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St Walter School

Private | PK-8 | 232 students


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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $135,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $940.

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Posted February 6, 2014

Formerly a really good school. Parent involvement is declining and I believe it to be the unwelcoming atmosphere led by the principle. Teachers are great but need better leadership; they are bound to the principle rules which is not parent or student friendly. Academically this school is average in comparison to some public schools so, definitely not worth the money. It's unfortunate as our family has long history at St. Walter. I wish the Pastor and School Board would recognize the problem and change the principle. Unfortunately even if they do for next year, it's too late for us. We are leaving after this year. Can't wait but feel sorry for those who will stay.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 10, 2014

My son went to school for 2 years there. The Carmelite Sisters are very good and extremely dedicated. I really cannot rate above 5th grade teachers, as I do not have the experience with them. However; the principal, as one person previously described as standoff-ish, but the main reason we left is because the principal is inexperienced, has no open door policy (not comfortable interracting with parents). In addition, there are several half-days, and do not always seem reasonable. The paperwork, administrative letters are not very organized. Not sure if this is due to disorganization or lack of help. It is pretty obvious that this school used to be highly ranked exceptional, but is not the case anymore.
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Posted November 21, 2013

St. Walter use to be a very family oriented school. In recent years, since the new administration came aboard, all of that has changed. I am a parent of a St. Walter graduate and of a current student; unfortunately, this will be my last and final year (along with other families). The academics are mediocre, at best and the school and most of the programs and organizations are very unorganized. The faculty for the most part are pleasant, however the principal is VERY standoffish and VERY unapproachable. I chose to send my children to a Catholic school versus a public school because I felt the education and classrooms would have more structure and although this use to be the case, it is no longer a fact. I am currently seeking other options in the area both public and private. I would like for my child to maintain the diverse experience.
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Posted September 17, 2013

Tight nit community school. Teachers are exceptional! Very integrated and lots of family/parent involvement is offered.
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Posted September 12, 2013

I took my child out after 2 weeks. After moving back to the Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood, I thought it would be nice if my child could attend St. Walter's since all of us graduated from there. The curriculum was far inferior. My child was being taught everything she had learned the previous year at her private Catholic all girls school on Sheridan Road. I was heartsick! The teachers were rude and unwelcoming. I was ready to start driving back to 6100 North on Sheridan Road when I found another private school on 111th Street like her previous school. We were very pleased. You can't put a price tag on education, nor can you repeat the past!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 21, 2013

After personally experiencing other Catholic schools, it is sadly evident that St. Walter School is at the bottom of overall quality in large part due to the prinicple but also some not all of the teachers.. To walk the halls and read the posters against bullying has made me want to vomit after how we have personally experienced bullying that was due more to certain parents and staff than children. This combined with leading children away from their faith by bad example rather than to it, vastly outweighs any academic advantages which are mixed at best. The bullying problem had gotten so bad that we actually had to get the superintendant of the Chicago Catholic Schools involved which only added to the problem. In the end we were forced to leave the school because of the physical danger to our whole family. The messages this school is sending to their kids about faith is a lie, and academically the kids are behind what they should be learning at their level. Not worth the $4000 per year. At this rate you'd be better off in a publc school, believe it or not!
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Posted August 5, 2013

School is declining in academics and administration no longer cares for its families. Used to be a great school many years ago when my first son attended, now it has made a huge turn since the new principal's arrival. School calendar has excessive days off or half days unnecessarily, class room size has increased and many good families have strayed. There needs to be a change for the better very soon. Educational programs are lacking, leaving kids behind after graduating 8th grade.
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Posted August 3, 2013

I am the parent of an African American child at St. Walter. I have had good and bad experiences there. I believe as with any school it is important to be involved and make your presence known. The biggest concern is the outdated Black History assignments given by some of the more seasoned teachers, but again it is important to get involved to make positive changes that impact the outcome of the learning process for our children.
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Posted February 22, 2012

St. Walter is a good school. The one thing I don't like is the class size. There are too many students. I was not expecting such a large class in a privare school. Which in turns makes it a little more difficult for teachers to assist the students that might be struggling in certain areas.
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Posted January 1, 2012

Don't ever bring your child to this establishment. The s.taff are extremely rude and condescending, not to mention useless, especially the 8th grade teacher, Mary Pat.

Posted August 10, 2010

I have been a parent of a student at St. Walter for over 11 years & would not imagine sending my children anywhere else. The whole education received at St. Walter can not be matched anywhere. The teaching staff from pre-k to eighth grade prepares the children to succeed in H.S. & in life.
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Posted February 13, 2010

GREAT SCHOOL! Challenging Academics, Strong Community Affiliation, Competitive Athletic Programs, Caring, Creative, Gited, and Skilled Teachers/Faculty, Warm, Safe and Enriching Environment, Intimate and Smaller Class Room Sizes, Daily Spiritual Guidance, Fianacially Secure Endowment Fund, Wonderful Varied Extra Curricular Activities and Programs For Students and Families, Diverse Student Body, Very Good Communication between Teachers, Parents and Guardians. St. Walter School Focuses On the Whole Child and Your Childs Journey Academically, Socially, Spiritually and Physically. St. Walter School is Truly a Diamond In The Rough!
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Posted October 4, 2009

St. Walter's School teaches the children not only high standeard educational curriculum, but it teaches the children morals and prepares them to be an example of goodness and in what ways to fight the dangerous elements within our society. It is a school that puts their children first and helps them achieve their highest potential, regarding every aspect of their special lives. Each child is an individual, not a statistic, but a unique and special human being with individual needs and gifts.

Posted January 26, 2009

St. Walter is a top quality school with and excellent faculty. The small class size is a huge plus because the children receive more personalized attention and get to know one another better and develop close relationships. Every child is known by name. There's a family feel environment at St. Walter that is very welcoming and you immediately feel you belong here. We are very happy we chose St. Walter for our two children and we wouldn't have it any other way.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 22, 2008

My son attends St. Walter and I really love the rich culture. The teachers are highly skilled and highly involved in the childrens lives.
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Posted January 4, 2008

School environment is great! Parents are involved and there are many events to keep families connected to the school. We have some concerns with teaching techniques and would like to see seasoned teachers engage in more updated modes of delivering education.
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Posted October 15, 2007

My children attend St. Walter school and this is a great school. The parents are very involved and the teachers are very pleasant. It is a family environment.
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Posted December 11, 2006

The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The principal is kind and knows each child by name. The school administration board is very efficient. It is a well integrated community and also very welcoming. I am so happy that my child is in that school.
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Posted December 11, 2006

St. Walter is a catholic school where the children come first. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The principal is kind and knows each child by name. It's a diverse school and always warm and welcoming. I am so happy that my kids are in this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 21, 2006

Great computer lab and before/after school program. Hot lunch program. Principal in ineffective; math program weak.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 43% 51%
Black 36% 18%
Two or more races 11% 3%
Hispanic 10% 24%
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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11741 South Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60643
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