General Information

Thank you for your interest in St. Mary School located in beautiful Berea, Ohio!  The SMS faculty and staff are dedicated to provide an enriching and fulfilling education experience.  We are a Christian environment representing Christian values. St. Mary School is a well known educational institution where students are provided a Christian setting that fosters development in both knowledge and faith, laying a foundation for a productive, faith-filled & enriched life. Our goal is to develop each student into upstanding disciples within the community, as well as academic scholars. Student’s benefit from a well-rounded curriculum consisting of Reading Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Spelling, Computers, Religion, Foreign Language, Music and Physical Education.

As a parent or guardian, I understand one of your most important responsibilities is to choose a school that “fits” your child’s personality and learning needs, as well as your family’s practical needs and educational priorities.

In considering St. Mary for your child, you have already made some very important choices. Most importantly, you have chosen to blend your child’s academic and spiritual development in accordance with the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church. Equally important is the commitment to an educational approach that nurtures “your whole child” in an environment of spiritual development, academic excellence, moral values, respect and safety. St. Mary is a school that provides that environment, treating each child as a special “gift” that will flourish with individual care and attention.

St. Mary has something very special to offer!  Please call to make an appointment today (440) 243-4555.

Elizabeth DeCore, Principal

What We Offer


  • Two-day program for 3-yr-old children
  • Three and four day Pre-Kindergarten program for 4 or 5-yr-old children
  • Extended care available Monday – Friday (when in session)

Students learn in an atmosphere of Christian love and concern that promotes the health and development of each child, with an emphasis on preparing the child for elementary school.


  • Five days a week schedule
  • Class days from 9:00 am to 3:10 pm

Students learn in an atmosphere of Christian love and concern that promotes the health and development of each child, with an emphasis on preparing the child for elementary school.


  • Fully accredited K through 8th grade program
  • Kindergarten Classes from 9:00 am to 3:10 pm
  • 1st Grade through 8th Grade 9:00 am to 3:20 pm

Academic programs designed to promote self-reliance, strong moral values, technological proficiency, educational excellence, and physical well-being. Most graduates are able to gain admission into any high school they choose.

Extended Care Program

  • Daily program for both before and after school
  • Available year round for all registered and enrolled students
  • Doors open at 6:30 am and close at 6:00 pm


  • St. Mary School is serviced by many local city school districts including Berea, Brook Park, Middleburg Heights, Olmsted Falls, and Strongsville.
  • Transportation reimbursement is available through Cleveland, Parma, North Ridgeville, North Royalton and many others.

About St. Mary School

Current Enrollment

The Pre3-Grade 8 enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year is 236 students.


St. Mary School is fully accredited by the State of Ohio and the Cleveland Catholic Diocese. Our primary focus is to prepare each student to be successful at the high school level. This is achieved through the use of traditional classroom teaching methods blended with the use of current technologies. In addition, students receive Spanish instruction from grades K – 8.

Click here to view St. Mary School Diocesan Grading Scale


To enrich the educational experience of our students, we offer many additional opportunities, including:

  • Computer / Robotics Lab
  • Chromebooks 
  • First Friday Adoration
  • Power of the Pen / PenOhio
  • Student Council
  • Camp Christopher
  • Classroom Field Trips
  • Classroom Kindness
  • School Band
  • Stewardship Circle
  • Classroom of Champions
  • Sewing Club
  • Student iPads
  • CYO Sports
  • Engineering Expo
  • Instrumental Music Lessons
  • Girl & Cub Scouts
  • Lego Club
  • Altar Servers
  • Drama Club
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Engineering Club
  • New Library / Collaboration Space
  • Discovery Hall - STEAM (new fall of 2017)

Child Care

We understand the changing demands on today’s families. We offer extended care programs, both before and after the school day, and also during the summer months for enrolled students who are registered for the child care program. Your child has the opportunity to use this time to socialize with other students, or study in a quiet environment.


In addition to physical education classes, all students in grades 3 - 8 have the opportunity to participate in CYO athletics. Go Chargers!


Parents play a vital role at St. Mary School. You have the opportunity to participate in our PTO. Our PTO encourages all parents to become an active participant in the educational process of their children as well as providing opportunities for family social events.

Screening for Employees and Volunteers

All employees and volunteers who have contact with students undergo a thorough screening, including background checks through the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification (BCI&I).  For complete information on screening policies, see the revised Policy for the Safety of Children in Matters of Sexual Abuse, section 1.2(p.3)