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St. Mary's 2.0 Capital Campaign

St. Mary's is an exceptional school. Let's make it extraordinary!

Four years ago we began developing a plan to make our exceptional school, extraordinary. This August we celebrate the roll out of the much anticipated St. Mary's 2.0 curriculum and the groundbreaking for the next step in St. Mary's exciting evolution.

This $6 million initiative will make our school unlike any other: a completely student-centered campus which offers a joyful, high quality and engaging, relevant, intellectually stimulating and academically excellent experience. We will fully prepare our children for success and leadership in the world they are inheriting.

Campaign Steering Committee

Jerry & Ann Eiler
Kevin & Nikki Keating

Rick Hood, St. Mary's School Trustee

Adam Peterson, St. Mary's School Trustee

Eric Guyer, St. Mary's School
Board of Trustee, Chair

Jessicca & Adam Haynes, St. Mary's School Parents

Dr. Mirek Bobek, St. Mary's School Trustee

Dr. Peter Grant, St. Mary's School Trustee

Frank Phillips, St. Mary's School President

Bethany Brown, St. Mary's School
Director of Advancement

Sarah Primerano, St. Mary's School
Advancement and Alumni Relations

Honor Roll

The Heart of Campus

A Place for Community-1st Floor of Student Commons Building

"St. Mary's students are different. They like school. They think and learn nonstop. They explore, they collaborate, they discover, and they make connections between disciplines. And they keep thinking and talking about learning wherever they are and whenever they're together. The new Student Commons and STEM Center, and the spacious new courtyard, give our students the cutting-edge spaces they need to keep making connections, socially and intellectually, in and out of the classroom." - Frank Phillips, President

The student commons will be more than simply a place to eat. The entire commons will provide study areas and spaces for students and teachers to come together at all times of the day, as well as a place for the St. Mary's community to gather to learn, to listen, and to celebrate accomplishments. It will be a true heart of the campus that has so long been missing.

I am incredibly excited about the new schedule change, I think it will benefit the entire student body! Athletes will have a more flexible schedule, and students will be able to focus more on challenging classes. Between the new scheduling and buildings St. Mary's is working on, I think this school is about to reach a whole new level of success. -Maddie Chun '19

Thoughtful Design

Every aspect of the building is being thoughtfully designed to encourage collaboration and community building; study nooks and gathering places are interspersed throughout the building.


The commons features a full-service dining facility where, for the first time, our students can come together as a community to share meals.

The Courtyard

Outside the Commons, a beautifully landscaped half-acre courtyard will feature inviting spaces for students and staff to meet; expanding the sense of community.

STEM Center- 2nd Floor of Student Commons Building

"The newly-designed robotics lab spaces in the new STEM center will be a dream come true for our teams: they will have access to state-of-the art machinery and tools, spacious and flexible creative and testing spaces, and room to expand further as exciting new robotics horizons expand."- Catherine Dauterman, St. Mary's robotics coach, faculty and parent

The second story of the new building is dedicated to providing hands-on learning in science and technology critical to providing students with a curriculum relevant for today's world. The fully modernized labs (physics, biology, chemistry, robotics, Earth Sciences) are designed to maximize the use of floor space and allow for easy, flexible arrangements and rearrangements of furniture and equipment to facilitate project-based learning.

"Bringing science to life is my passion! The new science labs will open up the students world in ways they could have never imagined."
- Rebecca Lovett, St. Mary's School teacher

Click here to see the inside of the classrooms!

Outdoor Space

Outside the Commons, a beautifully landscaped half-acre courtyard will feature inviting spaces for students and staff to meet; expanding our sense of community. There will be a speaker platform in the north east corner for student and teacher presentations. This will be a wonderful gathering space for the St. Mary's community.

Questions? We've got answers.

What is a Campaign and why are we having one?

Capital campaigns are the result of strategic planning by the Board of Trustees and school leadership, as well as feedback from a community-wide feasibility study which identified major priorities for the future of St. Mary’s. The operating budget cannot pay for these initiatives; a capital campaign is required to address the need for large-scale campus improvements.

What are the goals of the St. Mary's 2.0 Campaign?

The goal of this campaign is to transform the current St. Mary’s curriculum into the cutting-edge St. Mary’s 2.0 version while building the spaces needed to facilitate this curriculum. The curriculum will change to a 7-term, modular schedule which will provide a deeper dive into subject material with a more hands-on approach to learning. The new building will provide modern science labs and study spaces for our students, as well as much needed dining and hangout spaces.

How does the dormitory fit into the St. Mary's 2.0 plan and how will it be financed?

The dorm is an important piece of St. Mary’s master plan. It is a significant revenue stream for the school and having the dorm on our campus strengthens the International/Boarding program and ensures that it will remain a source of revenue (one of the main ways we are able to give out so much in financial aid!). A dormitory on campus will also gain us membership in TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools) which will raise the school's profile among international and domestic borders. The dorm will be built at the same time as the Student Commons, but it will be funded through other means. Donations to the St. Mary’s 2.0 campaign will NOT go towards the dorm building project. Since a dorm will have business-like cash flows, it is appropriate to finance its construction through a bond issue at a very low interest rate.

How should my St. Mary’s 2.0 Campaign participation impact my Annual Fund giving?

It shouldn't! A strong Annual Fund is needed to maintain the daily operating needs of the school. Gifts to the St. Mary’s 2.0 Campaign are restricted for the campaign's specific objectives.

Why is there a multi-year pledge period for the St. Mary’s 2.0 Campaign?

A pledge payment period of three to five years allows flexibility for the generous levels of giving which make a capital campaign a success. Donors may choose how to fulfill their pledge payments – usually through monthly, quarterly, or annual installments.

Can I make a gift through means other than cash?

Yes. Appreciated stocks, charitable trusts or annuities are all wonderful means through which to make a gift.

Please contact Bethany Brown, Director of Advancement at bbrown@smschool.us or call her at 541-414-1208 for more information.

Can I direct my gift toward a particular part of the St. Mary's 2.0 Campaign?

The best gift for the school is one that is unrestricted so it can be used where it is needed most. However, donors with a deep interest in supporting a particular part of the campaign may designate their gift to a specific need by discussing it with the Director of Advancement, Bethany Brown.

Does St. Mary's receive any federal or state grants?

No, we are a private, independent catholic school which does not receive any federal, state, or archdiocesan funding.

Since we will be adding space to campus, how many more students do we plan to enroll?

We are adding this building because we have outgrown our current facilities and must address the needs of our students and the new curriculum growth of St. Mary’s 2.0. There are no plans to significantly increase the number of students enrolled at St. Mary’s. Current enrollment is at 480, and while we anticipate the addition of 120 students to happen slowly over the next decade, administration has no intention of ever growing past 600 students.

How will St. Mary's 2.0 donors be recognized?

All donors to the St. Mary’s 2.0 Campaign will be thanked for their support through school and campaign publications, as well as designated signage on campus. Named gift opportunities are available at certain giving levels.

Is campus safety a priority during this campaign?

Yes, during this construction project we will finally be able to secure the campus. We will be establishing an outer perimeter and a robust inner perimeter with enhanced access control systems.

How will St. Mary's 2.0 better prepare students for success and leadership?

With a new, 21st Century curriculum and thoughtfully-designed learning spaces, we are creating a more progressive school …where kids have fun while they learn, where they have choice, a school they can’t wait to get to! A place where teachers propose and deliver creative, new courses. Where we bring community members into our school as teachers to share their wisdom and expertise, further educating and inspiring our students.

How to get involved

For more information about our exciting St. Mary's 2.0 Capital Campaign, please contact
Bethany Brown, Director of Advancement at bbrown@smschool.us or call her at

Campaign Updates

Click here to read the latest and greatest right from the construction site!

Updated 4/24/2018

Campaign Brochure

Construction Timeline

Commons timeline:
  • Excavation and site preparation: July 5, 2017
  • Foundations and first-floor slab: August 3, 2017
  • Structural steel: September 14, 2017
  • Second-floor slab: October 11, 2017
  • Interior wall framing: November 29,2017
  • Drywall: March 1, 2018
  • Interior painting begins: March 23, 2018
  • Courtyard landscape complete: July 24, 2018
  • Kitchen equipment installation: April 20, 2018
  • Doors open: August 1, 2018

Dormitory timeline:

  • Excavation and site preparation: July 10, 2017
  • Foundations and first-floor slab: August 2, 2017
  • First-floor concrete block construction: September 21, 2017
  • First-floor structural steel: October 20, 2017
  • Second-floor slab: November 28, 2017
  • 2nd floor concrete block complete: April 30, 2081
  • 2nd floor structural steel complete: April 30, 2018
  • Drywall complete: May 29, 2018
  • Interior paint complete: June 18, 2018
  • Doors open: August 1, 2018