As the principal of Saint Mary School, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our school, our community and our faith family!  Saint Mary School is a special place.  You see it in the faces of our students. You feel it in the enthusiasm of our faculty and staff.  You hear it in the voices of our parents.  And you experience it in the warm and welcoming embrace of our parish community.

We are proud of our rich history at Saint Mary School, and grateful for those who have come before us, educating students in Cook and Lake counties for over a century.  It is my hope that your family will take the time to explore the many wonderful opportunities that Saint Mary School can offer your child, both in and out of the classroom.
Saint Mary has a tradition of academic excellence. Students score in the top decile on nationally standardized tests. Students matriculate to top public and Catholic high schools and excel in their secondary studies. Saint Mary School was recently recognized as a National School of Excellence by the United States Department of Education. 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.

I look forward to partnering with you to provide your child a holistic education, with a commitment to cognitive, social and spiritual development. Our school embraces the tradition and values of the Catholic faith. We provide a Gospel-based school community where students learn to live the Gospel message. Christian values permeate our entire curriculum and school life.
We invite you to come visit our school and become a member of the Saint Mary School Family.

Mrs. Nikki Raftery, M. Ed.

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