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Walther Christian Academy

Private | 9-12 | 319 students

More than college prep
 
 

 
 

Living in Melrose Park

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $128,800. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $870.

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Posted October 22, 2009

Great faculty! Wonderful student spirit. Diverse culture. Lots of extracurricular opportunities. My two children are recent graduates and both accepted in top-flight private universities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2008

We have three students at Walther. We researched all the parochial schools near our home for college prep, avg grades, teacher/student ratios, college acceptance vs testing scores, etc. Walther has fantastic teachers & is considered one of the top college-prep HS's in the area by seniors' ACT/SAT test scores & acceptance into their top selected colleges. So far, we are very impressed with our kids' education & progress. We've made sure to get to know each of their teachers, & again, are very impressed with their love for the Lord & for all the kids in their classes. It certainly helps that with a limit of just over 100 students per grade, there is a high degree of interaction with the teachers with each student! Finally, our kids have all made friends in their classes and sports! so overall, a very good HS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2008

I see Walther as being a great a school to learn about great things from in math, pre-algebra to AP Calc. and many other highly rated classes. Walther s teachers will help you figure out how to do or solve something if you cannot figure it out. Walther has one of the best teaching staffs I have ever seen. Their Quality is outstanding. The Leadership is remarkable, and their means of safety is five stars. They have cameras everywhere and other devices. Everyone is marked where they go and everyone is watched after school over teacher supervision. Walther has great extra-curricular options available as well. I am a freshman of 2008 at Walther and I would love to stay at Walther. So all I can say to the other people who disagree. Walther has changed for a normal same old same old school to a five star college prep school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 19, 2005

Walther has been a great experience for our girls in every way possible. The teachers offer formally scheduled special help sessions at least twice a month, in addition to being available and willing to offer extra help at any time a student needs it. In addition, our girls have had the opportunity to participate in a number of sports, as well as music programs, drama programs, and art clubs, etc. The level of academic achievement achieved by the graduates at this college prep high school constantly amazes me. I espeically love the diversity of the school - families come from many areas of the city/suburbs and from varied economic backgrounds - all joined by one goal - to experience a Christian education. The dedication of the staff constantly amazes me. This is plain to see in the number of alumni that come back to visit at games and plays and such.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2004

The school is supposed to be christian but some of the staff members should not be allowed to work there for the simple fact that they don't know how to treat everybody with the same respect and kindness.
—Submitted by a student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 43% 60%
Black 42% 20%
Hispanic 10% 16%
Two or more races 3% N/A
Asian 2% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
German
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Special education / special needs

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

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

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

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Additional online programs
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
  • Visits by college counselors
Clubs
  • Forensics club
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:45 am
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
  • Mr. James A Craven
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod)

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • More than college prep
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Additional online programs
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
  • Visits by college counselors
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Carpools
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Forensics club
  • Literary magazine
  • National Honor Society
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Booster Club
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Loans

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Summer college prep programs
SAT/ACT prep classes
Community college courses
College presentations or information sessions
College prep programs/courses during the year
Visits by college counselors
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900 Chicago Ave
Melrose Park, IL 60160
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Phone: (708) 344-0404

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