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The School of St. Mary offers varied Early Childhood programs to build the foundation for life-long learners. All Early Childhood classes meet at the Primary Grade Center. In addition to certified teachers, the Early Childhood classrooms all have trained teaching assistants.

Our curriculum features a multi-sensory program tailored to the developmental needs of the children; it emphasizes a rich, stimulating early literacy environment, hands-on discovery activities, gross and fine motor experiences, theme-based learning, social development through play and modeling, as well as music, art, physical education, and Spanish.

We limit our classes to a maximum of 18 students. We believe this is essential to ensure the quality of our student-centered programs. Consequently, the Admissions Department will date Early Childhood applications and honor the order of submission when accepting students. Siblings of current students, families registered at the Parish of the Church of St. Mary, and other Catholic families will receive admission preference.

We are proud to offer these program options:
  • 2 year old program: 2 mornings per week (Tuesday and Thursday)
  • 3 year old program: 2 days per week (meets Tuesdays and Thursdays)
  • 3 year old program: 3 days per week (meets Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
  • 3 year old program: 5 mornings per week
  • 4 year old program: 5 mornings per week
  • 4 year old program: 5 afternoons per week
  • Jr. Kindergarten: full day, 5 days a week
  • Kindergarten: full day, 5 days per week

The morning programs meet from 8:50 to 11:30 a.m.The afternoon programs meet from 12:35 to 3:10 p.m. Jr. Kindergarten and Kindergarten meet from 8:50 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. Students may be dropped off beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Lunch Bunch is available for 1/2 day 3 year old and 4 year old classes from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Children attending Jr. Kindergarten and Kindergarten may eat hot or cold lunch in our Primary Grade Center cafeteria.

Early Childhood students may attend our Extended Day Program in the morning from 7:30 to 8:50 a.m. and/or in the afternoon from 3:10 to 5:30 p.m.

Requirements for Enrollment

When applying to the Early Childhood program, your child should have reached the appropriate age listed below prior to September 1st for the academic year for which they are applying:

  • 2 year old program (2 years old by January 1st)
  • 3 year old program - Age 3
  • 4 year old program - Age 4
  • Kindergarten - Age 5

We are now accepting preschool applications for the upcoming 2020-21 school year!

We are excited to offer an additional section of our popular Little Angels Preschool Class. One section will meet on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and the other on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. Families can select their preferred days in the application. Historically, this class has filled quickly, so please apply right away if you are interested.

We are also pleased to offer an All-Day Three-year-old Preschool Program next year.

This class will, of course, be developmentally appropriate, including both lunch and a rest period. If you are interested in any of our preschool offerings, please follow these steps: 
-Go to
-Click on the Parent login on the top right corner
-Click on FACTS Family Portal (ParentsWeb) in the top right corner
-Enter our District Code: SOSM-IL
-Enter a user name
-Enter a password 
If you are a current family, you already have a portal account as well as a password. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Kathleen Trkla or Mandy Castle at 847-295-4830.

NEW 2-year-old program! Click on the image for more information.