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PK-8
Private
Chicago, IL
Students enrolled: 122
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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2200 West Rice Street
Chicago, IL 60622

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(773) 384-7243
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Map of St Nicholas Cathedral address.

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July 21, 2014
I use to go to this school. (As a Student) (2008-2011) (Under the last principle). I must admit that it was fun to go to this school. I liked going to church every Friday and playing with friends.. I dislike the colors that they did infront of the school now .. The Lunch there wasnt the best ( I dont know about now) .. Recess wasnt fun because we didnt have a playground, all we did was run around on the streets.. The P.A teacher wasn't the best. My Parents had to pay A LOT of money each month for my education and I didnt learn anything from the teachers.. (I again there might be different teachers now)..

- submitted by a community member
April 06, 2014
My child attends St. Nicholas and we ve seen many improvements this past year. Beyond the external changes that have revitalized the look of the school, they ve made internal changes, as well. The principal has an open door policy, holds a weekly meeting with parents and works with the parent ambassadors. The faculty and staff are engaged and focused on their students. Ms. Talaber, the 7th grade teacher, was just announced as a Golden Apple finalist. We re elated she's teaching the upper grades in science and math. Ms. Shay Shavocchi, our 1st grade teacher, won the Chicago Heroes of the Classroom award in 2013. We congratulate both of them. The afterschool tutoring for the students, the free toddler time for neighborhood families, a new drama club, and the school performances in multiple languages including Spanish are refreshing! I know that my child had benefited from attending this school, not only for her academic achievements (which had to be earned) but for the religious and leadership education, as well.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2014
This school has lost its focus this year. They were a great school up until this year. Last year they had a lot of great things and had a few great parents that worked their butts off to make it work. Now I don't see anything good in this school. They only offer one sport for the kids after school, and most other Catholic Schools have a lot of great sports. Only a few parents step up and help with this school and one who was very active is not even here anymore. I don't know if his family moved away but he was always trying to make money for the school. They had a car raffle last year were selling tickets for Bulls games, and this year they don't have anything. The parents are to blame for the reason this school is in such bad shape. We never know what is going on with this school. Now they are wanting to put us in a old building and rent out the new building to another school. Shame on all those people who attended this school and not giving back to the place that gave them a great education. I would think they would call up the former students and ask for donations but they don't. I know because I am former student and my kid goes their now. We are pulling out of here

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2014
I am a parent of a Pre-K student who started at the school this year. The staff is very caring and everyone has been very open, friendly and welcoming. There is a good focus on academics - my child does worksheets and art projects - and has improved at writing. St. Nicholas is reasonably priced, has an after school program, small class sizes, caring teachers and aides, well disciplined kids, quiet classrooms, a sense of community - what more can you ask for? I feel that my child is in good hands.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2014
I went to visit the school because I am looking for one for my son and the service was excellent!!! I had the opportunity to talk with some students and they are happy about the school!! I also had a conversation with a new parent from pre k and she said she is too happy with the way her daughter is developing. I have no doubt; I will bring my son to the school. By the way, I LOVE the color they have and the principal s office is OPEN to parents and students always. Here we go!

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2014
Great school! Great teachers! Great parents! I don t know if this school did wrong in the past but as a new parent I recommend other parents to give their child the chance on being well educated in this catholic school. Thank you to the teachers and the new administration!

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2014
This school used to be very good. All that remains now are small size classes and safety. If you expect getting decent education, be prepared to become frustrated by grade 6, and realize that your kid needs a tutor to keep up her/his grades in acceptable range. You might realize as well that your chils loses confidence and motivation since no matter how hard she/he works, grades are not likely to go up, but surely will go down. Bad semester grades in 6-8th grade students in school where the biggest classes is 13-14 students and smalles 7-8 students speak for themselves: it is highly unlikely that such a small group of students can't learn - it is more likely that teachers can't teach. Sure enough, if teacher explains new material for 5 minutes in the beginning of class, then gives assignment and plays with her phone or computer until the bell rings (from numerous observations of students of various grades throughout the years), what can be expected. Therefore, if you would like your child to get good education, look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2014
As a parent, I highly recommend St Nicholas Cathedral School. It is one of the most affordable Catholic schools in the area. The teachers are very professional; they motivate students to learn and be better every day. Discipline is something that many parents confused, educating with discipline is no abuse, and it is a right way to prepare them for their future. My son has being in St Nicks since pre K3. Now he is in Kindergarten and I am amazed of how fast he has learned! He loves math, since and reading/writing; he loves the school and his teacher; he loves doing his homework too, he is always talking about the things he is learning. I love the way he prays for all his classmates. As parents, we feel part of a big family where we can say this is our school. We are also invited to be a parent ambassador where we volunteer if we are able, we give ideas, opinions, and we are informed about school news. They have financial aid for these families that qualifies. We are too happy to do this investment for the better of our son s future.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2014
One of the best Catholics schools in the area. Reasonable tuition. Principal is committed to bring high quality education for students as well as the teachers are. Teachers: very professional and dedicated, devoted to educate students, always looking for different and fun ways to teach. Students in all levels are very happy. The colorful new look of the school is the reflection of the open, new and fresh relationship between new administration, parents, students and teacher, in fact, all of us were part of this transformation. If you want to know about the school, you are very welcome to be present in one of the every Monday s assembly and talk to the principal or one of us (parents) about the school. All parents in St Nicholas are happy with the school, otherwise we wouldn t have our kids here. So watch out for the bad reviews, they may not be parent!! ST NICKS ONE OF THE BEST CATHOLICS SCHOOLS IN THE AREA!

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2014
Nobody is perfect and there is no perfect school. St. Nickolas is safe and the discipline is established. But that is all. In the upper grades half of the students are getting "D" in Math. The new principal's accomplishments are purple, blue, yellow,and lime walls all over the school. Many parents from the lower grades were so upset with the new management that they called the meeting and protested against the improvements. The "P" grade was secretly introduced, and nobody told parents in advance about the changes.The principal claims that school is moving towards the excellence in education. I believe, that "P" represents only 50 % which obviously is not an excellence. If you are looking for the colorful walls, don't mind "P" and agree on "D" - You are welcome

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2014
This school meets all the needs that we require from a parochial institution. We chose St. Nicholas for the following reasons: 1. The teachers are very highly dedicated; 2. Excellent track record in placing students with top-ranked public and private Chicago schools; 3. Smaller class size allows for more teacher/student interaction; 4. Active parental participation; 5. Commitment to Catholic and Christian values; 6. Extremely reasonable tuition rates, in fact, probably too low given the quality of the education; 7. Competitive sports programs (e.g., girl's volleyball). While the school is not "perfect" and could use improvements in select areas, we see continued efforts by the newly appointed principal and administration to further create even a stronger learning environment. We have no regrets to sending our child to this school and unequivocally recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2014
St. Nicholas School has been wonderful to my children! The teachers are highly qualified, passionate about what they do, and dedicated to the learning of each child. There have been some really great changes this year focusing on strengthening an already solid academic program. Our new principal, Dr. Susan Kurland is amazing!

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2014
School is really great! Safe and friendly environment. I was surprised to see negative comments. Teachers are great and kids are in a good care. New principal is doing an excellent work! My kids love school very much though they have a lot of homework. I look forward to new language classes. Kids behave always very well. One priest told me once that he can see the difference between behavior of kids from public school and our school. Its not easy for our family to pay tuition but we never considered other option. May be this school need some improvement in certain fields but nobody can find the absolutely perfect place to study for their kids in Chicago. I highly recommend this school to all parents!

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2014
Very easy to recommend...St. Nicholas School is the best value in town, without any doubt. The proof? My child is now attending the #1 ranked high school in the City and received top test scores. The smaller class size has helped my child get more attention from VERY caring teachers. The children also get along very well and stay friends after leaving the school. The location is convenient. Strengths of the school include language, reading, writing, math and teachers' personal attention to the students. Also, having a Catholic education was paramount to our choosing the school. I can easily give the school a five star rating and have another child attending the school today as further proof of our satisfaction. God bless the teachers, parents and children. Thank you!

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2012
stay away from this school, whey gona treat ur kid by who u are, the favorites are choosen for sure, ask urself why is only 120kids in such a good school?

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2011
I went to St. Nicholas Cathedral School for 8 years, and there are bad and good things about this school. Good: it is small, uniforms, practice of religion, and learning of different languages. Bad: teachers do not find a good connection with the students, preparation to high school was not that good, favorites are chosen, not extra curriculum activities such as sports, band, clubs, the "physical education" is NOT physical education, when I got to high school it was very difficult the first year. Before you send your child here, see to it that you really like it.

- submitted by a community member
April 26, 2010
Great school. I am very happy the progress of my daughter has done in this school. She looks forward to going back to school each day.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
The St. Nicholas family is truly unique. We are a small yet very successful Catholic school that is showing so much progress and is trying to enhance the opportunities for the students. A new Summer program is to start in 2010, the school is working with the community and the Environmental Protection Agency to build its Green Initiative to make sure the school and environment is healthy and safe. Please visit the website for more success stories about the stides that are being made every day.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2010
I urge parents to check out the St. Nicholas website. So many new and exciting initiatives are being implemented to give our children an well rounded education. Besides a rigorus academic program, an amazing volleyball program, NAEYC accredited Early Education Program, New upcoming Summer program and a unique opportunity for a cultral experiance for your children, St. Nicholas is a healthy and safe school. The schools administration, parents and students are working toward making St. Nicholas 'Green'.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 02, 2010
This is a great school! The Ukrainian language is not the star. The star is the curiculum and the results. These kids all get into the best area high schools. And this is a great financial deal. Five Stars!

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2009
great school, great teacher to pupil ratio, best c hance of getting into a good high school.

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 04, 2009
It is a good Ukrinian School and there are so few of them left, it must be helped to continue educating and preserving Ukrainian heritage.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
It's a wonderful neighborhood school that endeavors to educate its students for the modern world while helping them appreciate their Ukrainian heritage.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2009
It is great place for my child. They learn Ukrainian and English.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2009
I am an alumnus of the school and apprecite the excellent catholic education

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 01, 2009
Great neighborhood Ukrainian Catholic grade school where a rare, high-quality (especially in these times) level of education is still maintained and required for all graduates.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 01, 2009
Prepared me for high school.Fantastic memories.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2009
St. Nicholas is a great place because it is like being a part of a big family. The small class sizes provide for individualized learning and opportunities for activities that can not be done with larger classes.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 30, 2009
St. Nicholas provided a well rounded education to me when I was a student and I find it commendable that they continue to maintain and excel at the educational standards.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
Small Classes, High Intellectual Development, Personal Attention, Safe Environment, Welcoming Atmosphere...

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
The school offers a great combination of good teachers, small classes and personal attention to each student.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 29, 2009
Small school atmosphere,where ideas are born and great things happen.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 29, 2009
The school has a long history and tradition of educating and motivating its students to be productive members of the community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
Great moral values, solid education, dedicated pricipal and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
Provides a learning atmosphere, fosters courtesy and discipline and offers an outstanding curriculum to childeren in the community!

- submitted by a community member
October 29, 2009
I love St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic School because of its special spirit. Also this school is very cosy and positive.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2009
I am an eight grader in St. Nicholas Cathedral School and I love it here! St. Nicholas School has prepared me for my life ahead and I will never forget the amazing friends I made, the great teachers I got to know, and the memories.

- submitted by a student
October 28, 2009
As a former student, former parent of three graduates and as a grandfather of a student currently attending, I am very proud of St. Nicholas School. I have been volunteering as the girls volleyball coach for about 10 years and can attest to the fact that there are wonderful and nurturing teachers and staff that maintain discipline. There is a wonderful school and team spirit! We have very talented children that are dedicated and hard working. Go Angels!

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 28, 2009
St Nicholas provides an excellent education to students as graduates get into their top choices for HS and/or college. Smaller class sizes allows for individual attention for your child. Even in Pre-K, all teachers and staff knew my child and watched over her. A fantastic education and a deadication to learning. I am not Ukrainian but still felt welcome and included.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 28, 2009
I love this school. You get such great support and attention.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 21, 2009
My daughter is a third generation student at St. Nicholas. My husband and I have made many sacrifies to stay in the neighborhood so that our children could attend this school. The teachers are a mix of new teachers with fresh ideas, along with veterans that taugh me when I was a student there and taugh me lessons that I still remember twenty years later. I feel that much has changed for the better since I attended, and there is a great effort on the part of the parents, teachers and School Board to provide more opportunities for our children to excel in this competitive society. Because enrollment is very small there is a chance for students to get individual attention from the teachers. They learn discipline and respect and show it with good sportsmanship at volleyball tournaments. Compared to other catholic elementary schools, St. Nicholas is very reasonable.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2009
I agree they do ONLY take care of the Ukrainain students if you don't speak the language your child will be treated differently.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2009
I attended St. Nicholas for one year and it was one of the worst educational years of my academic career.The school seemed respectable from a brief visit however attending the school was a different matter.The teachers ranged from unqualified to uninterested.After attending the school I felt completley unprepared for high school and fell behind my freshman year because of the lack of teaching at the school.The ammount of homework was ridiculous.There was a strong emphasis on being Ukrainain and students who did not speak the language were treated at a poorer standard.The religious studies program seemed unethical at times because of the unopeness to other beliefs and discrimination to other cultures and religions. In addition the school was uncomfortable during the winter months so students were forced to wear coats and gloves in the classroom because the rooms were not properly heated. Do not send your child here.

- submitted by a community member
March 19, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2007
The school is underfunded and has little to offer to a gifted child. There are almost no extracurricular activiites and students who are not 100% Ukrainian are treated differently. New teachers rarely stay more than a year. Expect excessive homework evenings and weekends and inconsistent grading standards. The afterschool program is overcrowded & understaffed.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2005
The School is was too expenive. My child didn't like the school at all. The teachers may have children in school, or other connections with the other students.Those kids were the ones getting the main part in plays and other school projects. I do not recomend this school.

- submitted by a former student
August 29, 2005
My daughter is third generation attending this school which is celebrating 70 years of excellence in education. Strengths are in Science (Illinois Jr. Academy of Science and member of the NCEA). They focus on developing the child and promoting / promting their best efforts. They provide a solid educational program whereas the majority of graduates are accepted at the finest highschools in the area. The student: teacher ratio is 15, thus maintaining and building on a strong one-one relationship with students. They greatly benefit from the solid academic program and they consistently achieve excellent scores on national achievement tests. They actively encourage students to support community by participating in community events and projects. The Varsity and Jr. Varsity girl volleyball teams - Angels - continue to place 2nd in their divisions! Privately owned by the community parishes and are accredited by the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago and State of Illinois Education Department.

- submitted by a former student
August 29, 2005
I read the review from the recent graduate. I am a parent who pays the tuition for a one child currently enrolled, the tuition is very minimal compared to some of the private schools out there. The homework is not too much. It is required of all students and slackers should not complain. Graduates attend the top schools in Chicago and the burbs, thanks to the attention and dedication of our teachers. They are the best!

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2004
For the price and the religious belief, it is a great School. It is primarily Ukrainian immigrants who attend but not all children are of the Ukrainian ethic background. It is becoming very diversified. Small classes for each grade which gives more one on one individual attention, from Pre-K through 8th. They do not have any after school sport activities except for a Girls Volleyball team but that is only because there is no one to coach the sports for the different grades. They have a FSA (PTA) Family-School Association board where the certain parents participate on but there is a lack of parent involvement on other projects, fundraisers etc...it is always the same parents doing the same volunteers duties. Very easy to get involved with the school and activites, if your a parent and want to get involved this is the school!

- submitted by a parent
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St Nicholas Cathedral
2200 West Rice Street, Chicago, IL  60622
(773) 384-7243
Last modified St Nicholas Cathedral is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St Nicholas Cathedral Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 52 reviews. Top