Shattuck-St. Mary's School: A Boarding School for Figure Skaters

Shattuck-St. Mary's School
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Shattuck-St. Mary’s School is a co-educational boarding and day school for students in grades 6-12 that offers a full-time figure skating program. Top coaches are provided along with training for students.

Shattuck-St. Mary’s School is the first private boarding school in the United States to offer figure skating training. The school was founded in 1858 and is one of the oldest college preparatory schools in the Midwest.

School Figure Skating Directors

Shattuck-St. Mary’s School's Director of Figure Skating was Diana Ronayne. She was the Director of Skating at the world famous Ice Hall at the Colorado Springs Broadmoor World Arena figure skating training center before coming to Shattuck-St. Mary's School. She has trained national and international figure skaters. Her most famous student was Ryan Jahnke.

The current director of the figure skating program at the school is Tom Hickey who has coached students at the national and international levels and holds a master rating with the Professional Skaters Association. 

Ice Rink Facilities

Two ice sheets are available to the students of Shattuck-St. Mary's School. In addition to figure skating, the school offers a competitive hockey program for boys and girls and is known for its excellent hockey program.

Off-Ice Training

The students involved with the figure skating program at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School can take off-ice classes to help with their figure skating. Dance classes are part of the program. Conditioning classes are also offered.


Shattuck-St. Mary’s School is a college preparatory school. Students strive for academic excellence and are also able to train full-time at figure skating since the dorms and classrooms are within walking distance from the school's ice arenas. Most classes have no more than fourteen students.

Daily Schedule and Training

Students who figure skate wake up at around 5:00 AM and skate two hours before academic classes begin. Figure skating is considered a class, so skaters return to the rink later in the day for more training.

Daily private lessons with each of the figure skating coaches on the Shattuck-St. Mary's staff, Diana Ronayne and Tom Hickey, are included in the student's figure skating fee. If a skater needs extra instruction, parents can arrange more private lessons for their child.


Shattuck-St. Mary's is in Faribault, Minnesota just forty-five miles south of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Student Population

Shattuck-St. Mary's has a student population of four hundred and seventeen students. The students come from thirty-four states in the U.S. and from twenty-two different countries. Marlon Brando, one of Shattuck-St. Mary's most famous alums, began acting on the stages of the school.


Lessons and programs for those who are not students at Shattuck-St. Mary's are available to the community through the Skating Academy in conjunction with Faribault Parks and Recreation. Other programs include Community Skate, Learn to Skate, and Freestyle Sessions.

In addition, week-long figure skating training camps are offered in June. Those camps include instruction from Shattuck-St. Mary's Director of Figure Skating Diana Ronayne and Tom Hickey, Director of Figure Skating Operations. Other figure skating coaches such as Kathy Casey, Doug Leigh, Christy Krall, and Ryan Jahnke have participated in the figure skating camps. The camps include room and board for the ice skaters, daily on-ice and off-ice sessions, and group instruction.

From World and Olympic Coach Kathy Casey

Shattuck-St. Mary's School has been praised by Kathy Casey who is a world and Olympic ice skating coach.

"Shattuck-St. Mary’s is beginning a figure skating program that is unprecedented in the United States. I am familiar with the School’s nationally-ranked hockey program and have no doubt that the world-class coaching abilities of Diana Ronayne will, over time, result in the same success. Diana’s support of the importance of academic excellence will help create the perfect balance between student and athlete."