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PK-8
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Chicago, IL
Students enrolled: 302
Before care: Yes
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6125 South Austin Avenue
Chicago, IL 60638

(773) 585-6888
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November 06, 2014
I have a second grader at St. Symphorosa and myself and my 3 brothers and sisters all graduated from here as well. If you are looking for a great family friendly, loving learning environment then St. Symphorosa is your school. Almost every teacher has been there 20+ years and they are all dedicated to making sure your children are getting the best education possible. I am appalled by the negative comments on this site about St. Sym's...the only thing I can think is that they are from bitter parents whose children are no longer in the school. As with every school, job, store etc. you will see a few bad reviews but I'm telling you I am in LOVE with St. Sym's. Of course anyone can take the cheaper, easy route and choose CPS, but if you want a quality learning environment in a non over crowded school with teachers who will love your children as their own then this is the place. I feel that any issue I may have that I can always go to the principal and she will listen with open ears, and is always looking out for the best interest of the children. If you are in the Midway area and are looking for an A+ catholic school, I definitely suggest St. Symphorosa!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2014
My two children attend St. Symphorosa School. They are both excelling in all subjects due to the hard working teachers who put their all into helping the students succeed. Whenever either of my children doesn't understand something, the teachers help them during the day, or if extra explanations are needed, after school. As another parent stated, I don't see too many teachers willing to stay after school, using their own time to help students anymore.. Because of their dedication, I have seen my children's Terra Nova scores rise each time theyve taken the test, both scoring well over the National Norm. At times, all schools have a problem with one child bothering another (I wouldn't consider everything that happens bullying; it's just some children still need to work on behaving properly). These situations are taken care of immediately. While many schools cannot say this anymore, our school has a solid educational program, which includes an Art, Music, Computer, Library, and P.E. teachers. trips to enhance There are after school programs offered almost every day of the week. We also have a Parent Association that organizes activities/treats for the students.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2014
This school is outstanding! I have one child who graduated and one who still attends Saint Symphorosa School. Both of my children have succeeded, that is mainly because of the dedication of the teachers and the principal. When my oldest needed help with her studies, the teachers stayed after school to help her. I have never been at any school where the teachers are so dedicated and caring. When my mom was sick and dying it was the principal who comforted me and let me talk and opened her door to me. This school is not only about academics but it is family, it is about caring, compassion and dedication. This is what I want for my children. Whoever wrote those negative comments are parents who left because they didn't get their way. We love our teachers and principal. If I had to do it all over again, I would still choose Saint Symphorosa school!

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2014
Ugh I wish I could just piggy back off of whomever wrote on oct 28th. GOOD FOR YOU!! For speaking up because everything you said is 100% accurate. I Would bet my life that the people who are giving good reviews are the ones who push the clique at this school. Yes I'm sure your child is "excelling" as you say. It's easy to when this school is A YEAR behind. The 4 & 5 teachers are so bad I talked to a lawyer and was ready to take action when my husband talked me out of it. This school is a JOKE. The only reason it got one star is because I couldn't submit with zero!!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2014
My children have always scored way above average on their standardized tests. And if by clique you mean people are friendly to each other? It's a shame you are not part of that. My kids have been going to dances at the school for years. They have never been encouraged to bring dates. Maybe some kids want to bring dates, but it's never been encouraged by the school, teachers or parents. Overall, my family has been very happy with the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2014
This school is amazing. I really like the caring, family atmosphere and the excellent teachers that go above and beyond to ensure student success. My child is happy and safe at St. Symphorosa. The academic foundation he is receiving is excellent and his faith formation is wonderful. I appreciate this school and know that my child will have a bright future thanks to the start he received at St. Syms.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2014
So sad to hear parents speak negatively of this school. I have been a parishioner since I started Kindergarten at the school many years ago, and am happy with the education my kids are receiving now. They have made amazing friendships with their classmates and enjoy a wide variety of activities (scouts, school musicals, clubs, etc - not only sports). The age at which they are invited to Homecoming dance is the same at ALL the schools in the area (ask around - JV and Varsity level is included in the dance). Unlike some other schools, Syms includes ALL students in grades 4-8, not just football players and cheerleaders at their dance! Students are treated fairly and receive a quality, Catholic education. My sons standardized tests scores are WAY above the National average and have been every year! The teachers do care and will work with your child if they need help. I love the opportunity to be extremely involved in activities and events at the school. We are proud to be members of the Syms "Family"!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2014
Before sending your children to this school, ask a few questions. First, ask to see the school's standardized test results. Second, ask how old (young!) children are when they can attend their first dance/ Third, ask to speak to teachers in ALL grades - espeicallly teachers who are near retirement, and ask them about their teaching methods and whet they think of children, in general, and children in their classes. Then ask what you want for your children? Is a strong academic program important? Look at the standardized test scors, and you'll be very disappointed. Is it important for teachers to try new, innovative teaching methods, and not just try to force kids into their teaching "box"? You will be disappointed in about half the teachers. Do you want a school where bullying is not tolerated and this behavior is dealt with swiftly and fiarly? If your child is bullied, more than likely, he or she will be blamed for "not fitting in." If you like the ydea of pre-junior-high age children going to boy-girl dances, and encouraged to bring "dates", you will find that here. What is important to you?Great academics in a Christian setting? Look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 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
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
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
July 01, 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
September 04, 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
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
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.

- submitted by a community member
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
January 29, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 07, 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
September 03, 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
June 01, 2006
Teachers take great interest in the kids. Tuition is high. Very little to no Bible study for the students.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
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
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
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
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
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
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
April 21, 2005
St. Symphorosa, over the last 5 years or so, has been declining in the quality of teachers and leadership. They had some dynamic lay teachers and leadership has failed. It used to be a community leader in education, now tuition is being raised, enrollment is down and the quality of education is in the pitts.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2005
I think academically it is average. There are extracurricular activitites at an expense. I do see a high level of parent involvement but that is because you are forced to or you have to pay. I think the tuition is slightly high, but the forcement of selling (you have to sell $400 worth or you pay) and the forced volunteering (you have to volunteer 15hours or pay $10 an hour) is just outrageous. Also you must not only go to church but put a certain amount of money in the envelope or you end up paying an additional $518.00. Your tuition could end up as high as $3500.

- submitted by a parent
February 29, 2004
I have a child who attends St. Syms. The staff at St. Syms is wonderful and very involved with the students. Also, the parents are very involved. There are many extracurricular activities for all grades, starting from Kindergarten through 8th grade. I also believe the education my child is receiving is top notch. St.Syms makes my child want to learn and also helps me teach my child how to be a good person. This is a highly recommended school.

- submitted by a parent
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St Symphorosa Elementary School
6125 South Austin Avenue, Chicago, IL  60638
(773) 585-6888
Last modified St Symphorosa Elementary School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
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