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St Viator Elementary School

Private | PK-8

 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $146,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $870.

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Posted June 10, 2014

I have been so impressed with our school so far. I have a daughter in 2nd grade and one in kindergarten. My girls love school and going to school and that for us is the best mark of a successful elementary experience. My girls are both excelling academically and socially. There is a good diverse student base and no bulling or any of that business. The class size is small and the teachers are caring and nurturing. There is a new principle for 2014 and she seems really on the ball. There is great parental involvement. Another key indicator of school success has been the tremendous growth rate of the school. While other Catholic schools are closing or downsizing, St. V has grown by upwards of 40% each of the last three years and continues at that pace. There are now two classrooms of each grade starting at 2nd grade down to prek3 and there is a waiting list. We couldn't be happier so far. One other comment about some of the more negative reviews I've read. Look at the context. Does the writer have a serious beef or some kinda ax to grind? People tend to have a singular awkward experience with an individual or something relatively minor and then go all "road rage" about it. Weird.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2014

My school is no big deal. The teachers are awfully rude, favortise, and scream at the same kids continually. Our Social Studies teacher complains that we are the worst class and over the summer he will be thinking of ways to divide the class into groups. One group will have fun, and the other one will not learn. He even said that some of us should not even be there. I am telling you this as a student so you can be aware and know that just because it`s a "Catholic" school with smaller class sizes does not mean that it is different from any public schools. There are smaller class sizes because everyone transfers out after 1st grade. To wrap up this review, the test scores are equal to Jonathan Y. Scammon. 50s for the seventh grade in all subjects, and in 3rd-7th grade for Terra Nova, the highest average was a 60. Don`t put your kid in St. Viator. The teachers are rude, uncaring/unnurtering. This is why my parents are transferring out.


Posted May 15, 2014

Why doesn't the school publish its average Terra Nova test scores for each grade? I'm interested in the school due to its location, but have seen some negative comments about the academics and that parents transfer their kids out as they get older. I've checked out other sites, but for some reason no data exists for the school.


Posted April 27, 2014

The school has excellent academics. The growth I have seen in my preK-3 child is amazing. It is a wonderful community of caring teachers and families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2013

This school is great if you have young kids, but as they go in on to upper grades you realize why people leave. The Principal is cold and not receptive to anything parents have to say. The teachers are caring, but I do not feel they are challenging my children. The school won't offer variety in after school programs, the principal never attends sporting events, the technology is lagging when compared to other schools, and they don't offer enrichment programs. The school has held it together this long because parents keep things going and teachers try. The principal has checked out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2013

I am not sure about that post made on April 1st by a teacher. I know for certain that my child is not doing projects based learning or working with iPads. I have asked about this type of thing and get no where. My child basically does workbook pages and spelling words. I have been concerned about the direction of the school and lack of competitiveness. I think the teachers mean well, but the school needs new direction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2013

i rate it 1 star based on how the secretary treated me. i felt she was extremely rude and laughing in my ear on the phone. telling me to hold on then hanging up just for me to call back and her laughing again. all because my daughter would be switching schools from one poor to a much more expensive school. she also tells me "the principle said we can not make it that easy for you". my daughter is in an expensive school now and doing very good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2013

Hands down this school has surpassed all of my expectations. With it's loving, nurturing environment, St. Viator has given my child the foundation to excel not only in school but in life. Every teacher at this school should receive accolades for their dedication of providing every child a quality education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2013

This is my son's second year at St. Viator. Last year he was in Pre-K and he loved it!! His teacher was amazing! He learned to read before summer break. He's in Kindergarten this year but he's not liking it too much. They are not challenging him. I see the work he comes home with and its stuff he did in Pre-K. My nephew who is also in kindergarten but attends a charter school, is doing more advanced work. As much as I love this school, I might have to pull my son out if the curriculum doesn't change.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2013

We started at the school when our daughter was in pre-k4 and thought that we would eventually switch to a CPS magnet school in kindergarten or first grade. I'm so glad we did not. Our daughter has shown exceptional growth in reading and math and yet the teachers keep finding new ways to motivate and challenge her. I also know parents who have had struggling students and they talk about the tremendous support they get for their students. We just started our 2nd child in the pre-K3 program and are already happy with the switch from regular daycare. Besides the great academic and social programs for students, their is a great community of parents who truly enjoy seeing each other which leads to great events year round at the school and in the community around the school. Being at St. Viator means you'll love your child's school and the community you live in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2013

I was surprised to read the post dated March 14, 2013. All of our current eighth graders have been accepted at the high schools of their choice: Walter Payton, Lincoln Park High School (2 in the IB program, 1 in the double honors program), Lane College Prep (honors program), Gordon Tech, Trinity, 2 different charter schools, and St. Pat's. (1 student earning a very large scholarship). We are encouraged to take professional development courses to keep us current. A majority of the teachers have a masters degree. We integrate technology including the use of interactive smartboards and iPADS. Our teachers use inquiry lessons that which are project based units that cover various skills in science and Language Arts. We do have great parents and fantastic students. Come visit us any time to see what we are really doing in the classroom!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 2, 2010

This is the third year that my son has been a student at St. Viator School. He absolutely loves it there. The teachers have been outstanding in providing individual attention. An "Itty Bitty Basketball" program was started this year for kids pre-K 4 through 3rd grade (in addition to the sports teams for the older children). This new program has been wonderful in providing an "outside the classroom" activity for the children and an opportunity for more community-building for parents. The staff are also exceptionally warm and helpful. We look forward to many more years at St. Viator.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

My son attends St. Viator School and their academic program is amazing. He has excelled greatly. The teachers are caring and warm. St. Viator is an amazing school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

This is a very family oriented school. My grandson goes there and he lvoes it...


Posted April 11, 2010

We have had our child at St. Viator for 2 years now and have been really satisfied with most things. Our biggest complaint is the leadership of the school. The principal seems to lack vision and has difficulty connecting with parents. Teachers have mentioned their unhappiness with the administration and I always think that is a sign of dysfunction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2009

Teachers are great principal is not a people person i pulled my kids because she didn't take care of a problem with other student because didn't want conflict with their parents
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2008

I have 2 children attending St. Viator and the love going to school. The teachers are caring, nurturing, and work the students based on their levels. St. Viator has a fabulous reading specialist who inspires children to read, write, and act. The school has many specials to offer such as gym, music, library, and computer. It also has a great extracurricular sports program for both boys and girls. The children are kind and respectful to each other and really enjoy their involvement with the school & church.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2008

Quality education right in Old Irving. I have a 3rd grader and a child in the 4 year old program. Teachers have strong foundations and children learn to juggle work, extra activities and a strong faith foundation. The teachers teach to the individual child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2008

The best school with a great sport program and teachers concentrate on all students
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 31, 2008

While I did enjoy my years at St. Viator, I feel that it did not prepare me well for high school. The teachers did the best they could, but the other students did not make it an enjoyable learning environment. From being catty and negative to disrupting class, many of the students went out of their way to make learning very difficult. St. Viator does have a good athletics program, but it is lacking in the arts and music departments (no music classes for three years while I attended and art class only once a month). The school is ok, but if you are looking for a quality education, I suggest looking somewhere else.
—Submitted by a student


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Ethnicity This school State average
White 41% 51%
Hispanic 38% 24%
Two or more races 12% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 4%
Black 1% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4140 West Addison Street
Chicago, IL 60641
Phone: (773) 545-2173

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