Award Year: 2020

School Of Saint Mary

185 East Illinois Road
Lake Forest, IL, 60045-1915

(847) 582-2526

Mr. David Wieters, Principal at time of Nomination

Archdiocese of Chicago

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The School of St. Mary is an inclusive, family-oriented, Catholic educational community where children receive excellent academic preparation, experience the Gospel, and assume personal responsibility.

Student Demographics
  • White: 85%
  • Hispanic: 8%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Two or more races: 4%
Second graders explore math with teamwork and manipulatives.

Second graders explore math with teamwork and manipulatives.

For over one hundred years, the School of St. Mary has committed itself to develop the whole child by remaining dedicated to its motto: To Learn, To Serve, To Lead. Students, parents, faculty, staff, administration, and clergy work as one body aligned with shared values. As a result, our Catholic school has been selected as a three-time recipient of the prestigious National Blue Ribbon Schools award. Many factors contribute to our effective education of the whole child. We nurture all the necessary ingredients that yield a secure, well-balanced learner, servant, and leader, rather than narrowly focusing on test scores and academic performance.

Through its academic philosophy, curriculum, and campus ministry, the School of St. Mary cultivates inspired leaders and instills in students the confidence to think constructively, reason independently, and succeed academically. Specifically, our environment emphasizes: small class sizes; nurturing faculty who challenge individuals; differentiated instruction to meet diverse learning needs; supportive and inclusive parish community that models the integration of service and faith into the daily lives of students; and extra-curricular activities spanning athletic, musical, and academic interests, which promote community building, student pride, as well as leadership opportunities at every grade level.

Most importantly, our students of yesterday have become passionate leaders of today. Many have returned to their roots to share the invaluable gift of their foundational education with children and grandchildren. The School of St. Mary remains proud of guiding inspired leaders who have become successful, compassionate, contributing, faith-filled members of society.