Learn Why Our Parents & Students Are Proud To Be Saints
Flathead High School English Teacher & Reading Specialist
St Matthew’s students have a legacy of being the leaders when they get to Flathead High School. Not only are they entering high school prepared for the curriculum, they represent in honors classes, student council, sports, and activities. I am always grateful to see these student-leaders who represent their faith with integrity. St Matthew’s may be a small percentage of Flathead High School, but they make a big impact.
St. Matthew’s is a place that cultivated my interests in explorative science and quantitative reasoning. Sister Judy’s science labs and Mrs. Matulevich’s science and computer labs played a big role in leading me to eventually pursue computer science, data science, and mathematics as an undergrad. These experiences encouraged interpersonal communication with my peers and teachers. They taught me how to embrace a challenge and work with others to do so. These skills have been and are relevant and important in my success on my career path in Cyber Security.
Faith and Confidence
St. Matthews established much of my early life from childhood, to a young adult. I was baptized at St.Matthew's, and lucky enough to attend all the way from daycare (back when it was the Gift of Love) to when I graduated in 8th grade. St. Matthews is where my faith was born, and flourished. One of the biggest gifts St. Matthews gave me was confidence. Confidence that fostered life long friendships, confidence that allowed me to feel prepared for high school and confidence that led me to pursue a higher education. Now that I'm a parent of a child ready to attend grade school I know exactly where I want him to attend and why. St. Matthews has teachers that care about their students, small class sizes and the sense of community you cannot find elsewhere.
Academia and Community
We are finishing our first year at St. Matthew's Catholic School here in Kalispell. We are so impressed with the quality of faith-based education our son receives, and the caliber of his teachers. This is a top school in the valley, and we couldn't be more proud of the young person our son is becoming. If you are looking for a school-family, that feels like a true community, I would recommend sending your children here. It's really the best.
Attending St. Matthew's is a privilege that continues to bear fruit long after my time as a student came to a close. The ability to have faith-based discussions in the classroom and in extracurriculars allowed me to develop a strong foundation as a Catholic at an early age. As an adolescent and young adult, I was equipped to grow through both trials and triumphs where many feel subject to the whims of fate and society. Today, I feel empowered to address the temptations of relativism, knowing that if my first response is "I don't know" then Church Doctrine has a better answer. Having St. Matthew's be a part of the start of my faith journey has made a lifelong impact that I’m grateful for.
Kaylyn (Heaton) Lybeck
My time at St. Matthew’s was a gift academically and athletically. I was prepared to succeed in a full schedule of advanced classes in high school. I was also able to compete on various sports teams. St. Matthew’s prepared me for a great high school experience.
When I think of St. Matthews I think of family. My time in elementary school was filled not only by a world class education, but with teachers and peers who GENUINELY cared for me and my well-being. As a college graduate, I still have never experienced this level of compassion in an educational environment. Even today when I walk through the halls or see an old teacher, the nostalgia comes with tenderness and longing for my days at St. Matthews. I would not be the person I am today in respects to both academic literacy and moral values without my upbringing at St. Matthews.