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1352 South Cumberland Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068

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(847) 825-2500
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February 07, 2015
I would not recommend this school if you have a child that needs extra support or has any type of special needs. MSW definitely needs to work on their Academic support/Spec.Ed. Dept if they want to serve various students. Their Spec.Ed/Resource team definitely needs to improve if they want to outperform in all areas!!! The Early childhood teachers and aides were extremely young and inexperienced. The assistant principal is also terrible at returning phone calls/messages and gives you the impression that she is not willing to work with you. Very unprofessional!! very disappointed!

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October 19, 2012
We have just started at MSW in the preschool program, but already, it feels like home. Lots of community building activites for the preschool families and the whole school. There is wonderful communication from the staff and principal. The academics in preschool seem right on, and my daughter adores her teacher and new classmates.

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November 10, 2011
I would NOT recommend this school to anyone. The children who attend msw are cliquish, but as to no surprise they inherit that from their parents. Even the vice principle is cliquish and is inadequate at her job. she will refuse to help children and will partake in certain activities that should be deemed unacceptable for a v.p to get involved in. The athletic program is mediocre at best. they are coached by fathers who have never played the sport and will refuse to play children because they are outside the clique. the children who attend the school have no concept of empathy and are stuck-up. I would suggest looking at St. Paul's before ever sending a child into this type of situation.

- submitted by a community member

April 15, 2011
Great School. The teachers and staff there do a great job.Our two sons have graduated from MSW and the lessons they have learned at MSW have helped them as they have moved on to High School.

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February 18, 2011
Mary, Seat of Wisdom is a wonderful school that offered an excellent education in a Christian environment. From the start we were welcomed and felt part of a warm, caring community. Two of my children have graduated from here and gone on to great success in high school and college; I partly attribute their successes to the great foundation that they received here. My last child is currently in junior high. In addition to receiving a great education, my children have been involved in many extracurricular activities and made life-long friends.

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February 16, 2011
I am a parent of two children who have attended MSW since preschool and are now in Jr. High. I have been so impressed by the positive atmosphere at the school, the excellent teaching staff, the level of technology and the involvement of the parents. MSW has been an excellent choice for our family. My children are doing very well academically, have made wonderful friends, are active in a variety of sports and clubs and have really grown in their faith through their experiences at school. I highly recommend MSW School to other families who are seeking a solid Catholic education.

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September 17, 2009
The individual attention students receive along with a strong sense of community at this school

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August 28, 2008
Cliqueish parents and students. Heavy handed administration. Great teachers.

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August 10, 2008
I love MSW, and that is coming from a student. The teachers are awsome and what more could you ask for. A great staff team, friends, and teachers. That is what really MSW is.

- submitted by a student

October 11, 2006
We love MSW school. We have a new enthusiastic, lively principal who demonstrates a great faith in God and love for teaching young minds. She is a Catholic nun, who prays with the children and even sings and plays the guitar. The school crafts an education that meets each child's special gifts and needs. My second-grade daughter is an excellent reader -- a skill she learned in Kindergarten at MSW. There is a special program for the top readers. They work with a reading specialist and tackle more complex reading, spelling and grammar. The children who need additional help have a reading specialist who works with them, too. My son is in 4th grade and is in accelerated math. The teachers are very dedicated. More than half of them have their masters degrees. There are so many extra-curricular activities - the kids are doing and learning all the time.

- submitted by a parent

May 15, 2006
I've found the school to have an extremely supportive staff. The're active at communicating with the parents. There is a music program, art, and spanish language is intergrated into the normal school program.

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January 24, 2006
The quality of the teachers is outstanding; the teachers are truly dedicated. They WANT to be there. There are plenty of opportunities for parents to be involved. Best of all, MSW kids are taught character and their leadership is seen in the community for years to come.

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December 02, 2005
The principal is biased, the teachers are not qualified and slack off as soon as their first year is over, children are HORRIBLY prepared for high school and do terrible in public schools, the extracurriculars are minimal, the parents of other children are overbearing, the kids are rich and spoiled, and you have to pay tuition for all of it.

- submitted by a student
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Mary, Seat of Wisdom School has served the Park Ridge, Illinois community for over 50 years. Knowing that all students learn best when they feel secure, MSW teachers, administrators and parents work closely together to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment with a strong Catholic identity. Our mission, “to empower our students with the knowledge, values, and skills which will enable them to become active participants and effective leaders in both the church and world community,” serves as the touchstone for everything we do. At its core, the development of the whole child includes the fostering of faith, and goes beyond a basic religion curriculum. Instruction includes a rich sacramental program with discussion of theological doctrine and experiences designed to encourage students to follow Christ as a way of life. The MSW community has a strong social consciousness and works to raise students’ awareness of the needs of others in the broader world community. MSW students are from middle to upper middle class households from both suburban and city communities. MSW teaches children that with blessings come responsibilities, and each year the Catholic Identity theme puts an emphasis on social outreach to the poor in the surrounding communities, the nation, and the world. This year’s all-school service learning project, H2O for Life, provides MSW students with a global vision as they connect with a partner school in Africa, to raise funds which will provide a clean water source for that school. MSW offers students the best of both worlds: an education steeped in over fifty years of tradition, as well as the advantages of recent advances in technology and curricular innovation. Recent changes have brought facility expansion and improvements that include a second gym, a stage, and updated computer and science labs. Program additions include a three and four year old pre-school program, an all day kindergarten program, an extended day care program, and a hot lunch program. Recent curricular highlights include in-house services for students with special needs (resource, speech, and social), Spanish taught in all grades, media, and technology classes. MSW integrates new technologies, not only in the classroom with the recent addition of Promethean Boards, Smart Tables, and a mobile lap top lab, but also through its school website, online grades, and e-mail communication. MSW’s academic program is extended through a wide variety of extracurricular activities, which include Student Council, yearbook, athletics, academic bowls, performing arts, and robotic activities. Over one hundred-fifty MSW students participate in the student service organization, Kids Who Care. Traditional annual events include the fourth grade production of The Nutcracker, a Grandparents Day celebration, a Veterans Day assembly, Red Ribbon Week, junior high trips to Springfield, Illinois and Washington, D. C., the fifth grade Wax Museum, junior high dances, an all school Talent Show and Spirit Week activities. Activities which enhance MSW’s Catholic Identity mission include participation in Catholic Schools Week, the third grade All Saints Day celebration, the first grade Nativity re-enactment, the eighth grade production of the Living Stations of the Cross, and May crowning. Monthly all-school Catholic Identity assemblies provide meaning and explanation of the various service learning activities of the school. The focus on mission, lived out through a community of engaged teachers, students, and parents in a resource-rich environment, has established a vibrant, vital learning community in a state-of-the art facility. Parental involvement, through a strong Family School Association (FSA) provides over two hundred active school volunteers. The FSA also plan activities for the school families, students, and faculty that add to the spirit of the community. Financial donations of the wider parish membership allow for the parish to contribute thirteen percent of the cost of each child’s education. MSW is looking ahead to changing school demographics due to an aging area population, the necessity of increased financial assistance, and an increasingly diverse student body. The Board of Specified Jurisdiction has initiated a long- range plan for the school, including academic and financial forecasts. Marketing efforts are being expanded to attract students from an expanded area. This year’s financial assistance rose 10% to $73,000 in awards. The faculty is academically preparing for a change in student population due to increased English Language Learners, up from 2% to 20% of the current kindergarten class. Students are proud of MSW, creating a connection that lasts beyond high school and college. Multiple generations of families who have attended MSW and five alumni presently on faculty attest to the strong tradition. Seven MSW staff members currently send their own children to the school. At MSW, a strong mission and a strong tradition combined with a faculty and administration committed to academic excellence and innovation, have created a rich, nurturing learning experience in which students thrive spiritually, academically, and socially.


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Mary Seat Of Wisdom School
1352 South Cumberland Avenue, Park Ridge, IL  60068
(847) 825-2500
Last modified Mary Seat Of Wisdom School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Mary Seat Of Wisdom School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 14 reviews. Top