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In November 2011, St. Mary’s Academy Charter School was honored at the Texas Business and Education Coalition Eight Annual Award Ceremony as one of the top public schools in the State of Texas.  The Texas Business and Education Coalition is a partnership of business, industry and educators designed to improve public education in Texas. In honor of that recognition, Governor Rick Perry issued a beautifully framed certificate of achievement to the school.
 
The TBEC Honor role is considered the most prestigious Academic Award given in Texas.  TBEC identifies Honor Role schools by analyzing 3 years of performance data for every public school in Texas.  In addition to consideration of grade level and demographics served a TBEC Honor Roll school must have a high percentage of students meeting state standards on every TAKS test for three consecutive years.  TBEC goes further and choose only those schools that have students performing at the state’s most rigorous standard – commended performance in every subject. 
 
St. Mary’s has met and exceeded these TBEC guidelines. In the TBEC Honor Role, St. Mary’s was 1 of 385 honorees from over 8,700 campuses in the state.  St. Mary’s was recognized in the Junior High and Elementary category.  St. Mary’s was in the top 10 of charter schools receiving the award.  Last year St. Mary’s K- 8th program was 1 point away from exemplary performance.  The School has been Recognized for 4 of the last 5 years. In 2011-2012 the
school received Gold Performance Acknowledgments of:
  • Commended on Reading/ ELA
  • Commended on Writing
  • Commended on Mathematics
  • Commended on Science 
Mrs. Ross Brown, Assistant Principal of St. Mary’s, said upon receiving the award, “We at St. Mary’s are grateful to accept this prestigious award recognizing all the hard work of the children and staff. Our students consistently improve and keep setting new and higher goals.” Mr. Simonson attributes much of the success of the students to the long hours the charter school runs academic and enrichment programming. The children are here at 7:00 in the morning. Others stay until 6:00 pm each evening and we run Saturday school 2 to 3 times per month.  In the summer we have summer school open to all children for the month of June and some specialized programs during the month of July. “Our children and our staff work the equivalent of an extra 30 + days per school year.  Hard work and dedication on behalf of the children and staff have led to this award.” 
        St. Mary’s was the first school serving the Beeville community.  In 1896 the Catholic School began serving grades K-12 near the location of the current school.  In 2000, the school converted to a charter school to better serve the Beeville Community.  According to Mrs. Brown, “There were so many children who could not afford to attend the private school.  By converting to a charter school we now offer a free public education to any student that desires to attend.”  Since converting to a charter school, St. Mary’s has increased its enrollment to capacity.  The school closed its junior high grades to better fit the BISD matriculation sequence.