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St. Hilary School

Private | PK-8 | 225 students

Our school is best known for its nurturing environment and academic programs.

 
 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $100,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $980.

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5 stars

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Posted July 31, 2013

My child has been enrolled in the preschool for the past two years and will be starting kindergarten there in the fall. She has grown so much in the time she's been there. The teachers are very caring and supportive. The preschoolers even get instruction from St. Hilary's art, music, gym, computer and Spanish teachers. I really like the faith partners program where my child was paired up with a fifth-grader, and they worked on special projects and attended Wednesday Masses throughout the year. I have spoken to parents of recent graduates, and their children go on to attend some of the best high schools in the area and feel prepared when they get there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2012

This is our first year at St Hilary and am so excited to see my kids blossom. I tranferred my 6th and 1st graders from a private non-catholic school and am so happy I made this decision. The accelerated math and reading programs have strengthened my kids skills. My first grader is reading so well since starting here at St Hilary. My 6th grader is building confidence and has gotten the extra help in core subjects that he was not given at his last school. The faculty is great and give each student one on one and the children at this school are polite and have not seen any bullying whatsoever. Love the Principal Mr Neis who makes himself available to parents. I highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2010

Great school for my kids, respect is truly taught and academically it is challenging.
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Posted December 4, 2008

St. Hilary is a school that emphasizes the development of the student as a complete person. The motto at St. Hilary is 'Education for a beginning . . . Values for a lifetime,' and everyone at the school; faculty, staff and support, teach that idea at all times. Yes, the school is here to first and foremost as a place of education, but at equal level of importance is the desire to develop good people who will exceed at all levels of life.
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Posted October 1, 2008

Now that there is a new principal whose focus is on education and has implemented the full Catholic School curriculum, this school has greatly improved. The former principal did not fully implement the full Catholic School Curriculum, issued a mandate that no teacher was to give homework on Fridays and no tests on Mondays, in order to allow students to go away for the weekend, play sports, etc...he believed in freedom of expression, light discipline which resulted in many styles of dress. With the new principal, uniforms have become standard, technology in learning has been put to the fore front, homework before sports and family barbeques and the music and art programs have been reinstated on a weekly basis. The pastor of this school is very hands on and truly believes in the mission of the Catholic Schools.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 55% 60%
Asian 25% N/A
Hispanic 17% 16%
Black 3% 20%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
PE instructor(s)
Music teacher(s)
Math specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Art teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
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

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

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

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
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
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Kathleen Donovan
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • 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
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (773) 561-6409

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Core knowledge
  • Individually guided instruction
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Spanish
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

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(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)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Boy scouts
  • Cub scouts
  • Girl scouts
  • Math club
  • National Geographic Geography
  • Robotics club
  • Rocket Club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$5000 - $6000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Ignatius
Jones
Loyola Academy
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5614 North Fairfield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60659
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Phone: (773) 561-5885

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