St. Martin of Tours is a co-educational Kindergarten through eighth-grade Catholic elementary school located in La Mesa, California. The school offers students the best in elementary and junior high education and life skills. In addition to offering a strong faith-based education, St. Martin of Tours Academy offers a unique system of instruction that enhances our Catholicity and curriculum: ®Pilon’s Workshop Way® System of Education. School tours are welcomed by appointment throughout the year. It is not required to be Catholic to attend. Learning support services are available for students with learning challenges.
St. Martin of Tours Academy fosters confidence, curiosity, and independence through a climate of cooperation and trust by preserving dignity throughout the learning process, accentuating all children’s God-given gifts in a Catholic environment.
What sets SMA apart from other schools
Pilon® Workshop Way® is a philosophy and method of teaching designed to meet the educational and developmental needs of all children. Through Pilon® Workshop Way®, the required diocesan curriculum is organized and taught in a way that instills self-confidence, intelligence and a life-long love for learning in each student. St. Martin of Tours philosophy and goals are fully integrated with our instructional methods.
St. Martin of Tours Academy is committed to transmitting the Catholic Faith and values. Every teacher is a role-model for children. The Catholic faith and tradition permeates all instruction. Pilon® Workshop Way® philosophy enhances the Catholicity of the school. The whole school environment promotes a child’s spiritual growth.
GREEN RIBBON SCHOOL
A National honor granted by the U.S. Department of Education, Green Ribbon Schools promote schoolwide learning expectations that promote global awareness, concern for social justice, responsiveness to needs within the community, and respect for all of God's creation.
FAIR TRADE SCHOOL
Fair Trade Schools across the nation promote social justice, environmental sustainability, and economic empowerment for Fair Trade producers, workers, artisans and their families. Achieving Fair Trade Status means educating and empowering students through Fair Trade curriculum and fundraising to be conscious consumers.
SMA - First Catholic Fair Trade School in the USA!
December 1, 2015
Each morning, students come into a calm classroom playing music to stimulate the brain. Students work at their own pace through the "Schedule of Tasks". These tasks are tailored to develop the whole student and incorporate various areas of the curriculum. Meanwhile, teachers meet with students 1:1 for a daily check-in while teacher aides hold small groups, as needed, or assist/challenge students individually. Some tasks are meant to be independent while others require collaboration.
Why choose St. Martin of Tours Academy?
St. Martin of Tours Academy (K-8) is fully accredited by both Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA). Preschool is available for children ages 3-5. Choosing a Catholic education gives your child(ren) advantages for life.
Among the benefits: daily religious instruction and prayer, participation in liturgies and sacraments, and an emphasis on moral values and spiritual development integrated throughout the curriculum.
Children have a right to grow to the fullest of their potential in an atmosphere of utmost reverence and respect. St. Martin Academy’s environment facilitates the learning process, blending academic achievement with a Christian perspective on life and an understanding of human nature.
With a student-centered orientation, teachers work in close communication with parents to strive toward the development of the whole child with an emphasis on self-esteem, confidence, and motivation to be lifelong learners. To this end, we employ a process ensuring all students have equal opportunities to develop higher-level thinking skills, learn, and make responsible decisions. We liaise with public school districts to ensure the transition of student IEPs and 504 plans to SMA Individual Learning Plans (ILPs).
St. Martin of Tours Academy believes that:
each person is unique and has his/her own timing and way for learning
mistakes are an inevitable part of being human and are not a reflection of one’s intelligence
children, by nature, have an innate love for learning and that classrooms must be “labs” for learning so as to stimulate their intellectual curiosity
daily opportunities for logical, critical, and creative thinking must be afforded to students for learning subject matter and for responsible decision making for future living
an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect in the classrooms is essential for mental and emotional security for students
a noncompetitive, cooperative, safe atmosphere will convey God’s acceptance and unconditional love for the uniqueness of each individual
experiencing justice in the classroom will lead students to seek justice in the world and to respond to the needs of others now and in the future
The school undergoes an evaluation and visit from Western Association of Colleges every three-six years. The school has received the highest possible ranking, with a full six year term through June 30, 2023. There is ongoing follow-up on recommendations made by each visiting committee.
Fully Accredited for grades Kindergarten through Eighth Grade by the Schools Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Accrediting Commission for Schools
533 Airport Blvd., Suite 200
Burlingame, CA 94010
Phone: (650) 696-1060
Fully Accredited by the Western Catholic Education Association