Mary Seat Of Wisdom School

Mary, Seat of Wisdom has served the community for over sixty years and has been recognized as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.
Our mission, "to empower our students with the knowledge, values, and skills which will enable them to become active participants and effective leaders in both the church and world community," serves as the touchstone for everything we do.

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School Overview

Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded1951
Summer School OfferedYes
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2011

Student Body

Total Students545 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade Mary Seat Of Wisdom School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers35 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio16:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling


Total Sports Offered8 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.1 extracurricular
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Kids who Care

School Notes

  • Mary, Seat of Wisdom School has served the Park Ridge, Chicago, and surrounding communities for sixty years and has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Knowing that all students learn best when they feel secure, MSW teachers, administrators, and parents work closely together to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment rooted in our Catholic identity. Our mission, "to empower our students with the knowledge, values, and skills which will enable them to become active participants and effective leaders in both the church and world community," serves as the touchstone for everything we do. At its core, the development of the whole child includes the fostering of faith, and goes beyond a basic religion curriculum. Instruction includes a rich sacramental program with discussion of theological doctrine and experiences designed to encourage students to follow Christ as a way of life. MSW offers students the best of both worlds: an excellent well-rounded education with sixty years of tradition incorporating the advantages of recent advances in technology and curricular innovation.  The School facilities include two gymnasiums, a stage, Computer and Science Labs, a renovated Library, and a new STEAM/STEM Lab.  The School program includes three and four year old preschool classes, and differentiated learning for all students in the building.  The School also offers an Extended Day program for students needing before and after care and a hot lunch program.  Recent curricular highlights include in-house services for students with special needs (resource, speech, and social work), Spanish, which is taught from K through 8th Grade, as well as Media and Technology classes.  Each classroom is equipped with an interactive Promethean Board; there are mobile "Smart Tables", a mobile laptop lab, and three mobile iPad carts.  The Science and Social Studies curriculums are new, both with online features. MSW`s academic program is amplified by a wide variety of extracurricular activities available to students of all ages, including intramurals, interscholastic sports, Band and piano, Student Council, yearbook, academic bowls, coding, Battle of the Books, Scouting, performing arts---both choral and dramatic, as well as robotic activities. Over one hundred-fifty MSW students participate in the student service organization, Kids Who Care. Activities enhancing MSW`s Catholic Identity mission include bi-weekly school masses or liturgies, monthly all-school assemblies which expand on elements of the year`s Catholic Identity theme and faith-partner activities which build the school community.  Participation in Catholic Schools Week, the 3rd Grade All-Saints Day celebration, 1st Grade Nativity re-enactment, 8th Grade presentation of the Living Stations of the Cross, and the annual May crowning ceremony are examples of  how religion is woven into each school day.   Students are proud of MSW, creating a connection that lasts beyond high school and college. A strong mission and a strong tradition combined with a faculty and administration committed to academic excellence and innovation, have created a rich, nurturing learning experience in which students thrive spiritually, academically, and socially.
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