Pursuits & Hughes Learning Center


Why should the fun stop when the school day ends? One of the city's most enriching and popular co-curricular programs begins after school at St. Mary's Pursuits After 3! If your daughter is a dreamer, a doer, or an explorer, she'll love our extensive offering of unique enrichment programs.

Our faculty members bring the same quality of excellence to Pursuits After 3 that St. Mary's is known for during the school day. From Fairy Tale Science and hip-hop dance classes, to Cooking 101 and private music lessons, students explore and engage in a fun, safe, and supervised setting. The program's customizable, flexible schedule allows students to attend any day or every day of each week.

St. Mary's Families

Current Families Registering for Pursuits

You must contact Kacie O'Kelley in the Pursuits office at 901.537.1415 or kokelley@stmarysschool.org to register for after school care. You may register for classes by clicking the "Register Online" button to access UltraCamp. If you have trouble logging-in, please email Kacie to reset your password.

Pursuits Required Registration Forms (ECC-4th)

North Campus Parent Talks
Essential conversations are happening on the North Campus! You are invited to join Dr. Jeanne Wilson, Head of Early Childhood, Hilary Robinson, Head of Lower School, and Brennan Adrian, Early Childhood and Lower School Guidance Counselor, in a series of talks centered on your daughter’s early development and education.

St. Mary’s Parent Talks offer opportunities to participate in conversations with our teachers and other parents about topics that matter most. Please join us for one or all of the series at no cost. Childcare is provided for siblings of St. Mary's students.

ECC Parents
Early Childhood Development: Why I Loved Her at Three, but Can’t Live With Her at Three and a Half

All children have developmental patterns unique to themselves. Thus, development is never a straight road, it’s a roller coaster! Join us as we discuss the ups and downs of early childhood development- social, emotional, cognitive, and physical.
Thursday|October 19 | 8:00-9:00 a.m. | ECC Gilmore Lynn Room

SMP-4th Grade Parents

Cocktails and Conversation
Meet and greet with the current head of lower school, Hilary Robinson and our new assistant head of school, Dr. Laura Leathers, as well as teachers from all divisions. Enjoy a snapshot of St. Mary’s!
Thursday|November 9 | 5:30 p.m.|ECC Gilmore Lynn Room

After 3 Care & Masterminds

Please complete and return the required registration forms below for all students attending Pursuits After 3 Care, Masterminds, special care days, and attending any classes offered in the brochure.

You must contact Kacie O'Kelley in the Pursuits office at 901.537.1415 or kokelley@stmarysschool.org to register for after school care. You may register for classes by clicking "Register Online" below to access UltraCamp. If you have trouble logging-in, you may email Kacie to reset your password.

Pursuits Required Registration Forms (ECC-4th)

Pursuits After 3 Care

Our after school Pursuits program is available for students from St. Mary’s Place (2 years) through 4th grade starting the first day of school in August and continuing every day school is in session unitl the last class day in May. All children receive a snack and engage in a wide range of activities including indoor and outdoor games, arts and crafts, reading, and free-time. After care is from 3:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. All students must be picked-up by 6:00.

Lower School students in grades 1st-4th have a designated homework time in a supervised, structured environment. We offer a variety of monthly care options to choose from.

St. Mary's Place Options

  • 5 days per week at $250 per month (August & December $125 per month)
  • 3 days per week at $210 per month (August & December $105 per month)
  • Semester 5 days per week: $975
  • Semester 3 days per week: $820

Options for PK-4TH

  • 5 days per week at $225 per month (August & December $112.50 per month)
  • 3 days per week at $195 per month (August & December $97.50 per month)
  • Semester 5 days per week: $875
  • Semester 3 days per week: $760

Daily drop-in fee: $20

Special Care Days
St. Mary’s offers special care options for students in St. Mary’s Place* through 4th grade on certain days when regular school is not in session. Students will have recreation and craft time, play games, and watch movies. Snacks are provided, but students must bring a nut-free sack lunch. Cancellation policy is in effect if the minimum number of students is not met.

Holiday Camp for Girls in St. Mary's Place through 4th grade and Boys age 3 through 4th grade. All little ones must be potty trained.
Join us for holiday fun! This week, children will enjoy special crafts, games, art projects, and more as we get ready for the holidays. Bring a nut-free lunch each day. Snacks will be provided.
Instructors: Pursuits Team
Monday-Thursday | December 18-December 21| 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

(no before or aftercare provided)
Cost: $175 Min/Max: 20/50

Just for Fun Classes

Just for Fun & Maker Classes

Jr. Chefs (2 sessions)
Icing, sprinkles, candy, OH MY! In these very popular classes, the kids will decorate their favorite desserts and create fabulous themed treats! Whip your way over to Jr. Chefs for a sweet afternoon.
Instructors: Martha May and Allison Coates
Friday | October 20 and December 1| 3:30-4:15 p.m.
Cost: $25 per class Min/Max: 10/25

Tasty Treats (2 sessions)
1st-4th Grade
A cup of fun, a tablespoon of surprise, and a dash of creativity is all you need to make delicious treats in these very popular classes. The girls will whip up yummy themed treats to share and enjoy!
Instructors: Mary Clayton Garavelli and Sarah Trimm
Friday | October 20 and December 1| 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 per class Min/Max: 10/30

Crafty Creations (2 sessions)
1st-4th Grade
Cut, glue, create! With a creative mind and a multitude of art materials, your daughter is ready for Crafty Creations! Each session, students will enjoy making themed holiday crafts.
Instructor: Shelly Herzke
Friday | November 17 and December 8 | 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Cost: $35 per class Min/Max: 10/16

Friday Flings
For St. Mary's girls in PK-4th grade
Friday flings are back for the fall and we are ready to have some fun! Enjoy a night out while the girls stay in at school with exciting games, crafts, and activities that will go along with a nightly theme each month.
Instructors: Pursuits Team
Friday | October 20, and November 17 I 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Cost: $40 per fling (dinner included) Min/Max: 10/30

LS Maker Exploration
1st-4th Grade
The Maker Exploration series helps girls learn to build, create, think, and make. Five classes in all, students can join in for one class or the entire series.

DateMaker Class
November 2Marker Explosion Pillow Case
November 9Mason Jar Sewing Caddy
November 16Balloon Race Cars
November 30Nail String Art
December 7Scratch Holiday Cards

Instructor: Jessica Lancaster
Thursday | November 2, 9, 16, 30 and December 7| 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Cost: $40/class or $175/series Min/Max: 8/20

Fairy Tale Engineering
1st and 2nd Grade
Combine literature and engineering for a series of building challenges based on your favorite fairy tales. Five classes in all, students can join in for one class or the entire series.

DateEngineering Class
September 14Goldilocks Chair Challenge
September 21The Three Pigs House Challenge
September 28The Gingerbread Man's Paddle Boat
October 12Cinderella's New Castle
October 19Snow White's Conveyor Belt

Instructor: Jessica Lancaster
Thursday | September 14, 21, 28, October 12 and 19 | 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Cost: $40/class or $175/series Min/Max: 8/20


Academic Classes

ECC Math in Motion
PK and JK
We will dance, build, and organize our way to a stronger understanding of number sense! Using a variety of games and activities that help build foundational math skills, students will learn positional words, sorting, patterning, measurement, and reasoning.
Instructor: Leigh Tucker
Tuesdays | October 24- November 28| 12:30-1:15 p.m.

Cost: $150 Min/Max: 10/16

St. Mary’s Book Club
2nd-4th Grade
Does your daughter love to read? So do we! Let her enjoy a community- building experience by meeting with friends to read and discuss books, increasing reading and listening comprehension as well as vocabulary and written response work. Discussions are student-led, and teacher-facilitated, and will include topics like character development, story themes, and structure. Groups and book selections are based on AR reading level.
Instructor: Laura Hutton
Mondays | October 30- December 4 | 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Cost: $120 Min/Max: 6/12

Reading Screenings
SK-4th Grade (St. Mary's students/boys and girls from other schools)
The Hughes Learning Center offers a reading screening to aid in determining a child’s risk for reading difficulties and to identify areas of strength and weakness. The screening can identify potential areas of reading difficulties as well as reading intervention strategies. This screening is NOT a full reading assessment nor a substitute for a Psychoeducational Evaluation. Parents will receive an informal written observation with recommendations. If a tutor is recommended and retained through the Hughes Learning Center, progress monitoring will be provided as needed.
Cost: $250

Call Laura Hutton at 537-1419 or email lhutton@stmarysschool.org to schedule an appointment.
The Nathaniel C. Hughes Learning Center offers reading screenings to our North Campus students, and girls and boys from other schools, which provides an opportunity for them to enhance their reading and literacy skills.

SK-12th Grade (St. Mary's students/boys and girls from other schools)
The Hughes Learning Center works with a variety of tutors trained to meet the needs of every student. From multi-sensory instruction to executive functioning, emergent reading skills to college essay writing, in almost any subject, we can pair your student with a tutor whose goal is to instruct, practice, and encourage independent skills.

Call Laura Hutton at 537-1419 or email lhutton@stmarysschool.org for pricing information and scheduling.
The Nathaniel C. Hughes Learning Center offers tutoring to our North Campus students, and girls and boys from other schools, which provides an opportunity for them to enhance their reading and literacy skills.

Fine Arts Classes

Fine Arts
Intro to Photography
3rd-4th Grade
In this new class, learn storytelling and creative photography techniques as well as technical skills. Students will learn about the history of photography, the types of photography that exist today, and how to create photographs with emotion and creativity. The girls will need to bring a camera or iphone to each class for taking pictures. Disposable cameras will be provided.
Instructor: Danielle Brewer
Wednesdays | October 18-November 8 | 3:15-4:15 p.m.
Cost: $125 Min/Max: 6/12

Little Miss Manners
You are cordially invited to attend Little Miss Manners at St. Mary’s this fall. Girls in this class will learn party and table manners as well as appropriate manners for interacting with peers and adults. The class will conclude with a tea party.
Instructor: Martha May
Mondays |October 16- October 30| 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Cost: $80 Min/Max: 8/16

Marvelous Manners
2nd-4th Grade
This class will explore good manners. Girls will learn basic party and dining manners, telephone and electronics etiquette, how to be a good guest and a good hostess, and manners related to personal hygiene.
Instructor: Stephanie Anderson
Mondays | October 16- October 30 | 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $100 Min/Max: 8/20

SEW CUTE! Sewing Club
1st-4th Grade
Come join the fun with the St. Mary’s Sewing Club! Learn the basics of sewing including practicing different stitches, sewing buttons, and more. We always have new, fun projects, and you won’t want to miss out!
Instructors: Gwen Collier and Barbara Person
Tuesdays | October 10- November 14| 3:30-4:30 p.m.

(no class Oct. 31)
Cost: $140 (includes material fee) Min/Max: 10/30


St. Mary’s is pleased to offer several options for private music lessons to our students and families. Suzuki violin, piano, voice, and guitar lessons are available. Students taking music lessons after school may stay in the after care program free of charge until their lesson time and will receive a snack, enjoy recreation, and older girls will have a designated homework time. Siblings are also welcome to take lessons at St. Mary’s. Each teacher manages his/her own schedule, so please contact him/her directly regarding availability and fees.

Suzuki Violin
Instructor: Salvatore Guerra 901-355-0702
More than fifty years ago, Japenese violinist Shinichi Suzuki began to apply basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music. He called his method the ‘mother-tongue’ approach.

Parent Involvement: Parents attend lessons with the child and serve as “home teachers” during the week. One parent often learns to play so that s/he understands what the child is expected to do. Parents work with the teacher to create an enjoyable learning environment.

Traditional Music Lessons
St. Mary’s offers several different options for families interested in traditional music lessons. Traditional music lessons expose students at an early age to technique, music theory, and sight-reading.
Piano & Voice Instructor: Diane Carden 901-240-1081
Piano Instructor: Bill Fuller 901-219-7214
Piano, Voice, & Guitar Instructor: Adam Levin 901-603-2098

Athletics & Dance

Athletics & Dance

Basketball 101
2nd-5th Grade
Put your game face on and get ready to play! In these sessions, players will practice the basic fundamentals of basketball including shooting, passing, and dribbling. The fitness portion of clinics will focus on speed and agility work.
Instructor: Fred Coleman
Sundays | December 3- December 17 | 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Cost: $80 Min/Max: 8/20

Turkey Striders
2nd-4th Grade
This conditioning and introduction to running class will help prepare our young turkeys for future athletics by teaching them how to run plus build their strength and flexibility. Our goal is to improve fitness levels by emphasizing running/ walking as a fun activity that can be enjoyed now and throughout life. There are three options for the class.

1) Use the class to learn and improve fitness
2) Use the class to train for the St. Jude 5K
Coach Hensarling will make an easy to follow training plan for the runner and/or parent **
3) Use the class to log miles fo the St. Jude Kids half-marathon. If you choose this opiton, the runners run 12.1 miles in any increment prior to race day and run the last mile with a parent on the race day itself. **
Instructor: Holly Hensarling
Schedule: Tuesdays & Thursdays | October 10- November 30 no class Oct. 31 or Nov. 23 | 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $120/series or $10/class Min/Max: 10/20

**If you pick either of these options you must be registered for the St. Jude race. Coach Hensarling will be in touch to answer any questions.

Policies & Procedures


All policies and procedures expressed in the St. Mary’s Student Handbook apply to the Pursuits After 3 Care program. All students must be fully potty trained to participate in any enrichment activity.

Click here to register for a class online. When you click “register”, you will be directed to our online registration system Ultra Camp. If you haven’t done so before, please create a complete profile for you and your student. You can register for classes, as well as make payments through this site. To register for Pursuits After 3 Care and Masterminds, you must contact Kacie O’Kelley (Pursuits Business Manager) at kokelley@stmarysschool.org or 901-537-1415 for registration and to make payment.


A $25 deposit per class is required for registration. The $25 per-class deposit is applied toward the total class fee; it is not an additional fee. The deposit reserves a space for you child, and the remaining balance is due by the start date of the class. All deposits are non-refundable. The Pursuits program accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express, as well as checks and cash. St. Mary’s classes will not be prorated for any reason. Classes with insufficient enrollment are subject to cancellation with a full refund. Advance notice will be provided to those registered.


Students are expected to adhere to the policies of St. Mary’s Episcopal School. We reserve the right to dismiss from the program (without refund) any student whose behavior beomes unmanagable.


Only adults designated on the registration form will be allowed to pick up children from the program. Written authorization is required for pick up from someone other than those listed on the registration form. The parent or authorized adult to whom the child is being released must sign the child’s time sheet and record the time.


It is important that students be picked up promptly at the end of their classes. Children not picked up within 15 minutes of the end of class will be checked into Pursuits and charged a drop in fee.

Students need to be picked up by 6:00 p.m. from After 3 Pursuits Care and Masterminds. Parents will be charged a fee of $2 per minute for the first 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, a late fee of $5 per minute will be charged. All late fees must be paid at the time of pick-up. If a student is picked up late more than three times in a semester. St. Mary’s reserves the right to dismiss that student from the Pursuits program.

College Prep

College Prep Workshops

ACT Prep

For girls and boys in grades 11th and 12th
This class provides comprehensive reviews of math, science and verbal skills necessary for taking the ACT. Students also learn test taking strategies and complete practice tests during the class. All materials and practice tests provided.
Instructors: Lynda Lyttle (Math), Marilou Mulrooney (Verbal), and Judy Brundige (Science)
Cost: $275 per 2-day session

November Schedule:
Two Saturdays | November 11th & 18th | 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Masterminds Special Classes

Please see a list of special classes specifically offered to our Middle and Upper School girls!
Masterminds Enrichment

Fall/Winter Brochure