• Why Choose a Catholic Education
  • Growing through the Arts
  • Our Mission Statement
  • Preschool Plus Program
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    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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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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Dear Parents:

Welcome back to St. Mary Elementary and Jr. High. The coronavirus pandemic has brought change and challenges, and as a result this school year will not look like any year in the past. Nevertheless, we are planning for the same commitment to our families, of delivering the best Catholic education to your child that is possible during this time. We have safety and health plans in place with the physical setting. We know that it is not possible to expect teaching and learning to take place during a crisis without attending to emotions. Our faculty and staff will be checking in with kids on their social and emotional well-being making sure they feel safe and secure.

Please keep us in your prayers as we move forward.

With faith in the Lord,
Jean Spohn, Principal


"The world offers you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness"

-Pope Benedict XVI

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    Luke Dixon presents a donation to Principal Spohn for St. Mary School from the Knights of Columbus Memorial Day Drawdown.
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