Why St. Mary’s?
One of the most important decisions a parent makes is choosing where their child will attend school. Since 1898, St. Mary’s Parish School has been educating and shaping leaders in a Catholic, comprehensive, college-preparatory environment.
Our passion for excellence in all subjects is what drives us at St. Mary’s Parish School to help our students become their best selves- academically, socially, and spiritually.
Academically, we set up our students for success by teaching them to excel by combining a traditional curriculum with 21st century skills from preschool to high school graduation.
Socially, St. Mary’s is a community built upon a foundation of kindness, acceptance, and integrity.
Our members look out for one another, and the friendships that blossom here last a lifetime.
Spiritually, as our school is founded on Catholic doctrine, students will broaden and deepen their understanding of the teachings of Jesus Christ. Through their religious studies, all students gain the tools to translate those teachings of morality and justice into their own lives and the world. St. Mary’s students understand that faith is a lifelong journey of prayer, learning, and service.
Ultimately, this reflection helps them grow as members of the Church, broadens their perspectives, and deepens their connections with God and those around them.
We are proud of the exceptional education we provide our students; every year, they receive acclaim in all areas of student life – academics, arts, athletics, and extracurricular activities. We recognize our seniors’ successes as they receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships and continue to be accepted all over the nation at esteemed colleges and universities.
During the past few years, St. Mary’s Parish School has continued to grow and thrive. Thanks to financial donations we have introduced a 1:1 laptop program, increased the number of educational electives, fully utilized the Virtual High School Collaborative so students may take advantage of specialized courses outside of our traditional course offerings, and upgraded our facilities.
It is our mission that makes our school a special place.
Students, teachers, staff and parents strive to follow the teachings of God by being our very best. From our littlest learners to our seniors preparing for college, we are focused on guiding our students to grow in their spiritual, intellectual, and physical well-being. For anyone interested in joining the St. Mary’s Parish School community, we recommend visiting our campus to see what makes us different firsthand.
Please also feel free to contact our admissions office and schedule an appointment to learn more about us and our school. We welcome the opportunity to provide you with a tour of our facility, answer any questions you may have, and introduce you and your children to faculty, staff, and students so that you may see firsthand the strong relationships and dedication shared by our community.
Want to know what the St. Mary’s experience is like? No one knows better than our students and their parents! Check back regularly to see what they have to say about our school.
At St. Mary’s Parish School, we want all of our students to achieve their fullest potential. In order to teach our students properly, we require every prospective freshman to take our placement test to discover their strengths and weaknesses. Check back to see the time and location of our next placement test.
Invest in your child’s future!
The choice of a Catholic education is one of the greatest gifts that you can give to your child.
You make the commitment to the highest academics, a safe environment, a faith-based curriculum, surrounding your child with excellent teachers, and so much more.
Our commitment is that we do everything we can to keep tuition affordable and provide means so that parents can get the assistance they need. We recognize that financing a parochial education can be difficult and you may have questions. Please do not hesitate to contact the school for a more personal conversation.
Tuition Rates 2017-2018
Early Childhood Program: $5,900
K-8: $150 (second student); $700 (third student)
Financial aid is available to qualifying families. The application can be printed and mailed into the school.
Direct Diocesan Financial Aid:
The diocese supplies thousands of dollars of financial aid each year to students who attend our school. Applications are accepted through April 1. Applications can be obtained after January 1 online at www.factstuitionaid.com.
St. Mary’s School Aid:
St. Mary’s Parish School has financial aid available to qualifying students.
Applicants must complete the St. Mary’s Parish School Application for Financial Aid and Scholarship, submit their most recent IRS FORM 1040 or 1040A, and, if applicable, apply for FACTS Tuition Assistance through the Diocese of Springfield.
Each of the local parishes and some of the local faith communities offer direct vouchers to members of their congregation.
For example, St. Mary’s Parish contributes $1000 (9th – 12th grade) and $750 (K-8th grade) per student to families who attend church regularly, actively serve at the parish or school, and give financially at the weekly collection. This contribution is at the discretion of the parish. Sponsorships are not available for preschool or prekindergarten students.
Your Efforts Help Too!
The food gift card and scrip program are two great ways to help offset tuition costs. Please consult with the school office for more details on how to possibly save hundreds and even thousands on tuition!