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Everest Academy Lemont

Private | PK-8 | 145 students

Forming Leaders through Advanced Academics and Character Development

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2014:
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2013:
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Posted Monday, October 20, 2014

Everest Academy has been a blessing to my family. Academic, Spiritual, and Human Development all while giving us a chance to put our faith into action. We are becoming more involved in the family charity work the school is organizing. Thank you Everest. Also, I did not rate the school 5 stars because of the handful of parents who stir an uprising instead of being part of the solution. If the teacher isn't pushing your child enough spiritually, make up the difference. Same goes for academics. Ultimately it is your son or daughter. Make up the gap where the school falls short. Just like we all do in real life. Celebrate publicly. Reprimand privately.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Monday, October 20, 2014

This school is ok. Not great, not bad, just ok. We have been there for several years and have seen the school grow from 60 or so kids all the way to 280 kids. Like any business that rapid of a growth will come with issues. Yes, there has been turnover of teacher, yes there is some turnover of families. I think that happens anywhere and in of itself does not necessarily mean the school is bad. My concerns are strictly with the curriculum. A reviewer below commented that that "..if the school is not pushing your child...make up the difference..". That's all well and good, but when you call yourself an Academy and claim a superior curriculum, the school should be pushing your child. Unfortunately, we (and many other parents) have seen a serious dropoff in the quality of the curriculum. Again, as a reviewer below noted, they went from multiplication down to simple addition in moving up a grade level. Additionally, a class didn't even have science classes for the first six weeks of school because the teacher didn't have the correct curriculum. They really need to address this before things spiral out of control. In regards to the unequal treatment, that is simply untrue.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Monday, October 20, 2014

Everest Academy is a hidden gem in the Southwest suburbs. It is an outstanding Catholic school from the academics to personal attention of each student. The teachers always have a smile on their face and communicate with parents often. The faculty and staff are excellent! When you walk in the school, you instantly feel warm and welcome. Everest Academy is a gift
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Monday, October 20, 2014

Everest Academy is our home.. It is our second family. The building is beautiful but what is inside is a true blessing beyond words. Every day I drop my children off with complete certainty that they are receiving an over abundance of love and an uncomparable academic experience. Joy is contagious in the halls of Everest Academy. Happy and positive families see the good in the school and attract others. Everest Academy was build out of love and generosity... The walls were created with great sacrifice and kindness. If you are looking for a Catholic education , more virtue infused into your family life, a school where you can get involved, and lifetime friends... Everest Academy is for you! Everest is forming Christian leaders to be counter cultural and make a real difference in the world! God Bless all the Everest families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Monday, October 20, 2014

Everest Academy is the perfect fit for our family. My children come home from school, happy and enthusiastic . I can see how they are growing not only academically, but more important spiritually. If only parents could learn from their children .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Sunday, October 19, 2014

This is a great school. I recommend it without hesitation. It is a new school, so it has the growing pains but this is part of what makes the school great. So many people working together to build a school. I am happy here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Sunday, October 19, 2014

We recently transferred into Everest and it was the best decision we could have made. My kids are happy, they love the teachers and staff and are learning above and beyond what we ever expected. Everyone has been so positive, helpful and loving. I am happy to say that we are a part of this great school that I wish we knew about sooner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Saturday, October 18, 2014

What a waste of money. You think your kids will learn more at a private school and have a positive experience....Wrong! Parents are upset and they should be. The school dramatically increased their enrollment by lowering their standards. They are about a year behind many public schools. The teachers spend a lot of time disciplining students instead of teaching. Every day I ask my kids what they learned and the answer is always not much. What a shame. Hardly any homework and not much communication from staff unless they are asking for money. Every day parents are telling me about the lack of learning and how bad they feel about the decision to come here.. Some even left the school after just 6 weeks. I have seen other schools with higher standard that cost less. Many families will leave after this year or before. I agree with the numerous negative reviews and don't trust the one positive review. The turnover at this school is scary....most teachers are not even here two years, some leave during the year as well as students. This is not normal or welcoming, I am an educator and know this is not the place for learning anything. VERY DISAPPOINTED!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Friday, October 17, 2014

The grass IS greener on the other side. We transferred to Everest this year and could not be happier with the curriculum and staff. Both are beyond our expectations. I work in the education field and have the opportunity to travel throughout the US to work with several districts. I can honestly say that Everest is top notch and I feel lucky my kids get to experience everything they have to offer. My only regret is not finding Everest sooner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2014

As new parents at Everest Academy this year, our three children, are having overwhelmingly positive experiences. We transferred from a public school district. In making our decision to transfer, we had teachers from our public school review Everest's books/curriculum. They all agreed that the curriculum is definitely more rigorous & advanced than what they teach, especially now with common core. They made grade to grade comparisons. We have been welcomed to this school in a way that has made us feel at home immediately. I have not seen the divide that some of the negative reviews proclaim. The changes in the staff does not bother us. It was made known up front (when we enrolled end of last year) that the principal was only in a temporary position, and her time was ending this summer. It's not uncommon to see staff changeover when a leader, such as a principal, moves on. (We saw more changes in staff and board members at our public school over last couple of years.) Change happens, and it's not always negative.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2014

This school has changed and not for the better. So far this year, the Spanish teacher that taught for 6 to 7 years left with a one day notice. Teachers from last year left. A teacher in PK left after just a few weeks. Even a janitor left before he even worked a week. There is a new principal and many new board members. The course material is a joke. It is looking like a public school. They are going backwards. The kids left learning multiplication last year and now they are doing single digit addition. They added so many new kids in the last year. The standards are much lower. Parents that want their kids to learn are not listened to. What a shame. There are 4 priests in the school and not one taught my kid a religion class. What are they doing there? Are they there just to look at? Why can't they help, things don't look right. I do not feel the kids are treated equally. Those with money, have special seats, special parking, and excellent grades if you know that I mean. I would not be surprised if they asked us to use the back door, and have the more affluent kids use the front door. This school may not be around next year
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2014

We expected more in PK4. The parent teacher conferences wasted our time with no discussion on the acsdemics. I do not care how often you read the bible: tell me what is going on in your classroom. We were hoping to enrich our child's faith and partner with the school in a successful academic opportunity. The teachers dress very corporately especially the PK4. Perhaps the other PK4 class that has a younger teacher would have yielded better results. We want our child to get a well rounded academic, social and spiritual education. We do not see that happening here.. I agree with the comment on 2/1/14, the staff appears to be disengaged Children are not benefiting from teachers looking the other way when problems arise. Pointing the finger at the parents only goes so far. The teacher overused the excuse that parents are the primary educators for there lack of initiative and success with the students. It does not appear that the kids are treated equally. Kids that have parents that have resources are in a clique and get much more attention. Our report on our kid was so far from reality, only when you have money will your kids be treated with respect here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2014

Working with this school was a horrible experience. We signed up our son for preschool and they decided to get rid of the 3 day program afterwards. So we decided to go to another private school that offers it. We called Everest to drop out in the beginning of July and expected a full refund. After several attempts to contact them, without any success, they finally got back to us mid August on how to officially remove our son form the school. They ended up keeping $1800 out of the $3200 we paid. They also charge us again after we removed our son from the school and they refuse to pay it back. Unless you have money this school can care less about the student or family. I highly recommend another private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2014

This is our 1st year at Everest and I cannot say enough about how wonderful the teachers and all the staff are. Not only are they caring and so very helpful (my son is in PK3 so he occasionally needs help with things) but the education he is getting is better than some of my friends kids in older grades. I am so happy I found Everest. My son loves to go to school everyday and is really sad on the weekends and holidays that he cannot go. I hear from other parents in varying grades that this is common among the kids. If you are looking for a great education for your child along with an entire school committed to your child well being and happiness, then your search should be over!!! I cannot say enough good things about Everest.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2014

Our son transferred to Everest in the middle of last school year, and we could not have asked for a better transition! His teacher spent her lunch breaks catching him and another new student up. The kids in his class were all very welcoming. We have since transferred our other kids to Everest and are so thankful that we did.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2014

I do not recommend Everest Academy to anyone the teachers were never willing to help the students out if they struggled in some areas classes were not organized. When other kids bullied each other the teachers would act like it is no big deal and move on with there day and not help the students out. When you go on a tour of the school everyone acts fake and they act like the are all the best and a high quality school. You honestly should look at a different school then Everest Academy.


Posted January 18, 2014

I am disappointed with my child's teacher. Although it is her first year, we were expecting a little more maturity (especially as she has reminded us many times that her parent is a teacher). It took several reminders to her and the principal for her to get some very basic materials to us. Although there are only 16 kids in the class, she appears to be stressed and ineffective. I would like her to show a little more respect for the parents too. I am not the only parent that feels that that her tone is inappropriate. With an open mind, increased thoughtfulness and additional training she might become successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2013

Everest Academy has had a great impact on my son. He has made so many great strides since coming here. The Public school system was more than willing to cast him aside. Here he's getting A's and B's compared to C's and D's in the public school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2013

We started at Everest after spending over a decade at another school. My children were nervous to switch schools, but the transition could not have been easier. The teachers, students, and staff welcomed us to the Everest family. The academics are challenging without being overwhelming, the Religious formation is second to none, and the Character Education Program is woven throughout the curriculum so my children are being challenged to grow in virtue each day. The faculty supports us as parents and works with us to form our children into responsible leaders. The teachers and staff provide a caring, nurturing environment where my children feel at home. They have both grown in confidence, independence, and spiritually since coming here a few months ago. In addition, Everest provides both social and spiritual opportunities for the parents. I highly recommend you experience the Everest advantage.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2013

My daughter started this year in the PK3 class. I am so happy that we decided to send her here. My husband and I never intended on privately educating our children; however, since we found Everest there is no other place I can ever imagine her going. The staff is wonderful and I can see the love they have for their students. The character formation they concentrate on is so important and so genuine. The students are happy and polite. The academics and leadership concentration are the absolute best. It is a community that is so welcoming and become an extension of your family. I HIGHLY recommend it!
—Submitted by a parent


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School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Christine Gamache
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
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  • Coed
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  • Roman Catholic
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  • (630) 243-1988

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11550 Bell Road
Lemont, IL 60439
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