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9-12
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Chicago, IL
Students enrolled: 1,100
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3737 West 99th Street
Chicago, IL 60805

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(773) 881-6500
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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
December 01, 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
December 04, 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
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

- submitted by a community member
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
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
May 09, 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
May 08, 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!

- submitted by a teacher
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
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
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
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
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
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
May 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating 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
no rating 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
August 29, 2008
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July 31, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2007
This School Is a excellent school for my daughter

- submitted by a parent
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.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
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
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
January 25, 2006
My daughter attended Mother Mcauley High School. While she did really well in most subjects, we both agree that their math department needs improvement. The teachers were difficult to work with when it came to setting up extra help. My daughter didn't really get involved in many extracurricular activities, although many were offered. I was involved where I could be, but there wasn't much opportunity to help out.

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January 21, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2006
I attended McAuley in the early 90's and it was the best experience I have had, educationally as well as socially. The empowerment of the environment there is second to none. Now as my niece attends, as well as several of my former students, I see that the quality of education has surpassed even the wonderful experience I had!

- submitted by a former student
August 21, 2005
I am a graduate of McAuley. I believe this school has prepared me for the future in everyway possible. I believe that a McAuley education is the best education a parent can give their daughter.

- submitted by a former student
August 20, 2005
My daughter got an excellent education at Mother McAuley High School. There are plenty of extracurricular activities offered, and my daughter took advantage of many of them. The teachers and the administration are very caring, and all strive to give the students the best education they can. It is well worth the time it takes to check this school out, if you are considering a private school for your daughter.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
February 12, 2004
As an alumni of Mother McAuley I highly recommend this school for young girls. I was challenged, encouraged and nurtured in many ways. I must say that McAuley's strength at that time (14 years ago) was not ensuring all races in the school were appreciated and girls made to feel comfortable. However, the knowledge, skills, talents and confidence I gained are immeasurable. After her 4 years, it will be up to your young woman to decide what she will leave with, from her experience at McAuley.

- submitted by a former student
September 28, 2003
An exceptional high school. My daughter is a senior, and loves the place. She has been challenged academically, and has been taught to develope leadership skills. She wants to go to an exceptional college, and has been given the background to be competative for Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, Yale...wherever she dreams. The student numbers mean that whatever the interests, there will be plenty of others with similar interests. It's like there are 'sub-schools' in the big school. Example...There are enough students in theater (or any sport or the Math Team or art or any activity) that everyone can 'fit in'. Well worth the investment. I fully support the all female experience as well. The girls have no reason not to excel.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2003
Mother McAuley is a good school that provides females with a very good education. I am an alumni of McAuley and although the education was good, I feel that the treatment of minority students was just okay. I liked going to McAuley because the activities encouraged students to get involved. Overall, McAuley is a good place to send a young lady.

- submitted by a former student
August 19, 2003
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- submitted by a former student
August 10, 2003
Both of my daughters went to Mother McAuley and my husband and I couldn't be happier with the quality education they recieved. Mother mcAuley is an atmosphere that encourages young women to reach their potential and to never think that they 'can't' do something. There are also tons of ways to get involved and meet new people at McAuley: sports, clubs, theater, band, and so much more. McAuley was well worth it.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
It is a wonderful school to send your daughter to. There she will get the best education in town.

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Mother Mcauley Liberal Arts High School
3737 West 99th Street, Chicago, IL  60805
(773) 881-6500
Last modified Mother Mcauley Liberal Arts High School is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
Mother Mcauley Liberal Arts High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top