What began as an initiative to provide Catholic education to immigrant children living in frontier Wisconsin more than a century ago has blossomed into the rich legacy of academic excellence and servant leadership that shine as pillars of St. Mary’s Springs Academy today. From its humble beginnings as a one-room parish school and the transformation of an all-girls boarding school – founded by the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes – to a coeducational institution serving Fond du Lac and surrounding communities, SMSA has maintained its commitment to faith, knowledge, and community.
Throughout the consolidation of five parish schools and the merging of the elementary and high schools, SMSA has continued to serve multiple generations of students, fostering a love for learning and guiding and inspiring future leaders. Responding to the needs of students and families, we have evolved to meet new challenges and embrace exciting opportunities for growth and enrichment, including the current construction of a combined K-12 building with shared facilities and resources.
Our students embark on an academic, faith-based journey, which prepares them to excel in higher education and professional endeavors, build positive relationships, and carry on the fundamental Christian values that serve as our guiding principles. Each member of our extended SMSA family – friends, supporters, alumni, faculty, and staff – serves as a testament to the rich tradition of Catholic education at St. Mary’s Springs Academy.