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St Therese School

Private | PK-8 | 287 students


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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $239,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $920.

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Posted August 26, 2014

St Therese Chinese Catholic School strives for academic excellence while instilling the values that are important to our family while creating the family like atmosphere for the nurturing of young minds and spirits. The entire staff is dedicated to success of each and every student and are active participants in each child's development strong leadership begins at the top with administrative staff and permeates through the educators which can be evidenced by being nationally recognized a Blue Ribbon School by the Department Education. In this competitive world, St Therese provides the building block to compete; their language program teaching both Spanish ( second most common language in the world) and Mandarin ( which is the most dominant language in Asia. I am proud parent of two St Therese Chinese Catholic School and throw my full support staff and school mission.
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Posted April 29, 2014

I'm very proud to send my children to this school. I was comparing what my 8th grader know compared to other city schools and it is obvious that St. Therese curriculum is above and beyond The kids work very hard here!
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Posted March 31, 2014

This school is a blue ribbon school. They have teacher that teach well. Each year they have service hour for children which help them clean or sweep(got to help) for neighbors or teacher. They have a way to help our children so they could learn more. They tell our children to do Cornelle note which help them summarize their lesson for the chapter they learn.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 2, 2014

beware. some of the teachers tend to bully. i remember an incident where a kid was severely humiliated by a teacher which encouraged other students to join in. He seemed so depressed. oh and the so called "spanish and computer teacher" is a joke. He gets paid to supervise the use of rosetta stone and websites like "". i could google what he supposedly "taught". learned nothing. oh and snack shop serves junk food to students at a cost. whenever the health inspector would pay a visit they would scramble in an effort to hide the junk food. This place is more focused on image than the students. it might seem rather prestigious at first glance, from ipads to those blazers. but dont be fooled by materials things because once you're in you can't wait to get out. miserable is what this place is.

Posted January 29, 2013

St. Therese has some excellent teachers except for Spanish and Computer technology. Students are directed to use Rosetta Stone software for Spanish rather than being "taught" by a teacher. For Computer Technology, they are directed to websites to learn about computers. These methods/tools are no subsitute for real classroom instruction. I was amazed that my kids don't know how to use MS Word and ultimately, I was the one who had to teach them at home. The school advertises that it is state of the art with ipods and ipads, however, they are only taken out and used when VIPs are scheduled to visit the school. Unfortunately, my kids have graduated from St. Therese with little or no knowledge of Spanish or computers.
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Posted November 12, 2012

I am a parent at St. Therese School. The teachers and staff are caring, wonderful people and are always welcoming. They know your child from the first day of school. I believe that St Therese embraces family values, community service , and provides an education that is the foundation for the children's future. St. Therese was named the 2011 Blue Ribbon School and in 2012 was a finalist in the Intel School of Distinction Award. The children learn Mandarin Chinese, Conversational Spanish and are immersed in the Chinese Culture. The parents are involved in the school. St. Therese and the parents have one goal. The goal is to provide our children a loving environment for them to learn and excel in academics. The children are polite and care for each other. The upper grades mentor the lower grades which I think is wonderful. My son is looking forward to the day that he can also be a mentor. He enjoys his school immensely and participates in the after school activities. He enjoys Chess,Taiko Drums and Robotics after school. My son loves the diversity of the school. St Therese is providing him a solid foundation for the future.
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Posted October 31, 2011

In today's society speaking your mind and allowing creativity flow throughh is crucial. St.Therese does not support that. In fact they practically shove demerits in your face if you do so. The computer/Spanish teacher is an arrogant and boisterous person. He constantly flings demerits around as if they were to be toyed with. Of course, it is not, for it a very serious matter. Demerits at this school happen to be called, conduct referrals. He bellows out "conduct referral" and flicks it into a child's face often and never gives a chance for the child to speak. In computer classes, he isn't even teaching computer. He just makes the students go on some website and "study." I'm surprised st.Therese would even allow this person to be employed.

Posted May 18, 2010

The teachers are the absolute best... not to mention Ms. Cavallone, the principal... we love her!
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Posted May 12, 2010

The quality education and afterschool programs allows this small community and the students the synergy to propell themselves for greater oppotunitites.
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Posted May 12, 2010

It is one of the great schools of Chinatown.
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Posted May 12, 2010

Great learning enviroment for kids and the teachers are exceptional.
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Posted May 12, 2010

Recognized as a leading institution with a focus in Chinese and Spanish language for their students. No other Chicago area school offers this curriculum!

Posted May 12, 2010

I have known this school for many years. This school is a great school of academics and culture including chinese and spanish. They have great technology that kids could interact with while having a great time and great curriculum. I will always recommend this school!
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Posted May 11, 2010

St. Therese offers not only an excellent environment for study but also a well grounded, high quality education. Students feel engaged at all levels of classroom teaching. The school has a great teacher to student ratio which contributes to the overall involvement of the students.
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Posted May 11, 2010

The learning experience is highly academic and spiritual. The faculty is the best!
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Posted May 11, 2010

I have 2 children in this school and I feel that the education they are receiving now will help excel them for the future.
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Posted May 11, 2010

I love this school because it is such an important part of the Chinese community. I don't think that there is another grade school in Chicago that immerses its' students in such a rich culture. It is an early bridge to Chinese culture. If you want your child to be more comfortable in traveling to/living/working in/working with China in the future, St. Therese is a great place to learn and grow.
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Posted May 11, 2010

St. Therese has great teachers and a great principal who care and takes the time to pay attention to the lttle details in helping each child succeed.
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Posted May 11, 2010

I went to school there when I was a child. Now, I'm sending both my kids there. It's a great school!
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Posted May 11, 2010

It is the best school, Principa, teacher and all the staff are great, St.Therese is a great family oriented school with the best curriculum
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Ethnicity This school State average
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 76% 4%
Two or more races 13% 3%
White 5% 51%
Black 3% 18%
Hispanic 3% 24%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Phyllis Cavallone Jurek
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  • Roman catholic
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247 West 23rd Street
Chicago, IL 60616
Phone: (312) 326-2837


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