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PK-12
Private
Chicago, IL
Students enrolled: 526
Before care: No
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119 South Central Park Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60624

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November 18, 2014
I have been simply amazed at the level of professionalism, passion and process at Providence St. Mel. To be able to create an environment where students can learn, achieve, have fun and be safe is outstanding. The academics, performing and fine arts, athletics, clubs and activities all come together in a magical way. I've seen so many students blossom in this historic, globally competitive school. It's an honor to be associated with this wonderful institution that instills discipline, confidence and excellence.

- submitted by a teacher
October 31, 2014
Sounds like PSM is a GREAT school that is quite frankly, weeding out the "sub-standard element." The minute PSM lowers the bar, is minute they become just another poor performing Chicago school. In order to keep the standard, you MUST be serious and understand the goal of PSM. Being that I didn't grow up in Illinois but now live in West Garfield Park, I can certainly understand why so many people take issue with PSM. It's not about the having the privilege to say "your child attends a great school." It's about maintaining a standard the in order to obtain a world class education from this school. And to not be average. The way I see it, many of your kids can't cut it and same for the parents. PSM just isn't for you. It's purely lack of discipline on your part! If you want the very best education for your child, then you need to meet their standards. They WILL NOT lower the bar to yours. The complainers I'm reading about cannot cut the mustard! Pick another school.

- submitted by a community member
October 30, 2014
My opinion; PSM needs an overhaul. There are too many outdated staff members stuck in their old traditional ways. Time to usher in a new Era. My child has been there since the third grade; currently in the eight. I have paid about $50,000 over 5 years; not to mentioned fees and unsold raffle tickets over the course. The school now is refusing to let my child attend classes because we refuse to sign a behavior contract that would be part of a permanent file. I was threatened with if you don't sign this paper your child would not be allowed in this school. My child has been out of school since 10/27/2014. Not allowed to turn in homework or nothing; but they screams how important it is for the child to have an education. I called again today to ask at least let my child go to class while the grown ups deal with the issues; I was pelted with sign the contract because I'm not changing my policies for you or nobody else. I replied show me where in your policy that it states that a child has to be under a behavior contract. It's nowhere in the booklet. These are seasoned administrative acting like children; sign this if you want your child back in school. Sign this or else.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2014
I think my school is ok for kids that are already smart like me and capable of handling the workload, but they sort of suck at helping other newer kids become adjusted. There is sort of this threshold that if a student is not enrolled by middle school I will say then they will probably get expelled or transfer to another school. The excessive rules they have are insane and make high school feel more like juvy. And do understand the money struggle. I definitely would not recommend this school to anyone else. Honestly, St. Ignacius would probably be a better choice. And I have worked with some pretty bright students who were really smart but had just not unlocked their potential, but were weeded out because they did not conform as I saw someone say previously. I feel like our teachers and staff at the school can be impossible and it is something a person can only understand when they are in it. I feel like I am being brainwashed sometimes. But on the other hand, it's safe, if that's what you're into. -A Sad Senior

- submitted by a community member
April 04, 2014
Providence St. Mel staff is very unprofessional, rude and uncaring. I have had the displeasure of having to endure them on several occasions. No one cares about the student or the parents concerns. I will not allow my child to return to that school in the fall. Why spend your money in a place where you or your child is unhappy in? There are too many other schools to seek. This is not the only school that colleges and universities accept students from. You can always get a great education elsewhere. Providence St. Mel is a lot of hype. They don't even follow their own handbook but will badger the students with practically memorizing it. Please look elsewhere for your child. I will tell everyone I meet about the treatment my child and myself have received from this place. PLEASE CHECK THEM OUT FIRST!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2014
This is what I stated it my comments early that this school does not follow there own admission statement. I just stress to the parents that read Greatschools to research this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2014
It was my first year at Providence St Mel I have found that after 103 days of my grandchild being in attendance this is not a school I would recommend for a biracial child. I was denied to use the washroom in the school that was not too bad considering the safety of the students. Today I picked up my Grandson who is in PK at Providence St Mel as my grandson and I walked to the car he told me he had to go number 2 ( He had to go bad) I turned to go back into the school spoke to the PK teacher who instructed me to go and talk to security. The Dean of student refused to allow my grandchild who is four year old and a student of the school to go to the washroom. It was against the rules. I felt discriminated against at this school. They call themselves teaching the word of God! Wow this was morally wrong. How could you deny a 4 year old student the washroom? If you are not Black or African American please do not send your child to this school. They have no sense of respect for human nature. My grandson will no longer be taught by faculty members in a school with no respect or morality. They need to follow and read their mission statement and follow it.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2014
I'm sorry to see the negative comments that people have put on here. I am a graduate of PSM and I wouldn't send my children anywhere else. The fines and rules are all to help children to learn to be productive in a professional environment. The hard and heavy workloads are to prepare children for college. If you can make it through PSM , college is literally a piece of cake....they're graduates don't just get accepted to colleges (anybody can go to college), 65% of their graduates get accepted to Tier 1, Ivy League colleges.....with scholarship I might add. Whats wrong with paying a little extra now if its going to save you a LOT later. I recommend this hidden gem to anybody that wants to garuntee a wonderful future for their children.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2014
PSM is all about there money. I'm a parent of four I sent three of my kids there for 5yrs. Without any assistance .PSM give the kid so much homework it makes me think what are they being thought in classes.I had to honor roll students ever marking period. Some of the teachers are very sweet and there for the kids and some of the new teacher's don't know what they are doing. I moved my kids to a new school and the tuition is half of what I was paying at PSM. My kids have so many great things happening for them at there new school .My daughter new principal wants her to attend St. Ignatius or Fenwick High School. She's attends Rush University Program which teaches Math and Science. PSM is not the only good school out there parents please do your reach before sending your to any school. My kids dreams will never stop because they stop going to PSM .My kids are on there way to becoming a Great Doctor, Scientist and a Engineer. Thank you! PSM for waking me up to see you for who you are really are.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2013
I worked at this school for a number of years. I left only because I moved out of the area. Had I stayed nearby I would have enjoyed a long and happy career there. The teachers and administration are truly incredible and work tirelessly to provide the very best education for each child each day. In class experiences are engaging and challenging. Proper school behavior is expected so that children are able to learn effectively, but having been a part of the system for many years I can say that this is typically appreciated by parents and students. I have seen many happy learning climates in my years there. I have worked in other environments and can honestly say that this school is definitely distinctive. The students achieve more academically and there are less behavior issues that would hinder learning than your typical school. Work, plan, build, and dream!

- submitted by a teacher
August 15, 2013
I have had so many negative encounters with staff members here. They are rude and unprofessional. This is all the way up to the president and principle. If you have a teacher conference that runs over time and miss another, they fine you. If a teacher conference with another parent runs over time and you miss yours, they fine you. That sound fair to you? The ciriculum is just ok, not much different from the one my kid had at a charter school before she went here. The teachers are nice, but the staff is awful.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2013
PSM is good at sending all of their students on to 4 year universities basically because they weed out all of the non conformers. The front office is unorganized. When you call there to speak to someone often times they don't answer the phone. I have experienced bad attitudes with the staff...the only people that seem to be friendly are those in the admission office. They take the fun out of school...my child does not have friendships outside of school with any of the kids in the classroom. They don't support an environment where parents are more involved with things going on in the school like a PTA. Very limited to non-existing after school activities for kids in the lower school. So if you are a single parent that has to work for a living good luck, even though they tell you when you enroll that they're working on an after school program. This year all lower school kids were REQUIRED to have an IPad to use in school, they didn't offer any type of discount programs to help pay for it like most schools. and then found out that they would only be downloading one APP on the IPad...what a waste of $400....oh and you can't download anything else on the IPad.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2013
If I had a smart kid who was African American and was entering high school, I would prefer a more diverse school setting since PSM gives test to enter. CPS selective enrollment also send their kids to college without tuition and diversity. Walter Payton, Westinghouse, Jones and Whitney Young would be better options than PSM.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2013
My son attended this school for one semester. based on his entrance exam he did pretty good but when it came to assigning his classes they were over the top and to hard, he was always according to them getting fines for his uniform and I know for a fact that he was dressed in full uniform everyday because I took him to school everyday and made sure he was dressed accordingly but none the less they always seem to find a reason he was out of uniform. Every month I would go in and pay his tuition, well it's been 6m of paying tuition and I get a call to come pick up my son for of unpaid fines and find out according to them that I have been paying the wrong tuition for all those months and they blamed it on me.and now they want me to pay for something I had no control over!! I don't work in the office!! now they are holding his transcripts hostage because I refuse to pay for their mistakes, when trying to talk to them they are very arrogant and look down on you like you're less then them. my son has been out of school since Jan. and they don't care because its all about the money for them. Now my son's education is suffering.. They are very messy and tacky, YOUR NOT RIGHT ALL THE TIME!!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2013
It is so difficult to read the comments about fines! Stop whining already! To explain, if you were caught eating candy or gum, you were fined a dollar or two (can't remember). If you had five tardies, you were fined and the amount increased with every five tardies. You were also fined for stepping on the grass. Teach your kids some discipline and respect. Stop eating while a teacher is teaching you. Get up early enough to get to school on time. This just may keep you from getting fired when you get a job! Respect your environment and keep the neighborhood looking nice by not stepping on the grass. I think parents do their kids a disservice when they act like the rules are "ridiculous." Yes, I am a proud PSM graduate, now an attorney and I attribute much of my success to PSM. I learned there that hard work, discipline and preparation pays off...If you want your kid to succeed, this place is a great start...

- submitted by a community member
March 03, 2013
I am a graduate of Providence St. Mel. In short I would just say that most of it's alumni are successful and happy adults which is an accomplishment giving where we come from. The school instilled me with a sense of culture, respect, and self-love. I would recommend it it anyone.

- submitted by a community member
June 08, 2012
I am a former student of PSM (c/o 98). I have paid fines. I have served Saturday detentions. I didn't make my junitor contract, and sadly, did not have the honor of being a PSM graduate. Despite these things, I have nothing negative or ill to speak of St. Mel. Yes, the school is firm and consistent with disciplinary action and expectations. They should be. You don't like the fines? You are not suppose to! Don't chew gum, stay off the grass, be on time and stay in uniform. The end. These are all guidelines that you will have to follow as an adult in and around the workplace. Developing good habits start now in your young adult years. Yes, the curriculum is rigorous. It's Providence St. Mel. What were you expecting? If you'd like to offer your child mediocre curriculum in an unsafe and unencouraging enviroment from teachers who only have substandard expectations for your child, then by all means stop paying that tuition and send your child elsewhere. I got kicked out of PSM, but I am surely completeing an app for my son over the summer. See you soon! :)

- submitted by a community member
June 07, 2011
I am a former student of PSM. Honestly I have mixed feelings about the school. Yes I was academy prepared for college and I did go on to college and excelled greatly. Thanks to St. Mel college was a walk in the park. However I was stressed while I was at St. Mel and burden with busy homework. Because my family could barely afford to send me there I walked on pins and needles throwout the hallways to avoid getting fines for misc. things that I believe the school uses to generate money. Also I always hated that 100% of student get accepted to college fact they always waved around because the truth of the matter was by the time senior year rolled around they had already weeded out or forced out students who where considered not to be the cr me of the crop. Any school can have a 100% college acceptance rate with PSM practices. The favorism is harmful to teenager s self esteem. This is really random but something from time to time kind of bothers me I never ditched school one day in high school, I never even saw 1 food fight, and I missed out on a couple of other all American regular high school memories but yet im 23, overachiever and I make $53,000 a year. Bittersweet right?

- submitted by a community member
November 22, 2010
PSM is great at marketing and advertising! The school's curriculum is good, but the instruction is average (no offense to the teachers; they seem overworked). If a student does not immediately grasp the material, it does not seem to be the teacher's responsibility to provide different methods or examples of learning, but falls soley on the parents. The school should stop making the blanket statement that that they provide tutoring, because it is not all together true. They do not provide tutoring for the lower school students (K-5), but they supposedly do for the middle school students (6-8). In the meantime, lower school students struggle with certain subjects and may not fully grasp a concept, when a little extra help would make a world of a difference. Extra help should not be a question in a private school. Also, the too much homework complaint is true. Oftentimes, it is simple cramming. When a student is told about a big quiz one night before, and also has homework in 5 different subjects on the same night, they cannot really learn the material. These methods create stressed and sleep deprived children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
I am a parent of PSM! This school is ridiculous! I'm all about discipline, however they find a way to fine these kids for every little thing. There's a lot of favortism. The kids will get in trouble if they tell potential customers, oops (I mean students) the truth about all the fines. The curriculum is nice however I hear complaints from my daughter's classmates that are quite disturbing. One girl was kicked out for alledgedly spreading a rumor about a student they favored. You're fined for chewing gum! I was fined for not pickn up my daughter's progress report. I informed the school I had just given birth a couple days prior, they had the nerve to ask me to bring them medical records as proof in order to waive the $20. I was told Icouldn't bring my newborn in as proof! PSM won't get another dime outta me! BEWARE!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
I love how dedicated the teachers are. They expect and inspire greatness from their students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
I love this scool!! Even with its strict rules, it has helped me in more ways than anyone can imagine. Diamonte B. 7B

- submitted by a student
no rating April 25, 2010
There are many many reasons why I love psm, one being because of the environment that it creates for my child

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
I love PSM it's a great school. There are great academic classes and extra-curricular.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
Okay! I am currently a student at Providence St.Mel. Yes I know this school is Academically great. However, they arent giving the students much freedom and things to do. A lot of people including I think that if the rules werent so strict people would actually enjoy going. Honestly Im not liking all of those unnecessary rules. I hate that when you send your kids to be shadows at this school they Force the Students to say only the good thing. In my opion everyone should be aware of all the money you spend at this school! of course since its private theres going to be a lot of fund raising but im not talking about that. Every violation a student gets, you parents are paying major bucks. By the time your child completes their first year there, youve probably spent more money than you would for a used car!

- submitted by a student
no rating April 19, 2010
PSM understands what's at stake and works as hard as possible to accomplish their goals.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2010
I love Providence St. Mel because we live our mission every day. We believe in hard work, discipline, and accountability. Our students are incredible people and I enjoy working with them every day.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 17, 2010
Providence St. Mel provides a great learning environment for students. The academic program prepares students for a successful transition into college. 100% of the graduating students are accepted into 4 year colleges and universities.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2010
Amazing students, dedicated teachers, supportive parents, hard-working leaders. What else can one ask for in an amazing school?

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 17, 2010
I love PSM because it does its best to balance traditional values with contemporary methodologies.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
Help is available for students six days a week.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
The records speak for themselves. 100% of the students have received schorships to 4-year colleges or universities for 30 years straight!

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 14, 2010
The school is well run and orderly. Teachers can focus on teaching in their classes and children can focus on learning. For over thirty years, every child that graduates from school has been accepted at a four year university or college.

- submitted by a community member
February 01, 2010
Providence St. Mel is a magnificent school. I agee that it is not for everyone. Your child has to be able to handle the pressure that comes with success. I disagree with comments that say the school gives so much work that students do not have time to socialize outside of school. Your child must learn to balance school and their social lives. I am a straight a student and I can balance both just fine. This may be because I have been here since kindergarten and am now in seventh grade, but I know plenty of first year success stories. The teachers are wonderful. They will help you with any academic problems you have. Some teachers have unique teaching styles and you have to adapt. They will not sugarcoat life. I love this school and not everyone is ready but they can be with practice and patience.

- submitted by a student
November 07, 2009
Providence is a great school for education and the school provides many opportunites to meet with top tier colleges and universities. But if you want to also keep your high school social life, I suggest you try some place else, especially if you are a top student. In my freshman year, it was easy because I was new. Now, I'm a sophomore, have 2 honors classes and double math. I don't have any time to socialize! Plus the teachers expect a lot more because I have made A honor roll since freshman year. If you wan a good homecoming and extracurricular activites, don't choose Providence. Otherwise, yes!

- submitted by a student
July 21, 2009
I think this is one of the best schools in the city your child is really prepared fpr college.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2009
I have read many of the comments posted here and two stand out the most: Discipline and academics. I attended PSM from 1993 until my high school graduation in 1999 and I now work as a teacher within CPS. There can not be quality education without discipline. The discipline the school provides in necessary to prepare your student to be a positive change in society. They do expect students to be respectful, compleete homework and follow rules. In life, once they leave PSM, the same expectations will be placed upon them. Why not teach them this early while they are in the safety of a school that cares about their future. One thing that has not been said is that students are not bothered my constant fighting, cursing and classroom disruptions that can make a child unfocused in school. The students are encouraged and pushed to do their best.

- submitted by a student
April 29, 2009
My grandson is completing the Pre-K at Provident St. Mel. He has learned so much. He is reading! He has mastered phonemes and phonics. There is so much more I could say about what he has learned. The staff is loving but there is a highly disciplined environment and he needs it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 02, 2009
You have to take the good w/the bad. The rules are sometimes way over the top, but kids these days need them. The shools atmosphere is not warm. The principle and Mr. Adams does speak to or greet the people who keeps the school open(the parents). However, my lower school daughter loves the school and I am pleased w/her level of academics. She teaches me a lot. Her last school was warm and more lenient but her academics were not up to par. I know lots of kids who went there and went on to excell in their careers. The school is not for everyone but it works for my daughter. The board needs to take some outside advice (from the parents). I believe it would make the school better.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 24, 2009
This school has it's good and it's bad. Or rather it's terrible and it's GREAT. My child ahs been a student for two years now and I would really love for him to continue his education here, but I do realize that with all it's charm St. Mel is hard to tolerate at times. There is no room for mistakes, lack of just being a teenager. There is a lot of favor granted to a select few. And it's not right, but yet it's done on a daily basis. So if your child isn't a choosen one (someone who gets St. Mel in the sports page) then he/she made have a pretty tough time making it through the halls of St. Mel. And fyi my child plays ball.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2009
Im sorry but i have to disagree with all the negative comments left about St. Mel. I am currently an 8th grader there and this school is great! We do not have to walk down the hallway with our hands behind our back. Neither do we have to be silent at lunch. Yes we do get alot of homework some days but the homework is do in 2 to 3 days. Providence offers hands on learning offering tutoring before and after school, and even on saturdays.

- submitted by a student
January 04, 2009
This school is not all that it is made out to be if you are the type of student who doesn't recieve help from your parents until your grades drop then NO Proveidence isn't for you but if you have help at home then maybe you can deal but the school deprives you from any type of life outside of the school. The rules are ridiculous you cant stand at the corner but you cant talk on the phone to a parent in front of the school come on it's over the top and there is a lot of favortism! I know many people who graduated from Providence years ago and aren't even taking care of themselves. the are more of them like that than there are doctors. I know hard work was on A honor role my first quarter there and remained until I left.

- submitted by a student
August 23, 2008
I am a graduate of Providence St. Mel's Class of 2008 and I believe that St. Mel is the school that works. It is not only the school that works in the sense of hard work and homework but in the sense that it is a great school. The school offers discipline along with motivation. The disciplinary actions taken by the school are sometimes over the top but they are just doing what parents should be doing disciplining the children so that they can focus on the educated task at hand. You cannot blame the school for disciplining your child because it would have never happened if you would. Discipline starts in the home and you can't depend on the school to raise your children by themselves, your help is needed also by understanding that St. Mel is there to help. St. Mel is exactly what the black community needs.

- submitted by a student
July 22, 2008
This is a great school, and I must say that the two years of middle school that I spent there were significant to my future. Unfortunately, the school's lack of diversity in students, classes, and extra curricular activities makes Providence very restrictive on student creativity and willingness to learn. There's too much homework, and I say this because it is true, not because I was a student. Most homework is busy work, and this busy work takes up the time the children and teens like myself could be doing activities that will make us happy, well-rounded people. In addition to this, various unnecessary disciplinary actions and regulations becomes incredibly encumbering to the student well-being. It is too stressful. Myself among the top achievers in my class, I feel that I can conclude that those who work hard (much more than necessary) and achieve are achieving at the expense of educational motivation.

- submitted by a student
no rating June 19, 2008
My daughter will enter 8th grade in the fall at PSM. We chose PSM for the following reasons: 1. Discipline! Not only are the students help accountable for their behavior so are the teachers. Students and teacher who do not meet the standards are dismissed. Those who commit to the 'hard work' no nonsense philosophy are rewarded. Those that aren't there to WORK, leave. 2. High standards. Your child will not be told that a C is good enough or that they cannot achieve at this school. The expectations are high for everyone, not just the best and brightest. Both teachers and students are held accountable for their work and are always expected to strive for greater accomplishments. If you want to be successful in college an in life, the PSM values and work ethic will stand yu in good stead.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2008
This is my child's first year at PSM and I'm not sending her back. The teacher turnover rate is terrible. My child has had three art teahers this year and has just lost her home room teacher. My child is now being taught by a teacher asst whom isn't certified in teaching. The principal didn't have a meeting with her parents to dicuss the situation or even to allow the parents to ask question or voice their concerns, she just sent a letter home stating that the asst will know be there teacher. I think that was unfair to the parents who are paying for their childs education. I don't recommend this school! You are not getting what you are paying for. You would be better off sending your child to a Charter school or another Private school but not this one!

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2008
I'm a parent of a PSM student and I wouldn't recommend anyone to send there child to this school. The children are put under so much pressure to the point they can't learn. The principals and founder of this school is all about money and isnt approachable at all. When you do approach them with concearns about your childs education, they treat you like you are beneath them when you are pay for your childs education there. The founder Mr. Adams walks pass the parents of his school and don't even speak and so does the principal. They are nice when you are enrolling your child into the school but once your child is in there they won't say two words to you. Save yourself the time, anger,and money and don't send you child to this school. It's not what people make it out too be.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2008
The discipline hinders the learning environment and thus stiffles the creativity of the student and the desire to be challenged. It is a good environment to meet other students with similar desires and who want to achieve. The school should relook at its mission to turn out the whole person vs just a smart mind.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 18, 2008
Even though my child was expelled from the school; I recommend this school to all I come in contact; and ask my opinion of the school.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2007
Providence is a very good school to help young children succeed in the business world and beyond.

- submitted by a community member
August 24, 2007
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- submitted by a student
August 18, 2007
Their School is too strict for all the grade levels! They treat the kids like they are in prison! The school is just not right anymore they needed to keep the man princible it was better off!You have to pay money for everything you do wrong! The School is a dissappointment!

- submitted by a student
July 02, 2007
The school has some good attributes; pretty good curriculum for the primary levels - the kids learn a lot. You have to look at what cost the test scores come. The structure is pure overkill, kids can't talk during lunch time, walking down the hall with their hands behind their back ... The environment is so restrictive, that when there is an issue, the consequences are dealt before all facts are gathered and reviewed. The high teacher turnover may indicate an administration that is too rigid. The Principal is very visible, almost to a fault especially when she is in the hallway in the morning discussing very personal information with and about students which should be dealt with in a more confidential manner. PSM fails to look at the whole child, they are only concerned with have a highly controlled environment & test scores.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2007
I am a parent of a PSM student and unfortunately my experience and the experience of my two highschool students has been very unpleasant. They have attended private schools since kindergarten and I totally agree that discipline has to be in place for learning to occur, but this school over does it. My kids, who have always excelled, now fear going to school. Not because of the curriculum, but the unnecessary verbal and mental abuse that they have suffered by the teachers. The atmosphere is unimaginabley oppressive and not conducive to the creative thought needed for learning. This is a school that is great for kids with behavioral issues, a great boot camp alternative. My children were not able to withstand the hostile environment.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2007
Prov St.Mel is exactly what our daughter needs. It is a school that is uncompromising in education as well as discipline. She enrolled in kindergarten which is one of the top three in the nation and is now moving towards second grade. The difference in our daughters education and her peers at other schools are obvious. It does have a cost involved including mandatory parent involvement which is great! Most children have so much more potential than the schools tap into and St. Mel makes it their mission to get everything out of your child. From kindergarten children receive a syllabus and are required to do projects that many middle school children have not been exposed to. Also safety will never be a concern because St.Mel will not tolerate behavioral problems.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2006
I am a parent of a PSM student. Academically, PSM is not all they purport to be. The discipline is uneven, unfair, and absolute. The class sizes are now larger than a lot of public schools. The kids are so on edge because of the excessive rules that they cannot relax and learn fully. One redeeming facet, there is more discipline and control than most public schools.

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June 14, 2006
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January 05, 2006
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September 11, 2005
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August 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2005
PSM plants seeds of self-esteem in their students. The school cultivates those seeds as it gives the student the critical skills they need to succeed in life. The realistic school day--not the shorten day like public school--mirrors an average work day; which serves our kids well. The PSM student, if dedicated and focused, will make it! No matter where they go: be it top tier or public university. Our PSM students learn in a stimulating environment and thrive because of the committed teachers who partner with their dedicated parents. We Believe! We love PSM. Barb Brown, Proud PSM Parent.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
November 27, 2004
I am a past student of PSM and fortunately I was one of the few to get out!!St.Mel is overrated. There are so many more schools that offer a vast array of both AP and honor classes. St. Mel is so busy building their lower school program that they have forgotten about their high school students. I know quite a few high graduates who didn't go to top tier schools and I know even more who stayed a semester and left. Your education is truly based on your reputation: if you have a good reputation, you can weasel your way through without many challenges. The strict rules for absolutley no reason is hilarious! I am thrilled that I got out because I received a much better education somewhere else.

- submitted by a former student
September 18, 2004
My son attended Providence for high school. The school is a excellent choice and the teachers are top quality. Mr. Adams is during a great job. My son's grades and test score were at the top and he now attending a top tier University.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2004
My daughter is entering the 2nd grade at Providence-St. Mel. She started in kindergarten. I love the structure and the discipline at the school. I also like the idea she will be in this environment throughout high school. I would recommend the school to anyone who can afford to send their children to a private school.

- submitted by a parent
February 29, 2004
My daughter is a graduate of Providence St Mel. She now attends Howard University. The teachers prepared her for this great transition. It is truly a hard work school.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
I have two daughters whom attend now in the 10th and 6th grade. My sister and I also attended. St.Mel is an awesome school who stands by discipline and hard work to thrive for better futures.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2003
Providence is so wonderful. My son will be in 8th grade in August 2003. He has attended since the 3rd grade. The school is everything they say they are. Great education, strict discipline and hard work. I would highly recommend for a competitive educational experience.

- submitted by a parent
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Providence - St Mel School
119 South Central Park Boulevard, Chicago, IL  60624
(773) 722-4600
Last modified Providence - St Mel School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Providence - St Mel School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 70 reviews. Top