The world of a kindergartner includes new friends, new experiences, and new learning opportunities.
Our program offers a nurturing, creative, and academic environment for the younger student. Through a balance of spiritual, social/emotional, physical, and academic means, each kindergartner is provided with developmentally appropriate surroundings to foster a high level of individual achievement.
On a spiritual level, the program is strongly based on Catholic Christian values that are incorporated throughout the day. This encourages meaningful relationships with their peers while forming a strong relationship with God.
Little Lancers Preschool & Prekindergarten
This program is 3 and 5 day a week starting at 3 years old! Our Little Lancers program offers the perfect backdrop for encouraging progress at a child’s own pace while introducing important cognitive, social and language skills.
Your child will work through play-based activities introducing math, science, dramatic play, music, art, Spanish and technology to provide opportunities to stimulate and encourage them while they get ready for Kindergarten.
Students can qualify for advanced math starting in 5th grade. Students are selected based on test scores in both math and reading. Scores must be at least one full year above grade level, they should demonstrate excellent work habits and have their parent’s and teacher’s recommendation.
Students in the program will take the math course a grade level above their own. In all advanced classes, we work at a faster pace, and there is more opportunity for enrichment projects.
At St. Mary School we have a passion for diversity and inclusion as evidence by our Spanish program.
We start students learning from a young age in hopes to foster appreciation of the cultures where Spanish is spoken as well as for the language itself.
We focus on the four main skills of a language: listening, reading, speaking and writing as students learn through a differentiated approach that is age appropriate to each grade level and more importantly, each student’s ability.
Just as with learning their first language, students will not understand every word that is spoken, read, or heard, however the classes are designed to introduce and expose students to Spanish in a natural way that prepares them to attain an age-appropriate proficiency level as they develop an appreciation for the language and culture.
Our students Preschool through 8th grade spend
1 - 2 days a week exploring music styles through song, dance and various instruments.
We learn how to read music and count to the beat.
Students also sing each week at our all school mass, perform in seasonal concerts as well as a school play.
Explore our concerts and musicals
Technology & S.T.E.M. Lab
Our school focuses on Google Suite for the academic portion of technology. Our students
in grades 2 - 8 have one-to-one Chromebooks.
We teach Google Classroom, Gmail/email etiquette, and other google products that will help with papers, research projects, and presentations within their grades curriculum. This includes google slides, google sheets and google docs as well as folder structures for organization within google drive.
Beyond classroom support, we want to ensure we build a S.T.E.M. curriculum that is fun too!
Learn more about what we offer in our S.T.E.M. Lab
NIU Art Partnership
We partner with Northern Illinois University to provide our students with an art program. The NIU Art students create a curriculum through various mediums for all grades and teach them skills to express themselves through art.
At the end of the year, we host our annual art art show open to families. We are always so impressed at how wonderful the event turns out.