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St Gerald School

Private | PK-8 | 414 students


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Posted April 12, 2014

This is one of the worst schools to send your child to if you want them to have any sort of education. The teacher from Grades 4-8 are horrible. The worst teachers were 4, 5, and 6 grade. The principle is a another story. The teachers and the woman from the mother's club run him and he does not have a back bone. He is nice but not qualified as a principle. I moved my child into this school because of the lower tuition and let me just say... You get what you pay for. There have been so many families that have pulled their children out of this school that 3 years since the new principle came to this school has lost 10 families because of bulling that has gotten out of hand from the "Mother's that run the mother's club and their little gang of woman that will make your life a living nightmare until you are forced to leave. The Mother's club is a joke of rude, chatty, and cliquish group of woman. Trust me don't believe those reviews or parents that say how wonderful this school is. I got sucked into that belief and now my child lost 6 years of her education. You are better off saving your money and putting to the side for your childs college education and send them to public school
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 8, 2014

I have 2 children enrolled at St Gerald and will be enrolling my youngest as well next fall. Both of my kids have made tremendous gains academically since beginning at St Gerald. My child in kindergarten is reading well and its only halfway through the school year!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 26, 2013

My children are attending St. Gerald and they actually love going to school. I love that they receive the education and discipline they need to prepare them for upper grades, high school, college and life. I like that the teachers notify me immediately if my child's progress is slipping in any subjects or even if they are just having a rough day; it helps me to be aware of what's going on in their lives while they are away from me. It also eliminates surprises on their report cards and prevents my children from falling behind. I feel that I can talk to the teachers and staff anytime I have a concern. I specifically want to mention Mrs. Reardon (K-4) and Ms. Slonskis (1st grade) as two amazing teachers. I cannot say enough good things about them. My children loved being in their class and have learned so much from them. The Extended Day Care is a great plus. They are even available on many days that school isn't in session but most people still have work. The staff is great; they help my children with homework and keep them busy the whole time. We are very happy that we found this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 13, 2013

This was the worst school my kids ever attended. Poor education level and many bullies in administration and in a class room.
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Posted February 29, 2012

My child goes to St. Gerald. We did not send our child to the PRE-K program they have here and instead sent our child right into Kindergarten and I feel that because our child didn't attend THEIR PRE-K program they had already judged our child before the first day. Two weeks into school they contacted me to say that our child was not adjusting properly - UM HELLO - IT'S BEEN TWO WEEKS!! Give the child at least a month or two!! That whole scenario just aggravated me and as soon as I spoke up - they now tell me how wonderful my child is doing. That might just be because I opened my big mouth! I think with any school you choose - no one is going to care for your child as much as you do - we always have to be their best advocate!! Also, this is a parochial school - be prepared to pull out a dollar or two every week for something!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 2, 2011

I like this school more every year. I like the small class sizes and old fashioned education. No teaching to the test here. Wish they had a gym, however we usually practice at Oak Lawn HS is ok. Very good education. The enrollment grows every year. That says it all.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 13, 2010

It is not just a school it is a family. The education you get is exceptional and the friendships even greater.
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Posted October 13, 2010

My kids have never once in all the yeas they have been there asked to stay home from school or complained about going to school. They absolutely love it!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 4, 2009

I love St.Gerald. My son is a 1st grader and we have had such positive experiences at this school. All staff and parents provide great support for the students. There are so many activities for the kids and Father Malcolm is great!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 18, 2009

It is a great learning environment for high school prep. But a great place for a sound moral foundation that the kids carry with them. The teachers, staff and parents are friendly and really care about others in the community.
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Posted September 17, 2009

There is good rapport between teachers and parents. Kids have a well structured curriculm.
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Posted February 6, 2008

We love St. Geralds. My child was easily reading after only being in Kindergarten for 3 months. If a child falls behind there is a program to help children right in school and it is free.
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Posted September 27, 2007

We simply love this school. If you are looking for a school where your child will excel both academically and spiritually this is it. Both of my children left kindergarten reading! I was both surprised and pleased. Mothers Club is fantastic way for mothers to stay involved and active with the school and their children. Men's Club allows fathers to play a role in their children's education and safety as well. School Board meetings are open to every parent as a venue to voice any concerns that require attention. Overall, children thrive and parents are welcomed to be involved. Highly recommended.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 28, 2007

The kindergarden program and the first grade both failed to teach childern how to read. Most parent have to pay for tutoring. This school is not selective on who can attend it. If there is a bully, and the bully's parents pay, the school works around it and tries to cover it up but will never get rid of bully. The school uses older books and it is not too strong on education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 15, 2006

What a great place to be. Their slogan says it all.We changed schools 2 years ago out of necessity and discovered St. Gerald. The principal is a strong but gentle leader. The faculty runs a tight ship. The school families volunteer in great numbers.They make the school a success. Go to there website and look at the success of their athletic teams . This would be a school to consider.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 77% 60%
Hispanic 21% 16%
Asian 2% N/A
Black 1% 20%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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  • Mrs. Leanne LaCoco
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9320 South 55th Court
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
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