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St John Berchmans School

Private | PK-8 | 205 students

 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $292,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,000.

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Posted August 10, 2014

This School has its pros and cons.Starting with Pros, the Principal and administration are good and they do their best for the students. Most of the Teachers are really good, My sons Kindergarten teachers were Mrs Jean Rocio and Mrs Valvidia, they were excellent with my son.My younger sons teacher in Preschool Ms Maura was really good and patient with my son.Overall, SJB is a great environment for kids with mostly caring hardworking Teachers.On to the Cons, the Gym is a detached building from the Main school and so the kids have to walk back and forth the main school building with two or one teacher in some cases which could be a security issue.There is No Parking Space attached to the School so Street parking can be a challenge when picking up/dropping off kids.The school is predominantly made up of Hispanic and White families so l think it helps if you were either to feel a sense of belonging there.Other than a few negatives,it's a cute little neighborhood school and we loved being so close to it when we lived there. l appreciate the time we spent with the school but l'm much happier now that we have moved our kids to another school with an Excellent Educational program.
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Posted December 2, 2013

I love this school. More importantly my daughter loves this school. The teachers and staff are incredible. Parents are very involved and the teachers and staff are always accessible. The education my daughter is receiving is top notch. I will highly recommend this school and my daughter will stay here through 8th grade.
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Posted October 30, 2013

The kindergarten team at SJB is top notch! My child is really excelling with the curriculum. It's challenging and engaging. The community of parents are very welcoming and we feel like we are part of a school family. I love the designated teachers for art, music, Spanish, computers and gym. In this high-tech world I appreciate integration of technology in every classroom (promethium boards & iPads). Overall we are very pleased with our choice and our plan is to stay with SJB through 8th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2013

I have 3 children at SJB and we couldn't be happier! We are more than invested in the school and my kids are being challenged daily. The teachers and staff are great. The parents are very involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2013

I have 3 children at St. John Berchmans School in Logan Square and I can honestly say it is the greatest school. The Teachers and Staff are so dedicated and make it a point to know all the children and their families. My oldest son was given the opportunity to attend another school which he did for a year and a half, then we brought him back to St. John Berchmans. He is so happy to be back at SJB, It is a safe and nurturing environment. The entire school body is a community, and looks out for every other child and family. I also know that programs like language, gym, art and recess will not be cut out of my child's day due to budget cuts. The curriculum is outstanding I am so thrilled with what my children are learning at at the level that they are learning. They are challanged and really engaged in their studies. The communication from the teachers is consistent and reliable I feel that I always know what they are learning in the classroom and what I should focus on at home. The administration has an open door policy, and the opinions of parents are valued. I am so proud to be a St. John Berchmans Parent.
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Posted October 18, 2013

St. John's is an anchor in the community and a wonderful place for children to learn, grow and develop their faith. I am proud to be a part of this organization.


Posted June 21, 2013

Opinion: poorly run and disorganized - the leadership capabilities are very questionable. We had deep concerns about safety. Our child no longer attends this school.
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Posted May 20, 2013

The teachers are excellent, but like the first reviewer stated the principal in my opinion is not very caring. True the children learn at a accelerated rate, the teachers are caring and very good with the children. The principal is all about the money sorry to say but that is the observation from other parents as well.
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Posted July 22, 2012

The teachers are doing a good job, but I don't know if that will continue without the nun who will no longer be part of the school. I think there is a leadership problem. The principal or head of school seems to only talk loud and do very little to increase the academic environment. It has been five plus years and she is still one of two unqualified school administrators in the Archdiocese. She has a lot of energy and a personal friendship with the priest. I do not question her Roman Catholic faith. I think she does not have the experience or credentials to run a school. The Terra Nova test scores are below 70% and that is not acceptable. The children deserve better leadership. If the teachers must be certified, then so should the "head of school" who makes promises, but just doesn't deliver.
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Posted May 8, 2012

Not a very strong education base and not very well organized. The teachers are nice, but a ton of disorganization creates a feeling of anonymity.
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Posted September 29, 2010

I love St . John Berchmans it has a cozy warm feeling in the hallways and the dedicated teachers who seem to enjoy teaching young and sometimes restless minds . There is a sense of respect for the multicultural school it is since it it is in a mostly working class neighborhood of Hispanic families . The principal Mrs . Roketenetz is an energetic cheerful woman who seems to remember what it is like to be young and all that entails . Rev . Wayne Watts is a happy role model of what it is to be a pastor to a large flock . With learning there has to be discipline and respect for your fellow students and the children in my daughters 6th grade class seem to really like each other . The curriculum is well rounded with art and science every week . The school has two campuses both kept neat and tidy . They have a very organized way of keeping parents aware of events and fundraising . My husband and I are very happy and grateful for this school .
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Posted June 5, 2010

Couldn't be happier. Not just a school but a true community, great kids, great staff, great teachers, great parents, great parish, love it! My son will be in his fourth year in the fall!
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Posted May 13, 2010

We think the Head of SJB is the best, most creative school leader around.
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Posted May 13, 2010

I went to grammer school there(first through eigth) Got a great education and thought most of my teachers were excellent
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Posted May 12, 2010

SJB is a wonderful school for all children. My son has exceled in reading and math in just one year. The staff is friendly and always supportive of each families needs!
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Posted May 12, 2010

Thank you for all the help that you are giving my child!
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Posted May 12, 2010

I know many children that attend this school. The children are smart, well mannered, and spiritual. The school is very family oriented. Those are extremely great qualities that one looks for when looking for a good and great school. St.John Berchmans is that school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2010

In the neighborhood. Great families. Great faculty. Great kids.
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Posted May 11, 2010

I can walk there. I know a lot of the families. The staff have been extremely flexible and accommodating!
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Posted May 7, 2010

It has been a wonderful place for my family to grow in. The staff is great. This will be her last year, but we are not leaving the church or community.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 51% 24%
White 28% 51%
Two or more races 18% 3%
Black 2% 18%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Polk Brothers Leadership Award (2008)
  • Polk Brothers Leadership Award (2009)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00am
School end time
  • 3:00pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Margaret Roketenetz
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Fax number
  • (773) 486-1782

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Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish

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Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Library
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Archdiocese of Chicago
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
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2511 West Logan Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60647
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