Discovering personal greatness in pre-school through grade 8 students - Burlington, Vermont

Our Heritage

Mater Christi School’s rich history began in 1886, when the first students of Mt. Saint Mary Academy entered its doors. Located at 100 Mansfield Avenue in Burlington, the school was housed within the newly constructed Sisters of Mercy convent. When the Sisters began teaching that November, a tradition of Catholic education on our campus was born. Today, more than 125 years later, Mater Christi School continues to provide a premier academic experience for pre-school through grade eight students, guided by the mission and core values the Sisters of Mercy inspired.

In the fall of 1963, Mater Christi School welcomed students in a new, separate building and became the successor to Mt. Saint Mary Academy. During its inaugural 1963-1964 academic year, MCS taught 231 students in kindergarten through grade eight.


  • 2013 – MCS formed collaborations with the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education, Shelburne Museum, and Champlain College.
  • 2012-2013 – Mater Christi School celebrated 50 years of education.
  • 2010 – MCS was granted continued accreditation by NEASC, and the school installed its first SMART Boards in classrooms, the science lab, and the library.
  • 2009 – Major renovations were completed on the MCS science classroom and lab.
  • 2004 – Responsive Classroom was introduced, and a new playground structure was added.
  • 2000 – MCS was awarded accreditation by NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges)
  • 1999 – Grades six, seven, and eight moved to new classrooms on the third floor of the middle school. The cafeteria was also moved from the elementary building to the lower level of the middle school.
  • Director, and a Registrar. The school also added a computer lab, a supportservices team, and a service learning program (Reaching Out).
  • 1990s – MCS hired a Curriculum Coordinator and PR Director, a Development
  • 1990 – MCS was named a School of Excellence, a Blue Ribbon School.
  • 1988 – MCS became incorporated, and the school board was expanded.
  • 1987 – The MCS after-school program was established.
  • 1982 – A guidance counselor was hired.
  • 1977-1978 – Enrollment peaked at 459 students!
  • 1975 – The MCS pre-school program was introduced.
  • 1968– Grades five through eight moved to the newly renovated building that had previously been Mt. Saint Mary Academy. Physical education and art were added, and a full-time librarian was hired.
  • 1967 – French and music were incorporated into the curriculum for all grade levels, and a full-time nurse was hired.


Today, Mater Christi School is thriving. The strong foundation built by the Sisters of Mercy enables us to combine rigorous, 21st-century academics with a values-centered, global philosophy. From the first day of pre-school through eighth grade graduation, we guide our students’ success by helping them develop their unique strengths. A Mater Christi education transforms our students’ futures and prepares them to transform our world.