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St. Paul Lutheran School

Private | PK-8 | 100 students

Our school provides an outstanding education, both religious and academic.
 
 

 

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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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Posted November 20, 2014

Our family has been with St. Paul more than 10 years now. 5 yrs ago, we began to seek out recent alumni to ask them about their transition into high school. Asking them how are you doing in math, language, science and the change from a small school to a large one? Each of the kids gave confident & positive responses to their experience and great feedback of how St.Paul prepared them for classes in high school. Even in science, an area I was concerned about. Any time I have spoken with a St.Paul teacher, he/she has shown that they know who my child is, their strengths and weakness. This is important to me as every child has different gifts and it's reassuring that the staff knows who my child is and what will help them in their academic training. The school has the feel of a large family with a number of events geared to bring everyone together for times of great fun & fellowship. Most every family gets to know each of the other families and kids. Like any institution, it is not perfect but people will get out of St.Paul what they put into it. Get involved and come to school often, your family will blessed and your children will receive a great quality Christian education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2014

The school is failing. Student population is in the 80s. Tuition has risen 2 years straight. You will find many positive reviews entered as an attempt to save the school. Small student to teacher ratio, however, this is not by design and there are only 2 eighth grade students graduating 2014 school year. Offering sports programs are a plus, but sports are coached by parents, some teachers, and volunteers, not a hired dedicated staff coach. When you look at this school, please do your homework as to what other private schools in the area are offering and why they are thriving vs. why this school is failing and loosing students. If everyone were happy and thought it was a great school, this would not be happening. It's not just location.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2013

St. Paul Lutheran in Oak Lawn is an awesome school and most of the teachers have Master's or the equivalent. No where else can get a quality education at the cost of St. Paul! Love it there!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2013

St. Paul is a wonderful school! The teachers work hard to make sure the students are comprehending their lessons and they even take the time to tutor at the parents' request, to help in furthering the students educational needs. St. Paul keeps the parents updated on the students' progress, they don't wait until a parent teacher conference is held, they act immediately to keep the parents informed. The christian values they teach to the children is very fulfilling. Very family oriented, with extra curricular activities to offer the students, along with great social events where all are invited, not just the parish and school members. St. Paul does their best to reach out to the students religious, academic and personal needs. My son loves the school and still goes back to visit even though he is entering college! I keep in contact with people I recommended this school to and they are very happy to be a part of St. Paul!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2012

St Paul Lutheran School(Oak Lawn) is a wonderful school. Warm and friendly staff. All students work together,play with each other, interact during chapel and reading. It's a Christian school that teaches children about Jesus and I love That!!!The Teachers are great, even the lady in Extended care,very very nice.Trustworthy people..My child is in first grade and we are very happy with her progress!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2010

St.Paul School is a wonderful school that teaches our children values they can take with them for a life time. All of the students know each other and work together on a daily basis. I can't say enough about the faculty, they are above and beyond what I've ever experienced in other schools. To sum it up St. Paul is an awesome school all around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2010

This school has done wonders for our son, a first-grader. In terms of academic and social development, the St. Paul experience has been so much better for him than his kindergarten year in public school. The teachers are wonderful. The curriculum is challenging. The low teacher to student ratio is a real benefit. The atmosphere is welcoming and warm for students as well as parents. This is the best decision we could have made for our child's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2010

We are family! My children have been going to St. Paul since they were 3 yrs old, my oldest is now in 7th grade. We have been so very pleased with our school and what it has done for our kids. First and foremost my children have a wonderful foundation in their faith, second the education they have recieved has gotten them ready for what lies ahead HIGH SCHOOL! St. Paul has many activities for the kids to join from sports to photograghy classes. The staff I can't even thank enough. They truly care about their students and they know each child very well, they watch out for them. We have a great PTL that keeps you as the parent involved in school activities. Come visit us and see for yourself what a great school we have!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2010

St. Paul has certainly been a blessing for our children and our family. The staff is warm and caring. They treat each child in a special way. The children interact with each other (upper grades w/lower grades)on a daily basis thru Chapel Families or Reading Rangers. This year we started Walking Reading and Walking Math programs. This places children in the level of reading/math that is beneficial for their learning/developing. They have adapted very well and love learning. The families are involved with their children whether thru sports programs, Community Projects (Crusaders in Action) or Family Reading night programs. Our daugher graduates this year and we KNOW that we made the right choice in St. Paul. Our son will be there another few year and we certainly look forward to being a part of the St. Paul family. This is a great school thanks to the staff, parents and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2010

St. Paul has been a Godsend for my daughter! She left a former private school after attending 8 years. I wish that I had chosen St. Paul initially. The principal is second to none. The staff, teachers and parents are very warm with the children and parents. The PTA is excellent with creating activities for the students, teachers and parents to participate in. The principal and teachers are very receptive to parent's concerns. My daughter's 7th grade teacher is excellent with giving feedback and addressing issues. I have never attended or been in a school environment as loving and concerned as St. Paul. My daughter is receiving an ideal education (religion, academics, community services, etc.) I am more than pleased with the care, compassion, professionalism, staff and student development at St. Paul.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2010

St. Paul is an excellend experience for our family. I have two daughters who attend the school. We are also members of the church. One of my children is in 4th grade and the other in Kindergarten. They are both receiving excellent education and actually look forward to school and take pride in the many assigned projects/assignments given to them. They also enjoy the many extra-curricular activities. I have open communication with the teachers, principal and pastors. In addition to the great academics received at St. Paul, it is a wonderful Christian atmosphere as well! I highly recommend the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2010

St Paul is an excellent school. My son has been at St Paul since Kindergarten. He loves going to school. The have an excellent Math and Reading program. The teachers and staff are great. They really care about the children. There is always open communication between parent/teacher. My child is receiving a great education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

St.Paul is an academically challenging school. Their reading and math program places the children at a level that individually and personally suits them. The extracirricular activities are plentiful, however grades come first. The teaching staff and principal, along with the secretary and pastors, are awsome and always avaliable for the kids as well as the parents. Every one who attends the school is treated as one big family. It's one of the only schools I've ever seen, where the older and younger kids socialize with each other. When I went to school if you were in 7th or 8th grade you wouldn't give a 4th grader the time of day. St. Paul is a small school, with a big message, my kids are very lucky to attend school there, and if you asked them, I'm sure they would agree.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2008

The people there are nice. It has good extracurricular opportunities and gives you a good education. Really the only problem is that they are sometimes short on money. But most of the time it is happy and we all feel like one big family.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 17, 2007

St Paul is an excellent school. Most of the teachers have their Master's. My youngest went from being shy with little self confidence, to a social lite and excited about learning. Her K teacher involves them in classic art, music and even takes them to the kitchen once a month to make special treats like cookies, pizza, etc. They involve all kids in school musicals and learning fairs. They also involve the older classes with the younger classes IE, having 4th graders read to pre K class. The older kids are taught to be a role model to the younger kids.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 56% 18%
White 30% 51%
Hispanic 6% 24%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
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)
Music teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • National Lutheran School Accreditation (2014)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:00 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Lana Hahn
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
  • Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod)

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Direct instruction
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Technology
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTL
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • We exist to share Jesus with children and their families by providing an outstanding education, both religious and academic.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
91
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
20

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$3000 - $4000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
No.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Marist
Queen of Peace
Brother Rice
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4660 West 94th Street
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
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Phone: (708) 423-1058

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