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St Elizabeth

Private | PK-8 | 210 students


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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $80,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $860.

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Posted November 15, 2010

I have a child enrolled in St. Elizabeth School and only wish that I had learned of the quality education offered prior to my other children completing their elementary education. I have find that the curriculum is good and on par with other school. There is a great deal of emphasis placed on discipline; however I have found the practices to be very fair. There is a strong leadership in place who is making every effort to continue to make the school a wonderful environment that is conducive for learning. I like the small class sizes which allow my child opportunity for one-on-one communication and instruction with her instructors. I also like that my child is given a weekly syllabus, which hold her accountable for the assignments even if misses daily instruction. This is a small school however the extracurricular activities offered are above those of some of the larger school. My child has been exposed to cultural events, currently taking drumming lessons, and vocal lessons through participation with the children choir. I agree there is some room for improvement, however this is true of many schools and exclulsive to just St. Elizabeth.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 14, 2010

hello i jus enrolled my 3 year old for pre-school and im trying to see if the school teaches him anything when i did my tour the lady in the office showed me everything and she was so kind and nice and friendly but his first day of school his teacher was cold as well as her 2 helpers they jus looked no smile so i worried the whole day at 315 when i picked him up i said what did you learn he said nothing we jus played im gonna give it a month and if nothing i will put him in st.thomas it cost more but my child will learn st.elizabeth has a schedule on the board but thats jus to get the parents to see we have a sc hedule but my son says they put me to sleep for 2 hours so its jus play and nap
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Posted June 1, 2010

This school was not a good fit for me and my children. There are not enough qualified teachers there. My child's teacher is very stubborn and not at all progressive. She teaches all the children as if they learn the same, and it puts them at a disadvantage. This can be said for many of the teachers at St. Elizabeth. The preschool teachers are not really teachers at all. They often act like glorified babysitters who do not know how to effectively teach the students. My child brings home a different letter/number every day. Where is the consistency? Moreover, the forms of discipline used in this school are not always favorable or discussed with the parents. Initially, there was a family atmosphere at St. Elizabeth. The minute you challenge their methods, the atmosphere turns a bit cold, and, like a previous parent stated, you become black listed.
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Posted March 15, 2010

Get your kid out of this school, before it is too late. This school has lost the value of a good education. The focus is on money. If you are not in the click you won't get far in this school. It's time for a change now. New a;ll new staffing, in this school everyone is related. It's a family affair. If you speak out about what is right, your child will be black listed.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 21, 2009

My children have attended St. Elizabeth for the last two years. It is a family, friendly environment, and the teachers show their love of teaching and helping to education my children. I love this school and all that it has to offer.
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Posted June 4, 2009

Love st elizabeth, my grand child has been there since 2005 the teachers are great the kids are wonderful
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Posted May 8, 2009

I've been a friend and supporter of St. Elizabeth School for about 10 years since reading an article by Joe Klein in Time magazine. I had the honor of visiting the school on my trips to Chicago, and was always impressed by the wonderful kids and wonderful staff. The sign over the door says it all, something to the effect of 'This is a Sacred Place. Children lear here.' Jerrod Mason Tucson AZ

Posted October 27, 2008

I rate St. Elizabeth with a 5 star. I have two grandchildren that are now attending St. Elizabeth and they have good reports on their Teachers, Girl Leader Coach, and the entire staff. Thanks St. Elizabeth

Posted August 9, 2008

great school great enviroment !
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Posted May 24, 2008

My children have been attending St Elizabeth since 2006, and I am very impressed with the school. I was thinking about enrolling my children in the school for years, but I wasn't sure it would be a good fit because my extensive work schedule. After enrolling my kids it has served as a second home on those days when my husband and I have court cases that last until 6pm. The office staff is personable and friendly. Some of the teachers give out their cell phone numbers therefore, if my daughter can't remember her assignment. A few of the teachers are at the school from the time that I drop my daughter off in the morning at 6:30 to 6:00pm when my husband picks them up. Both my son and daughters state test scores have increased a great deal since starting St. Elizabeth! It is a very good school.
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Posted January 14, 2008

I have two children enrolled at St. Elizabeth. I wanted to enroll my children in Catholic school for years and thought it was out of my price range. I looked into St. Elizabeth and realized I can afford this school, but then I questioned if it was a decent school or not. I just waited outside the school on the first day to ask parents what they thought of the school. I did research online, and I reviewed the schools programs, and then I enrolled my children. It's unheard of that a school with prices like these offer students a computer lab, classrooms with computers, music class, and small class sizes. The building is in need of repairs which they appear to be doing however, if it weren't located near a train station you might be afraid to park your car. The neighborhood seems to be poorer than I first noticed.
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Posted June 5, 2007

I have two students at St Elizabeth and I like the no nonsense approach that they take with the students. Teachers are caring and helpful and the student population overall is courteous and respectful. Though finances are a major push I think the school is worth the money. Also they offer tuition scholarships that really help people like myself to provide a quality education for my children without breaking the bank
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Posted December 4, 2006

I am happy overall with this school. I have a kindergartner and 1st grader and they love it. My oldest child is positively encouraged by his teacher daily w/o undue praising. They bot enjoy the music and Spanish lessons. The teachers are sincere and caring. The washrooms are in need of refacing. I am overall happy with the school and I look forward to enrolling my 3 year old. Monetarily, it is one of the least expensive private schools you will find.
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Posted August 5, 2006

I have found that quality of education has dramatically decreased over the years. I have two children educated there; they are five years apart. When my oldest child started there the average classroom size was 15-20 students, and there were two classes for each grade. By the time my youngest started, there were only two grades with two classes each. Now there is only one class per grade with an average of approx. 30 students. As far as academics are concerned, gifted students are given the utmost attention and encouragement, while struggling students are simply overlooked and passed on (despite tutoring programs offered by the school). Quite a few of the staff members are unprofessional and speak inappropriately to students without any reprimand. In addition, the school is in great need of repairs. They are all about money, but I'm currently in search of another school that is worth paying for.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
Black 98% 20%
Asian 1% N/A
Hispanic 1% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
White 0% 60%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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4052 South Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60653
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