VAN WERT — St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic School is still accepting new student registrations for students entering Kindergarten through sixth grade for the 2020-2021 school year. Registrations will be accepted until Thursday, Aug. 20 or until classes are filled. New student registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis according to the time and date the registration is received. You can get a registration form by visiting the school website at www.stmarysroyals.org or you can stop by the school office during the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. St. Mary of the Assumption will begin the school year on Monday, Aug. 24.

St. Mary of the Assumption has released its 2020 reopening plan to public. The entire reopening plan can be found on their school website at www.stmarysroyals.org. In that plan you will find extremely specific details on what things will be like in the school as well as their remote learning option for students. St. Mary’s feels that this plan will enable parents to make an informed decision about what is best for their child for the upcoming school year.

St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic School is the only option for a Christ-centered education for children in grades kindergarten through sixth in Van Wert County. While adhering to the teachings of the Catholic Church, St. Mary’s is open to children of all faiths. For the 2019-2020 school year, 27 percent of St. Mary’s students were non-Catholic.

St. Mary’s has been educating the students of greater Van Wert area since 1959. St. Mary’s is a fully accredited, non-public, charted school that meets all of the Ohio Department of Education requirements. Even though St. Mary’s enrollment has increased by 19 percent over the last three years, they are still able to offer small class sizes, which enables their teachers to differentiate their instruction to meet the learning needs and levels of all students. St. Mary’s offers weekly specialty classes in music, art, physical education, and technology. St. Mary’s is also able to provide special needs services such as academic service plans, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.

St. Mary’s experienced staff is fully licensed by the Ohio Department of Education and consists of caring, compassionate individuals that are committed to staying informed of and implementing current teaching methods in their classrooms. St. Mary’s is a school where there is local control, in a loving and disciplined family environment. Students are also taught an understanding of socially appropriate behaviors and demonstrate respect for others, as well as a calling to serve those in need.

As more and more emphasis is being put on school choice, St. Mary’s is committed to offering excellence in academic and religious education in a way that is affordable for everyone. St. Mary’s will never deny a child the chance to attend St. Mary’s because of financial concerns. Every student at St. Mary’s is eligible to receive aid to offset the cost of their education. St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Parish wants to ensure that the young people in the Van Wert community have an opportunity to receive an affordable Christian education. For the 2017-2018 school year 100 percent of school families received some form of tuition assistance, discount, and or deduction to their tuition expense.

Students in grades K - two each have their own iPads and students in grades three - six each have their own Chromebooks, to be used in the classrooms on a regular basis. They also offer a full computer lab with 20 student use computers. St. Mary’s offers a free morning Latchkey program that starts at 7:30 a.m. and have an after school Latchkey program that runs until 5:30 p.m.

St. Mary’s invites and encourages you to come and see what they have to offer. A personal tour of the facilities can be arranged by telephoning the school office at 419-238-5186 or emailing the school principal, Dan Metzger, at dmetzger@stmarysvanwert.com. St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic School is located at 611 Jennings Road, Van Wert. You can also check them out by visiting their school website at www.stmarysroyals.org.