FAQs About About St. Mary’s School Our Mission SMS Staff School Board St. Mary’s Church Diocese of Belleville FAQs What are the age requirements for the early grades? Expand Pre-Kindergarten: 4 years of age on or before September 1 Kindergarten: 5 years of age on or before September 1 First Grade: 6 years of age on or before September 1 and successful completion of Kindergarten Are students from other faiths accepted? Expand Yes, children who are not Catholic are accepted into the school. However, we must first accept those children who are Catholic and members of our supporting parish. All our students are expected to participate in religion classes and attend weekly liturgy. We respect all religions. Are the teachers certified teachers? Expand Yes. All Diocesan teachers must have current certification from either the State of Illinois or a reciprocating state or be in the process of attaining Illinois Certification through Illinois’ certification program. If the teacher holds a certificate from another state, that teacher must begin the process to obtain an Illinois certificate as well. How many of the teachers hold a Masters Degree? Expand A large number of our teaching staff have their Masters Degrees and some are presently working toward it. How many students are in a class? Expand Typically our class sizes range from 7 to 15 students. How much is the tuition? Expand There are many factors to consider when determining the tuition cost of each student and tuition can vary. View tuition and fees. Do you offer scholarships? Expand Yes! We at St. Mary never want finances to be a reason that your child can’t attend our school. We offer a few different scholarship options. Contact us for more information. Do students compete in athletics? Expand Yes. St. Mary’s School is in a Co-op agreement with Allendale CCSD #17 and currently have programs for baseball, softball, girls and boys basketball, volleyball, cross country, and track.