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Alphonsus Academy & Center For The Arts

Private | PK-8 | 395 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 14, 2012

Our children are very very happy at this school. The teachers are wonderful and the parent community is amazing. They have small class sizes, very dedicated teachers and do a wonderful job differentiating with the students. I'm a little perplexed at the last comment. Do you have a child at the school? If not you should not be allowed to rate it based on someone's anecdote on a website. As a parent w a child at the school I cam assure you this school is amazing.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 29, 2011

We are starting our third year at AACA this fall. We could not be happier. The teachers are wonderful, the principal is extrememly involved and the community is very welcoming. My favorite aspects of the school - aside from the wonderful faculty - are 1. the arts-based curriculum and 2. the focus on crtical thinking rather than test-taking and grades. As far as the parent with the milk allergy, my understanding is that the allergy is extremely severe and that the school felt that they could not accomodate the student's life-threatening condition. It's unfortunate and frustrating for the parents but an understandable decision by the shool administration. My three children love the school and are recieving a top-notch education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 12, 2011

My daughter was accepted to St Alphonsus's kindergarten for the 2011-12 school year in March. In June my daughter was no longer welcome due to her milk allergy. We have been faithful parishioners for 8 years and this is how we were treated. Not only do we feel rejected by the school but also by our spiritual family. Is this what we should expect from our Catholic faith : to deny help to those in need. It has brought great sadness and disbelief to our family.We were eager to work with the school along with my daughters allergist to make it safe and non burdensome on the teachers. The conclusion: they have denied a sweet little girl of a beautiful Catholic education. Imagine how you would feel.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 12, 2011

This is our first year at Alphonsus Academy, and we are so impressed with the teachers, principal, faculty, parents, facilities and curriculum. The school administrators are extremely proactive, detailed, hands-on, warm, organized, buttoned up and caring. There is a strong focus on academics and the arts, and it is well balanced with a focus on community, fun, sharing, growing and just being a kid. The parents are very involved with the school, and it shows. The kids are happy and thriving. The after-school programs are second-to-none. It's no wonder it has become so competitive to get in. lphonsus has truly developed into one of Chicago's premier grade schools.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 1, 2011

The school and its policies are not focused on what is best for each individual child. My son was the youngest in his class and although he scored well on his IQ test he scored very low on attentional and focus tests - borderline ADD. Although his doctor, teacher and parents clearly identified these issues they would not allow us to hold him back for another year of preschool. The reason I got repeatedly was policy and something about preschool being their most popular program and wanting to keep kids moving along. his teacher? 5 stars, she was great. We were not asking for special attention, intervention or any changes in curriculum... just another year for his attention to mature- since he was so young compared to his peers and had such clear issues. This is not a school where differences in learning style, lags in attentional maturity or other issues are taken into account adequately and its definitely not the place if you suspect you may need to hold a child back a year. Kindergarten is getting more academic and putting a child into a learning environment hes not ready for is just setting him up for failure and dislike of learning.
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Posted October 12, 2010

AACA is a nurturing and organized environment, with a strong focus toward the academic curriculum and requirements needed for Chicago High Schools - both private and public. We recently transferred into the school and have been incredibly impressed with the immediate response from the faculty regarding any concerns, and the overall academic preparation. Go Rockets!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 12, 2010

Being new to the school two years ago, we are starting our third year at AACA. There is a true sense of community, family, and faith at AACA. I trust them with the education and well being of my child every day.
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Posted October 11, 2010

Alphonsus Academy has fantastic teachers, a great curriculum in a wonder environment. My children love AACA!
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Posted October 11, 2010

AACA has been a great school for my kids. The teachers truly care about educating and the developing the whole child.
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Posted October 11, 2010

I went to this school many years ago and have family that still go there and see how this school still cares.

Posted December 15, 2009

This is our second year here and the community really is amazing. The after school options are great as well and the school truly does care about each student. The integration of the Arts is well done and our daughter loves having different specials each day.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 31, 2008

This will be our second year at Alphonsus Academy. We're very happy with the staff, core curriculum and art, music, PE and religion aspects of the school. But perhaps the thing I like the most is the incredible sense of community at the school among the families.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 11, 2008

There is strong leadership at this school starting with the principal who is making top-notch upgrades and improvements in the curriculum. The arts integration is truly unique offering a well-balanced educational menu. Parental involvement is high which is a tremendous strength. The teachers seem very skilled at working with students' unique needs and personalities. For a city school, Alphonsus has a substantial campus with a newly renovated outdoor playground. The administrators, teachers, and parents all seem to have an exceptionally high level of commitment and dedication to this school's success - and making it into a first-rate, Catholic 'magnet school.'
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Posted June 2, 2004

Alphonsus provides a safe, nurturing environment for all children. The faculty and administration are highly professional and always put students first. As a parent, I feel very fortunate to be part of such a wonderful community.
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Posted May 26, 2004

Absolutely wonderful, caring, very warm and inviting. Level of education is challenging and very diverse, no child is left behind. Highly recommended.
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Posted September 9, 2003

St. Alphonsus school has a caring nuturing enviorment. The teachers really care about their students.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 86% 51%
Hispanic 6% 24%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 18%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Dr. M Stanton-Anderso
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1439 West Wellington Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
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