• Dallas, Texas
  • Preschool 4 -8th Grade
Welcome Message

Welcome Message…
Principal Riley

I am so excited about our new school year! The St. Monica parish and school have been educating the children of this community since 1955 and we are blessed to be continuing the tradition of tremendous faith formation and academic excellence. We educate children in Preschool (4) through 8th grade, and it is our privilege to care for these children in a safe and nurturing environment. It is our goal to educate our students in their Catholic faith, fully develop their academic potential, and nurture the whole person, physically, socially and morally.

Our faculty and staff are dedicated, talented and highly professional. We are blessed that our teaching staff is so committed to the development of the whole child, not only assisting them with academic growth but furthering their ethical and moral development, social interactions and doing so in partnership with their families who are, of course, the primary educators.
Finally, the true center of our school is the community of St. Monica! Our parents, school organizations, and the entire parish are incredibly supportive and generous with their time, talents and treasure. As I enter this school year as principal, I am fully aware of how tremendously blessed I am to have this opportunity to work in partnership with this community to continue building on all of the traditions that make St. Monica such a special place for our families and their children. We are all so happy to welcome each of you and hope that this school year will be filled with love, learning and a great deal of fellowship for families and the whole community. I hope you will feel free to contact me with any questions! I am enjoying the renewing of friendships developed last year and look forward more opportunities to meet and get to know more of our families.

God Bless and Go Bearcats!

Philip Riley
Principal

 

History

St. Monica School Established

February 1, 1954

St. Monica School was established by the Diocese of Dallas.  By November 1954, a campaign to raise $275,000 to support construction of the school, church and convent was launch.  The school facilities (18 classrooms, kitchen, cafeteria, library, offices and auditorium) were originally designed to support a total of 750 students. 

St Monica School and Church Construction Contract

June 1, 1954

The construction contract for the new St. Monica school and church was awarded to Knowlton Construction Company for $450,200.  

Bishop Augustine A. Danglmayr Broke Ground for Temporary Church & School Bldgs

February 21, 1955

Preliminary plans provided for construction of twelve classrooms, but pre-opening enrollment indicated greater student numbers than were originally anticipated.  As a result, it was decided to build a school with eighteen classrooms. 

St. Monica School Opens

October 24, 1955

The Bernardine Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, noted educators and administrators especially in Europe and the United States guided the school until the early 1980’s.  St. Monica was the first parochial school in the Southwest to be staffed by Bernardine Sisters. Classes began that Fall with 516 students, 11 Sisters and 5 lay teachers.

A Record 948 Students Enrolled – New Classrooms Were Added

August 1, 1957

After 948 students enrolled in the 1957 school year, an additional $198,000 was needed to construct 12 more classrooms and complete the Convent. 

St. Monica Was Bursting at the Seams

August 1, 1959

By the start of the 1959 school year, there were 1,346 students being taught by 19 sisters and 10 lay teachers.  

St. Monica School Endowment Fund Created

January 1, 1983

St. Monica School Endowment Fund Created by Rev. Donald Zimmerman

Dedication of New Middle School Wing

August 1, 1983

Fall 1983 Dedication of the New Middle School Wing

Dedication of McManus Hall

January 1, 1998

Dedication of McManus Hall.  The building was designed to house the school administration, the library, two computer labs, two art rooms, two music rooms, an international studies classroom, a conference room, and the St. Monica parish Office of Faith Formation.  

Awarded “Blue Ribbon School of Excellence”

May 1, 2003

Preschool Development Program Started

August 1, 2003

The Preschool Development Program started.

Dedication of the Family Center

August 1, 2004

Dedication of the Family Center.  The new Family Center houses two gymnasiums, preschool classrooms, a large kitchen, two large meeting lounges, two conference rooms and numerous classrooms and offices.  

June Cooper Learning Center Established

March 1, 2014

The June Cooper Learning Center was constructed as part of a renovation that included the creation of three new spaces for the school and the parish.  The first space, the June Cooper Learning Center, comprises a counselor’s office, two conference rooms, enrichment classrooms, a student support center, two classrooms for the Take Flight Program, and a tutoring room.  The second space, located in what was the school’s original administrative wing, houses the new Office of Faith Formation and workspaces for catechists.  The third space holds an office for the assistant principal and a conference/tutoring room.

St. Monica School Earns SACS CASI Accrediation

February 1, 2015

SACS CASI provides nationally-recognized accreditation, the purpose of which is continuous school improvement focused on increasing student performance.  To earn accreditation, schools must meet SACS CASI’s high standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school and implement a continuous process of school improvement.  “Accreditation demonstrates to our students, parents and community that we are focused on raising student achievement, providing a safe and enriching learning environment, and maintaining an efficient and effective operation staffed by highly qualified educators,” stated Principal Philip Riley.   

 
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