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St Richard Elementary School

Private | PK-8 | 318 students


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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $100,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $870.

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Posted November 11, 2011

I am an alumni of St. Richard school, and I definitely was not prepared for high school coursework. The school places quite a bit of influence on religion, which is not a bad thing; however, classes would often be cancelled to practice SINGING. Yes, because singing church hymns is somehow going to mean much more to my future career than Science ever would. Classes were also frequently cancelled by teachers to spend extra time on art projects or even plan a birthday party for another teacher. Parents, be wary of what your children are "learning" here and how the teachers fill your children's' hours. I can definitely tell you that it took quite a bit of independent study for me in high school to catch up to the ability of my classmates, and I left St. Richard as a straight A student.

Posted September 27, 2011

As a parent, I have nothing but praise for this school. Their early childhood program is outstanding with most children beginning to read by the end of kindergarten! The teachers in grades 1-3 have much experience and create interesting and fun projects for learning. If you want your child to have teachers who really care about your child's learning, this is the place to be. These teachers even come in on their days off to be part of the school community. You really can't find anything better in the area.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 9, 2011

My sons have been attending St. Richard since 2007 and I feel I made the right decision. They have learned so much and the teachers are wonderful. I feel very comfortable and satisfied with my son's education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 3, 2010

if i could give no stars to this horrible school i would...children dont learn a thing!! the archdioses should be ashamed at the curriculum ad the fact thjat children are not learning and parents are paying alot of money. i would have picked public school over this hot mess of a school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 23, 2009

I have three children ranging from the ages of 12 to 4. All three are attending St. Richards. The school is pretty tough on the students and have high expectation of the students, but isn't that a good thing? I mean that's what the purpose of paying for a school is is it not? I like the structure and style of the school. I give this school an A+. My daughter was in 1st grade and she can read, spell, and write pretty darn good. My niece is the same age and does neither of these things. I think that the principal is a tough cookie, but that's exactly the reason why I have place my kids there. If you are going to be delecate and expect the Principal to cater to the child then you are at the wrong school. I love this school and the discipline it represents!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 4, 2009

I am a graduate of St. Richard School, and my time there was unforgettable. The teachers, especially those teaching junior high, prepared me extremely well for high school. I am a straight A student with which I have much gratitude to my teachers at St. Richard for giving me the best education in the city of Chicago. I learned my essential grammar+ from the truly dedicated junior high English teacher and shocking moments of history from the always fun history teacher. Besides the academics, St. Richard offers an amazing sports program including volleyball, basketball, softball, and soccer,etc. The coaches are not paid, and for them to dedicate much of their time for the children emphasizes how much of a close-knit community the school reallly is. I have made long-lasting friends with my classmates and teachers, so I know the type of people who associate themselves with St. Richard,and they are wonderful!

Posted July 28, 2009

My son is going to Kindergarten he has been at this school for the pass two years and he loves it. The teachers are great every parent wants the best education for their child and at times to have it you must invest. My son knows all his letters how to write and he knows how to read with the school help along with the parent involvement no matter what school the child attends you must dedicate time. Overall, it is a great school. I love the discipline nad safety.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 3, 2009

this school taught my daughter absolutely nothing! i was very dissapointed with it. They require fees for absolutely everythign and my daughter didnt know her letters, numbers, or sounds when she left. i placed her in another school in which she learned how to read within one month. i dont know what they teach there but they are not teachign what they supposed to. i know many other parents who felt the same way. The principle is alos very rude and actually talks back to parents after theyre the ones paying for the education. i was very dissapointed and i hope that other children dont fall behind like my daughter did. horrible school with faculty that is not qualified.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 26, 2009

I love this school! It is a second home to me. I have been attending St. Richards since i was 4yrs old and i just love it. I am graduating this year go class of 09! I have been diagnosed with Dyslexia when i was in 4th grade. My teacher at the time presented the problem that i was slower and was not able to keep up with the other students to my parents, and suggested that i should be tested. When i returned the teachers accommodated and helped me out they gave me instead of the usual 20 words for spelling they gave me 10. They gave me extra time for my test and they where happy to answer any questions i had or have. Also what really helped that no one teased me, pointed out that i was different . My fellow students just treated me regularly.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 18, 2009

I will start off by saying that I do agree with the others that so far I am very happy with the education that my son has received for the last 4years at St. Richards. The small class sizes are a plus and they offer plenty of extra curricular activities for the kids to get involved in. They also get the children very involved in the church and as a result my child knows the bible stories and prayers by heart. Parents are very much involved in all that happens at the school and i'm not sure that is by choice. The school requires you to 'volunteer' 20 hours of your time as well as a required fundraising and whatever you do not fullfill you will be charged for. Half of the staff is very rude and some parents very stuck up. Overall the education is great.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 22, 2008

Teachers are vey attentive, parents are really involved, and the sports program is great.
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Posted September 8, 2008

I love my school. I am actually a current eighth grader there. i have been there for three years now and i have definitely felt comfortable. We have a good gym and helpful teachers. Hope we all have a good school year. Go 2009!
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 17, 2008

With one son going into third grade and one starting kindergarten; I am a very pleased parent! A very caring principal, terrific teachers, smaller class sizes and a beautiful campus complete the educational experience that I was hoping for. They have a new gym and lots of athletic teams, a band, scouts and much more.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 11, 2008

My daughter is graduating Kindergarten this week and I am very happy with this school! Class size is great and very attentive staff.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 29, 2006

St. Richard school is a great place to send your child. I attended this school from third grade until I graduated. The teachers are great and always have enough time to pay a attention to every individual. Thanks to the juior high teachers I breezed through the first to years of high school. My sister also attended St. richard and when she was having trouble in language and math they gave her the special attention she needed and also provided after school tutoring. Overall, St. Richard's is a great school. The education I received there is priceless.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted July 16, 2005

This is a really great school both spiritually and academically. It's a school were parents are allowed to be involved in every aspect. Great sports program, wonderful new parish center, and a place where your child will advance academically. I have no regrets sending my children to St. Richard. My oldest graduated in 2004 and has had no problem adjusting to high school. He said he feels that St. Richard prepared him very well academically for his next 4 years in high school. I am glad to be a part of the St. Richard family.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 14, 2005

Kindergarten was an awesome experience for my son. The teacher was a pleasure to work with. I received weekly information on what they were learning. My son s teacher sent notes home every time he behaved badly or praised him when he achieved a goal, a good deed,etc. Sometimes there were a lot of notes on bad behavior but I appreciated the info because I can discuss it with my son & correct it. Most of the time he didn t know it was wrong and this will happen with a 5yr olds. Overall his teacher gave him the attention he needed & when he was having problems with letters she worked with us to overcome the problem. I do not always agree on how strict admin is, but they have made the school successful. They are very caring people with rules that must be followed. It s a price I am willing to pay for my child s education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 29, 2005

They have a great location. The school is adjacent to a park. The teachers are good. However, the administration is horrible. The school is primitive in its discipline and dedicates far too much time and effort to trivial details that have no effect on learning. The type of jewelry (length of a chain, style of an earring, etc) will not determine whether or not my child is successful in the academic world. The administration degrades students who may be slightly tardy for school, mind you they only allow 5 minutes for the entire student body to enter the building. There is a strong hispanic population in the church and school yet there is no religious service in spanish. There is a service in polish however the community no longer reflects this culture. There is a need for a new administration.
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Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 80% 24%
Two or more races 10% 3%
White 9% 51%
Black 1% 18%
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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5025 South Kenneth Avenue
Chicago, IL 60632
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