Old St. Mary's School

Welcome to Old St. Mary's School! We are a vibrant Catholic school in the South Loop of Chicago serving over 500 children in preschool through 8th grade.
We are a diverse community committed to the diversity and inclusion of everyone in our community
We offer a rigorous academic program, rooted in a firm foundation of our Catholic faith, preparing our students for the challenges of the twenty-first century and beyond.
Our students enjoy a curriculum designed with many hands-on learning opportunities.
Our location, just minutes away from the Museum Campus, allows us frequent access to the rich history and treasures of our great city.
Our students are challenged to observe carefully, think critically, and respond compassionately to the needs surrounding them.
Our goal for each one of our students is to become a life long learner, never losing that excitement of knowing more about the world in which we live.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 506 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $9,085
  • Average class size: 25 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Year Founded
2004
Summer School Offered
Yes
Awards
 Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2019

Student Body

Total Students
506 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
49%
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade
Old St. Mary's School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
32 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
16:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
45%
Average Class Size
25 students
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
(plaid jumper or skirt; blue slacks and white shirt and sweater vest)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
9085 is the tuition price for k-8. Full-day Pre-K tuition: $9370 Half-day Pre-K tuition: $7569
% on Financial Aid
15%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$2,000
Admissions Director
Naomi Palacios

Sports

Total Sports Offered
3 sports

School Notes

  • Although Old St. Mary's parish is Chicago's first Catholic congregation and oldest parish in the city, it is now located in one of Chicago's newest church buildings. The Church was founded in 1833 but is currently in its sixth location. The original Saint Mary's Church was built in 1833 on the south side of Lake Street, west of State Street. The building was moved to the northwest corner of Michigan at Madison in 1836 where it was enlarged and an open belfry added. In 1843, with the establishment of the Diocese of Chicago, St. Mary's Cathedral was built on the southwest corner of Madison at Wabash. The original wooden structure was cut in half and moved to the grounds of the cathedral where the first Catholic grammar school in Chicago was established in 1846. The Cathedral was destroyed in The Great Fire in 1871. Most Chicagoans know the church from its former site, the corner of Wabash and Van Buren. In 2002 the parish community proudly dedicated their new church on South Michigan Avenue. It soon became clear that there would be a need for a new educational ministry. The many young families who had moved into the neighborhood were looking for a faith-based, quality education for their children. In 2004 Old St. Mary's School opened its doors to its first preschool class of 18 children. Today Old St. Mary's School serves over 500 students in preschool through eighth grade. Old St. Mary's Catholic School is dedicated to educating the children of its parish by:
  • Providing a solid foundation in the Catholic faith, within the context of a challenging academic program, one that takes advantage of all of the cultural opportunities available in the city around us.
  • Complementing the role of the family in nurturing a strong sense of dignity and self-worth in each child.
  • Developing an appreciation in every child of their connection to others by fostering a sense of concern and a commitment to service.
  • Encouraging habits that build strong minds in healthy bodies and that nurture secure and poised individuals who will be ready to meet the challenges of the present and future. *
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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 506 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $9,085
  • Average class size: 25 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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