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Our Admissions

St. Mary's School provides an affordable, quality Catholic education for the children and families of Chester and the surrounding communities. Our preschool program offers a flexible schedule with various options for the youngest of our students. Learning is fostered through an environment of exploration and creative play. The daily routine is enriched with activities and materials designed to stimulate students’ awareness and curiosity of the world. Furthermore, St. Mary's offers an exceptional Daycare and After School Care program from- 6:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. daily.  This extended care service is available to students enrolled in Preschool, Kindergarten, or Elementary Grade Levels. St. Mary’s does offer a full-day Kindergarten program that provides students the time and opportunity to explore developmentally appropriate materials and build necessary social skills in a child-centered environment.  Our Grade 1-8 curriculum educates the whole child while building a strong sense of Christian community steeped in the Catholic Tradition. Our Administration, staff, and community of families all work in collaboration to support our students and encourage them to excel academically while they develop effective life skills.

Registration Form

Download this Registration PDF form and fill in all the correct details!



We do understand the financial challenges and the sacrifices that families make in choosing Catholic education for their children, and we want to help in any way that we can.  It is our goal that no child is denied a Catholic education because of cost. We cannot guarantee assistance to all families, but we do guarantee we will examine each request made.  If you’d like to know more, please contact the office by calling 618-826-3120.

Tuition Payment Plan

Download the 2021-2022 Tuition Payment Plan PDF form 

We shall process your admission and update you with our final decision within 60 days of receiving payment and all documentation.

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Learn about our Preschool Program

Preschool Program

St. Mary’s Preschool is pleased and excited to be providing quality preschool sessions and daycare for our 29th year. Our goal is to make each child’s preschool experience a positive and fun one. We encourage positive feelings about self, the school, and the environment. We also seek to provide a classroom and program that can meet the needs of each individual child, preparing them for group and social situations like Kindergarten. For enrollment information, please contact the school office at 618-826-3120 and speak with Eleanor Clendenin.


“St. Mary's School has a long legacy of exceptional quality at a competitive price. The staff are kind, devoted, and remarkable in their field. I appreciate how the school stays up to date with using, as well as teaching, the latest technology. The academic and moral standards are high, but not unreasonable or unattainable. With this solid foundation in academics and Christian values, the graduates are a cut above and excel wherever they go next. I especially love how St. Mary's School is a family within a school. My children and I feel very welcome and included, even though we are a different denomination. Our beliefs are respected, and we are always made to feel at home and welcome when joining for masses. The feeling of family support extends to the other parents as well. As a single mother, having a "village" to help for those days when I cannot be present in person is invaluable. Not only does St. Mary's offer flexible after care, but it comes with a network of other trustworthy parents who are available for carpools and friendship. There are even opportunities for financial sponsorship”.


- Jessie Hayer

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