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St Cajetan Elementary School

Private | PK-8 | 359 students

 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $185,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $900.

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Posted July 30, 2014

It is by far the worst school. I have two children that attend St. Cajetan. My eldest who used to love going to school here.. but after the past two years, with other children bullying, teachers not doing anything about it and pushing it off. The lack of supervision of the lunch monitors, the overall assistance from the higher up staff, aka principal is deplorable. The majority of the parents remind me of high school cliques and snub their nose at you if you aren't in the 'in crowd" There are a few teachers here that are just outstanding, but the school, for new and upcoming "cheaper" alternatives take them out and/or forcefully retire them. The school needs to take the bad accredited teachers away and replace with much better alternatives. There are teachers that have such a bad standing with other past students and parents and St. Cajetan continues to pay their salaries. My kids are bright and energetic, but for the subjects that they need assistance with, they get little to no assistance and a majority of the teachers won't do anything until too late... I give this school a F for effort. Better choices in schools in the neighborhood. Catholic at that...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2014

My son is currently in the 5 day full day 3 and 4 year old preschool program at St. Cajetan. He absolutely loves it. This is his second year in full time preschool and he is already reading and able to do First Grade Mathematics in the first semedster. The program is the proper mix of learning and developmental play for kids to thrive. He also spends his afternoons at Club Cajetan, the after school enrichment program at St Cajetan. The after school program offers Spanish, Irish Dance, Zumba, yoga and various craft and fun based learning activities. After Club Cajetan he is able to stay in the aftercare program until 6pm. The community at St Cajetans is its greatest asset. The parents are heavily involved and because your kids are generally going to school with other kids from the area it allows for plenty of opportunity for play dates and friendships to blossom after school hours.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2013

I am a former graduate of this school. While I was bullied here too, I was actually bullied even more harsher, and worse from the Clissold (public) children. The funny thing is though,I was actually a quiet child but I still got harassed. Oddly enough, I am actually glad i went here, rather than Clissold , which is something you COULD NOT pay me enough to send my future children there. My best friend actually went to Clissold, and I seemed to know more basics then her. I also think when it comes to bullying that people are complaining about here is that they need tor realize that no matter what school your kid goes to there is going to be bullying. In order to help this, parents and teachers need to start collaborating more, not just at this school but everywhere. There needs to be teaching the children not only should you treat others as you want to be treated, but that as a person, YOU TEACH OTHERS HOW TO TREAT YOU. This is definitely a life lesson I wish I could have learned better growing up.


Posted May 15, 2012

I doubt the good reviews on this school are real. The so called "family" vibe they are thring to get at is not working. I was bullied when I was there. They did nothing about it absolutly nothing. I'm glad I got out of that school when I did!


Posted May 8, 2012

Truly an excellent school. Children learn to be good students and caring individuals. I have 2 children attending this school. It has exceeded my expectations at every level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2011

I am a graduate of the class of 82-back then it was horriable.The motivated kids taught themselves and everyone else just hug out and then went hiome. If i lived near the school you could not PAY ME ENOUGH TO SEND MY CHILD TO SC!!! I am a techer now and as long as I teach and interact with my students THE OPPOSITE of the way SC was back in the 70's and 80"s I know i an a great teacher!! So the bottom line is it could have not have gotten worse over the years because that would be


Posted September 23, 2010

I had three children attend St Cajetan. They received a great education with their friends and neighbors. There are still places in chicago where you can walk to school with your friends!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2010

Because my grandson, Lane Scott, is happy there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2010

St. Cajetan has wonderful, caring teahers who work especially hard to prepare my children for lifelong learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2010

Utter disaster of a school. I sent my child here for an education ... he's pretty smart, but slightly awkward in social settings. Cajetan's did nothing to prevent bullying, and when I addressed this to teachers and the principal, they told me that it's just kids being kids, and not to worry about it. EXCUSE ME?!? I want my child to be in a happy and respectful learning environment, not one where he hates going to school. Glad I got him out of there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

My child is in kindergarten here and I am not happy at all with the program, the teacher, or the so called 'sense of family' that the other reviewers have talked about in regards to other parents. After looking at my child's work tthat is sent home it is obvious that the teacher or aid are not circulating throughout the room while the children are working on assigned tasks. The other parent are very cliquish and make no effort to make families that are new to the school feel welcome. I feel that this type of attitude defeats one of the purposes of sending a child to a Catholic school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

Awesome school and community!
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Posted September 18, 2009

I have 4 children at St. Cajetan and we are all very happy here. This isnt just a school but a family. The academics are strong especially in the upper grades. The extra curricular activities offered range from music to crafts to athletics. I am a strong believer in the Catholic school systems and think this one is top notch. I just cant say enough on how much I love this school, parish and the community. I am proud to be a parent of a student from St. Cajetan.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

my kids love it and everyone looks out for each other...it's a great school!!!!
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Posted September 18, 2009

St Cajetan has provide a great catholic education as well as a safe and friendly home to our 4 wonderful children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

Genuine care for the kids!
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Posted September 18, 2009

St. Cajetan provides a warm, loving environment and a good education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

I love the community. We always come together during trying times and happy times. Great place to learn and grow!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

The kids are always willing to support a worthy cause.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 17, 2009

great sense of combining elite education, community commitment, and spirituality. Staff and parent support make it a wonderful environment for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


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Ethnicity This school State average
White 96% 51%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Black 1% 18%
Hispanic 1% 24%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Computer lab

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  • Art teacher(s)
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  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

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School Leader's name
  • Terry Reger
Gender
  • Coed
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA

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Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

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  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Performance stage
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  • Archdiocese of Chicago
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Girls sports
  • Basketball
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  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

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  • Dance
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2447 West 112th Street
Chicago, IL 60655
Phone: (773) 233-8844

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