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Salem Christian School

Private | PK-8 | 13 students


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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $292,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,000.

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Posted April 30, 2014

Salem has hit some bumps in the road over the last year but it seems they are working hard and there is hope with an incoming new principal for the 2014-15 school year. I am a contractor who works with over 50 CPS schools and I can promise you that the grass is not greener in CPS. There is more effort in righting the ship here than you'll find in CPS. There may be some upset teachers, and you'd be upset too if your company was going through a major administration change, but the teachers still love the children and care enough for the school that they are willing to work through the issues. My son is in the Middle School. We were told when we enrolled a few years ago that the school teaches at a grade level above and we took them at their word. Last week he was helping the girl down the street (who is in his grade at his old CPS school) with her homework. She was learning things that he had covered last year and he was able to help her with questions she did not understand. I'll stick around through the issues if it means my child is getting a leg up. Bottom line, this is a great school that is working through a transition.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 29, 2014

Salem Christian School in Chicago is a fantastic school. We have teachers who are passionate and go above and beyond at our school. Our students are on a path to become great contributors to this society who test well and are in the tops of their classes as they move on to high school and beyond. This is a gem in Chicago. It's a place we love and love to give back to.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 29, 2014

Salem Christian school has small classroom environment which assists in individualized attention. Teaching is done in a loving and encouraging style, with highly trained and experienced teachers. Teachers are willing to give of themselves and time to tutor. Tutoring services are available as well. The children learn through engagement and are taught to think critically and look for solutions or ways something can be improved. I love that teachers are staff are in constant communication with you regarding the development and learning of your child. The school need additional rescources
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 29, 2014

Since I've moved over my daughter to Salem, I've seen TREMENDOUS growth in her spiritually, emotionally, and academically. You could feel the love and support that runs through that school. I text, call, and email with teachers and staff comfortably. They love my kids and I in turn love them for it. I'd recommend the school to anyone. Ad it stands, best in the city.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 29, 2014

From the time my daughter has been at Salem I have seen great growth. Their curriculum is Christ-centered, challenging and innovative. The staff makes sure parents are well informed and always well connected to current school events and meetings. I love this school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 28, 2014

Salem is not just another school, they are a family. The school is Christian based and therefore its full of love and discipline. I don't have to worry about my kids being bullied, teased, or peer pressured into wrong doings. The teachers and staff are wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 28, 2014

My son and I both love this school. My son is in kindergarten and his teacher is great. She is very encouraging and tells her students she loves them. My son has excelled in math and reading. They teach one grade level above most schools so my son is doing first grade work in kindergarten which is great. I'm already excited to see what is in store for next year. They have had some changed since my son started but it has all been for the best.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 28, 2014

I'm writing in response to a previous reviewer to clarify that the "out of date" website has been updated and the school IS accredited and it IS mentioned on the website. Although the school is going through ups and downs and there are changes being made, this school and it's administration/teachers have been great. I have never felt so loved by my sons teachers/ school administration. This is my sons first year at Salem and he will be back next year!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 1, 2014

This school is awesome. Yes, they are going through some changes but they are much needed changes. We have established a very open and caring parent/teacher organization that has been thriving since it's inception. If you are looking for parent involvement or want to become an involved parent, meet us at our meetings and see exactly how well we work together for the progress of the school and the future of the children who attend. My child is growing personally and spiritually. The teachers are great as they are there because Salem is their CALLING. This school is FINALLY full of the love of Christ and it shows in how The Lord is blessing the school and those within it. If you haven't given Salem a try, you should come in and judge for yourself.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 27, 2014

This school is not the Same. New staff and they have ruined the SENSE OF COMMUNITY with in the school. NO real Leaders, Teachers are unhappy, Parents barely see or talk to each other. Wow! DO WE MISS THE OLD SALEM. PARENT THIS IS NO LONGER A REAL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL: NO LOVE, COMPASSION, UNDERSTANDING, AND ITS FULL OF GOSSIP AND SLANDERS.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 9, 2014

I have two children who attend here and academically are way above standards. A great value for the price, including the enrichment programs and individualized attention. Many small Christian schools are stuggling; Salem definitely has odds to overcome but is heading in the right direction. Kids are kids anywhere, but teacher and admin staff commitment are outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 8, 2014

I have a pre-schooler at the school. I am impressed with the partnership between parent and teacher in the development of my child's education. She is reading and has developed individually leaps and bounds. She enjoys going to school and learning, to me that says a lot. We the parents need to be involved in the education of our children. The school is not perfect. Management needs improvement and the school needs to grow, however, what I see in my child's learning leads me to believe this school is very good in academics. The school does not have the extra's that are offered elsewhere. It is a small private school, but that is also why we chose it. Faith based and solid education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 5, 2013

Unfortunately this school's principal has resigned. She decided to resign the first week of school in fall of 2013. The leadership of this school is in shambles. The school is NOT accredited through ACSI. If it is accredited through another organization, it has not been communicated to the parents, nor is it posted on our out-of-date website (another glaring sign of poor management). Poor management is poor leadership. One of the writing prompts for rating this school is, "What would you tell your best friend if he or she were interested in sending a child to this school?" It's painful to say this, but I would would say, "Don't bother. You can do better elsewhere."
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 5, 2013

I m a parent with kids at Salem. Here s the grade I give the school: Leadership C- (Below average). Teachers B (Above average). Extracurricular opportunities (I m including band/music program, gym/sports) D (below average). Christian environment A (above average). Overall grade for the school a C minus (C-). The leadership and principal have failed the parents and the students. The principal has not done her best in managing the school, and the board has not done its best in its oversight of the principal and school management. The school is chronically plagued with low enrollment and as a result has been operating in the red for many, many years. A local church who operates the school has financially bailed out the school many times. Like any school, there are good and not so good teachers. But overall the teachers care for their students. This shows. I m sorry they suffer the consequences too with such low salaries. I m a tough grader, and I d give the school 2.5 stars, but I can t. But I wouldn t round up to 3 stars it s not an average school it s below average thus the 2 stars. I ll be surprised if the school is still in operation 2 years from now.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 18, 2011

My children graduated from Salem Christian school and were well prepared for High School, not only academically , but were taught character values and good morals. The teaches were caring and very dedicated to developing students to their full potential.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 22, 2009

I am a former student and I hated this school. It is just like a regular public school with lots of swearing and bullying. Don't go her, trust me.
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 16, 2009

I have so much growth in my child.....Small school but probably terribly underestimated. The teachers are absolutely amazing. I am impressed.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 1, 2006

I am now a sophmore in Highschool and, I graduated from this school. For me this school was great. I know it made a difference for me especially, when I went from this school to a public school, in 2nd grade. I began struggling so much until I came back to Salem. The discipline system I was in gave me a great learning environment at my young age.In my opinion the teachers there not only helped you succeed but wanted you do you best to succeed. I enjoyed my bible classes and learned so much about God and the Bible.I had a great time with their sports program as well. This school prepared me to succeed in highschool and in my future education.
—Submitted by a former student

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 81% 24%
Black 7% 18%
White 7% 51%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2018 North Richmond Street
Chicago, IL 60647
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