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Everest Academy Lemont

Private | PK-8 | 145 students

Forming Leaders through Advanced Academics and Character Development

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Posted 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

Posted 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!!

Posted 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

Posted 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.

Posted 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

Posted 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 did this to yourself, quit blaming the parents.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted 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.

Posted 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

Posted November 12, 2014

Fabulous school! Love the teachers, the environment, the spiritual formation, and most of all, I love the children's enthusiasm to go to school and learn. Thanks Everest!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted November 9, 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

Posted November 9, 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.

Posted November 8, 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. common core curriculum! My kids absolutely love it here.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 7, 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 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

Posted November 3, 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

Posted November 3, 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

Posted November 2, 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

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  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
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  • Ms. Christine Gamache
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  • 3 years old
  • Coed
  • Roman Catholic
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  • (630) 243-1988


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11550 Bell Road
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