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St. Patricia School

Private | PK-8 | 202 students

Rigorous academics, combined with faith based education.

 
 

Living in Hickory Hills

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $162,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $860.

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 5 ratings
2013:
Based on 6 ratings
2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
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Posted June 3, 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


Posted June 3, 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


Posted June 3, 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


Posted May 4, 2014

School has tons of activities - drama club, scouts, sports, intramurals, choir & music, student council, altar serving, junior honor society, events, field trips - take a look & see the website!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted June 6, 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.


Posted 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


Posted February 4, 2012

Just wondering who these supposed "elite" families are - never came across any that I would label as such.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted June 4, 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


Posted October 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted June 1, 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


Posted 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


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 84% 51%
Hispanic 11% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 4%
Black 2% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

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

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

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

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Thomas Clausing
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (708) 598-8233

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Individually guided instruction
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
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
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Archdiocese of Chicago
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Student council/government
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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
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$4000 - $5000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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9000 S 86th Ave
Hickory Hills, IL 60457
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Phone: (708) 598-8200

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