 1992 by the Diocese of Steubenville to ensure the future financial stability of St. Mary’s Catholic School.

The school is an educational institution founded upon the teachings of Jesus Christ. This founding principle has been in place since September 6, 1896, when Bishop Watterson blessed and dedicated the first St. Mary’s School building on lower Fourth Street in Marietta.

Since 1896, the St. Mary’s School family has outgrown six locations and directed the education of more than 5,000 students. Our school family, representing a strong heritage of Catholic values with excellence in academic, athletic and extracurricular activities, is open to all young people so they may become lifelong members of our church and productive participants in society. Today, St. Mary’s School offers a preschool through eighth-grade curriculum.

The challenge today is to maintain the viability of this educational institution through the long-term financial development and planning of the SMS Foundation.

Mission Statement
The SMS Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization established to perpetuate, support and encourage the educational goals of St. Mary’s School. The foundation is dedicated to meeting Catholic education challenges of today and tomorrow by protecting the financial stability of St. Mary’s School for generations to come.

Funding Education
In accordance with the Foundation’s bylaws and board policy, once the fund’s principal goal is achieved, future interest earned on the endowment’s assets will be spent to assist in meeting the educational needs of St. Mary’s School.

A Board of Trustees, under a charter approved by the Diocese, governs the SMS Foundation. The board is responsible for financial development, fund asset management and determining the distribution of income from the perpetual fund.

Investing in Our Children
For over one hundred years, Saint Mary School has provided Catholic education for generations of students. Our parish community recognizes the parents and family as primary educators and joins with them in providing an excellent Catholic school to assist them in forming their children in an environment of living faith.

Our school engages in an ongoing process of evaluation, certification, and accreditation of both teachers and programs. Their accountability guarantees the maintenance of our traditionally high standards.

Saint Mary's School is committed to the development of the whole student. Extra-curricular activities are regarded as an important part of the total learning experience. A variety of choices are offered to reflect the uniqueness of each student, to generate a healthy sense of competition, to create a spirit of cooperation, and to foster leadership and creativity.

Supporting the Saint Mary School Foundation will help us continue to provide quality Catholic education for our children for years to come.

I encourage your support of our St. Mary School Foundation to ensure the existence of our school for many generations to come.
Monsignor John Michael Campbell
Pastor, St. Mary’s Parish


St. Mary's School Foundation
506 4th Street, Marietta, Ohio 45750