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St. Margaret of Scotland School

Private | PK-8 | 230 students

Our school has a strong and rich history in Chicago, along with strong academics
 
 

 
 

Living in Chicago

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

Source: Sperling's Best Places
 
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4 stars

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Posted June 23, 2014

St Margaret of Scotland School is a loving and welcoming environment for students in grades preschool through 8th grade. We offer a strong curriculum focused on the core subjects and helping to prepare our students for high school and beyond. We invite you to come check us out!

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Posted April 27, 2014

I love St. Margaret , It's a really great school, great teachers and family oriented. The office staff is very friendly and helpful. The kids are in good hands with this type of atmosphere. St. Margaret teaches your child the way of LIFE, and academics is of utmost importance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2014

St Margaret of Scotland has the most caring and loving staff I've ever come across in the school system. They are warm and make you feel like family. I really believe in the saying It takes a village to raise a child. This school gives your child that attention and more. Their class room size small too
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2013

I have been a parent for 5 years and I have seen some good times and bad. We are definitely heading in the right directions. There have been many visible changes and the staff and curriculum continues to be strong. The administration is holding the teachers accountable which were touch and go in the past. They are promoting pride in our school and accountability within the student body. The classes are small and the students can get the attention needed. They also have additional help through the Sylvan learning centers. The tuition is affordable. The principle is accessible at all times. They have before/after care for the working families. I stay because the school has improved and I expect that it will only get better. I also stay because it not just a school but a family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2010

I attended St .Margaret's from 1st-8th grade('76) a long time ago. I've since graduated from several other schools, and look back on my time there with mostly fond memories (kids can be kids, esp. when you are the only white kid in class). Nevertheless, I always loved school, and what it has taught me. I esp. appreciate it now, since my son attends public school in California.What a sorry state public education has become! I was SO blessed to have strong, sacrificing, imigrant parents that put me and my younger sister in this school, despite the tuition for them on Dad' s very low salary (tuition was in the $300's for them- for the whole year!) I look back fondly, and wish the same for its currrent & future students-and since I am currently visiting Chicago, hope they'll let an old alumnus come & visit the old school! -Sophie


Posted April 6, 2010

St. Margaret of Scotland School had a chance to be a great school. Things have changed this school year. Negative commets that have been said about the teachers are not true. St. Margaret has great teachers that look for the students and they are there to help them in any way. As for the teacher being held accountable for things like lesson plans the has always done lesson plans,and this is not the first time the school has sponsored dress down days to help a cause. The school raise money for cancer,help the cheerleaders and the basketball teams. So of things are not to theschool as some of think. We need to check facts before we speak out of turn. Because we are hurting people.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2010

Hi; I am an existing parent from the old school administration, my children have attended this school for the better part of four years now, I simply love the new principal and all the great changes she has brought to this school, I really feel like my kids will be challenged now, the teachers are being held accountable for things that they should have been doing all along like lesson plans, can you believe that before Ms Garcia, the teacher never did them. The children are sponsoring out of uniform days for the eight grade trip, if anyone would take the time to attend a PTA meeting, or even talk to the students and principal, they all know, so as a parent, you should feel ashamed for claiming you don't know.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2010

I am a teacher at St. Margaret of Scotland and let me tell you, it has gotten better. The school is cleaner and actually smells good. The children aren't roaming the halls like they have done in the past. The new principal has brought new programs, ART, Laser Show and other FREE workshops for students. Are we teaching for the money? People, not in the Catholic Schools. I believe that she cares about me as a teacher and all of the students. She knows majority of the students by name and she has only been here for a little over 7 months. She has started a PTA, where parents can get involved. Please remember that people hate change, especially when it makes people do more work. So please don't listen or believe everything you read. Come out and see what St. Margaret's has to offer you and your child.


Posted February 9, 2010

I don't understand where the negative remarks are coming from. Give the lady ( the principal) a chance to make change, before we start jumping on her. I have three children in the school and I enjoy the change. I'm on the PTA and I see her vision. Come by and see. Make St. Margaret your new 2nd home away from home. We are trying to make this school one of the best on the south side. Come and SEE!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2010

I am a grandparent whose children attended St. Margaret and now grandchildren attend the school. What I once loved about the school was the close knit family environment; the former principal was also a graduate of the school and teacher at the school. He and his family had close ties to the school. He also knew every child by name and at the time there were well over 300 students in the school. With the current administration there is no longer a family atmosphere. Also, several incidents have occurred involving students that have been minimized by the current Principal. Many times I have called the school and she was not there and there is no one in charge. My children are all in the 30 s and I hoped my grandchildren would graduate from St. Margaret but they will not return after this school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2009

Those of you who may question as to weather or not to send your student to St. Margaret please be advised that there is a new principal on board. So may wonderful changes have come about with the new principal. So far this year s discipline has change 100% for the better. There are actual consequences for issues they may arise unlike the past when there was NO discipline action taken. It has been an adjust for students, parents, and teachers alike but what has changed has been 1000 % for better from the past lacking principal. Please come visit and see the changes from how clean the school is now to how well behaved the students are. So those of you have though of St. Margaret in a negative light in the past please con revisit us!


Posted April 7, 2009

This is a GREAT school! For those who may not know, the principal is a former alumnus of the school. He completed his Master's at SXU, not too far from the school. Surely he could go elsewhere (CPS)and make much more money (esp. bcz he does coach & teach.) My point is that he CHOOSES to be here. If that doesn't prove his commitment and concern for the children of this school I'm not sure what does. Kids receive individual asstnce. with guidance counseling, even though there is not a true guidance counselor on staff. The teachers help with high school choices and they make sure that the students complete scholarship apps to potentially offset the cost of H.S. A good exp. of this school's caring enrironment is when a sutdent's home caught fire recently (last year too,) the teachers and staff & fellow students all rallied to raise money!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

So far, so much better then what I experienced with my child in her CPS school last year. I couldn't believe how much better she has been doing with her reading and other school work. Though things could be better, we have experienced the alternative CPS equivalent and I dare not go back...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2008

I must say the foundation Pre-K-3 at St. Margaret and the daily instructions of the catholic faith is highly commendable. My main concerns at this point of time is upper grade. I've had nothing but headaches and stress this school year. Frankly, do feel a child will not adequately be prepared going into high school. Communication with teachers via Edline was a big disappointing. Many of the teachers I feel no longer have the passion to teach in a loving and caring way (a paycheck). There is a lot of hollering and uncontrolled classrooms. Very understaffed (for example. the principal is coach and religion teacher), so child is subject to what's called busy work or no work. This may very well be lack of resources but ultimately the child pays. Finally, the overall cleaniness of the school is less than desireable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2008

The Principle and Staff of this establishment has a special gift for care about the future of their students. The Principle takes a special interet in every student indivually. I have two children that has attended, and I have no complaints.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2004

excellent school, lots of parental support, several extended day activities, awesome new gym, great teachers, young staff, great leadership just a wonderful experience for your kid.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 100% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 24%
Two or more races 0% 3%
White 0% 51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Drum line

Language learning

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
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Kevin Powers
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Fax 773-238-1049
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NAEYC
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (773) 238-1049

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Hybrid
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
  • Teacher-run
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Social justice
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • 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
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Boy scouts
  • Community service
  • Cub scouts
  • Dance club
  • Drum line
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Math club
  • 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
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$4000 - $5000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Queen of Peace High School
Seton Academy
Brother Rice
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9833 S Throop St
Chicago, IL 60643
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Phone: (773) 238-1088

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