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St Benedict Elementary School

Private | PK-8 | 194 students


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Posted November 11, 2010

very family oriented even those that have long gone graduated we have a reunoin every year of all alumni you have the feel and sense you are always werlcome and belong something ingrained like family they are always there for you and you for them. The education experience carried me through all phases of life My mother attended here. I as well, as my children and to have your child thank you for sending them there speaks volumes
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 12, 2010

Great school w/ great people :)
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 29, 2010

I love St. benedict Elementary School because it is dedictaed to teaching their students the values and aspects they need to better their future. The school strives in the teaching of Christian values and morales which is an essential part of attending a Catholic School. It is an all around great school and I am very proud of every single person that makes the school happen!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 4, 2009

My daughter is attending St. Benedict Elem for the first time this year. Very !! unhappy with the staff. Teacher are not friendly at all. Principal has never smiled... not very engaging at all. Can't wait until school is over in June to transfer her out ( marking the days off on the calendar).
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 20, 2009

Teaches children to be responsible citizens. Has not only academic programs but a commitment to the arts, theater, music as well.
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Posted May 6, 2009

Excellent choice for both me and my daughter. When I drop my daughter off in the mornings, I feel that she is both safe and protected. The overall goals and objectives of the school surpass state requirements... The recent addition of the talented and gifted programs sets them apart from many schools within the south surbubs...great job Mrs. Ry's! my daughter is challenged and looks forward to going to school everyday! Please continue to add programs which speak to the current demographics of the school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 15, 2009

I am a parent of a current sixth grader at St. Benedict. I could not be more happy with the choice that I made to send my child here. They have recently implemented a talented and gifted program, which really raises the schools academic values and concerns. I graduated here, as did my mother and grandparents. Mrs. Rys, the principal truly cares about the students and works extremely hard for the school directly. The tuition rates are affordable and you truly receive what you are paying for. All of the staff, faculty, and administration are the most dedicate people I have ever met. I am beyond happy that my child can grow and muture in such a loving, caring, educational, and ethnically diverse environment. I could not see my children anywhere else but St. Benedict.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 19, 2008

My son is a student at St Benedict and he has received a wonderful education there. The school has new programs and recently introduced a program for talented and gifted students. It has a wide spectrum of extra curricular programs including sports and the arts. Additionally, it offers pre-school and before and after programs. The students consistently score well above the national average on standardized testing and the price is comparable to other Catholic grade schools in the Chicago area. Overall it has proved to be an excellent value for us along with providing an environment for his religious faith to develop.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 28, 2008

Education below average for the price of tuition. They don't have enough concerned teachers.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 21, 2008

i think its a great school and exciting for the students

Posted November 27, 2007

I love St. Benedict! This is my 5th year teaching Preschool here. Additionally, my mother used to teach here, and both my brother and sister graduated from St. Benedict. This is not only a school, but indeed it is a safe, diverse educational community. There are enough extracurricular activities to peak any child's interest! The curriculum is strong, up-to-date, and in line with Archdiocesan, State, and National standards. I am very proud to teach at St. Benedict! Please check us out!
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Posted October 6, 2007

I'm an alum. I graduate from St. Ben's about six years ago. I thought St. Benedict's was an incredibly wonderful environment to grow-up and learn in and I wouldn't have had it any other way. I loved my time spent at St. Benedicts and would recommend it to anyone. It's a loving nourishing environment you can't get from a public school. And they couldn't be too far amiss, as I am currently studying at a very prestigious university.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted August 12, 2007

St. Benedict lacks diversity within its administration. Teachers, specifically, are needed to the demographics of the school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 29, 2007

As a parent to a 8th grader who has been here since preschool, I feel St.Benedict is the best choice I made for my child/children. We have a great student-to-teacher ratio and each and every child gets individual support. Although tuition is high, I know its worth it. Every day the children are learning something, finding a new hobby and making a better connection with the teachers. We have a great computer lab, music curriculum, and a huge library with accelerated reading. I truly think that unlike a certain feedback, St.benedict is a gem.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 22, 2006

It is unclear how a parent in a prior review could state that academics is lacking. Most graduates of St. Benedict go on to be top students in their respective high schools. Obviously, they had a solid background. Tuition is high but it is a private school. The science curriculum has been updated and now parallels public school instruction. The school has an accelerated math program and accelerated reading program. Spanish has been added to the curriculum this year. There could be more parental involvement. As in any school, the same parents are always volunteering. There are lots of extra curricular activities such as sports, computer club, girl scouts, cheerleading, student council, and theater.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 10, 2005

Overall the quality of academic programs are lacking, especially in science and math. Tuition is extremely high. Parent involvement is low. The director doesn't ask for feedback regarding academics or extracurricular activities.
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Posted February 23, 2004

St. Benedict School is a great school, the overall feeling in the school is family. They have a innovative computer lab, and a wonderful music teacher. The teachers are all very knowlegeable in their areas. There could be more parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 41% 24%
Black 39% 18%
White 10% 51%
Two or more races 9% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Susan A Rys
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  • Roman catholic
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Blue Island, IL 60406
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