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140 South Northwest Highway
Park Ridge, IL 60068

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June 15, 2015
We have been at St Paul of the Cross 8 years so far, and I would not change a thing. We have the option of the Park Ridge public schools, but wanted the faith & values of a Catholic education and that's exactly what we've gotten, in addition to a great education.

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June 14, 2015
We currently have 3 children at St. Paul of the Cross and have been highly impressed by the academic standards. The faculty ensures that your child receives the education he or she deserves - children are challenged in an appropriate manner and the resources are top notch. We have been very pleased with the advanced math curriculum for our oldest child. Each child is viewed as an individual and the teachers truly care for them. Our children want to go to school each day! We have also been highly impressed with the overall sense of community - it is something we did not experience at our previous school in the City and appears to very unique to St. Paul of the Cross. The faculty and parent community exhibit a shared sense of pride for the school and all of its students (parents want to be involved!) and the students show a great deal of respect to their teachers and one another. We couldn't ask for a better academic and faith based educational experience for our children.

- submitted by a community member

June 08, 2015
Love the SPC school spirit, sense of community & top notch education at St. Paul of the Cross. My 3 kids have been at SPC since they were each in kindergarten. SPC is a blue ribbon school and my kids are receiving an excellent education. We chose SPC over D64 schools b/c of the sense of community both for parents & kids. There are many socials for parents to meet (Oktoberfest, Hootenanny & and many others at SPC Celebrating the Spirit), but my favorite part of SPC is the sense of community among the students. Each student has a buddy in another grade that they will meet up with during the year. My kindergarten daughter had a 2nd grade reading buddy who read stories to her every Friday. My 2nd grade son had an 8th grade prayer buddy who he met with throughout the year and had a picnic with at the end of the year. My family has lifelong friends from SPC because it is the place to be.

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January 31, 2015
Sad to say but "SPC is not the place to be." The few good teachers at this school have left. The remaining are either not qualified to teach or have just "given up", for lack of a better term, and are just there to collect a paycheck. The principal does nothing when confronted. Her job is to fundraise and market the school to attract new students to fund her budget. We have spent thousands of dollars sending our children to tutors not because they were failing, but because we felt it was necessary to compensate for the poor quality of education at this school. Many of the tutors in the area are funded by parents of SPC students. Our oldest child graduated from this school with honors, but failed basic algebra in high school. The counselor said that it is a pattern of students from SPC. My child was crushed. There were many children in my child's class that left last year for the same reason - poor academics. We pulled our other children out and sent them to another school. In hindsight we should have done it sooner. As parents we hoped that the money we spent at SPC would correlate into a good quality education. At this school it does not!

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March 13, 2014
St. Paul of the Cross is a wonderful school vested in the success of children. The school has an incredible Principal who knows all of the students and bases her decisions on what is best for the kids. The school community is blessed to have such a talented leader. Aside from a small contingent of "know it all parents" who challenge efforts and exhibit self-serving motives rather than offering assistance, the school produces kind, well-rounded graduates with the tools to succeed in high school and beyond. I must add, the majority of parents/families are very nice people - the playground gossip group is easily identifiable and even easier to ignore.

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May 18, 2013
We have been so happy here, our third child is starting preschool next year. Warm community and teachers who both keep you in the loop and are genuinely concerned for your children. I would love there to be a playground for the younger grades but see it as a fundraising challenge!

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March 30, 2013
Fantastic. My child is happy going to school, the kids are friendly and polite. The principle genuinely cares about continually improving the school. In comparing this school to other faith based schools you can't go wrong. Very much a community. Look at the test scores and high school placements. I don't see it as a day care. I think it's appropriate to let children be children and introduce sports in 4th grade. There are opportunities for other clubs and activites. You need to read the Thursday mailings and be in the know.

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October 19, 2012
Very disappointed in this school. The preschool program is very lacking educationally and when it comes to communication with parents. The school in general has some very nice staff, but seems unorganized. My family was also very disappointed in the sense of community. Parents weren't very welcoming, and there weren't a lot of activites for building relationships with the other preschoolers and their families.

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August 08, 2011
I am so happy with my kid's progress in this school! Mornings are easier because they look forward to going to school. All of the kids are very well behaved. It's nice to send my kids to a school where all the kids are smart.

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May 11, 2010
Nothing is offered in terms of extracurricular activities/clubs for children K-3 most after school programs begin in grade 4, very limited variety. Most schools offer much more. If your child has any learning challenges from mild to extreme, this school offers very little assistance & is not able to make recommendations on outside resources that may help. No after school tutoring, teachers & staff are usually in a big rush to leave exactly 30 min after school lets out. Not much in the way of dedication to the students. Outside music classes are offered at a fee, but very limited to string instruments only-no piano or guitar offered. I feel as though more of our hard earned dollars that we use to pay for a good strong catholic education at this school is spent more on keeping the grounds perfectly manicured as opposed to investing it in our childrens education here.

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April 27, 2010
I completely agree with yet another parents review here, this school is most definitely more like a day care rather than an educational facility and I say this across all grade levels.

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March 24, 2009
Two thumbs up, great school.

- submitted by a student

June 18, 2008
Hate to admit it, not the school it used to be; it tumbled very far very fast. Math program is horrendous.

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May 21, 2008
More like a day care then a school. Too many days off of school

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May 07, 2008
My daughter loves this school!!! As a 3rd grader she is learning so much about diversity and acceptance, but most of all being humble ... I know it will bennefit her in the future... I am so thankful she has this opprotunity. Sincerely. Dave Betts

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February 21, 2008
After graduating all of my children from St. Paul of the Cross, I must say they had an awsome foundation with their faith, teachers, eduacation, administration and after school programs, including athletics. With over 750 children in the school they offer many clubs such as Art, Choir, Chess, science and more. As far as accomidating the special needs of children my understanding is that St. Paul was at the for-front of bringing thier local school District into the school for extra help such as social work needs, meeting speech needs in their school and assistance with children with IEP's and just kids who are struggling. St. Paul also has two special needs teachers in the lower grades and two in the upper grades besides the teachers sent by the district. My children were average athletes and played competitively for 5 years and loved it. No one is turned away. Great choice!

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April 16, 2007
After 10 years at SPC I would say the teachers are hit or miss...some great ones and some who seem to be just biding their time. The athletics dept. has had its share of problems, favoritism and poor sportsmanship. Now for the good...it's an extremely stimulating environment. Students do not sit at one desk all day and stare at one teacher. They move around to music, art, PE, library, computer. The religious education is just what you would want these days. With about 75 kids per grade there are a lot of friends to be made. Volunteer opportunities abound but sometimes parents/teachers want to do so many things they burn people out constantly asking for help/money. But you can always say no. Despite its flaws, I prefer SPC to the Park Ridge public schools.

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May 04, 2006
St. paul is a great school with very good teachers.

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February 10, 2006
i feel the faculty is oustanding. a long tradition of catholic education blended with todays challenging academics

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August 03, 2005
We were initially impressed with the school, but the longer our kids attended, the more its faults were revealed. The terachers are average at best. The administration is difficult to work with for the special needs of both advanced and students with increased needs. They are always nickel and diming parents. The athletics department is a joke. Very clubby group of people for the most part.

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June 03, 2005
This will be our eigth year at St. Paul of the Cross. The teachers have been nurturing and provide individualized attention as needed. The school places alot of effort upon developing good behavior and values. Unfortunately, the Athletic Dept. leadership is the Achilles heel here. All said, I recommend this school.

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March 28, 2005
We live two parishes away (both with schools)but travel the distance to send our kids to St Paul. It is by far the best Catholic school in the Chicago area. The facilities are cutting edge (computer lab, library, science lab, gym, art studio), curriculum is superior, faculty are wonderful, caring people and there are lots of 'extras' including sports, music, art. The graduates get into the very best high schools and score high on standardized tests. Plus, the parish is very active and full of involved parents and families. My very shy son has blossomed in this environment. Highly recommended.

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Part of the Park Ridge community since 1925, SPC provides an education of the highest standards while embracing each child within a Roman Catholic tradition. SPC, a preschool through eighth grade school, is committed to the educational needs of all students. We have 4 resource teachers on staff, an advanced math program, & a rigorous curriculum. Before & after school care. Come for a visit, tour our campus, talk with our students, and you will see that SPC is truly the place to be!

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St Paul Of The Cross School
140 South Northwest Highway, Park Ridge, IL  60068
(847) 825-6366
Last modified St Paul Of The Cross School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St Paul Of The Cross School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top