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PK-8
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Lemont, IL
Students enrolled: 145
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11550 Bell Road
Lemont, IL 60439

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(630) 243-1995
(630) 243-1988
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December 03, 2014
The good intentions of administrators and teachers are all above and beyond what you would receive at any other school. It's very sad that the financial and academic affairs are mismanaged and put in the hands of people who have no educational background or experience in running a school. And unfortunately a school board from outside Illinois! To keep academic standards high and comparable to neighboring schools, we should really some implement resources from the state. However, far too many decisions are given to those making educational and curriculum decisions without an academic/ professional background. It's time to start practicing what we preach, Everest. Pray and support each other, allow your teachers to make curricular decisions to improve and move ahead. Allow your administration to make decisions that benefit your teachers and staff so that they will stay for years to come. Teachers cannot afford to purchase additional materials on their own and shouldn't be expected to if you are going to pay them below minimum wages for work. Offer 401k's, ample maternity/sick leave for your staff and a yearly contract that would keep your teachers on staff a whole school year.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2014
I have taught for over 25 years. About 5 years ago, I compared Everest to our public school and they were only a little behind us. Now they are at least one year behind in many subjects. 4th grade Spanish at Everest is really kindergarten material. I don t understand why they replaced good teachers and a principal with a principal that came from a low achieving school. The principal of a school is a key position that is expected to lead others. I can see why so many parents are upset. They express their concerns and still nothing changes. Three or so very vocal parents can talk all they want about their mission and values. $6,000 in tuition and an additional $3,500 for fundraising is outrageous for such poor results. Everest made the same mistake that closed so many private schools. In an effort to increase their numbers, admission standards were changed. Some of these kids that are not up to grade level take an extraordinary amount of the teacher s time. So the teacher will spend about 75 percent of her time with 3 students and not have time for the other 13. .Listen to the parents and move forward with positive change. God Bless you and our community!

- submitted by a teacher
November 19, 2014
I taught at Everest many, many years ago, when they were at a different building (formerly White Pines Academy). I am very saddened to hear the poor reviews. I do not have any knowledge about the current situation, but I would like to comment on my experiences with Everest Academy. Everest Academy and its mission is unique to any other Catholic school in the area. I went to Catholic school for 12 years, but never experienced the beauty of my Catholic faith, like I did as a teacher at Everest. If you send your child to Everest, they will be taught Catholicism in a beautiful and unique way. They use traditional Catholic teaching materials, that many Catholic schools in the area do not use. Your child will be surrounded by like minded families with traditional and conservative values. I met some wonderful families and people, who practiced their faith in a way that I never experienced. These families value their faith and believe in the value of education. While there are many wonderful schools in the area, Everest offers a unique and special experience. Please consider it!!

- submitted by a community member
November 15, 2014
My children are learning a year ahead - my kindergartener is already reading and practicing two digit addition. Her teacher has answered my calls and showed me how to challenge my daughter with her homework. We are quiet Catholics and happy at Everest Academy. I have not had the same experience the unhappy posters have. The Spanish and Music classes were being taught by unplanned substitute teachers, which was a bit unsettling. Early grade access to language and music are some of the reasons we chose Everest. The principal promised a speedy resolution. Fortunately that happened. There was also a lower grade homeroom classroom where the teacher resigned. The timing was odd- teacher turnover should happen in the summer. I don't know why this happened, but I know she is a kind young woman (she was a teachers aide the previous year). My friend has a son in this class and she is very happy with the new teacher's experience and care for the children. The school has many ways to put our faith in action. Tomorrow our family is volunteering through the Family Mission program (once a month chance to help others). The school organizes these times for us to show our kids Christian values.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2014
Everest is an awesome school!! It is a school with charity and charity infused throughout the building. Families that are not in love with our amazing mission are encouraged to move on. Please do not hurt us anymore. We all have made great sacrifices for our children to be at this fantastic school!! To the family that is vocally unhappy you WILL be refunded. Please see the business manger Monday. You will find him very accomadating. You have been heard. Thank you to the families that go to the principal and administration when they have concerns. God bless our school and our community!! Everest is here to stay.

- submitted by a community member
November 15, 2014
To really TESTIFY one must have gone through a test. Everest Academy certainly did this first Trimester. As a parent of a student in the class that had significant challenges, I can testify that we have gone through the test and now have a much stronger curriculum. The teacher in place at the beginning of the year, although a wonderful spirit, was ill-placed. And what did the Administration do? Listened to the parents with an open ear & worked immediately to correct. (Should we have realistically expected an overnight solution?) The new teacher is an answer to many prayers. You can Feel she is looking out for your children's education See the children react to her with respect & interest Know that your children will be challenged & cared for. Music & Spanish were also unsettled this year as personal lives of part-time beloved instructors changed. Timing was awful. And now, the full-time solutions implemented will fuel the programs into a more aggressive curriculum. A true benefit for my children. Yes, we were tested. It was not fun, nor easy. Under the direction of an incredible Principal, Everest enhanced the educational program. I am proud my children are here.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2014
What you see is not what you get. We were promised a good education with great teachers coming from nice families. Everest is coming up way short. The kids are learning far less than the public school. Most teacher have left and many families have left too. Many teachers leave during the school year. (What school has a 20% turnover mid year) Next year I would bet this school will be closed. They are talking about that already. Their is no leadership at this school. if you complain or ask questions they are quick to quote the bible, or give you a unkind smirk. The teachers they hire are horrible, (friends of those in charge). This year they dumbed down the education to increase growth. Also we are now told that we need to pay an additional $3,500 in fundraising. We want to go elsewhere but they want to keep our money so we would need to pay for two schools. The priests here are very secretive and bizarre. No Catholic Values here; just a lot of self flattery and propaganda. The bottom line is this. Poor education, incompetent teachers, no leadership, a real lack of Christian values. Everest ....you did this to yourself, quit blaming the parents.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2014
Both extremes have been heard. Lets move towards peace together for our school. Here is a timely excerpt from Pope Francis' homily from Nov 10 as shared from Catholic News Agency. Scandal destroys, destroys the faith! he said. This is why Jesus calls on Christians to remain attentive, because we are all capable of scandalizing . He also stressed the importance of forgiveness, for a Christian who is not able to forgive scandalizes: he is not Christian. The concept of forgiving as we ourselves are forgiven, taught in the Our Father, is not one which can be understood by human logic, the Pope said. Rather than leading to forgiveness, the approach of human logic veers towards revenge, hate, and division. Lamenting the many families divided by the lack of forgiveness, he stressed the importance if knowing that If I do not forgive, he said, I do not have the right it seems to be forgiven, and do not understand what it means to have been forgiven by God. The third theme of Pope Francis' homily touched on the importance of faith. In order to not cause scandal, and to be always forgiving, the Pope said, faith is necessary. Cheers to moving forward.

- submitted by a community member
November 13, 2014
Thumbs Down big time. Academically this school is way behind the public schools in the area. Many teachers leave during the school year. (5 so for this year and we are a very small school). Also the new teachers that they hire have little experience and can't even return e-mails. The admin. brushes this off and will not address low academic and poor teacher issues. Even outsiders laugh at this school. The admin. spends so much time on their perception and not training students to be leaders in academics and Catholic Values. Parents have constantly complained about the low academics and are brushed off, called names or worse. If parents are bullied and not listened to, think about how your kids will be treated. The admin. and staff constantly quote the bible but act far differently than the way Christ is asking us to live. Save yourself $6,000 in tuition and $3,500 in fundraising fees and go to a public school that has resources and much higher standards. Sorry Everest but this is the truth. Do the right thing and move on. So many parents have spoken to you and you continue to ignore the students, parents and the community...we just want a quality education!!!,

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2014
Fabulous school! Love the teachers, the environment, the spiritual formation, and most of all, I love the result...my children's enthusiasm to go to school and learn. Thanks Everest!

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2014
This school is new to us. We are glad that we don t have to study so much. Here the kids could be themselves, not perfect discipline. Kids need to take care of themselves so if they fight, it will allow them to overcome challenges later in life. I don t like the idea of making us pay an addition $3,500 per year for fundraising. The teachers, I can t give a thumbs up to that. My child had to show her how to do a math problem. I am not too disappointed but I know most parents are. I am shocked by the 5 star inconsiderate and extremely harsh comments that one parent continually makes. He seems very angry at everyone that he does not agree with. Please allow God to enter your heart and heal you. You are not promoting this school well. Constant bickering is not helpful. I will pray for you. If you are going through a difficult stage in your life, my condolences go out to you. . I agree with the other reviews that Everest should give those a refund for their unused tuition if they choose to leave. We all can agree on that except the one angry parent it seems. It hurts to see a parent in a Catholic school behave so poorly.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2014
Saying that you are for freedom of speech yet bashing those that have opposing views is quite the contradiction. The comment below is exactly how I would never want my child to address their issues, and how society has been sadly groomed to rely on social media for gaining attention and venting issues, with the protection of anymocity. I truly wish these parents would act in a way they'd like their child to mimic. Be courageous, address issues with the right people, and if you are unhappy, please do find somewhere that can give that to you, rather than being miserable and trying to drag others there with you. We are a free country, thanks be to God. You have the freedom to leave, and those of us that love this school have the freedom to stay, and to voice our opinion. Please stop discrediting that. It's offensive. I pray for the school and for all the wonderful teachers there, shaping our kids to be strong Catholic leaders. God bless.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2014
This school has many problems. As you can see from below, parents call other parents names, (Coward) when they don't agree. Just think of what type of education your child will receive in such a hostile environment. I just wish the teachers would teach and the parents would support their children, That is not what is going on here. With so many new staff people we don't know what to expect, we are always told it will improve and it has not. The kids are not happy here, they are bored. They have told me about many things that seem inappropriate for a school that should be teaching christian values. I should have investigated this school more. Everest please focus on education. If parents complain about something not being right, take it as an opportunity to improve. Also show the veterans today that you will allow free speech and we can work together rather than having staff people right silly comments to improve your ratings. Lastly improve your academics, you are far below the public schools. Since parents pay their tuition in advance, allow them a refund for the rest of the year. That way everyone will be happy. God Bless our veterans and Everest...Good Luck

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2014
To the parent below who calls other parents here a coward for expressing their opinion, just like you: I have 3 children who attend the school. I chose the school for its small classes, its advanced curriculum, its spiritual environment and the strong family bonds. This is our 5th year with the school and we have seen m any changes. My children have been lucky to have had excellent teachers and great friends. I am one of the vocal parents who takes my issues directly to the source: the teacher, the principal and the dean. So I was asked if one of the bad reviews below is mine. I have not commented before. My children love the school and thanks to Ms. Gamache, DeRoche, R. Maher, M. Maher, Jones, DeBiease, Ciarulo, Fleck, Landowski, O'connor, Olino and Bozzi, they have grown and flourished in many wonderful ways these last few years. There is a lot of truth in all of the comments below, good and bad. We have lost most teachers but doesn't mean that the new ones care about our kids any less. Because of the kindness of staff, the faith and the parent involvement, I am giving the school 4 stars. But, based on my high academic standards, the school is no longer advanced. Kelly Magallanes

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2014
DISAPPOINTED BIG TIME.....we were promised such a great experience. Kids do not learn, they are only taught to obey the priests that are not from a traditional catholic faith order . What do these priests do all day, they do not teach.....they also bring in people that are not priests to talk with the kids. THIS IS SCARY. About 75% of staff are new and most come from schools that have low academics. The kids are learning about 2 years behind our public school. The class room behavior is really poor. The teachers should not allow this. Parents are upset but are told they are working on it, The teachers and administration focus a lot of energy on creating an illusion of virtues instead of preparing the children for the future. The bottom line is this. This school has a revolving door (4 teachers left in the first 8 weeks), Many did not return from last year. The majority of parents are really upset and looking elsewhere. Save yourself $6,000 in tuition and $3,500 in mandatory fundraising dollars. Dismiss the daily pious nonsense that the teaches or staff post on this website; they should educated the kids instead. Get your act together EVEREST and teach....

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2014
Everest is amazing. If a family is not happy--then leave. Stop being a coward--stand up during a school meeting and stay something--better yet---leave the school.

- submitted by a community member
November 08, 2014
Great school. Really enjoy the personalized attention from the teachers, dean of students, priests, and consecrated. My child is being encouraged to be a leader, and as a parent, that's amazing to see. The new principal seems to be bringing forward lots of great initiatives. Was nice to see that she has a PhD in education and over 20 years of experience in her role. And...no common core curriculum! My kids absolutely love it here.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2014
Everest just doesn't get it. My children are always coming home and saying they are bored. They did not learn anything. We have tried countless times to talk to the teachers and others and still no answers; they are working on it. We were promised a great education and now they are way behind the public schools. THESE ARE THE FACTS. 4 teachers out of 20 or so left during this school year. (and these were some of the best ones). They now want you to give an EXTRA $3,500 per year. THE KIDS LEARN THE SAME THING AS LAST YEAR. I do not know one parent that is happy about this school. The principal is out of touch and is NOT available to LEAD THE SCHOOL. The new teachers come from many schools that have failed miserably and have horrible test scores. It looks like only one parent is writing daily fairy tale stories about Christian values here. I apologize for that. The fact is our kids are not getting a solid education and are failing.at EVEREST. The propaganda that they are is quite chilling. It is hard for me to see so many priests that are there at school not trying to make this a better school. Why can't they help us, is that not a Christian value that they hold?

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2014
We LOVE Everest Academy! Everest Academy teaches - the Catholic faith and how to live life using virtues in such a beautiful way - how to become a leader - academic excellence - how to make better choices - how to help in the community and incorporates diff. acts of charity through out the year. If your looking for a school that envelopes all these amazing things, then this school is for you!

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2014
I have worked in 5 different schools and have been at Everest for 6 years. I can honestly say that there is something very special about this school. Our teachers are dedicated and give their very best to their students, who in turn are motivated and feel a sense of pride by attending Everest! I know our faculty and staff care about each of their students. I see it when they come to me concerned about a student, or when they are excited about their academic accomplishments. There is a sincere concern to help each student be their best! Our staff greet the students and help them out of their cars every morning, our teachers are outside their door, waiting to greet each child in the morning as they come in. The environment is very loving and family like. This past year has been a year of growth and transition yes, there have been a few teachers that have had to resign for personal reasons but all of them love the students and believe in the mission of Everest. One teacher sent me this note. It is unfortunate that I had to resign from Everest. I truly felt that I was part of a very special family. I miss everyone very much. I invite you to come be a part of this amazing gift!

- submitted by a teacher
November 02, 2014
The fact that teachers are quiting in the beginning of school year is truly horrifying. That is not normal! The selection of new principal is also very debatable. The last school she was principal at was struggling academicaly. If you look that school up and its test scores you will see that most of it are well BELOW the national and state average. And now she is hired as a new principal at Everest??? Very interesting choice indeed.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2014
What kind of school does not have a lunchroom, nurse, proper teachers, a library, and the various other aspects public schools can afford, but Everest can not. The public schools in Orland, Lemont, Palos, and surrounding areas are phenomenal! Many offer gifted programs for those who are academic talented. Do not waste your money on a school taking steps backward educationally and haulting advancement for our children.

- submitted by a community member
October 30, 2014
All I have to say is WOW! My child was a transfer student from another school in the area. My child was struggling at the other school so my husband and I decided to switch schools. It was a hard decision and of course our child was not very happy... We heard about Everest through a friend. And I can not even tell you how thankful we are to have made that decision. Everest was so welcoming and great to our family. They gave our child undivided attention and worked so hard to catch him up academically. I am proud to say our child graduated with an A honor roll and is now attending a prestigious college in the city. He is confident, he is a leader! It was so rewarding just the other day when he came home and said "Thank you mom and dad for making that switch." He knows that it was that switch that changed his life. Not only did it change his life academically but spiritually and because of that he makes better choices and is surrounded by great positive friends. Thank you Everest Academy! God Bless

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2014
The back and forth among groups of parents on this forum is really unfortunate. The beauty of a private school setting is that you have options. If you so desire the features of a public school setting (lunchroom, nurse, etc...) that is publicly funded using state and federal dollars, than your best bet is to take a walk down the street to your local district office and enroll your children. Everest may not be for everyone but it has certainly been a blessing for our family. We had one child in a local private school and another in the public school and the CHOICE to move both of our children to Everest has truly been a positive one. The teachers have been outstanding, the curriculum is both engaging and challenging and we have felt well supported since the moment we walked through the doors.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2014
I never thought that kids could be excited about going to school. I know I never displayed as much enthusiasm about school as my child does about Everest Academy. Really isn't it in your child's best interest to make sure they're getting a quality education, but also that they enjoy where they get that education? My child is so enthusiastic about school everyday and I know that's because of the environment which she is surrounded by at the School. Some parents here post rants and qualms, but the fact is they should spend the time they use to complain here and use it to make the school that much better. It seems that would be the more Adult thing to do. Every school has its issues no matter where you go, but the enthusiasm and academic progress my child shows everyday from going to Everest is enough for me to know I made the right choice with this school. Visit the school and its classrooms and make your own decision.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2014
We were very happy when we first arrived at Everest 6 years ago. Up until last year, we had seen great things happen. Accademically our kids exceled and the old principal who was very dedicated made sure that the teachers delivered what was promised, the moto "Always Higher." But the last year and this year expecially, Everest is no longer at an Academy standard. Growth has been at unrealistic numbers and it has greatly lowered the standards. If you see the reviews here from 2013 and before, they are all great. One of those reviews is from my spouse. We truly loved Everest, loved the families and its community of faith and love for one another. Unfortunately, most 5 star reviews from this year are from Moms who use the School and its events as an advancement for their social life. They can care less what goes on in the classrooms or that the quality of education is at the bottom now with so many great teachers gone. I agree with all the reviews who are realistic and showcase what is actually going on at this school. Please do not waste your money here!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2014
Thankfully we have choices. Parents who send their children here have more than most. Hopefully the severely unhappy ones will remove their children from this "terrible" environment before its too late. Then the other 95% of us will not have to spend time listening to them complain. Their destructive group messages are not helpful. I work hard to send my kids to this school and I am tired of hearing it torn down. If you decide to stay, consider pitching in and helping. If it is truly so bad that you are recommending people to not enroll here, then please follow your own advice and leave now. To me, school is excellent and worth the sacrifice. It is a special place.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2014
As a parent of a graduate, who transferred into the school in 6th grade, I have experienced Everest and how it is different from other Catholic schools. Having transferred my child from another Catholic school over the summer, I was surprised my child needed tutoring over the summer to catch up to the curriculum of Everest, as he was doing well at the previous school. He excelled through highschool with all honors courses. And is now in college, on the Dean s list every quarter aspiring to attend Harvard University for a business graduate program. I am surprised at the negativity on this post. Those parents should self-reflect as to why they are sending their children, some for years as posted, to a school they would rate 1 or 2 stars. Really says more about that parent than of the school. Highly recommend!

- submitted by a parent
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
October 08, 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
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
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
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
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
February 01, 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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
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
March 26, 2012
Everest Academy has been an outstanding environment for our child for the past 8 years. The teachers, principal and academic programs are superior to any other school in our area. We would recommend Everest to anyone looking for a school that provides the highest academic standards, virtue and moral leadership and an atmosphere that promotes family involvement in all areas. We LOVE Everest.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2012
Everest Academy is an amazing school! This is our 13th year at the school and our fourth and youngest child is about to graduate! The formation, education and family environment they have experienced is second to none and has really prepared them to be confident leaders ready to embrace this challenging world. My husband and I have always felt that a solid formation in grade school is vital to their overall success in high school, college and beyond! They challenges kids face these days with media, peer pressure etc can only be overcome by helping them to build solid character, Everest forms every aspect of the child from faith and friendship to helping recognize the need an importance of helping the less fortunate and actually make a difference in the world. The faculty and administration work together closely with the parents to help each student reach their potential. You won't find another school that works as hard in such a positive caring way to help a child strive to be their best.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2012
When I was looking for a school for my kids, my Wife and I attended an open house at Everest Academy, there were students of various ages helping during the open house, I do not remember what the adults said about the school, but I was extremely impressed by the attitude of those kids, I told my wife "If my kids can be half as educated and polite as those kida are, I will be very happy"....we are home....

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2012
Everest Academy is the most incredible school! As a parent and a teacher who has taught in both public and private schools, I am most impressed with the quality of this education. Our kids have been real happy here! The teachers are the best. They work as a team to create a positive and dynamic learning environment. The children are cared about as individuals, and they are encouraged to discover and develop their talents and leadership skills. The kids are taught to think of others, treating one another with respect and reaching out to those in need at home, in their classroom or in the community. The faith is taught, but more importantly, it is lived out here. It's a great environment, and I happy to drop my kids off every day knowing they will be cared for and challenged academically. The school and I are truly partners in our children's development. I am so thankful to this school for the many unique opportunities it provides for both children, parents and for us as a family. Our kids who have graduated have been well prepared for high school, college and for life! Come and see for yourself. There something really special going on here.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2012
Our children have attended the school for 8 years now and we couldn't be more pleased. In addition to the challenging curriculum, the human formation is second to none. We most appreciate that the staff are really people who care about the success of the students and are truly good role models.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2012
Everest Academy is a great place to be!!! The school is like a family. We love the small class size, the personal attention, and the challenging academics....Well ,really we love everything!!! We have 2 children enrolled and they love to go to school, what more could a parent want?!

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2012
We have had our children attend Everest Academy for 13 years now. We couldn't be happier. The Catholic formation, academics and positive reinforcement are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2012
Everest Academy is a "state of the art" Catholic School. The curriculum is rigorous (superior), the climate and culture of the school are superior, and everyone feels as if they are part of a larger family. I am confident that I am getting my money s worth and more. Furthermore, I believe that it is an absolute privilege for my children to attend school at Everest Academy!

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2012
We recently moved from the city and were looking for a Catholic school with great academics. The new facility, small class sizes and high standards drew us in immediately -- especially when compared to others in the area. My kindergarten child is reading, speaking lots of Spanish and mastering basic math concepts while enjoying a nice range of extracurricular activities including martial arts and chess. One of the most important and un-knowable elements of school life is who my child is surrounded by and what influence they have on her. In addition to the academic rigor and special programs often neglected in other schools like art and music, I couldn't be happier with the families, the manners and good behavior of the kids she hangs out with day in and day out. My daughter loves it here! The school is very small now, but I can't imagine it staying that way. If Everest were downtown, there would be a multi-year waiting list and twice the tuition! They have portable lap top carts and some interactive technology, but they're a little behind other schools with integrating technology into the curriculum; they're on the way and I'm thoroughly optimistic about the commitment.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2011
Everest Academy is an excellent school! The curriculum is outstanding! My child was reading books fluently by prek4 and is way ahead of kids her age academically. They offer great after school activities like voice, piano, dance, polish classes, violin, chess, soccer, basketball and many more.... The teachers, faculty, and staff are just wonderful! When you walk into the school you are greeted with friendly smiles and you just feel so welcome. It's a very homey environment. And most importantly my kids LOVE it!

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2011
Everest Academy has been such a gift to our family for the past seven years, and now is educating four of my children. We have seen not only high academics, not only a family atmosphere, but a rich faith life, and a committment to graduate LEADERS for our society. You won't be disappointed!

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2011
Everest Academy is not only a terrific school, but also a second home to the children that attend. The academic standards here at Everest are higher than I have ever seen before. 100% of the graduates attend the school of their choice, which speaks for itself. With extracurricular activities such as Polish classes, violin club and drama, the whole student is able to develop, form a great self-esteem, and thrive. The morals and manners that the children display are incredible. Everest Academy really form leaders and I could only wish my children will be able to one day receive this great of an education and start on their journey of life. Everest Academy is most definitely the place to be!

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White Pines Academy (Everest Academy) has an excellent curriculum and wonderfully dedicated teachers. They support, encourage and motivate students to grow cognitively, personally, socially, and morally. They meet the student in their zone of proximal development and provide the correct guidance for learning new tasks. The teachers and principal communicate well with the parents and the parents are also very supportive of each other. White Pines is a wonderful environment and an excellent school!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
My grandson goes to this school and I believe he is getting an excellant start on his academic career.

- submitted by a community member
March 18, 2009
White Pines Academy is the best thing that has ever happened to our family. I have 2 boys and have been at the school for several years. My children love school, and my husband and I can't say enough about the academics, teachers and amazing families at the school. My boys are also learning leadership skills, respect and traditional core values that are so lacking in todays society. Everyone should come and see what this school has to offer!

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February 21, 2008
we have nothing but wonderful things to say about White Pines Academy. this is not just a private/catholic institution, they instill confidence, humility, the importance of family and fantastic academics. we are very impressed with this academy.

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- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2007
If you are looking for the highest standards in education, leadership, and spiritual development... White Pines Academy is your answer.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2006
The academics are very good in this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
White Pines is the best thing that has happened to our family! My son's confidence and leadership abilities are increasing daily. You can feel the warmth the minute you enter the building due to the dedicated faculty and staff as well as the incredible families that help make White Pines feel like home. My husband and I, who both attended Catholic schools feel we have learned more about the Catholic faith in our last 3 years at White Pines than we did in our 12 years of Catholic schooling. The one on one attention the students receive due to the size of the classes (the largest class has 12 students!) is priceless! Please come see for yourself!!

- submitted by a parent
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Everest Academy Lemont
11550 Bell Road, Lemont, IL  60439
(630) 243-1995
Last modified Everest Academy Lemont is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Everest Academy Lemont Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 73 reviews. Top