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High School (9-12)

Abundant Opportunities

St. Mary High School offers our students a rigorous, well-rounded, faith-centered education with curriculum that includes Honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual Credit courses. Both inside the classroom and outside, our students have abundant opportunities to nurture their talents and develop a strong resume that will allow them to stand out as they pursue college and careers after graduation.

One of the most consistent praises received from students and parents is that at St. Mary High School students are not a number. With a low student to teacher ratio, our students have an individualized academic experience with teachers who truly know them.

Our high school students have ample opportunities to participate in sports, join multiple clubs and organizations, and lead service projects and social events. With 32 Advanced Placement (AP) or Dual Credit courses offered, our students are challenged to pursue higher level academics to prepare them for success in college and beyond.

The high school years are an important and formative part of a young person’s faith journey. Our students’ spiritual development is central to all that we do. Students participate in religion courses all four years as part of their core curriculum. Students attend and help lead weekly Masses as well as attend annual grade level faith retreats. In addition, our high school students must complete 75 hours of Christian Service to graduate. It is our desire that this service component is just the beginning of a lifetime of selfless service for each of our graduates.

  • Academic Team
  • Calling All Colors
  • Catholic Youth Leaders
  • Choir
  • Class Officers
  • Creative Writing
  • Drama
  • French Club
  • Investment Club
  • Life Skills Club
  • National Honor Society
  • Orchestra
  • Pep Club
  • Recycling Club
  • Robotics
  • Spanish Club
  • Student Senate

Our high school students are involved in a variety of service organizations and selective academic opportunities:

  • 4-H
  • Christian Leadership Institute
  • Church Youth Group
  • Governor’s Scholar Program
  • Governor’s School for the Arts
  • Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs
  • Healthcare Explorers
  • HOBY
  • Junior Rotarian
  • Law Enforcement Explorers
  • Maiden Alley Teen Scene
  • Mayor’s Student Intern
  • Paducah Human Rights Commission
  • Paducah Junior Citizens Police Academy
  • Paducah Pathfinders
  • Paducah Symphony Youth Chorus
  • Paducah Symphony Youth Orchestra
  • Scouts
  • Young Democrats
  • Young Republicans
  • Youth LEAD

Snapshot of the Class of 2019:


  • 100% graduation rate
  • 100% college acceptance
  • $150,896 average scholarship offer per student
  • Over half of our graduates completed at least one AP course.
  • 18.8 - the average number of College Credits earned before graduation
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