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Saint Matthew School

2017 National Blue Ribbon School

Saint Matthew School


2017 National Blue Ribbon School

Saint Matthew School Strategic Plan


Sarah Lawson

I am blessed each day to be a part of the SMS family! I am living my Catholic faith each day through the children that I teach, friends that I work with, and parents that I encounter. As a second grade teacher, I am given the opportunity to distribute the Eucharist to my students at their First Holy Communion.  Seeing the joy on their faces is something I will forever hold close to my heart.   Now, as a parent of an SMS student, it is a blessing to know he will be loved each day for who he is.  SMS is a true gift of faith!

Sarah Lawson, 2nd grade teacher and mother of Will


We feel so blessed to have found SMS. Our daughter started this year as a 3rd grader and for the  very first time, she is thriving!  We cannot wait for her twin brothers to join her for kindergarten next year. Every member of the faculty, from the Principal, to the teachers, to the facility staff, know and love these kids. It is truly a family and community of faith.

Jenna & Ben Prenares, SMS Parents of Addy (and 4 others coming soon!)


Sending our children to Catholic School was a decision we made based on our faith.  Living in a county with some of the best schools in the state, we were often asked by friends and neighbors, “Why Saint Matthew School?”  We knew we had made the correct decision when we heard our kindergarten age son answer the question that was posed as a homework assignment.  He read aloud “Why am I special?”  His answer without hesitation, “Because God made me.”  He went on to explain that his teacher said, “There are many things that make us different, but we are special because God makes each one of us.” At that moment, and every day since, we knew we had made the right choice for our family. We are so thankful for Saint Matthew School for living out our Catholic values.

Chris and Leslie Holt, SMS parents of Thomas and Maggie


A Word From the Principal

Every educational institution desires to prepare their students to be 21st century learners. At Saint Matthew, the community understands learning is a lifelong pursuit. However, in Catholic education, pursuit of learning is anchored in faith. Therefore, issues like social media, ethical dilemmas, and vocational pursuits are all examined through the lens of faith. The school not only wants SMS students to be 21st century learners, but 21st century saints. We are developing students who desire to use their God-given gifts and talents to serve their community and grow in their relationship and understanding of the Divine. Now in its sixteenth year, Saint Matthew School, its students, faculty, and families strive to seek knowledge, model Christ, and serve others. This is accomplished through a partnership between parents, the parish, and the school community.

As the principal of Saint Matthew School, I am thankful for the hard work and dedication of the teachers and the principal who preceded me. I am proud of the young men and women this great school is producing. I am grateful to the families who have chosen to partner with Saint Matthew in the development and formation of their child. I am grateful for our students’ desire to ignite their curiosity and apply it to their studies in and out of the classroom. Finally, I am grateful for our community’s willingness to accept the invitation to Christ’s call.

Due to the combined effort of our students, faculty and staff and the SMS community, Saint Matthew was named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School. Out of the 130,000 public and private schools in the country, only 342 schools received the 2017 Blue Ribbon Award, placing SMS in the top 0.3% of schools who received this coveted award. Needless to say, this is a very big honor; one that I'm quite proud of and one that I know is very well deserved by our outstanding teachers and staff who work each day to provide the best possible education for your children. It is also a testament to the hard work our students, families and SMS community put in each day to continually seek knowledge, even in the face of challenging content and material.

With the education and preparation our students are receiving at SMS, our graduates have chosen diverse paths and are succeeding. The education and formation they have received have allowed them to use their gifts to serve their faith and community. They are now pursuing their passions as teachers, medical school students, business leaders, missionaries, officers in the US Armed Services, and the Peace Corps. SMS graduates have attended schools such as Vanderbilt, Ohio State, Villanova, Notre Dame, Air Force Academy, University of Tennessee Knoxville, University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Duke, Pepperdine, Clemson, Louisiana State University, and Belmont.

Saint Matthew School is dedicated to the academic, spiritual and emotional development of each child. We realize that parents have many choices when it comes to educating their children, and we invite you to schedule a tour or give us a call to discover the Saint Matthew School difference.

Yours in Christ,

Tim Forbes