• Why Choose a Catholic Education

    Why Choose a Catholic Education

    Values, Faith and Service

    Catholic Schools...

    Prepare students to encounter Jesus Christ and bring Catholic teachings into their lives and the lives of those around them.
    • Reinforce faith and values taught at home by continuing their practice every day in school and co-curricular activities.
    • Strive to foster student’s lifelong commitment of Christ-centered service to others.

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  • Our Mission Statement

    Our Mission Statement

    The school family of St. Mary Elementary and Junior High School of Dixon, Illinois affirm the following: the Gospel message, mutual compassion, understanding, respect, and responsibility to our faith community while experiencing a Catholic education community. Each child will encounter God through service and gratitude by following Jesus' example.


    The philosophy of this school is to lead the students to reach their true potential – spiritually, academically, socially and physically.

    The goal, spiritually, is for each student to develop a personal relationship with God, through Jesus Christ, as taught in the Scripture and Sacred Tradition.

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  • Preschool Plus Program

    Preschool Plus Program

    After surveying our community, it was evident there was much interest in having an all day preschool program. We have moved classrooms, painted, purchased new equipment, and hired two excellent teachers.

    St. Mary School offers a program beyond the norm for Preschool children who are enrolled in morning or afternoon classes. Our Preschool Plus program will allow students in pre 3, pre 4, and pre k to remain in school all day.

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  • Growing through the Arts

    Growing through the Arts

    At St. Mary’s we provide the visual and performing arts, giving students the fullest experience of being human, while preparing them for college and career. Through the arts, students learn critical thinking, effective communication, broad-based collaboration, and creative problem solving. They grow in self-confidence and self-direction, create meaning, and engage other cultures through learning. The arts are essential to a complete and competitive education. Whether visual or performing, arts come from the heart and, likewise, speaks to the heart; but this asks something of the witness, too, a kind of emotional and spiritual sensitivity with which to receive the generous gift of the artist.

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Let it be known to all who enter here that Jesus
Is the reason for this school


Welcome to St. Mary School!

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Welcome back to St. Mary Elementary and Jr. High. We look forward to a ‘Spirit Filled’ year of making disciples.  Welcome to all our new students joining us from St. Anne, the public school, and those new to the Dixon area.  Our faculty and staff are committed to quality Catholic education.  St. Mary’s has a long history of excellence, as a faith community where love and support is alive.

Faith is the lens in which all learning takes places.  Daily prayer, weekly Mass, and monthly adoration as well as service opportunities are part of our schedule. It is our mission to educate the whole child by including Art, Music, Technology, Physical Education/Health class, as well as offering athletics, and scholastic bowl to add to our strong educational program.


Jean Spohn, Principal


Preschool & Kindergarten Open House

Preschool & Kindergarten Open House

Tri-County Spelling Bee

Tri-County Spelling Bee

Congrats to Madison Storey! She was in the top 6 of 30 participants at the Tri-County Spelling Bee.

Math Counts

Math Counts

Congratulations to Josh Stees who won first place in the area “Math Counts” competition today at Sauk Valley! He was the overall individual winner, also won the buzzer round, and led his team to second place overall. Thank you to the dedicated parents and teachers who made this possible. What a great experience for these wonderful kids!

SVCC Impact Program

SVCC Impact Program

St. Mary Elementary and Jr. High is proud to be a Volunteer Partner of the SVCC Impact Program which provides a supportive, sustainable path for students to pursue a college education and achieve career success through lifelong learning, public service and economic advancement. SVCC’s earned-tuition program provides eligible students, who graduate within the Sauk district, the opportunity to earn tuition and fees for up to three years at SVCC, or until they earn their certificate or degree— whichever comes first.