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St James School

Private | PK-8 | 120 students

We offer a nurturing environment...Inspiring learning, faith and character!

 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $234,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,240.

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Posted August 10, 2014

We LOVE St. James! We are a Military family and after touring several area schools none of them made us feel as welcome as the staff at St. James. This was the first time our daughter had to change schools and they were very supportive and helpful with the transition. The fact that the classes are smaller is nice as the teacher really has the time to get to know your child and what strengths and weaknesses they may have. St. James encourages academic excellence and spiritual growth in a family friendly environment . Our daughter is getting ready to start her second year at St. James and she can't wait to go back to school. The faculty at St. James is dedicated to the success of each child and encourages family involvement in their education experience. It is evident that the Principal loves what she does and goes above and beyond for the school. I highly recommend St. James to anyone. Come check us out!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2014

As a military family who moves every two to three years, finding good schools can be a challenge at times! We were very happy with St. James. Small classes and friendly teachers made us feel good with our decision. The principal is very friendly and always working to improve classrooms, programs, and activities for the kids. Before school and after-school care is also and option, making it nice to keep your child in one spot all day!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2014

After numerous preschools in Highland Park, I enrolled my son in St. James & never regretted it. They usually have 1 teacher, and 2 teacher's aides for the PreK classroom. They get the kids outside in the winter, unlike other local PreKs that are in Dist 112. The school worked so well for my family that I kept him enrolled for their all day Kindergarten program. Mrs. Pohl, the Kindergartner teacher & vice principal, is that teacher who loves each child for their individuality. The Rowland Readers program is a favorite of the students. This school truly cares about each child. The teachers are patient and keep parents informed of your child's progress. They welcome parents to be involved in their child's school day, unlike the public schools in the area that stop you from entering at the front desk. The Kindergartners love the "buddy" program they have with pairing them with an older child in the middle school grades. They learn by example, and make a new friend. If you ever have a problem, the office is open for you to reach out to the principal. Mrs. Vitulli, a former teacher & current principal, loves this school and it shows.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2010

I am a fan of St. James! I have two daughters in 2nd and 4th grades at St. James. They are excited everyday to go to school and disappointed on days they don't. As I parent this is a wonderful feeling. Beyond that, I feel that the education they are receiving is really preparing them for their future learning experiences. The principal, teachers, staff, and parents work together as a family to make sure that my girls are getting what they need to not only be great students but also great people. I volunteer weekly at the school and see first hand how the teaching staff is fully involved in making sure that my children are engaged and getting the most out of school. This school has been a great fit for us, it gives me peace of mind to know that my children are happy and leaning at St. James.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2010

This school is about average. They are not in the top 10% in the country. The class sizes vary from year to year. When there is not enough enrollment, like in my 3rd grade daughter's class, they combined 2nd/3rd grade and did not tell us until school started. My child had already learned her 2nd grade material.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2010

My girls love this school! Fantastic teachers, warm atmosphere, safe envirnoment. Highly recommended!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2008

I am thrilled to have my children at St. James school. I know they are receiving a terrific education from the best teachers. Besides the superior scholastic benefits, they are beginning their school years with a foundation built on values, character and morals. St. James is an extended family for us, and I have 100% confidence and comfort in my heart each day I drop my children off for school. I know they are in the best hands every minute they are there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2008

St. James is a wonderful school, near or at the top 10% in the country for test scores, small class sizes. I couldn't ask for a better school for my children. I give it a 10!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2004

St. James offers an excellent educational opportunity in a safe, family-oriented neighborhood. Students score in the top 10% nationally on standardized test and continue to do well at the next level with a high percentage achieving National Honor Society recognition. St. James students and parents benefit from the effort to instill the morals and values consistent with Christian teachings. This is done with a greater emphasis on the teachings themselves rather than being religion-centric. This creates an environment where many non-Catholic families are part of the St. James family. We've found St. James to be a superior and affordable alternative to the admittedly very good Highland Park/Highwood schools as it provides much more of the tangible and intangible aspects of education that public schools cannot.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 54% 51%
Two or more races 19% 3%
Hispanic 15% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 4%
Black 5% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

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
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:05 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mary Vitulli
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
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
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)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Archdiocese of Chicago
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Robotics club
School leaders can update this information here.

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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
  • 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 are your chances?


8 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
20
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
25

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$3000 - $5000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Highland Park High School
Loyola Academy
Woodands Academy of the Sacred Heart
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140 North Avenue
Highwood, IL 60040
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Phone: (847) 432-2277

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