We are St. Mary's
St. Mary's Lynn has a long history of education excellence. Learn more about our history, what we value and where we are going in the years to come.
St. Mary’s prepares a diverse student body in a joyful & co-educational setting rooted in tradition & Catholic values, to excel in their future.
Graduates are prepared for success through academic excellence, spiritual growth, real world learnings, service to others and foundational skills.
Our Core Values
Engage in forward-thinking to identify ideas and opportunities that ensure our responsiveness in an evolving world.
Ensure each student is able to achieve academically and personally by providing access and resources based on individual needs.
Support our community by valuing people for who they are; embracing our diversity and the contributions of each member of our community.
Create and foster relationships across all members of our expanding community.
Manage our resources to honor the community’s investment.
St. Mary’s has been educating students in Lynn since 1881, when Rev. Monsignor Patrick Swain summarized his vision for the school stating, “we look forward to great results that will make our men and women more pure, more honest, more truthful, more charitable, more regardful of proper authority, and, in every way more conscientious citizens.” This mission still holds true for the St. Mary’s of today.
St. Mary’s was built by and for immigrants who wanted a better life for their children. As people of strong faith, they knew that education would be the key to a better future, but they also recognized the importance of having an education that stressed values in addition to academics.
For the first 40 years of its existence, St. Mary’s was a grammar school only.
St. Mary’s Girls High School opened in 1923 under the direction of Msgr. Teeling, and then Msgr. Joseph McGlinchey, who oversaw the construction of St. Mary’s Boys High in 1930. The Sisters of St. Joseph became the primary instructors for students in the boys high school, while the Sisters of Notre Dame continued to teach students in the grammar school and girls high school.
In the fall of 1968, St. Mary’s High School became a fully co-educational institution, and continues that model today.
St. Mary’s opened Grades 7 and 8 in 1990, adding sixth grade in 2011.
Thanks to a transformational $5 million bequest from Bill Connell, Class of ’55, the Connell Center building broke ground on May 24, 2004 and opened in September 2005.
Over the years, St. Mary’s has continued to grow and adapt in order to meet the needs of the communities it serves, relying heavily on the talent and treasure of the board.
In 2017 the school launched the next successful campaign, Building Futures, leading to the construction of the STEM building, which stands on the ground where the power plant and annex buildings once stood.This space now houses thousands of square feet of innovative, state-of-the-art labs, where our 700 middle and high school students learn the skills today that are needed to become the leaders of tomorrow. It also is home to the Mosakowski Gardens, which contains both an outdoor student life area as well as a reflective space with a grotto to Mary, stations of the cross artwork, and a fountain named for Cardinal Seán.
In 2018, St. Mary’s formalized a relationship with Sacred Heart School in order to continue to strengthen Catholic education in Lynn and the surrounding communities. This merger made possible an integration of resources and strengthening of curriculum for students beginning with early education. This ensures a journey in Catholic education beginning in preschool and culminating in high school graduation. Sacred Heart is now St. Mary’s Early Education and Elementary School.
Lynn and Beyond
St. Mary's student body represent over 30 different cities in town from the North Shore.
Founded in 1885, the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Inc. (NEASC), is the nation’s oldest regional accrediting association whose mission is the establishment and maintenance of high standards for all levels of education, from pre-K to the doctoral level. NEASC serves more than 2,000 public and independent schools, colleges and universities in the six states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, and American/international schools in more than 67 nations worldwide. In 2015, St. Mary's completed a rigorous NEASC accreditation study process, which St. Mary's was again awarded their NEASC accreditation which is valid for the next ten years.
Our Strategic Plan
ASCEND 2026 has four key tenants: Student Success, Student Well-Being, Operational Excellence and Partnerships. These tenants, and overarching goals will guide everything that we do as an organization.