St. Mary Magdalen School earned the full six-year renewal status of accreditation through the National Association of Accredited Schools and the Western Catholic Education Association in 2015. We invite you to examine the WCEA facts and guidelines as well as the St. Mary Magdalen School accreditation report in full.
Preschool – Eighth Grade Class Structure
St. Mary Magdalen School is one of the largest Catholic schools in the Washington with students drawn from all over Snohomish County. To meet these high volume needs, our 26 state-certified teachers provide two all-day class sections for every grade from kindergarten through eighth. Additionally, we have two sessions for our preschool four-year-old’s and one session for our preschool three-year-old’s.
Grades preschool through 5 are self-contained with teachers exchanging classes when appropriate. Grades 6, 7, and 8 are departmentalized with a teacher serving as homeroom teacher.
Rigorous Curriculum Based on Washington State Standards
Our Grade Level Expectations are based on the Washington K – 12 Learning Standards issued by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. St. Mary Magdalen School takes pride in offering a challenging curriculum of instruction in all subject areas. We are in the process of implementing Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts, as well as Next Generation Science Standards for science, across all grades. Curriculum areas are religion, English/language arts (reading, writing, spelling, speaking, listening), mathematics, social studies (history, geography, civics), science, fine arts (music, art), physical education, health, and computer studies.
Beyond the Common Core
In addition to studying core subjects, our students become well-rounded individuals through instruction in the following areas:
Religion. As a Catholic School, building a Christian community is at the center of everything we do. St. Mary Magdalen students receive daily instruction in religion. Together with formal classes, students participate in a wealth of community service projects, such as monthly food drives in conjunction with St. Vincent de Paul, grounds clean-up at the school, and fundraisers to help victims of natural disaster. Both Catholic and non-Catholic students also share the benefits of value formation, opportunities for liturgy and private prayer, opportunities for service to the community, and orientation to scripture.
The Arts. All students study music, and beginning in fifth grade, students have the choice to continue with choir or participate in band. Additionally, there are many extracurricular activities in the arts available for interested students, including orchestra and participation in the school musical. Finally, parent volunteers act as art docents to give students exposure to art history and various visual art techniques.
Foreign Language. Students study Spanish in middle school to give them an edge in high school foreign language classes.
Students also study physical education, library science, and technology from specialists.