How Does St. Mary’s School Stand Out From Other Peoria Private Schools?
At St. Mary’s School, we understand that parents choose us for two primary reasons. Firstly, St. Mary’s offers an unparalleled learning experience through its small class sizes, enabling personalized attention and tailored instruction for each student. The individualized approach means teachers can engage students effectively, fostering active participation and academic growth. Plus, we provide enhanced resources, including state-of-the-art facilities, informative field trips, and a diverse range of educational materials. These resources provide a comprehensive and enriching learning environment, promoting intellectual curiosity and supporting students’ holistic development.
Secondly, St. Mary’s School emphasizes character development and values-based education. One of our goals is to be a catalyst in cultivating a strong sense of community while encouraging active parental involvement, creating a nurturing and supportive environment. However, we retain our focus on moral and ethical principles by helping students build integrity, responsibility, and social awareness.
Our dedicated college counseling and preparation programs help guide students through the college application process equipping them with the necessary skills for success. By choosing St. Mary’s School, parents want to give their children an exceptional educational foundation that fosters academic excellence, personal growth and prepares them for future achievements.
Faith-based education is often the way for parents seeking an educational environment that integrates religious beliefs, moral development, values-based education, and a sense of community. But the question is how many private schools are able to strike the right balance? As a faith-based educational institution, we provide a meaningful and enriching educational experience.
Faith-based education holds significant importance for many individuals and communities in Peoria. As a faith-based private school, our goal is to meet these expectations:
Spiritual and Moral Development: Our approach to education provides a unique opportunity to integrate religious teachings, values, and moral principles into the educational experience. We give students the tools to explore and develop their spirituality, fostering a sense of purpose, meaning, and ethical awareness. Incorporating faith-based teachings, such education aims to nurture character traits such as compassion, empathy, integrity, and responsibility, helping students become well-rounded individuals that positively contribute to society.
Values-Based Education: As a faith-based school, we prioritize the development of values that align with the religious beliefs of parents in Peoria. We aim to provide a framework for students to learn and internalize principles such as love, forgiveness, humility, justice, and tolerance. This values-based education helps shape students’ character, guiding their behavior and decision-making in various aspects of life early on and even later in their careers. It helps become the bedrock of a strong ethical foundation, thus encouraging students to become responsible and compassionate citizens.
Sense of Community: St. Mary’s School helps foster a strong sense of community among students, parents, teachers, and staff. The shared religious beliefs and values create a supportive and inclusive environment where individuals can connect and feel a sense of belonging. This community spirit often extends beyond the classroom, encouraging collaboration, mutual respect, and empathy among peers. In our experience, this helps contribute to students’ overall well-being and academic success.
Integration of Faith and Learning: We integrate religious teachings and principles across different academic disciplines. The approach allows students to explore how their faith intersects with various subjects, promoting a holistic understanding of the world. This integration fosters critical thinking, encourages intellectual curiosity, and nurtures a deep appreciation for the complexities of human existence.
Preparation for Life: We focus on academic excellence and help prepare students for the challenges and responsibilities they will face. The system we’ve developed helps equips them with the tools to navigate ethical dilemmas, make informed decisions, and lead a purposeful life guided by their faith. The emphasis on character development, values, and moral principles helps students develop resilience, empathy, and the ability to contribute positively to their communities.
St. Mary’s School Commitment To Educational Excellence
St. Mary’s School stands out for its commitment to educational excellence, offering a learning environment that prepares students for a successful future. The school boasts a dynamic team of professional educators dedicated to implementing a curriculum supporting learning, challenging thinking, and fostering academic growth. From the earliest grades, students at St. Mary’s benefit from applying best practices, individual attention, and a wide range of educational resources.
One notable aspect of St. Mary’s commitment to excellence is its use of NWEA/MAP assessments. These assessments are administered three times a year to students from Kindergarten through 8th grade. The results of these tests play a crucial role in evaluating the progress of each individual student, allowing us to assess the effectiveness and strength of the curriculum. This data-driven approach enables teachers to identify areas where students may need additional support or enrichment, ensuring that each student receives personalized attention and tailored instruction.
Using NWEA/MAP assessments, St. Mary’s School demonstrates its dedication to tracking student progress and ensuring everyone meets their academic goals. The assessments provide valuable insights into student learning and help forge instructional decisions, ultimately contributing to the school’s commitment to continuous improvement.
Thus our focus on implementing best practices, individual attention, and the use of assessments to monitor student progress, St. Mary’s School showcases its commitment to educational excellence. Through these efforts, the school helps prepare students to thrive academically, develop critical thinking skills, and build a strong foundation for their future endeavors
Not Just Any Peoria Private School
While Peoria admittedly has some of the finest educational institutions for young kids and teens alike, at St. Mary’s School, our teams have dedicated their lives to making sure that students become contributing members of society while having a strong understanding of their faith.
Call us today to learn how St. Mary’s School can help forge your child’s future.