Frassati Catholic Academy

Frassati Catholic Academy is the regional Catholic Elementary and Middle School serving children Preschool through 8th Grade of St. Mary of the Annunciation, Santa Maria del Popolo, Transfiguration parishes and surrounding communities. Frassati Catholic Academy offers quality, well-rounded education rooted in the teachings and traditions of the Catholic faith. Our school houses students on two campuses, Mundelein & Wauconda.

We invite you to learn more about what makes the Frassati Catholic Academy school community a warm, nurturing place for students to grow academically, spiritually, physically and socially, as well as become the disciples Jesus is calling them to be.

Mundelein Campus: Preschool – 5th Grade
22277 Erhart Road
Mundelein, IL 60060

Wauconda Campus: Preschool – 8th Grade & Main Office
 316 W. Mill Street
Wauconda, IL 60084

Principal: Ms. Tammy Kleckner
Assistant Principal: Ms. Rebecca Chorazy

Honoring St. Mary School’s Legacy

Calling all St. Mary School alumni, parents, long-time parishioners and current Frassati families. You are invited to share your memories and stories of what school was like when you or your student attended St. Mary School throughout its long and rich history. This is an opportunity to pay tribute to a favorite current or former teacher, share a memory or testimonial about what you love best, and reflect on the impact and legacy of our parish school in your life.

Celebrating 120+ Years of Memories at St. Mary School

Thank you to all teachers who have or are currently teaching at St. Mary. St. Mary was where I first learned to love and appreciate Catholic education, and I was part of a community that felt like a family. After attending both a Catholic high school and college, I have a deeper understanding of how teaching at a Catholic school is a sacrifice of both money and job security, but my teachers chose to teach at St. Mary so they could teach about their faith and be a part of our community. It is wonderful how many people make this sacrifice for the children they serve.
St. Mary Fun Fact: When people hear I am from the Chicago suburbs, everyone imagines I must be a city girl. Then, I love telling them that I went to elementary school in a cornfield, and we used to be the only church in the archdiocese to have cows on our property!

Rebecca Galuska Class of 2010


St. Mary School Historical Timeline

Earliest reference of a parish school.

St. Mary Pastor Fr. Joseph Rohde establishes St. Mary School and employs the Sisters of St. Francis from Milwaukee as the first teachers.

The Sisters of the Sacred Heart from Mokena, Illinois, take over the staffing of the school.

Construction begins on a new brick school building and convent at the behest of George Cardinal Mundelein costing $20,000.

Cardinal Mundelein dedicates the school building and celebrates the sacrament of Confirmation.

St. Mary’s Business College graduates its first class.

The Archdiocese of Chicago purchases the recently closed Fremont school building located at the intersection of Route 60 and Fremont Center Road for the expansion of St. Mary’s growing school.

St. Mary’s parish celebrates its centennial with a jubilee mass celebrated by Albert Cardinal Meyer and attended by many including Sister Hilaria, one of the first teachers at the school.

Fr. James Morrissey establishes the first school board, purchases the former Dorfler home (now Gabriel House) and converts the former convent space in the school to additional classrooms.

Diantha Hall is completed and dedicated.

Two mobile units are added to the school to accommodate the growing enrollment.

St. Mary School celebrates its 100th anniversary.

St. Mary receives the National Blue Ribbon Award from the U.S. Department of Education for excellence in education.

Frassati Catholic Academy opens as the first middle school in the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Catholic Consortium of Lake Country is established.

The operation and management of St. Mary School shifts from the parish to the Archdiocese of Chicago due to the need for increased funding.

St. Mary and Transfiguration School names are retired as the Catholic Consortium of Lake County is rebranded Frassati Catholic Academy Elementary and Middle School.o.

Frassati Catholic Academy consolidates into one campus at Transfiguration parish.

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