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Calvary Academy

Private | K-8 | 318 students


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Posted August 4, 2014

I am a Parent of 3 children at Calvary, and I must say.. you will either LOVE IT or HATE IT.. I say this because they are firm in their rules and very disciplined with the children. The school is very organized, and I appreciate that type of leadership when teaching African American children. Short story... my daughter started her 2nd grade year severally behind (Math and reading)... the teachers tutored her 2 days a week and I also go her an outside tutor. At the end of the school year her teacher said she was "MOST improved".. they worked very hard with her to bring her up to speed for this coming school year. A parent could not ask for anything more!! There are some parents who feel they are harder on the boys, and I am OK with that.. My son needs to know that the world is not FAIR, and he must follow rules, so if they are harder on him, he will be just that more prepared for the real world...
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Posted June 13, 2014

I am beyond hurt and disappointed in this school. It is obvious that there is a heavy push toward maintaining the schools image by any means necessary. For the school administrator to recommend to a parent to place their child on pharmaceutical drugs only to maintain classroom management is reprehensible. This school is ill equipped to handle black male children with respect, concern, and dignity. To expect young children to be "cookie-cutter" and conform to ridiculous and ill conceived behavioral expectations is unconscionable. Our job as parents working in concert with the teachers should be to encourage and cultivate the child's character not to tear them down, making them feel different and less than their peers. As Christians, it is of upmost importance to maintain strong moral characteristics as we stand up for Christ, by breaking children's spirit, we are not equipping them with the skills they will need to succeed. I pray the administration will recognize the err of their ways and not treat any other child the way my children were treated in this school.
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Posted April 22, 2014

My grandson is a kindergartener. He has attended Calvary since he was 2 and a half.. The atmosphere is amazing and the presence of the Holy Spirit definitely rest there. I am extremely satisfied with every aspect at Calvary. Accountability and responsibility is taught from an early age at Calvary Academy. The curriculum is challenging and centered in Christian beliefs, however, I would like to see them introduce and maintain foreign language education options. My experiences with faculty and staff have been both positive and responsive to any questions or concerns I might have. I will continue to support the vision and mission that God has given to them.
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Posted February 6, 2014

First year here. The staff is friendly and my child teacher always responds to email, which I love. I do think there are way too many kids in my child's class, 20 kids in each kindergarten class is too many for a private school. I'm paying for more personal attention not less. I think it's greed on the part of the school and that leaves me feeling like maybe my child does not belong here. I in the process of reassessing if my child belong here as I have another right behind them.
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Posted November 20, 2013

Great school! My daughter became computer literate at an early age, learned about Christ, and excelled at reading, but she was criticzed for her personality at the school because many of the teachers didn't properly displine her. They need to improve on staffing the right teachers who are qualified and understand children, and understand how to discipline them. I didn't like how they would embarrass my child and highlight her behavior in front of the students and other teachers. I hope this school improves on that. Other than that, it was a pretty good school. Some of the teachers were very talented and devoted to education.
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Posted December 5, 2010

Accountability and responsibility is taught from an early age at Calvary Academy. The curriculum is challenging and centered in Christian beliefs. My wish going forward would be to introduce and maintain foreign language education options, in conjunction with stronger mathematics and science offerings to make our children more competitive on the world market. It has been my experience that the faculty is very responsive to parent concerns and they do make some structured time to handle those concerns or questions each morning before class and after school. Even when that option is not available for as long as parents prefer, the school web site provides a vehicle for parent-teacher communication, as well as an e-mail option. Again my daughter is in the third grade and has been with the Calvary family since she was three.
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Posted March 8, 2008

Calvary Academy has the best teachers who genuinely care for the children. Academically they do a fantastic job and will be well prepared. God is presented in their lives.
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Posted November 4, 2007

It has being a great pleasure of my self and my husband to have our children attend a christian school whereby prayers is allowed at the school, my daughter graduted from th eschool in 2005, I have a son graduating 2008, another daughter who is in 2nd grade and lastly my 4year old at the day care where they prepared them very well before they started Kintergarden with words of memory verses at age 3. The school has helped my family in so many ways, if you should have any questions my email is here please do email me with any thing or concern that you may have, my family have being in the school for at least 11years and we are still counting it is an investment that worth investing may God help us Amen.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 2, 2006

Two of my younger cousins attended and graduated from 8th grade at Calvary Academy in South Holland, Illinois. They both entered public high school with all Honors and AP (Advanced Placement) classes. My two children currently attend Calvary Academy and I can tell the difference in Calvary's accelerated curriculum (ABECA) and their piers that attend the public schools in our area. Calvary Academy teaches children responsiblity as young people and young christians. The music, and sport acticities are introduced in 5th grade. Art students are also entered into competitions and programs as well. Calvary Academy is a vary heavy, parent-involved environment.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 6, 2005

I really like this school very much. I love the envirement. I recommend this school to anyone.
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Posted August 4, 2005

Very disappointed. Teachers do not call parents back. I was told by a counselor that it is not mandatory because we get progress reports. They are unprepared for male students.
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Ethnicity This school State average
Black 91% 18%
White 4% 51%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Hispanic 2% 24%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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16300 State Street
South Holland, IL 60473
Phone: (708) 333-5471


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