Our Principal - Kaitlyn Aguilar
Welcome to St. Mary of Carmel Catholic School! We are so excited to partner with you on the road to College and Heaven and we are looking forward to getting to know your family better. When I first arrived at SMC 13 years ago, I never could have imagined the ways my life would change, the friends I would make or that this school would transform into my home. The community here has enriched my life in many ways and I know that I am blessed to be a part of it. I pray that you too will find this community transformative and life giving in your years here. Above all, please know that your family is known, loved and served here at St. Mary of Carmel.
As we embark on this next school year, we are excited to return to ‘normal’ in many ways, while continuing to incorporate many new things we have learned over the past two years. This year, we celebrate the year of Faith and each monthly virtue that we learn is designed to deepen our faith in action. We aim to grow a zeal for God and a desire to serve Him in our students this year as we develop our virtues. I am looking forward to seeing the many ways our students will grow this year and thank you again for your partnership on our journey towards College and Heaven.
¡Bienvenidos a la Escuela Católica Santa María del Carmen! Estamos muy emocionados de asociarnos con usted en el camino hacia la universidad y el cielo y esperamos conocer mejor a su familia. Cuando llegué por primera vez a SMC hace 13 años, nunca podría haber imaginado las formas en que cambiaría mi vida, los amigos que haría o que esta escuela se transformaría en mi hogar. La comunidad aquí ha enriquecido mi vida de muchas maneras y sé que tengo la bendición de ser parte de ella. Oro para que usted también encuentre esta comunidad transformadora y dadora de vida en sus años aquí. Sobre todo, sepa que su familia es conocida, amada y servida aquí en St. Mary of Carmel.
A medida que nos embarcamos en este próximo año escolar, estamos emocionados de volver a la "normalidad" de muchas maneras, mientras continuamos incorporando muchas cosas nuevas que hemos aprendido en los últimos dos años. Este año celebramos el año de la fe y cada virtud mensual que aprendemos está diseñada para profundizar nuestra fe en acción. Nuestro objetivo es hacer crecer un celo por Dios y un deseo de servirlo en nuestros estudiantes este año a medida que desarrollamos nuestras virtudes. Tengo muchas ganas de ver las muchas formas en que nuestros estudiantes crecerán este año y gracias nuevamente por su colaboración en nuestro viaje hacia la Universidad y el Cielo.
Dios los bendiga,
At St. Mary of Carmel we believe that:
- God is our all in all
- We are many parts, but all one body.
- Christ is in everyone
- We are always learning
- We do small things with great love
To serve our students by providing a quality, Catholic education in a safe and nurturing environment.
Our Shared Purpose:
The primary goal of our school community is to build the Kingdom of Heaven by forming saints and scholars who will be prepared for college preparatory high schools.
The Catholic Community of St. Mary of Carmel dates back to 1937 when a young missionary priest from Spain, Father Sebastian Valles, O.C.D., began working with West Dallas Catholics from a small building on Chihuahua Street that served as both church and classroom. When the congregation outgrew its cramped facilities, it acquired a "real" church building from Christ the King Parish.
Father Sebastian's dream of opening a Catholic school was realized in 1944 when the current middle school and convent were built. The Sisters of the Holy Spirit and Mary Immaculate graciously agreed to staff the new St. Mary of Carmel School, where they continued to serve until Sister Margaret retired in 2015.
In 1973, St. Rita joined St. Mary of Carmel as a "parish partner," offering financial assistance and shared projects to help meet the growing needs of the St. Mary's community. Traditions were established, buildings were added, and dedicated lay teachers joined the staff.
Several generations of children and their families, along with many dedicated priests, Sisters, and lay teachers have passed through St. Mary's doors since 1944. Each person has added unique color and depth to the tapestry that is St. Mary of Carmel School, and each passing year adds a page to its rich history. The tradition of quality Catholic education continues here and passes from generation to generation.
The strong educational and spiritual foundation that St. Mary's provides is reflected in the accomplishments of its students and alumni. Graduates attend area Catholic schools such as Jesuit College Preparatory, Ursuline Academy, Bishop Lynch Cristo Rey and Bishop Dunne as well as area magnet schools such as Skyline and Townview. We strive to continue to build on this rich history as we form saints and scholars we are ready to be leaders in our Dallas community.