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St. Damian School

Private | PK-8 | 460 students

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Posted January 30, 2011

Saint Damian has been a blessing for my child. Not only has he recieved an outstanding academic foundation, he has been educated to excel in character. We all know that nothing is perfect, and that fundamentally it is our job as parents to provide the basics. Saint Damian has offered our son the opportunity to promote and advance these qualities and excellence that we have promoted at home. This is largely due to a wonderful staff that are extremeley awesome at educating, as well as many noneducation staff. In addition, most of the staff encourage self growth and also offer love and understanding . I am very appreciative that my child recieves a religious background to help him to be a law abiding citizen and develop a strong character to maintain in an often tough world. Bravo!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2008

awesome school ! glad my child loves it
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2008

this school is the best and i cant believe i am here this school has helped me so much the teachers are great and i love this school !
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 20, 2008

Bottom line of St Damian's is that if your sone or daughter do good, you will have no problem. If for any reason your child cannot reach the grade average yoy will be approached about moving on. There will be help offered, but if that does not work, you are simply not welcome with sub average grades. Pretty lousy attitude from a christian school, but it is St Damian's and I lived it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2007

As a grdaute of St. Damian I was happy that my step-daughter was able to attend. She has some attention problems and other issues and we were pleasantly surprised that the stories about Catholic school refusing to make adjustments for these students were untrue. We contemplated moving her to the public junior high school and had her evaluated there. The plan at Central amoutned to her having a baby-sitter. She didn't need that. St. Damian provided some accomodations for her while not going overboard to the point where she wouldn;t acquire the skills needed later in life. After her freshman year in high school we truly appreciate what she learned at St. Damian. We have a daughter beginning Kindergarten and couldn't me more excited.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2007

If your kid does well at school St Damian is the place to be. If for any reason your kid has any problems with homework, grades or does not reach the standard the school wants, you will have problems. For a Christian school, they do not and have not shown any help towards kids that are a little behind. Good luck there, but I hope your child fits into the St Damian norm, if not your child will not be taken under a Christian wing, rather forced to move on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2007

Academically St. Damian is superior to the other schools in our area, and despite what the other schools say we are still the least expensive Catholic school in the area. The teachers and the rest of the staff are outstanding - if only our Principal would act the same way and learn to appreciate the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2006

I am a former student who attended St.Damian from kindergarten to 8th grade. Personally I feel that St.Damian was an amazing school that gave me everything I needed to succeed in High School and life. I learned so much from the wonderful and caring teachers who always took the time to help me if I needed help and who always had my best interests in mind. I also made the best friends there while getting an exemplary education. I now attend Oak Forest High School and I am in all honors classes and I am ranked top of my class. I truly believe that all of that was made possible because of how well prepared I was entering high school. St.Damian was like a second home to me and I still go back and visit the teachers on a normal basis. I honestly and truly absolutely loved it there!!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 20, 2005

I went there and it was such a great experience. I made friends that will last a lifetime. I was so much more advanced than my friends who went to the public schools in the area. Great school!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 9, 2004

This school that i went was excellent. It has helped me in so many ways. Best grades that helped me was 5th and 2nd and 8th. I give this school a A++
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 16, 2004

St. Damian school is the recipient of the blue ribbon award and it shows! The technology is greater than some high schools and the staff is dedicated to the teaching in a christian, loving atmosphere all while encouraging students to do their best at all times. Our children are receiving the best quality education in the area, along with growing spritually. We honestly could not think of a better place for our children to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2004

You cannot effectively educate a large number of children in an undisciplined environment. St. Damian offers students the discipline and love they need to excel.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 71% 51%
Hispanic 11% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 4%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Black 4% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Security personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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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
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

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

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:55 am
School end time
  • 3:10 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:45 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Colleen Domke
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • None
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Archdiocese of Chicago
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Golf
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Cub scouts
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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5300 West 155th St
Oak Forest, IL 60452
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Phone: (708) 687-4230

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