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St. Thecla

Private | PK-8 | 215 students

Our school is best know for our 1:1 iPads and great sense of community!

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $255,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,010.

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Posted April 21, 2014

saint thecla is an amazing school. My child enjoys going to school at saint thecla. In addition to the great teachers at this school, the kids are the best. They are all friends with each other and mostly all nice to eachother. Great school all around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2013

I have 3 children attending St Thecla and could not be happier. The Principle and Teachers are excellent and there is such a strong sense of community. The Pastor Father Gene is an excellent leader and the parent involvement is incredible. It is a commitment financially to send your kids to Catholic School especially when there are very good public schools in area but worth every penny.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

St. Thecla is a wonderful school. We have been at this school now for 10+ years, and I agree, we have had a inadequate principal and teachers in the past, but everything has changed. We now have a wonderful principal and all of our teachers are top notch! The junior high is absolutely amazing! The teachers are all so dedicated and a couple of them are "heart of the school" award winners. Most of all, our test scores are the highest in the area! They have started many new programs such as incorporating Pads, Spanish in K-8, and resource teachers. It is really an amazing school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2013

My son has now attended St. Thecla for several years. During this time, the small class sizes and engaged staff have effectively supported his academic progress and the values based academic program has given him the morals and standards that will benefit him in life. Furthermore, the principal has a strong vision for the future of the school and his work ethic is inspirational.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2013

St. Thecla is a hidden gem in Chicago. My kids began by attending full day preK programs, which have quality teachers & curriculum. What I was surprised to learn is that it was 1/3 the price of daycare! The flexible before and after care program along with the after school enrichment programs have been a true blessing for my family. The communication and quality of education is remarkable. The 1:1 attention my kids receive in the small class sizes is beyond compare. The communication from teachers, principal, and staff is remarkable. Everyone there knows the students' individual students' strengths and weaknesses. Mr. Gargano, having only completed his first year as principal, is fantastic. He greets the kids each day as they enter, is a presence in the classrooms and hallways, and is energetic and enthusiastic leader. I worried about the how one of my kids, who has a reading disability, would grow in a small Catholic school. However, he has made wonderful gains working with the school's resource teacher in a 1:1 pull-out. As a transplant to the city, it has been wonderful becoming part of a thriving community & most importantly--my kids are flourishing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2013

My child has been a student at St.Thecla since pre k. She has not only been able to achieve great heights scholastically thru extra curricular activities like The Academic Bowl, The National Spelling Bee and The National Jr. Honor Society but St. Thecla has helped to mold my child into a good citizen. She has been encouraged to pursue her dreams since early elementary grades. Her heroes are her teachers not pop stars. She is in jr. high, where inspiration occurs daily in the classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2012

Saint Thecla is an excellent school! We have excellent teachers, a strong new principal who teaches the values of a good leader, and excellent teams for both academics and sports. Our sport teams are very talented and we recently came in first place at our academic bowl! The students and teachers both love and care for each other. The teachers have the students best interence at heart and will take the time and help you until you fully understand the materials. I hope you give your the children a chance to feel loved at school and get the best education possible. For more information visit @saintthecla.org


Posted June 4, 2012

My daughter just graduated from St. Thecla. She came to this school in 8th grade. Transferring in 8th grade is difficult, but the principal and staff at Thecla could not have been better. They made my daughter feel at home from day one. Within a week you wouldn't know who the "new kid" was. The education my daughter got was great, small class sizes and teachers who get to know your child. It is also hard for a parent to change schools but the staff, principal, teachers and school secretary were very helpful. The kids are well behaved and respectful to adults and each other. The parents are super friendly. I would definitely recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2012

The teachers at this school are amazing! The junior high is definitely the cr me de la cr me of this school. I've had two children pass through this CURRENT junior high (it was a whole different group of teachers a few years ago) and I can say with confidence that those three wonderful teachers are the reason why my children will/are excelling in high school. They already know the high school science and math material BEFORE they get to high school! The teachers here also teach good manners and stewardship. The students at this school are loved, challenged, and molded into intelligent, faith-filled, polite Chicagoans. Thank you, St. Thecla.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2011

I was a parishoner for 40 years, and when I emailed the principal (3 times) about enrolling my son, I received no response... until I emailed the 4th time to let her know I'd be sending him to another school. THEN she responded. She said she hadn't gotten the other emails, which I find hard to believe as I just hit "reply all" each time I sent it. The reviews about the classes may be right on, but the negative comments about the principal is also accurate. If she wouldn't respond to a parent question during recruiting/enrollment season, how can I think she would respond after she cashed our tuition check?


Posted March 4, 2011

I have seen several teachers as well as principals come & go since the 90's. The current teachers on staff are top notch. They are excited about teaching your child! Small class sizes make it possible for these teachers to really know your child, as a student & a person. On the other hand, I am afraid that the principal & office staff could potentially drive away future families of St. Thecla. The principal can't complete a sentence without saying "umm". She can never make eye contact with you or resolve conflict/concerns. She is not very welcoming either. The office staff seems to have good days & bad. Would I change schools? No, because my child is happy there & that is really what it is all about. I can say that other children who have graduated & gone to high school & beyond have done very well with their education that began at St. Thecla. It is as much an effort by teachers as it needs to be for the parents who send their children there. If you think you will ever find a "perfect" school, you are sadly mistaken. There are going to be things you agree with & disagree with at any school you look at.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2010

I feel lucky to have found St Thecla, it's a hidden diamond in the mist of failing schools all around the country. The concentration at this school continues to be to educate the 'whole child' and that has never wavered. The school has great scores (wish they would post them) and the class sizes are perfect. This allows teachers to fully know their students and their learning styles and adapt as needed while moving the class forward as a whole. The teachers are the true secret to the school, they enjoy what they do and do it well. They concentrate, as emphasized by the Principal and Pastor, on 21st century educating. "Educating our young for jobs that do not exist today". Unfortunately the talk on this site about racism and parent 'cliques' in this school, are parent-perceived issues not school issues. Luckily, this does not affect the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2010

I find this to be a good environment for young children. I am very surprised by the racist comments posted on this site. I am not Irish nor am I Catholic and have never experienced racism or elitisim. The office staff contrary to prior reviews is very professional. If you want a school that is loving towards your child and an office staff and teachers who know your child's name and yours within the first week of school, then this is the place for you. Please check out the school yourself before relying on some obviously disgruntled parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2010

I have NEVER seen such a cliquey school as much as Saint Thecla. If your child is not Irish DO NOT waste your money on this school. The principal is SO full of herself she does not care about how the teachers are teaching.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2010

My Family LOVES this school. The class sizes are small. This allows teachers to spend individual attention with each student. The teachers and staff are very knowledgable, friendly and very approachable. However, the prinicipal needs some improvement. I am very happy to send my two children to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2010

Overall our experience has been good, the preschool teachers are wonderful and the kids are very nice. But I will say the school does too much nickel and diming to get funding and the parents are too gossipy and critical of everyone and everything. And I never been exposed to so much racism and elite behavior in my life. I want my children to know that there are people that exist in the world other than white Irish and are still just as valuable of a human beings as anyone else. Someone needs to remind these families that we are all God's people no matter our color and no matter what school we may attend.


Posted January 29, 2010

There are a lot of wonderful aspects of St. Thecla School. I am surprised by some of the previous reviews. Student-teacher ratio is one of the strong points for me. One of my children has never been in a class larger than 14! I think this has been extremely valuable for her academic and social development. I have found the teachers to be very caring. The sports programs are wonderful. The other parents I have met here are extremely dedicated to their children and to the school as a whole. In regards to tuition, I think it is very competitive in regards to neighboring schools. I suppose it can be confusing at first, but I like the fact that I can 'earn' $1000 towards the total tuition through volunteerism. I do agree that the principal's leadership should be improved, as well as the professionalism of the office staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2010

The teacher to student ratio is inadequate. Children are often scolded and never praised. They have a very antiquated approach to developing loving, unique, and smart children. It has a tendency to discourage students from really developing that love of learning. Compare with other schools that may give you a better tuition and a better education.


Posted January 12, 2010

I will be sending my kids elsewhere in the fall. Principal is very weak, a few parents run the school as their own social club, not a very professional staff. Teaching is sub-par in my opinion, check out other schools and compare. Plenty of hidden costs, if you are not in with the ruling crowd it becomes a very long year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2009

Alright, St. Thecla has gone downhill since new principals. Every teacher will find flaws with your kid and your family and make some kind of rude remark. They don't care how good their education is at St. Thecla they only care what the kids wear. This school is ridiculous and there is no rational remark at Thecla there is only screaming. I am sorry but I feel that this is school is bad environment for your child and there is so many times where i regret even sending my kids to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 91% 51%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Hispanic 3% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 18%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:45 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dan Gargano
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • None
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Library
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Archdiocese of Chicago
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cub scouts
  • Girl scouts
  • Homework help/study buddy club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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6323 N Newcastle Ave
Chicago, IL 60631
Phone: (773) 763-3380

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