St. Ben's is a gem of a school. My children have attended from pre-school through 2nd grade. The small class size allows the teachers to really focus on academic excellence. The connection with DePaul University is not only beneficial to the school, but is the cutting edge of progressive and excellent education. Imagine university professors working hand in hand with the elementary school faculty, student teachers in the classroom, all working to create an interesting, innovative and excellent learning environment. The DePaul partnership is in place from pre-school through the elementary and high school. The principal is fantastic. The sense of community is best described as a small town in the big city -- all are truly concerned with your child's well being. We are very happy with the school.
My daughter actually attended the preschool & loves it. They offer (for additional fees) computer classes & language classes are apparently coming soon. The room rep Mom program needs better organization/guidelines & more parent involvement in the classroom would be great (parents really aren't needed or asked to join/help unless there is a party or one of the monthly teacher appreciation breakfasts). There is a good core curriculm, however my daughter has learned more (her letters/numbers/basic spelling/addition) at home. Over all though it is a good, safe, caring enviornment.
The preschool has a great program. My son learned so much. I was amazed everyday at content. Preschool is great and flexible for working parents needs.
My two children have been at St. bens for four years and I have seen the school go thru many changes. The school is a definite school for consideration. The Principal as made huge strides in the few years she has been at the school.
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