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St. William School

Private | PK-8 | 170 students

St. William School is best known for our excellent academics and caring staff.


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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $132,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $910.

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Posted April 27, 2014

I was going crazy trying to find a great school for my son. I went and looked around the Chicago land area for a Catholic elementary school with no luck and last resort I chose St. William mainly because it was a block away from my work, when I went to their open house I was completely satisfied with my decision, yes the school is small but I love it! My son is in pre 4, and he absolutely loves his teachers. They have before school and after school care that is not outrageously priced, and they take very good care of kids, they have a very strict policy for teasing which I also love. Preschool isn't just fun and games here, I am always surprised when he comes home and tells me everything they did that day and everything he is learning. I'm so happy I chose St William school. St. William School is like a family. I would never take my son out of this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 18, 2014

This school has help my son grow, encourage him to step out of his comfort zone. The teachers and staff are wonderful. The parents are very helpful and willing to help one another. Thank you.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 7, 2014

It is exactly a school, not a thing catholic about it, their minimal to no support to a single parent for a child that has emotional need, let a lone a child of an ex military personnel who has served for this country and not only been left out in the dark from their country but a catholic school. I will be in support if the archdiocese decided to close the school there are no catholic morales or ethics within teachers at the school, there is much ignorance in how they teach not only to the children but the parents about difference in children. Not a catholic school, just another Chicago public school only with money!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 23, 2013

It s very frustrating to not get the support from this Catholic school. I would not recommend it. Principle and teachers has no Patience or care for students
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 28, 2011

My child transferred to St. William recently. His standardized test scores went up by almost 20 points overall!! We are so pleased with the small class size and individual attention that he is receiving there. St. William is very much a family atmosphere and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great school for their children.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 28, 2009

Great school , great teachers, grate parish. My kids have been here since kindergarten and will not think about other schools. Great principal.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 31, 2008

St.William is the best school ever. Yes it does not have a gym but the coaches and staff try to find ways to practice and play. The sports team have been doing very good. The basketball team is tied for 1st or 2nd place and doing very well. The soccer team won 1st place last year. The teachers are great;they teach the children in a discipline and fun manner. They children love it there. They make new friends and since its a small school no one is left out. St.William is the best school. They face good teams in soccer and basketball that do have gyms and yet we beat them. I am proud to say St.William is the best school.Everyone loves it and Yes its affordable.
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 2, 2007

My daughter is in 3rd grade. Teacher is good small class that helps the children to concentrate more.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 17, 2007

St William is a great school community. My children have all excelled in sports, in academics and music. I feel that the school does very well for preparing them for high school and beyond. The teachers and staff are caring and dedicated, every school should be lucky enough to have teachers like the ones at St William. My sons have been going there since preschool ( a wonderful teacher!) and have continued on to be on the high honor roll and principal honor roll.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 9, 2006

I send my 3 yr. old there, and he loves it. They do not have a 'gym' but they do have a large basement for inside activities. As far as teaching goes my son is learning with no problem. For example he learned a song at school that taught him all the months in the year. He does not read yet but he does have story time with the teacher. You cannot depend on a school to be the sole source of education, it starts at home. St. William is a great catholic school with a caring enviroment and excellent teachings. Plus, the education is affordable and cheaper than daycare, you can't go wrong.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 29, 2006

My son attended their Pre-K4 program here at St. William which was suppose to be a 'learning experience' but turned out to be a glorified free-for-all, it is called 'learn by playing'. I paid a hefty tuition to have my child 'play' but thankfully pulled him out and now he attends another Catholic school's Pre-K4 program which is outstanding - He can read!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 4, 2005

We pulled my son out of a terrible Chicago public school kindergarten to go here and are very pleased with our decision. A great atmosphere, caring and involved teachers and staff and a very good program. My son has excelled here because he is not overwelmed with overcrowded classrooms like in the chicago public. They also just got a brand new computer lab which absolutely outshines any other schools around. Great school, great teacher, great parish!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 3, 2004

If you want your child into sports here good luck because they have no gym-unless the parking lot in back counts (even in the cold)-and the teams are in short amount. In my opinion this school on a scale of one to ten is a four. My youngest will not be attending.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 23, 2004

St. William School is a good school. The classes are good size and teachers are great. They have good after school activities. They also have band, sports and they let the students get involved in alot of school projects. Its there 80th aniversary. Most of the kids have been attending St. William since preschool and feels like home.
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 46% 24%
White 26% 51%
Two or more races 18% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 4%
Black 1% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Art club

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Peggy Forgione
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
  • Roman Catholic
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (773) 745-4208


Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Rowland Reading Program (SuperKids)
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students


Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Title I for Math/Reading help
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.


Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Cub scouts
  • Girl scouts
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Student council/government
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Parents' Club
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • St. William is a special place where high quality teachers educate children to become leaders for tomorrow. St. William School presents an upbeat, positive experience for everyone – students, parents, faculty and administration. It’s the place where everyone wants to be, every day. Our staff is smiling, our students are happy, and our parents thank God that they chose our school for their children.
School leaders can update this information here.



This school accepts applications on a

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What are your chances?

10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.

Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
Students typically come from these schools
Locke Elementary School
Sayre Language Academy

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$3000 - $5000
Vouchers accepted
Financial aid offered
School-based aid
Big Shoulders Fund of Chicago

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Guerin Prep
St. Patrick High School
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2559 N Sayre Ave
Chicago, IL 60707
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Phone: (773) 637-5130


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