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Advanced learning with a family feel: St. Mary Catholic

School in Mokena offers early learning programs

Benefits of a learning

community focused on

academics, faith and family

St. Mary School is a vibrant and welcoming

Catholic school, serving students

in preschool through grade eight. Since

1949, teachers have been providing an

extraordinary, personalized learning environment

allowing each student to achieve

his or her full potential.

“We chose St. Mary’s for its community,

its extraordinary faculty and staff, and

its exceptional learning environment,”

said Frank Murray, St. Mary School

Board Member and new school parent. “It

is the faith-based, family community that

we believe is critical for our children’s

academic, social and spiritual development.

St. Mary’s family is everything we

wanted in a school community.”

See the exceptional learning environment

St. Mary’s offers 3-year-old preschool

through eighth grade. Visitors are always

impressed with the school’s facilities,

which include a music room, library,

computer lab, science lab, spacious gymnasium

and the STEAM — science, technology,

engineering, art and mathematics

— classroom.

The STEAM classroom allows teachers

to bring a unique approach of teaching to

enhance student learning and understanding

of how all things relate to each other,

in school and in life. Unlike other STEM

programs, St. Mary’s program also emphasizes

the integration of the arts and

offers more creativity to students in the

learning process. The STEAM program

and open classroom setting allows teachers

to facilitate rather than lecture, resulting

in students experiencing their education

as a process instead of a final product.

St. Mary’s also offers a one-to-one

technology program that provides each

student in grades six through eight with

an individual iPad, a class set of iPads for

grades three through five, and kindergarten

through grade two have designated

classroom iPads and SmartBoards for

educational use. Primary students also

benefit from a certified reading specialist

and teacher aides.

Learn about numerous extracurricular

opportunities and more

Students can enjoy many after-school

programs, including band, chess, bell

choir, youth choir, drama club, STEM,

yearbook, scout groups, Student Council,

social events and an extensive athletic

program. Before and after school care is

available for a fee from 6:45-7:50 a.m.

and 2:40-6 p.m. Bus service is an option

for those families who reside in the Mokena

Public School District 159 for a fee.

Learn about tuition assistance

Recent legislation in Illinois has opened

up many opportunities for families to receive

scholarships up to 100 percent of

tuition for Catholic education in Illinois.

Through Empower Illinois, families can

apply for tuition assistance in the form

of grants from the Illinois government to

help pay for their child’s Catholic education.

Additionally, St. Mary’s offers

a special Tuition Transfer Grant for up

to $1,500 per family — $1,000 in year

one, $500 in year two — for students entering

grades first-seventh who transfer

from any private, public, charter or home

school. Students transferring from another

Catholic school in the Diocese of Joliet

or neighboring dioceses are not eligible.

To learn more, call (708) 326-9330, or

visit stmaryschoolmokena.org.

Submitted by St. Mary Catholic Elementary

School, 11409 195th St. in Mokena. For more

information, call (708) 326-9330, or visit



St. Mary School is offering a Tuition Transfer

Grant up to $1,500 per family ($1,000 in year

one,$500 in year two) for students entering

grades 1-7 who transfer from any private*, public,

charter or home school.

*Students transferring from another Catholic school in the Diocese of Joliet are not eligible.

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