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St. Monica School

Private | PK-8 | 355 students


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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $130,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,010.

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Posted September 23, 2014

LOVE St. Monica Academy! The teachers are amazing and it is a wonderful school community. Very proud to send our children here.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 25, 2014

After realizing what this school has to offer I started to doubt that it is worth the money. I decided to give it a try and transfer my two kids to Garvy, and this is one of the best decisions I have made in my life. It's not that it's a bad school, it's just that in this neighborhood you can have the same quality of education for free.
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Posted July 5, 2013

Dear Class of 2013 Graduate, Your parents must be exceptionally proud of your success despite being bullied in your class. I admire your tenacity and perseverance in your academic studies and growth. Everyone knows who the successful students are and who the bullies are. It must be terrible to be a parent of one of the bullies. I am so sorry you had to endure that nonsense. As a parent of one of your classmates, I urge to continually focus on your dreams, be successful and remember that goodness always wins! Good Luck to you in high school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 20, 2013

I am a current student at St. Monica and I am about to graduate at the end of May. I have enjoyed my time at St. Monica and although we do have some problems with bullying, the teachers do their best to help the victim. I should know seeing as I was a victim of bullying myself. St. Monica has academically prepared me for high school. I am in my high school's scholarship program and I am taking all honors classes.

Posted January 11, 2013

My kids have been at SMA for over 6 years now, I have experienced exceptional teaching, caring faculty and can see everyday that my children are learning. It is not a perfect school, but what school is. Would be great to see MORE parent involvement so it is not always the same group and so that we can unite if we feel there are changes that are needed. Again, that is not the schools fault but ours as parents. Sorry some parents feel there is a bullying issue, but while that is a school issue, it stems from the home. I would (and have) recommended this school over and over again.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 12, 2011

I also think it unfair to rate an entire school based on some of these reviews. My children also love this school. It can be very loving and nurturing. The problem is when you don't "fit in the box" you may have a problem. The academics are great, teachers too. But, as a junior high parent, I have seen some things fall through the cracks that should not have. I unfortunately, was a practical eye-witness to what happened to that special needs child. It says something for the leadership. This could be an absolutely wonderful school, but they definitely have a "sweep it under the rug" policy. They may have 411 students (410?) (an odd thing for a parent to know) but they should have leadership that values each child, and rather admit to, and fix, their mistakes, rather than being of the mind, we are filled to the rafters, we can spare one or two.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 6, 2011

I would not rate this school on the below reviews. I cannot comment on the below incident but just remember there are always 2 sides to every story. What I can tell you is about my own experience with SMA. We transitioned here 2 years ago and it is a great school. I think we overwhelmed the school a bit with so many transfers in .. we are at full capacity at 410 kids. My kids adored their old school but they have found a new home here at SMA and absolutely LOVE IT... There is no perfect school. What I can tell you from my experiences is the faculty loves the kids, the faculty makes coming to school fun, the faculty are very involved members of the parish, the school has the support of the parish, the Pastor LOVES kids and WANTS us here, their enrollment is at full capacity with the heaviest on the younger grades, the environment was a very welcoming one from the very beginning when we were just at the Open House looking at the school, the kids here are very confident children ... and more importantly the school and parish are ONE .... This is a very loving and nurturing school.
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Posted March 23, 2011

My oldest son graduated from St Monica and went on to Notre Dame. At best both schools were average. By the time I was sending my two youngest to St Monica, it had taken a nosedive. My youngest daughter transferred to Garvy in second grade and I haven't looked back. The St Monica teachers were trying their best to dissuade me from this move and boy I am glad I didn't listen. My daughter is graduating from the Taft International Baccalaureate program as an Illinois State Scholar, a member of the National Honor Society as well as other distinctions. I would highly recommend Garvy to get your children on this track because Garvy and Taft have so much more to offer!

Posted April 29, 2010

St. Monica Academy is a great school because they are a green school and they really try very hard to get all the students involved.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 27, 2009

I pulled my kids out of this school and transferred them to the neighborhood public school. Best move I ever made!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 6, 2008

Growing up in the Chicago Public School system, I did not see the advantage to a catholic school. My husband, who grew up through catholic schools, said it was a must! I am SOOOO glad he changed my mind! And I am SOOOO glad we chose St. Monica Academy. I have a child entering 1st grade, who has attended St. Monica's since 3 year-old preschool. Every teacher we have had so far was AWESOME! My youngest child just completed his first year of preschool and LOVED IT! Not only does St. Monica's cover all the basics, but they are able to incorporate religion in a way that still keeps the children's interest. And as a parent you should know how hard that is for this generation. The atmosphere around the school is very inviting to new and old parents. I would HIGHLY recommend checking this school out first!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 21, 2008

This school is very good. Many people complain about the lack of extra activities and, compared to local schools, it actually has alot. From sports, to a Forensics team, newspaper staff, it has it all! All the teachers are very nice and involved. They all promote hands on learning experiences and strive to have their students succeed. Rently St. Monica has purchased any new text books and other materials for the children and teachers to use. They also just bulit a Science Lab in the Jr. High but it is available for any other grade to use in the afternoon. It's a great lab that also has 5 brand new computers, sinks, and electrical outlets. They students, staff, and familes at St. Monica are wonderful. Attend one of their various activites (Gala, Crosstown Class, Mardi Gras, etc.) to see how wonderful these people are. I would recommend this school to everyone!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 8, 2008

I find the school is too worried about the academy word associated with the school than the academic need of the students. I feel that my children need more learning about school subjects than about the earth. I would like to see some other languages, more math, more social progams. The school needs to focus more on the students. I have many regrets for sending my children there and would look for a alternative for next year.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 26, 2007

I'm conflicted. The school does not appear to have good, strong leadership.Instead of the principal leading the school, it seems to be run by a small band of overzealous parents who seem to 'rule the school.' The curriculum is basic, too basic; their enrollment is down and they don't know how to self-promote. Some of the teachers (most my daughter's had) are excellent. However, they have also let some fantastic teachers quit, due to poor planning. The kids do learn good manners and are overall very well-behaved. I think the school promotes and encourages that.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 17, 2007

'Excellent', best describes St. Monica School. Both my husband and I are graduates--our 4 children are as well. The teachers are, and have always been caring & professional. The curriculum is second to none! We have always been involved in both the school and parish, and feel that this the best way to make a difference in the educational experience of your children. Our children were very well prepared both for high school and college. Their education at St. Monica has certainly helped to contribute to their successful and 'still developing' careers. What a great investment this has been!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 27, 2007

I have to say im very disappointed in the school.the teachers really don't work with you,and you really never get a phone call back if you have concerns.the parents are very son will not be going next year.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted March 12, 2007

This school is WONDERFUL!The teachers are caring.Check out the school's open house, we are a family here, everybody is welcome!Our new pastor is great, principal and assistant principal are amazing. Religious education is very important to us, that's why we pick this school for my 2 children. It is worth it!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 19, 2005

I have 2 children that graduated from St. Monica.(1997,2003)Terrific education, never regreted enrolling there. Wonderful dedicated teachers,caring and understanding.Most of the parents are fine, but some are too controlling of the school, and thats the schools one downfall. With new leadership..hopefully that will change now.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 19, 2005

Both of my children were enrolled at St. Monica's. Due to new employment downstate, we moved our children. We loved our time there and found that our children were academically ahead of the new school where they were placed. The Parish and the school did a wonderful job in caring for and educating our children. For that, we will always be greatful.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 9, 2004

I did not like this school and pulled my son out after one year. His work was things he knew two years prior and the teachers seem like they didn't put in 100%. All this schools cares about is the money, and they make you pay alot of it. I wouldn't recommend this school at all.
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 73% 51%
Hispanic 14% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 4%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 18%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mr. Raymond L Coleman
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  • Roman catholic
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  • Archdiocese of Chicago
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5115 North Mont Clare Avenue
Chicago, IL 60656
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