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St Symphorosa Elementary School

Private | PK-8 | 302 students

 

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Posted Wednesday, 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


Posted Wednesday, 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


Posted Wednesday, 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


Posted Wednesday, 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


Posted Tuesday, 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


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 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.
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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


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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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