Middle School teachers recognize that language is an essential tool for communication and academic excellence and, therefore, strive to provide their students with a rich, child-centered English language program. Middle School language support classes aim to enable students whose first language is not English to overcome language-related difficulties, while also supporting their academic and social development. The goal is to assist the students’ full integration into the mainstream classes as quickly as possible. Language support classes are offered for students in grades 6–8.
The St. Mary’s campus minister is available for spiritual counseling to school community members of all religious denominations. As a Roman Catholic priest, he presides over school prayer services and liturgies, as well as celebrating Eucharist each weekday and Sunday with the worshipping community of St. Mary’s Chapel. The campus minister provides sacramental preparation such as the First Communion, Confirmation, Matrimony, Reconciliation and Baptism. Spiritual assistance is also offered at non-denominational services such as memorial services and funerals. The school schedules school-wide liturgies that all middle school students attend to better understand the history and traditions of St. Mary’s International School.
One full-time counselor is available to help grades 6–8 students, parents and teachers. The counselor provides students with personal counseling and coordinates with other specialists to help with developmental and academic needs. The school counselor is also involved in new student orientations, parenting presentations, and informal discussion groups. When the need arises, the counselor also offers referrals and helps families coordinate with services outside of St. Mary’s.
The school aims to provide an environment conducive to the promotion and maintenance of good health. A full-time nurse is available during the school day, and care is provided for any health-related condition which impairs learning. The nurse provides a liaison among the school, home, community agencies, physicians and other medical personnel.