In the fall of 1958, under the leadership of Father John Walsh, the ground was broken on Mercer Island for the erection of St. Monica Parish, the construction of a church, a ten classroom school and a convent. In 1960, the school opened its doors staffed by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Newark and two lay teachers. Today, the school has 250 students from preschool through 10th grade. The instructional staff comprises eleven homeroom teachers, and eight Specialist teachers focusing on Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Latin, Library, Theology, Music, PE/CYO, Reading and Spanish. Over the years, the school has seen substantial growth adding a new wing to house a science lab, a health room, art, math and reading rooms, a library, and a music room.
Today, St. Monica Catholic School enriches each student's educational journey with a robust Catholic Classical Liberal Arts Education curriculum. At each level, we introduce appropriate material in a logical sequence, study it across multiple subjects, and return to the concept often as we build on our learnings. For example, a lesson on Galileo would be applied to history, grammar, science and even math, seamlessly, allowing students a broad context that will enhance their comprehension and knowledge base. We do not simply study facts, we study concepts. This approach allows us to adjust the pace and scope of our curriculum to ensure a program that is excellent and exhilarating for these young people we teach, and with whom we learn.
St. Monica Catholic School is fully accredited by the State of Washington and is a member of the Washington Federation of Independent Schools, the National Catholic Education Association, and the Washington State Catholic Conference. In addition, we are a member of the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education.
Educating the Leaders of Tomorrow
Jesus Christ is the foundation for our school community. His call to teach is our inspiration; his image is the model for our students. Working with parents, we prepare our students to become active members of the Catholic Church, serve others, and make a difference in the world.