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Mother Mcauley Liberal Arts High School

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Posted February 26, 2014

The atmosphere there is so uncomfortable for me. i feel so left out and out of place. sometimes i feel like this is because if my Hispanic ethnicity. This significantly impacts my involvement in the school. in grammar school i was student council president in basketball and soccer and in so many clubs and here i feel like i cant join anything. I'm currently a sophomore now and i cant wait to graduate and get out of the school. the only reason i haven't transferred yet is because i am attending the school because of a few scholarships i have.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 1, 2013

I sent my daughter to Mother McCauley as a young motivated girl and she graduated (2013) as a responsible well educated young lady. I will be forever grateful for what Mother McCauley have done for my daughter. My daughter graduated from, St. Columbanus School and started 9th grade at Mother McCauley. While at M.M, she had the opportunityto travel abroad to Italy, took as many math and sciences courses as she like, participated in volleyball and swimming and had community service opportunities. The religous retreats really allowed the girls to bond outside the classrooms. My daughter now have life long friends from a diverse group of girls. As an African American young girl, she did not experience any negative treatment at M.M. The teachers were helpful and parent involvement was strong. My daughter is now a Freshmen at Purdue University on a full academic scholarship, majoring in Pharmacy. Mother McCauley is worth every penny, you will not regret the financial investment nor sending your daughter here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2012

I am a recent grad of McAuley. Teachers were consistently offering to stay after school or show up early to help students. I felt that they were always approachable and truly cared about students. There are also math and science centers where students can go for extra help along with the general learning resource center. The National Honor Society also does a fabulous job offering tutoring in almost any subject. These students are frequently several levels above the student needed help and give them a different perspective on the subject. Students have a tutor who they meet with at least weekly and are always open for questions. It's a great program! I would say that Mother McAuley offered us a space to not only learn about ourselves, our world and our faith, but to also think critically and question. That is truly how your faith and knowledge grow. McAuley seems to be focusing on math/science more since I graduated. This school is very accepting, and I have met people who I believe will be lifelong friends. Overall, McAuley offers you just about every opportunity imaginable, it's up to you to take advantage of it. I'm running out of space so.. go to McAuley, you won't regret it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 18, 2012

When Jr. High came, it was time for me to take advantage of the shadow programs provided at the Catholic area high schools. I went to a Catholic grade school, so naturally wanting to go to a Catholic high school was already in my blood. I pretty much had an idea of where I wanted to go, but like any student I decided to try out McAuley's shadow program and see if I liked it. From the moment I walked in, I did not feel at home. I was rudely given directions by students, and some just didn't want to be bothered. Well that was strike one. Strike two was when I my hostess asked me if McAuley was my first choice, without bias I told her, "I'm looking everywhere." to which she and her friends replied that "School A was for snobs, and School B was for the 'easy' girls." I had enough, it was lunch and I already wanted to leave. Strike three was when she took me aside and pointed to me who the school 'LGBTQ's' were, later calling them losers. Let's just say the school was not for me. I urge you to check out the schools, but please do not tolerate anything rude someone says when they are supposed to be setting a good example for their school, and talking bad about other schools isn't


Posted June 13, 2012

If your daughter needs any extra help with her courses, this probably is not the school for her. My daughter asked for help from her Algebra teacher, she was told to sign up for tutoring. The teachers do not make themselves available for any additional time; if you need help, your resources are tutoring from another HS student or the learning resource center, which is a joke. The center is suppose to be quiet and calm to help them focus; instead, the girls treat it like the lunchroom. I agree with the previous mother's review regarding sports, my daughter was never chosen, yet she played sports all during grammar school and in the park districts, she did join a sport where any girl can participate, she practiced everyday, never got to play...so disappointed, she will not be returning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2012

I am currently an African American Senior at Mother McAuley until this Sunday when I graduate!!!!!!!!!!! 2012!!!! Lol, no but seriously. I love McAuley, I had such a grand experience there that I wouldn't trade for anything. The best times I had was on Kairos of course, I won't spill the beans about that because your daughters will experience it when they become Seniors at McAuley as well. Nevertheless, I would highly highly highly recommend Mother McAuley regardless of their high tuition costs because it is well worth the money and the time.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 9, 2012

I'm a mother of a freshman now and an aunt of a senior and I am very disappointed at her experience thus far. I'm anxious for the year-end for her to transfer out. They have no control over the students. My daughter comes home with things that a 15 year old just shouldn't be talking about. Unfortunatly, some of those teachers are the same teachers that have been there for 30+ years. My neice is having a difficult time with the college counselor there. She is very biased and only gives girls scholarships that are from her "neighborhood." She also gossips a ton about students and their families with other teachers/staff. The fact that she is a nervous nelly and can't form sentences is a joke because she is a counselor! McAuley prides themselves on all the clubs and activities. Well my daughter is still waiting for a teacher to call a meeting for a club she joined back in Sept. They NEVER follow through! Forget about joining a sport. Unless you are affiliated with a certain club team your not making the team! If you do make the team good luck having playing time. I am taking my daughter out of there and putting her at a school where she happy and worry-free and not grow- up too fast!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2012

The teacher review is RIGHT on the money! Hence McAuley WAKING up and getting rid of the BIG PROBLEM at McAuley! They finally are getting rid of that clueless President! It is going to take YEARS to fix what that horrible woman destroyed! The essence of what McAuley used to be back in the day is GONE! There is no Catholic identity and making employees spend their time framing hundreds of photos of Catherine McAuley isn't going to make the girls more dedicated to their religion. It is just wasting the hard-working parents money. Hopefully within the next couple of years this school will get its act together, McAuley admin why don't you do your job and clean house! When you have teachers that tell students things that adults go to jail for there is a problem! Just ask around town how Spirit Week went????? Never in the history of McAuley have they canceled Spirit Week. They would rather cancel it then do their jobs and get control over their student body! Good luck McAuley!
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Posted May 26, 2011

I am very impressed with McAuley. I have a son at another local Catholic High School and it does not compare to the professionalism and level of instruction that my daughters are receiving. The curriculum is rigorous, but they have different levels for a variety of learners. The guidance counselors are excellent and have helped my girls greatly. I would recommend Mother McAuley to anyone looking for an excellent college prep high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2011

My Daughter currently attends McAuley and enjoys it very much. She is challenged every day with the course work. She is an excellent student and loves to learn. About the previous post : I thinks it's a shame that a so-called teacher has to disrespect the school principal on a website? Why not focus the effort thru the proper channels at school if you are really trying to improve things? How cowardly? I believe that speaks volumes about "that" person.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2011

McAuley used to be a great school, but the current Principal is not good for the school. She does not value or support the teaching staff, and will do anything for the students to like her. She also seems to be more interested in appearance of the school, and not in teaching, test scores or the school's Catholic identity. I hope someone (maybe the Mercy sisters!) realizes what is going on here, because there is so much promise in the students and community of McAuley.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 27, 2011

As an incoming freshman at McAuley, I believe that this was the BEST choice that my parents made! The atmosphere is very supportive, the students are well-rounded, and the teachers are understandable. Plus, its the only liberal arts hs in the state of Illinois. MIGHTY MACS :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 12, 2010

I went to Mother McAuley and it was and still is the best high school a young woman can attend. The atmosphere is so supportive and the education is far superior to any other school in the area. The teachers push every student to excel and since it is an all girl school, there is no need to get distracted by boys. The school teaches compassion, service and that every woman is strong enough on her own and she doesn't need a man to be successful in life.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 21, 2010

My niece attends this school and she has gained excellent knowledge of many different aspects of education in all her years of going to different schools. This school has taught her the value of friendship, knowledge and she has gained plenty of manners, being very courteous to me. Thank you for educating my niece samantha.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2009

My daughter attended this school and she learned good manners and people skills. She does not smoke cigarettes or stays out too late with boys. My daughter is a better girl today because she attended Mother McAuley where she was taught the meaning of being a successful lady. Thank you for the great job you did at this school. The only bad thing was a 7:00 am class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2008

I currently attend Mother McAuley. The environment displayed here is an incredible experience. All the girls support each other, despite the differences we may have. The teachers do not deprive us of the best education they thrust forth; they offer us all they have been taught in such clever methods. McAuley offers an innumerable amount of ways to get involved with the school, community, and world. I would never take back my McAuley experience and trade it in for anything else--it is the most valuable thing I own.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 22, 2007

This School Is a excellent school for my daughter
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Posted May 16, 2007

3 grads from Mother McAuely in this family. One went on to graduate from Northwestern University, and two are at the unviersity of Chicago now. Inspirational teachers and involved staff plus greatleadership.
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Posted February 11, 2007

I believe McAuley had a profound effect on the person I am today. While offering a terrific education, McAuley also had something for every girl: music, theater, sports, social clubs, student council, etc. I truly believe McAuley allowed me to find the 'real' me, with out even realizing it. I will agree, however, that technology, math and science need a greater focus, especially today. We need to ensure our girls are prepared to accept positions to help better the community.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 24, 2006

Overall, the school has lots of extracurricular activites. Academically, I think their Math department needs to improve I find it rather weak. Their Foreign Language Department showed some improvement this year. I also believe that many of their teachers should retire and allow new blood in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 67% 60%
Black 13% 20%
Hispanic 13% 16%
Two or more races 6% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian 0% N/A
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
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  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

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  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Claudia Woodruff
Gender
  • All girls
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA

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  • Religious
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Archdiocese of Chicago
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  • Basketball
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo

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Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
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  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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3737 West 99th Street
Chicago, IL 60805
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