Our goals for St. Mary Catholic School are to nurture the development of responsible, thoughtful citizens while strengthening and retaining our Catholic identity. In an increasingly interdependent global society we strive to create environments in which students are challenged to explore, to create, and make decisions and actively participate in and be accountable for their learning and faith development. Following in the footsteps of Christ, we guide our students toward the job of serving and loving others.

The school provides a technology supported, dynamic teaching environment which fosters the transition of students as they move from elementary into high school. The Catholic education cultivates skills through rich learning experiences. These opportunities build a strong foundation of knowledge required for living life as faith-filled scholars and citizens.

Parents and teachers, as a team, strive to develop the spiritual, academic, and social potential of the students to facilitate life-long learning.

Our mission
“A Catholic Family Forming Scholars, Citizens, and Saints”
Our Vision
“Enter to learn, go forth to love and serve others.”
Our History

St. Mary Parish conceived the idea for a Parish School in 1943 and began a school fund to bring the idea to reality. The idea remained just that, an idea, until 1953 when the two-story parish house was demolished to make room for the present day school building. The cornerstone was laid on November 28, 1954, by the Most Reverend Albert R. Zuroweste, Bishop of Belleville. The building was completed within the next year and school opened on Monday, October 3, 1955. The school was staffed by four Sisters of the St. Francis of Mary Immaculate of Joliet, IL, one of whom served as the Principal/Teacher. The principal assisted Monsignor Burke in the management of the school. The school continued to grow from its original enrollment of 168 students to 235 in 1966 when it became necessary to close the doors due to a shortage of sisters. During the eleven years of operation, Monsignor Burke maintained governance of the school’s operation and finances assisted by the principal. The St. Mary Home and School Association was formed and was active from the inception of the school in 1955. Their activities were limited to fund raising events at the time. A total Parish Board of Education was formed in the 1980’s; however, its tasks were not clearly defined and it was disbanded after a period of time due to lack of interest.

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