Fine Arts Academy

Fine Arts Academy

The fine arts academy program at St. Mary’s school attracts students from all over the city and surrounding area. The programming emphasis is on enriching a students experience in performing and visual arts. Our program meets the needs of many students, in particular; those students who enjoy the fine arts but are not considering it as a career option; and those students who are very involved in the fine arts and may be considering it as a career option. All academy programming is taught by highly qualified experienced and certified teachers.

The five disciplines offered are Choral/singing, drama, band, dance and art.


Grade 7 - 9 academy students participate in all five of the main disciplines. The fee structure is included below.


Grade 7-9

Band ($90.00 + $40.00)


Fine Arts Academy Fee




Academic Program

Grade 9 students will have academic instruction in:

  • Religion
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Social
  • Science

Grade 7 and 8 students will have academic instruction in:

  • Religion
  • Math
  • Science
  • Humanities
    • Humanities integrate the curriculum outcomes from both Language Arts and Social Studies. Most of the students' outcomes in these subjects are similar.

Academy Program

Each student in the Fine Arts Academy participate in 5 main disciplines: Dance, Art, Band, Choral/Singing, and Drama. 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Fine Arts Department changed up the Christmas concert format and went with a musical this year, the Best Christmas Pageant Ever!


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (titled "The Worst Kids in the World" in Australia, New Zealand and the UK) is a book written by Barbara Robinson in 1971. It tells the story of Imogene, Claude, Ralph, Leroy, Ollie, and Gladys, six delinquent children named the Herdmans who were engaged in misfit behavior for their age such as smoking, cussing, drinking jug wine, and shoplifting. They go to church for the first time after being told that the church offers snacks. Despite protests from other church members, they are given roles in the Sunday school's Christmas play, in which they tell the Christmas story in a nonconventional fashion.[1]

In its amiable combination of farce and spirituality, the story appears to be a modern-day reimagining of the medieval Second Shepherds' Play (q.v.: [2]) -- the proper name "Herdman" being a thinly disguised transform of "Shepherd."