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St Louis De Montfort School

Private | PK-8 | 202 students

Our school is known for academic excellence in a Catholic environment.

 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $134,800. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $940.

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3 stars

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted November 5, 2014

St Louis De Montfort School has far exceeded my expectations for a Catholic grade school. I was looking for a school that would help my children grow not only in their education, but in their Catholic faith. What we found at St Louis De Montfort was a community that cares about both of these equally. The education that my children is receiving is first rate! The newly created STEM Lab is so impressive and innovative that this benefit alone is going to help my children learn and grow and be prepared for their future workforce. The staff and faculty have become like family to us! The bathrooms have recently gone through a renovation and the improvements keep coming. The sports programs keep us involved and engaged with the other families. The Parish Pastor is very welcoming to all of the school families and helps create a feeling of unity between Parish and School. I'm grateful for this school and for the work they are doing to make sure my children have the best education, faith and security they need for their future. I look forward to many more years at St Louis De Montfort School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2014

This is by far the best school I have found. We sent our son to another school until the end of third grade, We had to find another school because of bullying. We looked long at hard for a school that would fit my son well. We chose St. Louis de Montfort because of their zero tolerance policy on bullying, but found even more. The faculty and principal are pleasant and LIKE the children. Our principal works tirelessly and endlessly to make this school the best. She takes her job very seriously, and responds to any complaint - the thing is, if someone has a complaint such as bullying, they need to TELL SOMEONE, and I guarantee, something will be done to stop it. I've never met nicer children than are in this school - there is a comraderie among students which is refreshing. Academically, I have only one word to say - STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). This school is the only one I konw in the area that offers the STEM program, and now we have a STEM lab complete with state of the art technology, computers, iPads, robots, a drone, and much more. STEM is indicative of this school's dedication to quality education and commitment to the children's future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2014

I agree the school needs a good deep cleaning. It is filled with germs and they have a young kid who does the "cleaning" while classes are in session. Not sure how kids classrooms are getting cleaned like they are supposed to. Toilet paper missing from bathrooms and locks on doors don't exist. I remember the bathrooms were being renovated...they are worse now then before that. But overall my child absolutely LOVES it there and would go nowhere else. Just wish the classes would cater to a left handed child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2013

This school has a great curriculum and teachers are great, but the school is very dirty and outdated. The principal has been told numerous times about the lack of cleanliness of the bathrooms and school rooms and nothing has been done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2013

My son Mason just started pre-k here with Miss Joyce and loves his teacher and new friends. He brings home so many fun activities and can't wait to show it to us. I can't help but feel he is in a great environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2013

If quality of education is your focus then this school is the best kept secret in Burbank/Oak Lawn. Music, Language, and now Tech subjects are now part of the core curriculum. Athletics and arts are offered as well. Parents could participate more but it seems this has been changing. There is a new feel in this school, seems to be getting younger with more energy. Good to see a catholic school finally catching up with modern times.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2013

This school is a dysfunctional disaster of an institution. I know because I went there. Many of the students are nothing but bullies. That school scarred me for life. What makes matters worse is that the faculty and principal were aware of what went on there and did nothing.


Posted February 23, 2013

This school is a joke. If you care about your child & his/her education look elsewhere! Please take my advice, the worst thing I did to my children was putting them here. People should get their kids out now before it's too late! The staff is incompetent to say the least.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2011

I read the latest Terra Nova scores in the Principal's newsletter and in the reports prepared by the Testing Company. Congratulations to the teachers for a job well done! This is a great school--that's why it's growing.


Posted July 10, 2011

This school works tirelessly to educate children well. Let the results speak for themselves. St. Louis de Montfort has grown in enrollment to 270 students for the 2010-2011 school year--its highest enrollment in well over a decade. The school also proudly operates the largest Catholic preschool program in the area. The school has partnered with the Rowland Reading Foundation to offer a "Super Kids" program that trains participating schools to become a National Center for Excellence in Reading. The school offers a Junior Scientists Program, Computer classes taught in a new lab by a college instructor who teaches web page design among much else and Music classes taught by a professional recording artist. If you want to learn more, visit the school web site at www.sldmontfort.com The best way to judge a good school is to see it for yourself. The office staff works very hard to offer personalized appointments to the convenience of prospective parents. Call and make an appointment to see all that the school offers.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 30, 2010

Outstanding school! High education, caring staff and the most wonderful teachers. My kids enjoy school and love to go everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2010

I am very pleased with this school! The teachers we have had so far are awesome! My child loves this school that he's sad when the weekend rolls around because he says school is so much fun and can't wait for Mondays. It's amazing to hear that from your child. The principal is also very kind and down to earth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2009

This is one of the best school's. My daughter loved it there and has been with them since K, and they are always so helpful and work with the parents and students for all problems. Counldn't do it without a school and staff like this!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2009

Wonderful School!! My kids loved going to school everyday! I can not say enough nice things about the teachers from kindergarten to eigth grade that are wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2009

Great school. My kids love their school. High education, very friendly, it is all about kids. This school is the only reason we didn't move out of thsi area. The principal is all about the childern.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2009

St. Louis de Montford is a wonderful school. This is my first year here and the teachers and staff have been nothing great mentors for our children. The kids love going there and to their after school program. I am very pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2008

I have been nothing but satisfied with this school. We are a new family and have found the teachers and staff to be helpful and friendly. It is truly about the children here and principal gross and her staff do what is necessary for the children that is what counts!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2008

St. Louis is a great school. The teachers are wonderful. Ms. Foote is dedicated, Mrs. Malloy is a wonder and really helps out. The music and gym teachers are excellent too. The principal does a good job. The pastor is a nice fellow, a little distant, but it works.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2007

This is a wonderful school. The administration, faculty, and staff are all very caring and supportive. Overall there is a sense of warmth and family. There are many extracirricular activities. The administration provides many wonderful programs for our children. There is no doubt that the children are safe and happy. Thanks to the administration for providing our children with a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2007

We transfered our daughter here when our previous school closed, it has been quite an adjustment, but the principal did work with me to make sure she was happy. The prinicpal always answered my calls and arranged meetings with teachers when necessary. We feel this school does give you a family feeling and the priests are always around to say hello and get to know the kids. our family is happy with St. Louis Demontfort school.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 46% 51%
Hispanic 31% 24%
Two or more races 19% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Black 2% 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)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Polish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Polish
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Polish
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Kitchen
  • 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
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 am
School end time
  • 2:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:00 a.m.
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Holly Gross
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Website: www.sldmontfort.com
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
Fax number
  • (708) 599-5782

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Project-based
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
  • Teacher-run
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Polish
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Polish
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Learning Resource
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Honor Scholars
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • 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
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join our FSA.
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Our school offers dynamic STEM education in partnership with foundations and universities in a state-of-the-art STEM lab. We are a "Super Kids" Center for Early Literacy, offer Accelerated Math and participate in "Mathletics," which allows our students to build Math skills with students all over the world. Parent involvement is strong, teachers are dedicated, the school has a small family-feel with great academic advancements. We welcome all new families warmly. Call for a personalized tour.
School leaders can update this information here.

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10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
59
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
59

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$2000 - $4000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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8840 Ridgeland Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
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Phone: (708) 599-5781

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