Award Year: 2014

Saint Mary School

50 N Buffalo Grove Road
Buffalo Grove, IL, 60089-1702

(847) 459-6270

Mrs. Nikki Raftery, Principal at time of Nomination

Archdiocese of Chicago

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Saint Mary School’s mission is to empower children in their faith journey while creating a community that thrives on academic excellence and life-long service.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 73%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 4%
  • Asian: 13%
  • Two or more races: 5%
  • ELL: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Saint Mary School - a community of learners!

Saint Mary School - a community of learners!

Saint Mary School has been delivering excellence in education to children in Cook and Lake Counties in Illinois for more than 150 years. At Saint Mary School students, teachers, administrators and parents work together to team Saint Mary’s rich tradition of academic excellence with innovation and the potential of the future. Saint Mary School has continued to move forward in the field of education, meet the ever-changing needs of children, and equip our students with the 21st Century skills necessary for success in a global economy and a collaborative world. As a result the school has seen steady growth in student achievement scores. Robust curriculum is the driving force behind preparing students for college and careers at Saint Mary School. The traditionally strong teaching that has been evident at Saint Mary School has provided a solid foundation for updates to the curricular programs. Standards are delivered in comprehensive and innovative ways and student achievement is measured and monitored regularly. Using proven and diverse assessments to identify each child’s unique strengths and areas for growth, teachers differentiate learning through an artful blend of addressing learning styles, meeting multiple readiness levels, and utilizing varied materials. Teachers work in Professional Learning Communities to share classroom successes and support each other in their mission to maximize the potential of every student. It the goal of Saint Mary School to educate a child with recognizable Catholic values who will continue to grow in knowledge, grace and wisdom, and contribute to society in meaningful ways.