The real gift of our school—other than the opportunity to practice the faith daily—is the small class size/individual instruction. Students have a chance to reflect, speak, and be heard, amidst the clamor of multiple and competing messages from the greater world.
- Suzanne Salonek-Yager, St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic School first grade teacher and parent to a 2013 graduate
Your Child's Foundation for Life
At St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic School, we believe academic excellence is equally as important as character development—instilling in our students the fortitude to make good decisions, strong work ethic and service to others. When you choose us, you get both, and so much more.
Our academic program, which is fully accredited by the Minnesota Non-public School Accreditation Association, includes the same subjects as the Delano Public School (reading, math, science, etc.), but also includes religion and personal safety instruction. While St. Max is a Catholic school, students do not have to be Catholic to attend. All denominations are welcome.
Class sizes in pre-K and Kindergarten are capped at 16 students; grades 1-6 are capped at 18 students. Coursework is tailored to each student’s ability today with challenges to achieve more tomorrow. Lessons and activities include Christian values of love, respect, trust, peace and personal responsibility. Older and younger students interact often for multi-age teaching and positive role-modeling.
1-to-1 Technology, Specialists, Services
We currently provide a Google Chromebook for every student; fifth and sixth graders use their Chromebooks both at school and at home. This 1-to-1 technology program allows our teachers to address different learning styles and interests of each student, teach a life-skill, and utilize a new way for students to demonstrate comprehension. Students benefit from the integration of rich content in their lessons and opportunities to collaborate with their peers and create and share their content with the world.
To ensure a complete education for students, St. Max employs specialists for physical education and music. Teacher aides and volunteers help to ensure every child is allowed to learn, grow and develop at their own pace. If St. Max students require special services, such as speech therapy, they are eligible for any and all supplementary educational and recreational services and programs offered through ISD #879 (Delano Public Schools).
Future Scholars, Leaders, Citizens
The education St. Max students receive during their formative, elementary school years prepares them to continue to excel academically in the Delano Public School system. Currently, well over half of the school’s alumni – including 100 percent of eleventh and twelfth graders – are on the honor roll.
Recent graduates have been in the top five of their class and achieved merit scholar honors. Alumni are frequently leaders in middle and high school, serving as sports captains/team leaders; first chairs in band and honor band/choir participants; Citizens of the Month; and members of Youth as Resources, the National Honor Society, and SHARP (Students Helping Adolescents Resist Pressures).