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Our Lady Of Mount Carmel Academy

Private | PK-8 | 247 students


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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $391,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,180.

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Posted February 1, 2013

Superb academics, built by a great relationship between principal and teachers to implement best educational practices. Loving community, with active parents who support each other and the school. Prekindergarten program is based on best research on how to build cognitive skills. No school in Lakeview can touch OLMCA in terms of high school placement.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 21, 2011

After sending my child to other schools (both private & public), we chose MCA because... (1) Academic Strength 80% of the MCA graduates of 2011 were accepted to selective enrollment high schools like Water Payton, Northside College Prep, St. Ignatias, Loyola...and more. (2) Small Class Size Children get more personalized attention. Teachers understand my child better as an individual. My child won't be forgotten. (3) Diverstity MCA family represents 30+ different cultural/ethnic backgrounds and the diversity is celebrated by a school-wide event like the annual Cultural Fair. (4) MCA community The administration team knows your child and all of us as a family (...which didn't happen in the previous school). PTA is very welcoming, too.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 8, 2011

My kids attended the preschool and had a terrible experience. The teacher was completely overhwhelmed with the large class size. The parent group is very committed to improving the image of the school and works hard to get parents to write good reviews on sites like this one. However, all the hype in the world won't make up for the fact that the school is very second-rate in almost every way. If you have a chance to send your child to a better school, do it!
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Posted June 13, 2011

This school is wonderful and so supportive. I have twins with very different learning abilities and style and they both are thriving and happy. The community is so normal and committed to the children. My older child is scoring in the high 90s on the standardized tests and loves going to school everyday. Mount Carmel puts out a great product despite the fact that they are not a select school.
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Posted January 28, 2011

This is our first year at MCA and we love it. The teachers wonderful, the principal is very active, involved and visible in the school - in fact we see him outside every morning greeting the kids. After spending two years in CPS, we are so happy to have found this fantastic school for our family. Highly recommend coming in and checking it out.
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Posted July 31, 2010

My child has been to a other schools and this past year was our first year at MCA. The community was welcoming and warm. The teachers nad staff truly care about the success of each student. The other parents encourage involvement in the school and this creates a strong community. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 13, 2010

We have 2 boys and are very particular about academics, extra-curriculars, moral growth and integrity and community. We have been very happy with our experience in this school. We have tried to move to the suburbs but have realized that this is where our children belong and this is where they have thrive and hopefully,continue to do so. The Administration, Parent Association and Board are very receptive to comments and suggestions which we think is key in the continued progress of this wonderful school.
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Posted March 29, 2010

The teacher's in the middle school are truly wonderful.the major draw back of this school is that it is very 'clubby' with a small group of parent's acting as if they own the school. The vice principal does not feed into this, but the principal most definately does, and seems far more interested in making moiney for the school than anything else. It really is quite ashame that some very nice families are alienated by these over involved helicopter parents. If you are a helicopter parent then you will be very happy; if not, than you may be shunned and made to feel like an outsider. The parent cabal is alive and well here!
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Posted March 12, 2010

We could not be happier at this school, our son is thriving. Academically rigorous, excellent faculty and administrators, strong social values and a commitment to volunteerism, cutlurally diversere...I could go on and on, this is a gem of a school and we're so lucky to be here!
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Posted February 22, 2010

My kids attended this school and had a horrible experience! I pulled them out after only 3 months - a total disaster and not at all what the parent groups had sold me on. Don't believe the hype and fall for the school's polished exterior. My son still has nightmares about this school!
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Posted May 14, 2009

My son, who is in the seventh grade, has been to several different schools around the country, and by far this has been the best! We have spent a great deal of money on more expensive schools, but my son has recieved a far superior and well- rounded education at Mount Carmel Academy. Not only do I feel confident that my son is getting his needs met academically, but that he is also being assited in growing emotionally, socially, and spiritually. I highly recommend this school .
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 12, 2009

An outstanding school. The faculty really cares for the kids. My 3 year old can't wait to go to school each day. It really feels like family.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 15, 2006

This is a great school. The teachers are very dedicated and involved. The academics is challenging and rewarding. There are many teachers who seem to love their job. Parents are very involved at this school and there are a lot of family activities.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 15, 2005

I have three children at Mt.Carmel. My twin sons will graduate this June 3rd, 2005. They were both accepted to Loyola Academy, a Catholic college prep high school, and Jones College Prep, a Chicago public school in the highly competive magnet program. My 4th grade daughter has made many friends and enjoys her violin lessons and spanish club, both are activies that take place at the school. Check out the web site for more details. Great teachers. Great kids. Great school.
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Posted November 13, 2004

I think this school is really good! all the teachers her try to teach there children only whats right. all the teachers a mount carmel academy work to gether to make sure all the children who go to this have a bright and succsesfully life!
—Submitted by a former student

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 67% 51%
Two or more races 15% 3%
Hispanic 9% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 4%
Black 3% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Shane P Staszcuk
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720 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
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