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St. Juliana School

Private | PK-8 | 502 students

 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $255,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,010.

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Posted May 6, 2014

St. Juliana is an excellent catholic educational institution with phenomenal leadership in the administration that provides an inclusive, faith based approach to learning. The strong St. Juliana community rallies around providing the students the best experience possible through fundraising and extra-curricular programs. The parish priests are a very strong positive influence on the kids and are very involved in the sacraments and daily learning activities within the school. St. Juliana's focus on common core standards, technology, individual learning plans, and faculty training ensure the school stays ahead on academic performance. I have had four kids attend St. Juliana and my wife and I also attended St. Juliana and believe strongly in the value of the investment we're making in the future of our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2014

If you are looking for a strong, faith-filled grammar school for your children's education, I recommend St. Juliana Catholic school. We have 1 son still attending and 2 have graduated. Our sons who graduated were well prepared for high school and got into the college of their choice. The school continues to improve its standards led by a new principal who embraces change. Keeping up with technology, retaining the best teachers, listening to parent's the consumers along with managing higher costs is a challenge for any business. SJS excels at this task while building our children's foundation. I believe that it is important to Invest in our children's education which is a sacrifice we make every day but it is priceless.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

As an alumni and parent of a student of St.Juliana, I have always enjoyed the sense of family that the school represents. Not only the great education that my daughter is receiving, The teachers are great. These teachers are that, they want to teach. That shows in respect that is they did not go for the money, they are in it to teach. The principal has taken a school that was behind in technology and is implementing great programs so the student and parents can view all aspects of a great education. Sincerely Bob Grotthuss
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

St. Juliana has an awesome early childhood education program. I have a child in preschool and she is thriving and loving school. It's so great to know your child is in such a wonderful environment where everyone, from the teachers to the parents to other children in the school, genuinely care about my daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

St. Juliana is an excellent school in a wonderful community. The school, parish, and community really work together to make school a great experience for all children. Their mission is to create a school where children can learn, grow, thrive and be ready for their future. I believe they are succeeding in doing this. We have great parent involvement which only enhances the success of our school. I truly believe that my children will be fully prepared for high school because of the education at St. Juliana School. I couldn't be happier with the leadership and teachers at St. Juliana School. They are the core of the school and they truly care about St. Juliana.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

St. Juliana is a great place for my children to learn not only academics, but also about becoming a good person and a person of faith. The parent and family involvement is phenomenal making for a great community to be involved with. Our new principal, Mrs. McDermott, truly cares about making our school better and this is reflected in all the faculty and staff as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

This school has an awesome Fine Arts department. They have the best performances. I'm amazed at how many talented children go to this school. They are better then some high school performances.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

A great school that puts education first but still has many extra curricular activities. The teachers are fantastic, enthusiastic and easily accessible to parents. Our new principle and vice principle are educationally progressive and available. Everyone at the school does a great job of balancing working with the students and the parents in order to achieve the goals. It's great to know my kids are getting a great education and that they are being raised in a small community within a big city.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

Our school is awesome!! I am a parent of a second grader, a fourth grader and an eighth grader. We have teachers that come in early or stay late to help our students to make sure they understand the material. The teachers make learning enjoyable and exciting. The new Principal is shaking things up for the better. Older kids are getting taught more technology and being given a chance to experiment on some safe websites. The parents are great - always willing to help out or donate their time for the sake of the kids.The school encourages parents to be active in their child's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

Saint Juliana is unique because of what it means to the community. The families that attend St. Juliana are by no means rich but make incredible sacrifices to ensure their kids are given an opportunity to learn in a environment where everybody is responsible for the success of students. Parents, teachers and students all work towards not just educating students on the basics, rather the focus is on creating a well-rounded, selfless students that are well equipped to handle all of life's challenges. Several students are second and third generation and teachers spend their entire careers there. So many families give so much to make this an incredible school. Volunteers coach sports, teach art and put on an incredible play every year. So it is not just one thing that makes this school great, it is everything and everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2013

St Juliana School is an outstanding school in one of the best neighborhoods in Chicago. The new Principal has done a great job of stepping in to her new role and making changes that have been well excepted by the students and parents. My oldest daughter is in the 6th grade and my youngest is in the 2nd grade. They are receiving an excellent education in a safe environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2013

I was a SJS parent for 17 years; my youngest just graduated. All in all it was a great experience, with a few little bumps. Nothing you won't experience in any school, public or private. The teachers are experienced and dedicated, although some are a bit stagnant. The administration grew to be weak and/or invisible, but I understand that there is a new, energetic principal and the buzz is overwhelmingly positive. While physical education instruction during the school day was lame, organized sports nevertheless ruled here and a child who didn't play, or play well - especially basketball - might find him/herself marginalized. The Fine Arts program has been an exceptionally successful alternative for kids, both onstage and behind the scenes, and the new leadership should continue to support and grow extracurricular opportunities beyond sports. The missing 5th star: An office staff member who is indescribably rude, to a degree that would NEVER be tolerated in any business or retail environment. Why it's allowed to continue in a Christian organization is incomprehensible; Parents, teachers and students are ALL subjected to her rudeness so don't take it personally, sad to say.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2013

The school has a new principal and has invigorated the community with her enthusiasm. Their new reading program, Superkids, has already made an impact on teaches and their curriculum. Make sure to see if your school has the program, as it is a great addition to have. Lots of parent opportunities to become involved and friendly staff. Our family has thoroughly enjoyed their experience with Saint Juliana School!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2011

My children have been going here for quite a few years, and I am constantly amazed at the lack of Christian attitude at this Catholics/Christian school. There is absolutely no customer service,and parents are treated as a problem rather than a customer. I hope they change their attitudes soon and realize there is more to life than how great St. Juliana's was....they should be worried about what St. Juliana IS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2011

I'm in Eight Grade there now. This school is great up until Junior High, the warm feeling of being in st. juliana is great. The Extracurricular Activities are great. But when you get into Junior High, FORGET ABOUT IT! The sexist (against boys!) teachers in Junior High are ridiculous! If anyone says anything about girls they get a 15 minute-long lecture about sexism and how it's wrong to say anything about girls but if they say something about boys that's okay! I hate Junior High at St. Juliana. Almost everyday, I get in trouble for saying something to a girl, like how they wear uggs just to show off or something, then get a detention for it?!?!?!?!! Then, the girls get a lecture about how they shouldn't let men control them. And, the teachers in Junior High are extremely strict, if you don't do one problem on an assignment you have to stay for a half an hour after school!!! And the Junior High teachers MAKE JUDGEMENTS IN THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR that jeopardize your grade for the rest of the year! If you are the joker or the cool kid, you get ripped on by teachers nonstop until the end of the year!


Posted January 22, 2010

I think St Juliana needs to change their reading program. Speaking from experience with my son, it did not foster a love of reading in him nor did it help his reading and comprehension skills. I remember taking him to the library to pick out a book that was on the required reading list so he could take a computer test to grade his reading skills. They had to reach a number of points from these child/computer tests to get a grade in reading. He was in one area of the library looking at books that interest him and I was pulling him to the section where the school book list was so he could make the requirements. I think that he would have benefitted much more if he could have picked out a book that he liked and written a book report on it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2010

my kids are in 8th grade and have been at julianas since 5th grade the education is the best on the north side and the principal and teachers are the best my kids enjoy going to school every day when i drop them off in the morning i know they are in good hands
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2008

my kids are in 7th grade and love their school and friends , education is the best in the area,the kids are responsible for all there actions and my kids are happy every day unlike there old school what a difference, many parents help out with everything and I think they and the school board are doing very well along with the front office
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2008

Usually, I benefitted from this system of grading as I was well-respected by teachers, but I feel the system was unfair. It taught me that I could through high school by impressing my teachers early on and skimping on work later. And I had many friends who did not benefit from this grading system and went the rest of their high school careers believing that they would always be C students no matter how much effort they put in and, thus, often just settled for C's. However, this school did have some things going for it. Service opportunities here are great, especially once you enter junior high, if you choose to take advantage of them. Some teachers were brilliant instructors and I still hold them close to my heart. There are several very motivating and inspiring scholarships, too, in junior high, like the Katie Gavin Award.
—Submitted by a student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 92% 51%
Hispanic 6% 24%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Black 0% 18%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
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  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 2:50 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Katrina McDermott
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (773) 631-1125

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Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Science lab
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  • Archdiocese of Chicago
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
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  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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7400 W Touhy Ave
Chicago, IL 60631
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