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Private & Catholic Middle School in Branford, Convenient to New Haven, East Haven, North Branford, Northford, Madison and Guilford

The vision statement of the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Hartford challenges schools to foster a culture of excellence through critical thinking, innovative and rigorous curriculum standards, a global perspective and an emphasis on moral education, community and service.

Grade Five

In fifth grade we focus on the virtues of kindness, respect, and responsibility. We create a community of learners who collaborate, listen to one another, and learn from one another. Creative activities are integrated into lessons across the curriculum with a variety of projects, art activities, dramatic skits, and poetry writing. In Religion, students learn how to cultivate daily prayer into their lives through the reading of the Gospel. Through class novels, Book Clubs, read-aloud, poetry studies, and independent reading, students practice a variety of reading comprehension strategies. A variety of daily writing activities afford students the opportunity to increase their understanding of writing for different audiences. Students will be proficient in Mathematics by comparing fractions and decimals and common percentage. Social Studies lessons involve how government can promote the common good and protect individual rights and discovering the diverse cultures. Science and Health examines organisms and their survival as well as examining the structure of our planet, Earth.

Grade Six

In Religion, students learn how to cultivate daily prayer into their lives through the reading of structure, study of the weekly gospels and more. Language Arts consist of reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary study. Through daily writing activities, students increase their understanding of writing genres while using English language structures and conventions to communicate effectively. By the end of grade six in Math, students will be able to solve problems involving percent, ratio and rate and extending this work to proportionality. Social Studies lessons involve how government can promote the common good and protect individual rights and discovering the diverse cultures that live in the western hemisphere, as well as lessons about free enterprise, supply and demand and entrepreneurship. Science and Health examines organisms and their survival, the structure o the Earth, tectonic plates, fossils, natural disasters and more.

Grade Seven

In grade seven, students are encouraged and guided to become independent learners. They begin to learn skills that will bring success in high school, college and beyond. The religion curriculum explores the life of Jesus and his followers with a focus on the Gospels of the New Testament. In math, students are learning pre-algebra concepts to help prepare them for algebra in their eighth grade year. The seventh grade science curriculum covers life science and we go in depth about cells, plant processes, and animal behavior. In seventh grade history, students begin their study of American history. The language arts and literature program for students in grade seven include the development of skills in written language and oral language, while being given the opportunity to read a variety of genres.

Grade Eight

In grade eight students are encouraged and guided to become independent learners with skills that will bring success in high school, college, and beyond. The focus is on the students becoming productive members of society with concern for their own well-being and the well-being of those around them. The Religion program focuses on instilling in the students and understanding and appreciation of the history of the Catholic Church. In History the focus is on the development of economic and political systems as well as the historical developments which have brought the United States to where it is today. The Language Arts program focuses on students producing well written pieces for various purposes as well as the study of grammar and vocabulary as an integral component of writing. Eighth grade students read a variety of genres in both short story form and in depth study of novels. Placement in Mathematics is determined by an Algebra placement test.

Additional Curriculum

The following curricula cover multiple grades:


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Since 1961, Saint Mary School has been providing the Branford, Connecticut community and neighboring towns of New Haven, East Haven, North Branford, Northford, Madison and Guilford with a quality Catholic education.  Whether you are a current student, parent, faculty member, alumni or interested in becoming a part of our community, welcome to the online home of Saint Mary School!


 As witness to our Catholic faith, Saint Mary School of Branford strives to develop every child in a nurturing, academic environment, emphasizing religion, respect and responsibility.

NEASC Accreditation


Saint Mary School is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and welcomes children and adolescents of all faiths, ethnic groups and backgrounds. 

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) - The Nation’s Report Card - shows that Catholic school students achievement in Math and Reading are higher than national averages.