Our Principal - Kaitlyn Aguilar
Welcome to St. Mary of Carmel! I am humbled to be starting with 11th year with the St. Mary of Carmel community and I am so grateful for the opportunity to continuing serving this wonderful community. This year, we have the special privilege of celebrating St. Mary of Carmel’s 75th anniversary! We honor especially all of the Nuns and Priests who made this community possible and celebrate all the wonderful students and families who have graced our hallways over this rich history.
At St. Mary of Carmel we work to build the Kingdom of Heaven by creating Saints and Scholars. We have two goals for our students: College and Heaven and we are excited to partner with you this year. In choosing SMC for your child’s education, you have demonstrated a commitment to the values and philosophy of a Catholic Education. We couldn’t be more grateful for your sacrifice and look forward to the year ahead!
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.