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Hickory Hills, IL
Students enrolled: 202
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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9000 S 86th Ave
Hickory Hills, IL 60457

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(708) 598-8200
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August 07, 2014
I am a working mother and was looking for a school with an after school program. The assistance in the after school program are fantastic!! They assist my child with homework and they play games that keep the kids occupied while they wait for their parents. The ladies in the front office are always friendly and willing to answer all my questions.( being the first child to attend school I had many questions). The computer room could need an upgrade, but I understand that budget is always the main factor. The Kindergarten teacher is simply amazing, I recognized all the personal time she took aside from her own personal schedule to dedicate to the kids. I was stunned when I received a phone call after 5 to talk about my child's progress. SHE IS A DEDICATED TEACHER!!! These are the reasons I am re enrolling my child at St. Patricia.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2014
It feels like home! The staff, teachers, parents and students are wonderful people who really care about the well being of each and every student! Leaders are born here and hearts of gold are found here!

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2014
Dr. Smith was the best principal at this school and it's such a shame he is no longer there. He truly cared for the students and staff. I have been at this school for close to 10 years and like I had said before false reviews are being written to out weigh the bad. I will not lie but I guess some parents are so desperate they don't mind lying and being deceiving in a catholic school. That should show you how the kids may act if the parents act this way. For those who want to know about this school take a look for yourself but make sure you go in with your eyes wide opened because if you struggle, don't donate additional money or don't allow others to push you around or walk all over you then you will not be accepted- popularity wise. They will smile to your face and stab you in the back. But judge for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2014
The new Principal is terrific! He really cares about the students and the parents. The old Principal didn't, he just seemed to be biding his time before it was time to retire. A school and it's students can only be successful with parental involvement. Those complaining of not having activities etc. should do something about it instead of complaining on here. At the beginning of the school year, a plea went out for someone to coach football, obviously nobody stepped up. As far as cattiness and cliques, every school has them. Instead of complaining here, go to PTA meetings, volunteer, offer to coach football, get a club started you think the students might enjoy.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2014
I'm a father at this school for over 10 years and the non 5 star reviews about the parents and cliques are true. I heard the commotion about someone writing a bad review and how this mother was going to write a good review. The parents act more childish than the children. Now the new principal isn't too bad but I must agree that the other principal seemed to be more involved with the students and parents. There was more after school activities before but when parents act more childish than the children, then of course other non active parents don't want to volunteer and rather pay the additional $200 to avoid these childish women. (If you are not aware you pay $200 if you do not volunteer X amount of hours) my wife did several hours this year but to avoid the headaches and politics we will pay the $200 next year.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2014
The school needs more activities for students to enjoy. Some of the staff members aren't that great. It needs major upgrading in every way possible. It also just seems like no one cares about the students well enough for it to be a positive environment. Enough said.

- submitted by a community member
September 26, 2013
We love our school... I love the fact that St. Patricia has small classes that way the kids get more attention from the teachers. I love that they are learning good ethics, responsibility, and religion. My kids have good manners and it's because of their upbringing and the school's efforts. I want my kids to respect their elders and respect all persons they come in contact with. I recommend St. Patricia to everyone I know. The new Principal is great, he makes a great addition to the staff at St. Pats.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2013
The teachers really care about their work, the children, and learning. THe school will have a new principal Fall 2013, so I'm curious what changes this will bring. I went to this school (many years ago, as did my 5 siblings) and we got a great education with good values then, and I believe that it is doing the same now, with even more pressure to perform under tight budget constraints. Sending my children to St. Patricia's is proof that those with history with the school have the confidence that it is still a highly valuable, competitive, excellent education AS WELL AS OFFERING A FAITH BASED environment. Mr Marc is a gem, completely invested partner with the principal. The teachers, in a word, phenominal. (I personally LOVE Mrs. Lang for Kindergarten - just AMAZING).

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2013
my kids went to this school ,and they hate it,some of the teachers like from first grade are terrible if your child needs help they will live him or her behind they do not care kids are very bullies,,and you do not feel that you have a principal because he is too nice some parents act like the school is their property thank god that they are going have new principal maybe this one will clean this mess!!!! people wake up ,i wake up late but not too late ....

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2013
Great community for the Children and Parents. The children benefit from supportive parents, teachers and staff. Benefits: newer computer lab, high school level science lab, interactive white boards in every classroom, before and after care, and new 2013-14 Spanish program for PreK-8th. Volunteer opportunities allow parents to meet and create lasting friendships. The investment of money, time, and values will help families from PreK through 8th grade as their children get a good education and learn about giving back to the community. New principal starting 2013-14 school year with great experience and we are looking forward to very good years to come. The tuition and fees are comparable if not lower than other schools in the surrounding areas. Terra Nova results included in handouts for public viewing.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2013
Fortunate and blessed are the children that attend St. Patricia school! My children always feel at home when they are there. The administration and teachers have always been at the leading edge when it pertains to keeping the students current with new trends in curriculum. Their test scores far exceed the national average! Most importantly; however, is the reason my children attend a Catholic school. Their faith is practiced and taught throughout the school day. The last review could not have been more wrong. They need to recheck their facts and find out the truth.

- submitted by a community member
June 06, 2013
Coming from a student who attended every grade level at St. Patricia, it is so sad to watch a wonderful school get worse and worse by the year. Families have been leaving the school for years due to the administration and teachers that are left. Tuition is $4,400 a year for 1 child! You would think that for that much money, the school would have higher test scores.... When I was there, they had wonderful teachers that instilled a love for lifelong learning. Changes just within the last 5 years are disgusting to watch, and their scores go hand in hand with their decisions on what staff to keep. 2012 test scores came in and St. Patricia earned a 55 in Math. They should be ashamed. You might as well send your child to an inner city school in Chicago, where they might even top that score. It's interesting to read the reviews on here, ranging back to 2007, when yes, the school had terrific teachers and the scores were up towards 80! When I look back on my education here, I am so thankful I had a private Catholic education, however, today I would never in a million years send any of my children here.

- submitted by a community member
September 19, 2012
This is a great school. I have had two sons graduate from there and both were completely prepared for high school - more so than some of their peers. I was in no way "elite" yet was very involved as a parent and volunteer. The school is stable and enrollment is down because of this terrible economy we are facing. The quality of teachers hasn't suffered and if anything, students get more attention because of the smaller class sizes.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2012
Just wondering who these supposed "elite" families are - never came across any that I would label as such.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 16, 2009
This is an excellent school. We have grandchildren in 3 different elementary schools all in the suburbs. St. Patricia's is a 5 star school based on our experiences.

- submitted by a community member
July 31, 2009
St. Patricia is an awesome school. I have 2 young children (1st and 3rd grade) in the school and each child is excelling in their classes. There is a strong sense of community, and parents who want to be involved are welcome to do so. There are no 'elite families' who run the school (maybe those who say that wouldn't be able to get along with anyone). I am involved in the school, and I am certainly not in an 'elite' family. The teachers are caring and invested in the education of the children. The children at St. Patricia are well prepared and disiplined. If you believe in catholic education and you want your child to have the best, than St. Patricia School is an investment you should make!! Carrie D.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating June 04, 2008
I graduated from this school, and though it gave me a solid foundation to build upon (I am now married and have a great job!) I can say in all honesty that it is not what it used to be. My nieces still attend school here, and it is evident the academic standard has dropped very low. The school's enrollment rate has taken such a beating that there was talk and still is of closing the school down. (I work for the archdicese). And the other parents are right- the 'elite' families make it difficult to fit in and find a place within the community.

- submitted by a student
November 01, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2007
Excellent school. There are so many ways to get involved in and it really is just one big family. five stars hands down.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2007
I have 2 children that attend St Patricia. Both of my children have scored a 99 on the standardized tera nova tests. My daughter has had poems and short stories published. She participated in accelerated 6th grade math and has a great attitude about volunteering in our local community. My son has exceded my expectations in all his course work. They have an excellent art program and has participated in many art fairs. The parents and teachers are wonderful to work with and I look forward to a great year. The teachers backrounds include doctorates and masters degrees!

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2007
Are there issues? Yes - too many to list. This school is run by certain parents - not the teachers or principal. I am glad I pulled my child out of this school. Public schools treat the children with more dignity and fairness and have more to offer. After paying for tuition, you still need to pay for tutors at this school. They are not prepared for the future. Better grades are achieved by cleaning a classroom, rather than a teacher taking time to explain. Run, don't walk away from this one.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2007
I have two children currently attending St Patricia and I love the school. Are there issues? Sure, just like at any school.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2007
I do not recommend this school for 2 major reasons: first, academically, they fall behind. There are about 3 good teachers in the school that actually make school exciting. Otherwise, their idea of teaching is having children rewrite/memorize textbooks, with 3-4 hours of homework daily. Enrollment is declining rapidly. Families are leaving for academic reasons And more importantly, the 2nd reason: too much parent involvement by a few 'elite' families.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2005
My children have been attending St. Patricia's for the past 8 years. I feel so proud that are family is part of this school family. My three children are receiving an excellent education by very concerned and dedicated teachers and staff.Good morals,respect, values and spiritual teachings are incorporated into every classroom, everyday. We are very fortunate to have such a fine school in our neighborhood. Kathy K.

- submitted by a student
February 14, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
May 13, 2004
My daughter loves this school. Not only is she recieving a top rate education, but she is learning morals, respect and making good judgements on her own. It is also teaching about her spiritual being and what it means and the responsibility of being God's child. She has great teachers who have wonderful relationships with the students as well with their parents. The school community makes you feel like your part of a larger family. I rate this school a 5.

- submitted by a parent
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St. Patricia School
9000 S 86th Ave, Hickory Hills, IL  60457
(708) 598-8200
Last modified St. Patricia School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St. Patricia School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top