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St Symphorosa Elementary School

Private | PK-8 | 17 students

 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $147,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $880.

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Posted April 7, 2014

Great school! My kids couldn't be happier here! They have excelled in all subjects. Teachers are always willing to stay with your child if they need extra help. This school goes above and beyond when it comes to education. When I see what my children are learning I know my money is well spent. Besides sports, the school also has many activities through out the year like Chess Club and Spanish Club. St. Syms is just one big family and I couldn't be happier!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2014

St. Symphorosa is a wonderful school. From pre-k on up. My child excelling and is happy. This school does a great job with religion and incorporating it into other subjects and making it all relevant. I don't believe that sports is the main focus of the school. There are other activities and extracurricular offerings. Scouts, chess club, guitar as well after school Spanish class. There is something for everyone. If your looking for a school definitely check it out. Call the school and arrange a shadow day for your child. Decide for yourself. Don't let one or two negative comments influence your decision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2014

Saint Symphorosa School is a wonderful school. My family and I grew up at St. Symphorosa and my children currently go there and we truly feel the love of the school community. The teachers really look out for the students best interests and love them as if they are their own. I am happy to be a part of the St. Symphorosa Family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2013

Academically, this school falls short. Other schools in the area - including CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS offer more academically. The curriculum here falls far behind that of other schools in the area - as much as two to three years behind. Many parents of students in upper grades and/or graduates complain that the school did not prepare their children for high school level math, science, technology, etc. Students graduating from this school have a distinct disadvantage academically. I do agree with other posters that sports is the number one focus on this school, but learning to play sports is NOT going to prepare students for high school and beyond. I have heard some parents complain about bullying, and that the faculty and administration do not try to stop that activity. Some families have left because of this. Overall, people should "pass" on this school - the curriculum is poor, the focus is on sports instead of academics, and they allow bullying to go unchecked. It does very little to prepare students for high school or beyond.


Posted July 19, 2013

St. Symphorosa is the best Catholic school in the Midway area. My children have been very happy and have excelled in their academics. The Teachers are wonderful..I have never been in a school where the teachers genuinely care about each and every student. The Principal is a strong leader and has brought this school to new heights. Parents who want their way all the time and make it difficult for others have been sifted out....kudos! There is a true family atmosphere in this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2013

Not really a "Catholic" school though it is affiliated with a "Catholic" church. Teachers teach things that go against catholic doctrine, and the principal allows it to go on. If you are looking for a CATHOLIC education for children, there are better options close by. Academically it's ok - some of the classes are very large so the teachers don't have time to teach each student according to ability. Very few after school options: scouting, band, and sports. Sports is the most important thing to the school, and the sporting programs ALWAYS come first. Lots of bullying goes on that is never taken care of. The bullies are let go to continue, and the bullied are thought to be "trouble makers." Not a very friendly environment for parents, especially new parents. If you're not in the clique, then you're basically ignored - the same goes for the parish, too. There are many better options - including other Catholic schools - in the neighbhorhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2012

I have one daughter who graduated from Syms, and another one currently at Syms. It is a WONDERFUL school. Yes-the tuition might be a bit more than other schools in the area, but the # of students is less than other schools. They have to make up the cost somewhere!? Compare our class sizes to other schools with larger #s and it shows your child will thrive with a lower student to teacher ratio. When my 8th grader was struggling, any and every teacher she asked to stay after did. (On their own time). Some even came early to meet her at school if after school didn't work for them that day. There are tons of sports and activities. The parents are very welcoming. I looked at other schools in the area and fell in love with the small, family size feel of Syms. And am glad I went with them :) Mrs. Loduca, who is the Vice Principal is a FANTASTIC teacher, she's tough, that's why I loved her. All the teachers have huge hearts and will help each student in any way they can. I was shocked at the 'unqualified' teachers review below. Each summer these teachers have to go to classes for continuing education, they have to stay qualified to keep their jobs, it's required!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2012

St. Symphorosa is a great school. My children are very happy in this school and continue to thrive. The teachers are very caring and are definitely NOT unqualified. This school is worth the tuition.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2012

Unqualified teachers with bad attitudes who treat the role as just another job and not an important career. Probably a problem all across the southwest side of Chicago. Definitely not worth the price of tuition.


Posted January 17, 2012

This school has great, caring teachers. Kids are taught responsibility, academics are above par, and most important, kids are given a high quality CATHOLIC education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2009

After reading the reviews submitted before me, I have to say I am shocked. In the world we live in you hope and pray to find a school such as this. There is no better 'upbringing' atmosphere in any school in this area. The teachers love every student as if it was their child, and teach them just the same. Our principle is an amazing nun with all the right morals and values. I cannot say enough of the experience St Syms has given not only my children but also our family. The only bad choice would to not choose this school. It is worth every penny and some.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2006

This has got to be one of, if not the best catholic school in the Midway area! I have 2 children in and 2 more to go. My children get the best attention and one on one they need from each teacher. There is plenty to do extracurricularly be it sports, social groups etc. It is a nice family feeling amongst all of us. Only at Syms can you get Art, Music, after school programs, sports, spanish, french, sign language, band, girl scouts, boy scouts, market day, after day care, chorus, a nice big gym, winning sport teams, great parish carnival, should i go on? St. Syms, a great place for my children to grow, keep up the great work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2006

Teachers take great interest in the kids. Tuition is high. Very little to no Bible study for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2005

I had 2 children who attended St. Symphorosa. My daughter began in 5th grade after attending a Chicago Public 'gifted' school where I found out the teachers were degrading the students. I also sent my son who was in 1st grade. From the time I enrolled them, I could sense the family-like atmosphere. Since we didn't live in the parish, I was surprised at how well my children were accepted by the other students. The teachers through 8th grade showed concern for all the students, whether presently in their class or not. My daughter, receiving D's at the other school, was back to receiving A's, due to the consistant teaching of all the teachers. Many parents are involved in the school. Both of my children are doing excellent in their schools, my son is in the top 10 in high school, and my daughter is in the honors program in college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2005

This is an excellent school, however they are extremely money oriented. By not attending church, you risk the chance of having to pay extra per child. The reigning clergy at the parish pushes for extra money. No other school in the area has this type of program. Take a look at St. Daniels, St. Rene or St Jane before selecting St. Symphorosa, or become a high paid Cop or Firefighter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2005

I can't say enough about St. Syms. I love the sports, but there are many chances for kids to try other activities like scouting, band, talent show and choir. I am very satisfied with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2005

My experience as a student at St. Symphorosa was that the teachers always held me accountable. At the time it often caused me trepidation. Now I realize how beneficial it was, and I credit my success to the self-discipline I learned at this school. Spiritually and academically, St. Symphorosa prepared me for the future.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 19, 2005

St Syms is a wonderful learning environment. The teachers are dedicated, concerned and caring. I am extremely pleased with the academic progress my children have made while at St syms. Even now, with one of my children in High School, they still refer to the creative experiences they had and what they learned.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2005

It can't be told in 150 words! The school is great! The curriculum is high quality. The faculty is experienced and gives freely/generously of themselves for the kids. The fund-raising commitment is used to help offset the tuition, and any fundraising done over your pledge is directly reduced off your tuition. There s NO mandatory church offering, that s illegal. They ask that you go to church as much as possible. If you can t afford to give$ that week it s ok, just give the envelope to show you were in church. They ask that you volunteer at some school events.(Most do because they want to be there with their kid s and don t have to be forced to interact with their own kids)Some don t, that s why service hours are needed. It's only a few hours anyway, It's really easy! It s a great education, in a safe environment(unlike many Chicago schools)at an affordable price.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2005

My child attended St. Syms and I only wish she had the caring teachers in high school that she had at Syms! the teachers at Syms are awesome and they understand how the mind of a teenager works!!! The junior high is great and the trips to Washington and Great America is memorable! I only wish I had teachers like this when I was 'coming up'
—Submitted by a parent


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Ethnicity This school State average
White 51% 51%
Hispanic 46% 24%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 18%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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6125 South Austin Avenue
Chicago, IL 60638
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