Hello! Thank you for your interest in Shattuck-St. Mary’s School.

People often ask me, “What do you like most about Shattuck-St. Mary’s?”  I’ve pondered what the best answer would be and eventually arrived at this conclusion: What I like most about Shattuck-St. Mary’s is being part of Shattuck-St. Mary’s.  Being part of this community means being surrounded by amazing people each and every day.  Yes, I do thoroughly enjoy our awe-inspiring 250+ acre campus and the delicious meals in our dining hall, but what truly builds my spirit are our people — students, faculty, staff and parents.  Although we are an immensely diverse community, we share a unique yet singular distinction: We are all part of something greater than ourselves and, we all truly want to be here, at this Midwest school.  This greatness propels us all to remarkable heights.

Shattuck-St. Mary’s School honors the trust that parents place in us and embraces that responsibility as we prepare students to live and compete in a very complex and shrinking world. Whether you are considering Shattuck-St. Mary’s for one of our Centers of Excellence in academics, the arts or athletics – or are interested in a broad range of curricular and co-curricular offerings intentionally designed to explore and expand horizons, we collectively support each student’s passion to pursue individual excellence. We want “you” to be the best “you” can be! For some, their excellence will be on the ice, others on the soccer pitch, while others will be in an art studio or producing the next “it” thing in our Engineering lab or weCreate Center.

To say that our school’s approach to education is innovative is an understatement! We prove, in and out, to be nimble, attuned, and forward thinking.

Each year we receive applications from more students than we can enroll, thus admission to Shattuck-St. Mary’s is competitive. Therefore, I encourage families to begin the application process in the fall of the year prior to admission. Since we admit students on a rolling basis, the sooner we receive a complete application, the sooner they can be considered to be part of our community.

Hopefully, the value of the Shattuck-St. Mary’s experience is apparent throughout this website. While our website offers a glimpse into what life and learning at Shattuck-St. Mary’s is really like, it should not be a substitute for a visit to our campus, which will give you the most accurate sense of our vibrant community. I would love to show you why SSM might be the place that allows students to learn, develop, and grow into the young adults they are meant to be.

As the Admissions Office can be of assistance, please do not hesitate in contacting us. We can be reached by calling 507-333-1618 or by clicking on the “Request Information” button located on the right side of this page.

I wish you all the best in this important search.

Jesse W. Fortney, Director of Admissions


Statement of Non-Discrimination

Shattuck-St. Mary’s School community, with its strong commitment to protecting human rights and dignity, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin in its admissions or financial aid programs, the administration of its educational, athletic, or other school programs, or its employment practices.

Spiritual Life

Shattuck-St. Mary’s School is an Episcopal School. Its religious affiliation reaches back to the founding of the School by missionary priest, the Rev. James Lloyd Breck, in 1858. Consistent with the Episcopal ethos, the School has a fundamental commitment to be an inclusive community grounded in respect for each of its members. The religious pluralism of this community gives the School the opportunity and responsibility to foster the religious and spiritual formation of students from a variety of religious backgrounds.

Diversity Statement

Shattuck-St. Mary’s School is committed to creating and fostering an environment that is welcoming and respectful of people from all backgrounds. We are dedicated to representing and growing with the increasingly diverse world in which we live. Further, we promote our community’s active interest in and celebration of diversity. This goal is directly related to creating quality and well-rounded programs for our students and our entire community. Sharing knowledge and interpretations of our limitless expanding world with people of different experiences broadens and strengthens each individual’s capacity for growth. Diversity increases the breadth and depth of education and is crucial to a full understanding of ourselves and the world around us. A commitment to diversity includes opportunities for honest and open reflection; it is a commitment to the process of becoming more fully human, and to encouraging the unlimited potential of each individual.

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