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Holy Ghost School

Private | PK-8 | 155 students

Our school is best known for the K-8 Engineering and Technology program.

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $130,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,070.

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2012:
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Posted November 5, 2014

If you are looking for a school with small classes, rigorous academics, caring and professional teachers and staff look no further than Holy Ghost. My son loves going to school in the morning! What I like about the school is how all the staff and faculty know the names of every student. That makes the children very comfortable when it is time to transition from one class to another. The principal is great and very involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2014

Jestesmy jedna z licznych polskich rodzin w Holy Ghost. Atmosfera w szkole jest rewelacyjna, nasz syn bardzo chetnie chodzi do szkoly, chwali nauczycieli. Klasy sa niewielkie, starsze dzieci pomagaja mlodszym, wszyscy znaja sie po imieniu. Rodzice i Pani Dyrektor sa bardzo zaangazowani w szkolnictwo. Wychowanie katolickie jest na wysokim poziomie, dzieci od najmlodszych lat uczone sa manier, wspolczucia i kultury osobistej. Wraz z mezem nie mozemy sie nachwalic Holy Ghost School i jestesmy dumni ze jestesmy czescia ich rodziny.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2014

Like you, I m a parent that wants the best for my children. I have 3 children that have graduated from HGS. My older daughters went on to graduate in the top 5% of their HS class, score in the 30 s on the ACT, attend U of I, and are on their way to successful careers. My third child starts HS enrolled in every accelerated class available. My point? If you want the best possible education for your children (and why else would you be reading this?), in my opinion, Holy Ghost School is the place for them. There is a perception that private schools with waiting lists must be the best schools. Absolutely not. They have teachers with the same experience, getting paid the same amount. The difference? Teacher to student ratio. Does your child has a better chance of succeeding at school with one teacher managing 35+ students or one teaching 20 students? Small is a Big Deal is more than a catch phrase for us, it is what separates HGS from the other local parochial schools and gives our students an academic advantage that will support success in high school, college, and beyond.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2014

I am very happy with the education my children have received at Holy Ghost. My daughter is entering high school in all honors courses and even an AP class as a freshman. The school has offered a well-rounded education with cutting edge Technology (iPads and a news media center), athletics (even offering cheerleading and track), and even extracurricular things like chess and Lego clubs, and theatre. The new principal has really shaken things up and I am impressed by her knowledge and the direction she is taking the school.. Most importantly , my children have learned what good judgement is and have received a good foundation for their future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2013

I graduated from here a few years ago. I was very well prepared academically, but I know other students from my graduating class that were not. I freshmen and sophomore year have taken all honors classes and passed all with flying colors. I felt almost teachers got me excited to learn, which is why I like school to this day. However, there were several cases of bullying that I am not proud of how they were handled. They sought for a immediate fix as apposed to a long term fix. If you didn't fit in you could fell very left out and sometimes had a hard social life. I do not know how the new principle handles these issues, but hopefully change will come.


Posted September 13, 2013

My son is thriving in the early childhood program. The older students are well behaved and considerate. The parents have nothing but good things to say when their students graduate from 8th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2012

My grandchildren are thriving at Holy Ghost School because it's a small school with small class sizes resulting in a lot of one-on-one time with teachers. Because this school is small, it only takes one or two unhappy parents to try and tilt Holy Ghost's practical education and religious balance to the negative and it's my obligation to say otherwise. The school involves the parents and grand parents in all it's activities and I couldn't be happier with the knowledge that my grand kid's future looks bright resulting from their attendance. Plane


Posted October 6, 2012

As a grandparent of 2 children that attend Holy Ghost School, I have seen the advanced school work, the innovative projects, the connections of teachers to parents and the closeness that comes from small class sizes. I feel that Holy Ghost has been a great experience for my grand children and has opend their eyes to numerous opportunities that larger schools might not offer. The school brings all the families close together. It keeps the students and families active in the school and offers a religous background that carries through life. Great school!


Posted October 6, 2012

As a parent of 2 graduates, I look at how prepared they were for high school and how Holy Ghost did at teaching the Catholic Faith. My children have a deep belief in their faith that was foster by a principal and teacher's that lived their faith. Academically, I was told by the teacher's at Fenton they can always tell a Holy Ghost student by their excellent writing skills. Drawbacks - small class sizes, which if youf child does not fit in can make things unhappy for your child,. Although there are a number of activities, if they are not sport-minded they can also feel left out. Bullying does happen, and if your child doesn't fit in, they are sometimes not believed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2012

My son recently graduated from this school, and when entering high school had to take entrance exams to place him in the appropriate classes. He placed in all honor classes, which I attitribute to Holy Ghost. Their small class room sizes, and teaching abilities at the school gave him a magnificient education. I still have a son at this school, who actually enjoys going to school. There are several activities for the kids to participate in, and even a wonderful after school program. The leadership, in my opinion - takes action immediately whenever a problem arises, and provides a solid action plan for any future problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2012

I worked in public schools for 10 years before coming to Holy Ghost School. I left the public school system because teacher creativity was no longer appreciated. Teachers were not encouraged to raise the bar but to blend in with the rest of the crowd. I didn't feel as if I was able to provide the quality of education that my students needed. Parents were unable to be partners in their child's education as teachers were not supposed to give out too much information. At Holy Ghost School, I have been encouraged to teach through creative and innovative ways. I can teach auditory, visual and kinesthetic lessons as well as effectively differentiate activities to meet the needs of ALL learners. Parents are encouraged to be involved in their child's education.The staff collaborates well and is supportive of each other. I have found Holy Ghost School to be a great place to work. It is a warm and caring community!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 5, 2012

We chose Holy Ghost School Catholic education for our family because we wanted more for our children than just academics. The small class sizes were also considered in our decision. This means our children can receive personal attention if needed. We are grateful to be part of a school where the faculty and families have shown such love and kindness. We enjoy watching our children grow in their faith. Our kids have wonderful teachers that challenge behaviors in a loving, caring environment. The challenging curriculum provides a solid foundation for our children s future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2012

My Godchild has witnessed the bullying that has gone on. It is a shame that the school tolerates this.


Posted June 13, 2012

not happy with this school.many families leaving due to poor leadership /all talk no action motto.four teachers also leaving.if u r looking to feel like ur part of a community ,this is not the place to go.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2012

I didn't do my research properly before sending my child here, because the plan was not to stay in the area. However, the plan with jobs changed, and we ended up staying in the area after all. My son started Kindergarten, and then when our other son was born, he eventually started preschool. I have been unhappy with the school, but thinking we would move, I hung in there. After several bullying episodes in older grades, and the way those situations were handled, I started to feel even more uneasy. While I have not had any direct issues with the principal, I do see how difficult she can be - particularly not very collaborative or concerned with problem-solving, tends to approach problems negatively with barriers vs with solutions. I don't like the "we can't" attitude, and much prefer the "what can we do" attitude. I don't understand how this school has 4 stars. There are 4 teachers leaving this year, which is half the grades. I'm nervous about who will be coming in, and what kind of impression the principal will have on the candidates for the job (1st, 4th, 5th, 6th grades).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2010

Absolutely wonderful school! The children are happy, the teachers are dedicated and caring and the school is extremely family oriented and welcoming. I adore the church. The priest is wonderful and kind. My kids are VERY happy there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2009

My grandchildren look forward to going to school everyday. The administration and staff are welcoming and supportive. Great place to raise children in the faith.


Posted October 28, 2008

I've been very fortunate to be a member of Holy Ghost School. We have such wonderful students who work hard always remembering their Catholic Faith. We are so lucky to have some of the most advanced technology available to elementary students. Our creativity and academic skills are some of the best around. Just a great place to teach.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 9, 2008

The school was okay. I was pleased with the small classes, but I felt unprepared when I entered high school. I feel like as if there's a lack of understanding of the catholic religion, as when I graduated, I felt uneducated in the Catholic religion. Upon entering a public high school, I learned more about the history of Christianity and the teachings in one month then I did the entire 8 years i attended the school. I feel as if the tuition was unneeded, because the government supported schools prove to be suffice in teaching.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 11, 2008

My daughter has learned so much. She is self- motivated, likes to read now because of the encouraging reading programs in the classroom. The staff is supportive, they are my family and not judgemental. I love this school and highly recommend.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 76% 51%
Hispanic 12% 24%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 18%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Lori M. Broncato
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • 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?
  • No
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Engineering
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Mentoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Diocese of Joliet
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School leaders can update this information here.
 

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No

Planning Ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Fenwick
Immaculate Conception High School
Fenton High School
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260 North Wood Dale Road
Wood Dale, IL 60191
Phone: (630) 766-4508

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