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January 2011


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Students and parents are
made aware of the rules
and educational possi-
bilities that accompany
the use of laptops.

Social media in education

By PATTI MINGLIN media accounts, these tools are now individual basis. “We discourage fac-
being used as part of a school’s overall ulty from having any type of social me-
Education Gets Social communication strategy. “Facebook dia relationship with current students,”
Social media has moved from the has been a great resource for connect- says Cory Stutts of The Catherine Cook
fringes of college student conversa- ing with our alumni about upcoming School in Chicago. However, most
tions to become part of the daily lives events such as our art auction,” says Pat- schools agree that social media can ac-
of all students —a fact that school fac- ti O’Donoghue of Council Oak Montes- tually enhance a teacher’s relationship
ulty and staff have to deal with at ev- sori School in Chicago. “We combine with former students. “As a teacher,
ery grade level. While in the past, one Facebook with other communication you have the opportunity to make a dif-
would find policies and procedures efforts like sending out e-mails.” Twitter ference in the lives of students,” says
to deter the use of such tools as Face- is also becoming part of the communi- Bill Mierisch of The Catherine Cook
book and Twitter, today’s schools are cation process with schools such as the School. “Social media is a great way to
embracing this emerging new media Missouri Military Academy in Mexico, continue making that difference after
and using it as a way to not only better MO, which uses it to send links back those students have moved beyond
their communication with parents and to their site where parents and alumni your classroom and are now out in the
alumni, but teach students life lessons can see what the boys are doing and world.”
that will serve them well beyond school achieving on a daily basis.
A New Sense of Responsibility
walls. Now that there are endless options
While social media has provided
for how schools communicate with their
Improving Communications schools with a great way to communi-
various audiences, new policies are in
With so many students, parents, cate, it has also given them an opportu-
place regarding how faculty and staff
faculty and alumni now having social communicate with their students on an continued on page 6

Making the Grade 2011 5
just the posting of pictures and infor- school-issued laptops--have strategies
Social media mation on their personal accounts and in place to ensure students keep their
continued from page 5 also includes being responsible for minds on education and not on con-
their interactions with others via new necting with their online communities.
nity to help students gain a new sense
media tools. “We recently implement- “Personal use is prohibited for the boys
of responsibility—an asset that will help
ed the Guerin Prep Cyber Bully Tip Line, during the academic day,” says Mis-
them succeed in a world outside the
a dedicated, anonymous source for stu- souri Military’s Craig. “We know that
classroom. “We have conversations
dents or parents to address any issues temptation can get the best of them, so
with our students on how to use social
of harassment that occur in person, as we have made it impossible to log on
media in a responsible and effective
well as electronically via the Internet, during the day to try and sneak a peek
way,” says Council Oak’s O’Donoghue.
cell phones, texting, social network- at their status updates during class.”
Those conversations—which are hap-
ing, or other device,” adds Sister Dawn Keeping the focus on education
pening at most schools—include such
Tomaszewski of Guerin Prep in River seems to be the key for all in-school
topics as not sharing passwords with
Grove. computer use. “While we certainly pro-
friends or giving personal information
to strangers as well as empowering And what if someone else posts in- mote the use of technology, we use it
students to take responsibility for their formation from a student’s account? to create an environment that doesn’t
own actions. “As part of our written policy, students inhibit education, but enhances it,” says
understand that they are responsible Buschbacher. Toward that goal, stu-
At Missouri Military Academy, stu-
for their account even when they are dents utilizing computers in the com-
dents participate in an annual pre-
not the ones behind the keyboard,” mon areas of IMSA must always defer
sentation on the proper etiquette and
says Brenda Buschbacher of Illinois their online recreational activities to
safety of social media use and how
Math and Science Academy in Aurora. anyone that needs a computer for edu-
what they say or post online today can
cational purposes—this rule is even part
affect their futures in positive or nega- The Social Media Distraction
of the school’s IT policy which is signed
tive ways. “It is really an eye-opening As is often evidenced by parents as by all students. “It’s the same kind of
moment for our boys when they realize they struggle to keep their students fo- information I would tell my own son,
colleges and universities are looking at cused on homework and not on status like don’t go on Facebook before your
what they are putting out there and it updates, the proliferation of social me- homework is done.”
may affect their chances of getting into dia tools has given a new meaning to
a school,” says Andy Craig. the phrase “in-class distraction.” Many Parent Involvement
This responsibility extends beyond schools—especially those who have “We believe that direct parent in-


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volvement is a key component in de-
veloping every aspect of a child’s life,”
says Guerin’s Tomaszewski. “Open
communication about social media,
its value as well as its liabilities, is en-
couraged.” Toward that goal, Guerin
Prep invites parents to regularly at-
tend informational sessions regard-
ing computer use, in particular safety
The Catherine Cook School hosts MATH & SCIENCE ACADEMY
mandatory parent/student meetings Schools have policies in
as they pick up their school-issued place to keep students
laptops each year. The meetings not focused on education,
only discuss the specifics regarding not status updates.
tech policies and procedures, but
also open up a dialogue with parents
regarding the tools their students will
be using and advice for setting social
media guidelines at home.
School leaders encourage parents
to be as much a part of the new media
dialogue as possible and continue to
ask questions and seek information
from not only their students, but from
faculty. “What we need to do is to pre-
pare our students for the future they
will inhabit,” says Catherine Cook’s
Stutts. “We must partner together as
adults and stay engaged in the won-
derful new tools that are available.”

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National Lutheran
Schools Week 2011
March 6 - March 12
Excellence in
Christian Education
Commitment to
Quality Care
"Securing Each Child's Future—For Eternity" Christian Values
John 3:16
CITY Resurrection Lutheran School SOUTH
9349 S. Wentworth Ave., Chicago
Ashburn Lutheran School (773) 928-6312 Christ Lutheran Ev Church
3345 W. 83rd St, Chicago C.L.E.W.S. Preschool
(773) 737-2156 Mrs. Shirley Johnson, Principal 14700 S. 94th Ave., Orland Park PreK–6th Grade, Extended Care, (708) 349-0171
Dr. Joy Packard-Higgins, Principal Action for Childhood
Bethesda Lutheran Patti Bareither, Director
Resurrection Preschool
School & Preschool 3309 N. Seminary, Chicago Immanuel Lutheran
6803 N. Campbell Ave. (773) 525-0605 Crossroads Preschool
(773) 743-0800 4800 W. Sauk Trail, Richton Park Debbie Mytych, Preschool Director (708) 748-7023
Patricia Grunde, Principal Ages served: 3-5 years Jean Turek, Director
& Childcare Director PreK 3 to 1st Grade
Grades Served: PreK (3yr)-8th
St. James Lutheran School
2101 N. Fremont St.
Jehovah Lutheran School Chicago 60614 WEST
3740 W. Belden, Chicago, 60647 (773) 525-4990 Good Shepherd
(773)342-5854 Lutheran School Warren Gast, Principal 525 63rd St., Downers Grove
Mrs. JoEllen T. Hoffman, Principal Grades PreK - 8, extended care (630) 852-5081
Grades Served: PreK(3yr)-8th grade
St. John’s Lutheran School
Messiah Lutheran School 4939 W. Montrose Avenue Scott Schmudlach, Principal
6200 W. Patterson Chicago 60641 3 yr. PreK – Grade 8, extended care
Chicago, 60634 (773) 736-1196 Grace Lutheran School
(773) 736-6600 7300 W. Division, River Forest Douglas Markworth, Principal (708) 366-6900
Grades Served: PreK-8th grade
St. Philip Lutheran School
Park View Lutheran School 2500 West Bryn Mawr, Chicago Hugh W. Kress, Principal
3919 N. Monticello (773) 561-3044 Ms. Kendall Grigg, Principal
Chicago 60618 3 yr. PreK –8
(773) 267-0072 Donna Tennis, Principal Immanuel Lutheran School Grades Served: PreK(3)-8th 50 Hart Rd., Batavia
Rev. Dr. David Nelson, (630) 406-0157
Headmaster & Pastor NORTH
Grades preK - 8th, extended care Glenn A. Steinbrenner, Principal
Jerusalem Lutheran School
Pilgrim Lutheran 6218 Capulina, Morton Grove Parent-Toddler program, PreK – Grade 8,
4300 N. Winchester, Chicago, 60613 Extended Care
(847) 965-4750
(773) 477-4824 St. Peter Lutheran School Michael Naumann, Principal 111 W. Olive St., Arlington Heights
David Maring, Principal Ages 3 – 14, extended care (847) 253-6638
Grades Served: PreK-8th, extended care
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8 Making the Grade 2011 A

A World
of Learning

Lincoln Park Preparatory

& Kindergarten
108 W Germania Place
Chicago, IL 60610

Lincoln Park Preschool

British School
312 W. Belden
Chicago, IL 60614
of Chicago
773-665-0110 We provide students ages 3-18 with an
individualized approach to learning,
Year round program for where student and teacher work
ages 2 through Kindergarten together to develop a personalized
2, 3, or 5 day programs available learning plan.
Individual tours given daily, call to schedule
Opportunities for growth are rich and
varied, with strong enrichment programs
and an emphasis on learning languages.


Making the Grade 2011 9
Language Stars is
committed to the
idea that keeping
language fun mo-
tivates children to
learn language as
a life-long skill.

How many languages can your

4-year-old speak?
By KIMBERLY KUTNICK sic School in Oak Park, has watched lows children to gain a greater degree
children participate since her school of fluency earlier which strengthens the

verything starts early with the opened in 1993. “The benefits of learn- children’s connection to their roots….
current generation of children. ing a foreign language are virtually It allows our students to build a close
Pre-Kindergarten is the new Kin- endless. The greatest positive impact connection to their culture and heri-
dergarten. Expectations are higher. that I have witnessed is the sheer con- tage.”
This includes foreign language study. fidence that grows inside of them!” Ra-
From full immersion programs to sup- Given the increasing academic and
chel Lochtefeld, K-8 French teacher at social demands on preschoolers, is
plemental study, foreign language ac- Armitage Academy adds, “Some peo-
quisition has become a popular trend early foreign language immersion too
ple are inherently more fascinated by much, too early and too fast? Accord-
for even the youngest students. language than others; some have more ing to Nicole McKheen, Assistant Di-
Early foreign language immersion pressing academic or social-emotional rector of Chalk Preschool, “Children
can be a positive and successful ap- development needs. Many, many chil- are little sponges at this age. And, like
proach to learning foreign language dren thrive in a multi-lingual setting.” any other subject, it depends on how
while complementing other non-lan- Foreign language immersion can al- it is approached. At CHALK, we incor-
guage studies. Some schools base so benefit students by creating a cultural porate Spanish throughout our typical
their curriculum completely around connection. According to Rabbi Sheryl daily routines and schedule.” Karen
immersion, offering programs for tod- Katzman, Principal of Skokie Solomon Gould MacGilvray, Director of Educa-
dlers, preschool and kindergarten. For Schechter Elementary School, “In a tion for Language Stars, adds, “We are
these schools, the benefits for both for- Jewish Day School, where Hebrew lan- committed to the idea that by making
eign language and regular learning are guage is essential to the transmission it fun, children are motivated to learn
overwhelmingly positive. of Jewish tradition to Jewish children, crucial, lifelong skills literally through
Maria Fermi-Crawford, Founder/ early Hebrew language acquisition al-
Director of The Language and Mu- continued on page 12

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Making the Grade 2011 11
adds, “While it may seem
Language like a lot to throw at children
continued from page 10 of such young ages, I must
assert that it truly is not. Our
child’s play! Our FunImmer-
program follows the same
sion® method and curriculum
routine each and every day
depend on dynamic games,
so that a child will never feel
art projects, obstacle courses,
overwhelmed. Instead, there
songs and more to create en-
is a sense of confidence that
gaged and happy learners….
builds within them because
The children learn without
they start to see that every-
realizing it—it’s like sneaking
thing is beginning to ‘click’.”
broccoli into brownies!”
According to Gould
While Sheryl Seef, Lead
MacGilvray, “Neurolinguistic
Teacher of the Marvell and
research shows that learning
Stanley z”l Ginsburg PreK
a second language young
at Solomon Schechter, also
brings numerous cognitive
agrees that preschool isn’t
benefits, some quite surpris-
too early. She points out
ing. Such benefits include
that approaches should be
improved math scores on
individual-child focused. “It
basic skills tests in elemen-
is important to recognize if
tary school, and then later
a child is struggling in their
on SATs, improved problem
native language. If there are
solving skills, better spatial
challenges in receptive or ex-
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pressive language for a child
SOLOMON SCHECHTER SCHOOL overall verbal skills in all lan-
Foreign language in their native language, im-
guages.” She continues,
mersing them in a second lan-
can benefit students “MRI scans have revealed
guage can present additional
by creating a cultural enhanced brain develop-
challenges that need to be
connection. ment in students who start
addressed.” Fermi-Crawford
young—in the case of early


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foreign language learning, cant. The second language
scientists have discovered allows the child to become
that bilingual adults have aware of the characteristics
developed denser gray mat- of language which translates
ter in the left hemisphere into a high capacity for vo-
where language and com- cabulary, spelling and com-
munications skills are con- prehension.” Lochtefeld also
trolled, and that the effect concurs, “Studies show that
is strongest in people who bilingual people consistent-
learned a second language ly score higher on academic
by the age of five. Knowing testing and perform better
more than one language is in school. The understand-
also associated with sharper ing is that more complex
senior brainpower, holding neuronal patterns are estab-
off typical age-related cog- lished in the brain through
nitive slowdown.” the process of speaking mul-
M. Erika Camarena, Di- tiple languages.”
rector and Lead Teacher at There are numerous ben-
Mi Sol Montessori, agrees, efits to teaching young chil-
“Notable cognitive benefits dren multiple languages,
can be attributed to the full from increased confidence
acquisition of a second lan- to cultural connections and
guage. These can include: neurological development.
enhanced capacity for rea- All schools agree that the
soning and analysis which most important thing is that
translates into a deeper un- your child has fun and stays
derstanding of concepts or engaged in foreign lan-
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Da Vinci asks students to
think deeply about what
they’ve experienced be-
fore writing about it in
clear, vivid language.

The written word

By MOLLY LOGAN ANDERSON tools like reading development in or- pal Ben Hevebrand, working through
der to inspire the writer inside. As early the writing process aids students with

ead a text or email these days as kindergarten and first grade, Saint systems of organizing information for
and your head is likely left spin- Clement students experience young both oral and written presentations.
ning from the shorthand writing child authorship. Whether this happens Students also learn that writing is re-
and techno-speak you’ll find inside. through story dictation or presentation writing. “Careful editing of one’s own
As a matter of fact, you might wonder before children are writing themselves, written work teaches students to ex-
what’s happening to writing in our local or through publishing early works in amine their own work through a critical
schools as a result of the lingo used by first grade, students gain experience and analytical lens,” says Hevebrand.
kids these days. The good news is that with the writing process early on. “Stu-
celebration of the written word has nev- For Chicago Grammar School, en-
dents become very comfortable with couraging strong roots in grammar
er been more prolific than it is in our lo- it,” says Saint Clement Principal, Melissa
cal elementary schools. Public, private basics is the key to developing strong
Dan. “They do a great deal of writing writers. By third grade, Chicago Gram-
and parochial institutions are finding on a daily basis and show a growth in
new ways to engage the creative writer mar is its own separate class, studied
confidence with their skills. It’s a tes- with the Latin language, to ensure that
inside each student, while also clinging tament to the writing program here at
to traditional skills like grammar and students grasp the background of Eng-
Saint Clement.” lish grammar. “We know that some chil-
paragraph development. Showcasing
writing as a competency for our kids At Quest Academy in Palatine, edu- dren will be very creative while others
ensures good communicators will lead cators see writing as a mode of self ex- might not,” says the school’s executive
the way in coming years. pression, one way to demonstrate the director, Phillip Jackson. “But we want
understanding of concepts and a meth- all our students to walk out the door
Focus on the basics od of applying the knowledge of many writing good sentences and forming
Many schools focus on beginner different concepts. According to Princi-
continued on page 16

Making the Grade 2011 15
than being a chore.”
Written word For instance, a recent as-
The Glenholme School continued from page15 signment asked students
A D ev ereu x Cente r great paragraphs. You have studying The Giver by Lois
to know grammar in order to Lowry to address the idea
be able to get creative.” of a utopian society through
creative writing. After read-
Finding a creative thread ing the book and research-
Getting creative is just ing historical utopian
what teachers at Ashburn societies, students draft let-
Lutheran want their students ters to President Obama or
to do. Seventh graders work Vice-President Biden stat-
on a poetry unit, which, at ing a persuasive case for or
its culmination, results in against a utopian society
students compiling their today. According to Da Vinci
own autobiography of po- middle school language
etry. Students take pride in arts teacher, Marge Uhlar-
showcasing favorite works ick- Boller, this exposure to
at the annual poetry coffee- advanced writing gives stu-
house. In a dark, open-mic dents an inroad to more cre-
style club setting, students ative writing. “I believe when
perform, audience mem- we write, we often clarify our
bers snap their approval, thought process,” says Uhla-
An exceptional boarding school for students with and they all celebrate by rick-Boller. “For our students,
special needs; The Glenholme School offers an in- drinking coffee. “Poetry is a recognizing our thought
dividually prescribed learning environment with vehicle for expressing their process is an important part
a steadfast academic curriculum. Using our effec- innermost emotions,” says of the learning process.”
tive individualized services, we apply a positive Ashburn Lutheran teacher,
Studying diverse topics
behavior support model focused on development Lynn Schmid. “In the begin-
through writing
of social skills and lifelong strategies for success. ning, some kids are negative
about it, but in the end, they From story problems to
are really proud of the writ- essays, every subject stud-
The school’s milieu therapy addresses varying ied in elementary school
levels of academic, social and special needs de- ing they’ve done and think
it’s pretty cool to memorize requires the ability to write
velopment in students, both boys and girls, ages and communicate. Writing
and present it.” According
10-18 and postgraduates. We prepare graduates to Schmid, many Ashburn development is ongoing
for continued education in traditional day schools, Lutheran students still rave and flourishing inside math,
boarding schools, colleges and universities. about the poetry coffee- social studies and more. At
house they participated in Chicago’s Saint Clement
• Asperger’s, ADD, ADHD, emotional, behavioral five or six years ago. School, a group of children
and learning disabilities meets as the Humanities
Exploring one idea in
Club an hour before school
• Self-discipline Strategies many different ways provides
starts to analyze writings of
• Motivational Management students with a deep un-
all sorts, from comic strips
derstanding of any subject.
• Positive Behavior Supports to graffiti art, whatever the
Da Vinci Academy in Elgin
• Multimedia Curriculum kids find interesting. Starting
engages kids with interest-
in fifth grade, kids have the
• Career Exploration ing and thought provoking
option of a Book Club lunch
• Character Development assignments surrounding
hour, where they discuss and
the written word, but also
• Social Coaching write about books they’re
with the freedom to express
• Relationship Mentoring reading.
themselves in fun ways.
“What we really try to do is A deep historical investi-
a learning tradition expose our students to rich gation of the Roman Empire
content, in a variety of ways, by fourth graders at Da Vinci
(860) 868.7377 and ask students to think Academy exposed students
Washington, CT deeply about what they’ve to related content across experienced and express it the fourth grade curriculum.
in clear and vivid language,” After this comprehensive
says Head of School, Jeffrey study, students were tasked
Open enrollment for Glenholme’s middle Stroebel. “Because we also with writing a letter to family
school, high school, Glen Ridge post- do this in our discussions, as if they were an imprisoned
secondary program and the summer program. the writing becomes a natu- soldier during that historical
ral expression of that, rather continued on page 18

16 Making the Grade 2011 A

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Making the Grade 2011 17
about their surroundings, their others joining the project later to act as
daily life, their master; display- editors. So far this group of children has
ing a true understanding of Ro- written two or three novels together.
man life. “In assignments like this With a tool kit full of grammar struc-
one, we create a framework for ture and the knowledge of different
students so that they are thinking styles and genres they might use to
both broadly and deeply in terms express themselves, children in the
of their writing,” says Stroebel. Montessori school system can expand
Student-guided writing that knowledge to encompass their en-
tire curriculum driven by what excites
Montessori schools in the
each individual child. “Language and
Chicago area help kids reach
learning is really just another facet of a
academic excellence by encour-
child’s fun and joy,” says Kambich.
aging students’ interests and pro-
viding them with unlimited time Writing is personal
and opportunity to explore those It’s important to educators at the
interests. This ongoing theme Chicago Grammar School to recognize
takes a simple assignment, such what a personal thing writing actually
as “read a book and write a re- is. “The hardest thing is when an assign-
port on it” to a new level. Accord- ment is too vague,” says Jackson. “So
ing to Lisa Kambich, director of we like to give them a focus.” A recent
schools for Deerfield Montessori assignment asked students to stand
Schools and vice-president of the facing different directions on Chicago
OF DAVINCI ACADEMY Association of Illinois Montessori sidewalk. Each student has a different
Schools, one student recently view point of a similar location, and
read and wrote about horses, they were asked to write about what
incorporated illustrations of her they saw. Assignments like this offer a
own, wrote a fiction story and po- focus, but act as a canvas for personal
Written word etry about horses, all as a result of that creativity and the celebration of the
continued from page 16 one assignment. Another group of stu- written word, to shine through.
dents collaborated on their own novel,
period. The letter was to include details with one child acting as illustrator, and

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PreK-8th grade 1123 Church St., Glenview
(847) 724-6990
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(847) 475-5678
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9245 N. Lawndale Ave., Evanston
(847) 679-0660
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NORTHWEST Ascension School
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(847) 375-0600 St. Luke Parish School MaryJo Burns, Principal 519 Ashland Ave.,
Richard Myer, Headmaster PreK – Grade 8
River Forest
Grades 6 – 12 Fenwick High School (708) 366-8587
The Willows Academy 505 W. Washington Blvd., Oak Park
1012 Thacker St., Des Plaines (708) 386-0127 Barbara Rasinski, Principal
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Mr. Richard Borsch and Mr. Peter Groom,
St. Matthew School
Mary J. Keenley, Head of School 1555 Glen Ellyn Rd., Suite 2
Grades 6 through 12, all girls Co-Principals
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Cardinal Joseph Bernardin (708) 453-6233 Mrs. Neoma Mastruzzo, Principal
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St. Odilo School
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7659 S. Linder Ave., Burbank
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British School stu-
dents enjoy a trip to
the Big Apple.

Students hit the road

By TRICIA DESPRES Ranging from a few days to a week ter appreciation for the roots and histo-
or more, these class trips have be- ry of our country. Then, in eighth grade,

t’s a picture etched in many of our come a tradition at many Chicago area they travel even further.
collective memories. With duffle bag schools. For example, Chiaravalle Mon-
in hand and possibly a tear in our “We take the eighth graders to Cos-
tessori School students regularly travel ta Rica in what we like to call a capstone
eye, we step onto the bus to embark on throughout the Midwest in an effort
our first class trip. Filled with a mix of trip,” remarks FRCDS Head of School
to expand their teachings beyond the Karen Morse. “It’s an experience that re-
nervousness and excitement, we wave classroom.
goodbye not only to family and friends, ally pulls together everything they have
but to a little piece of our childhood “Our trip to Michigan offers students accomplished here at school through-
years. a chance to stay at a lodge on an acre- out the years.”
age, cook their own meals, engage in The British School of Chicago even
This first trip away from home has outdoor education activities, journal,
become one of those “coming of age” offers student opportunities to travel in-
spend time in nature, and participate ternationally, including trips to France,
events that can be crucial to a middle in team-building a activities,” says
school student’s future. In fact, edu- Canada, Coast Rica and even a trip to
Beth Caldwell of Chiaravalle Montes- Russia planned for next year! “Gener-
cators firmly believe these trips have sori School in Evanston. “We also join
much to offer students, both academi- ally our itineraries are so action packed
students at two other area Montessori when we go on trips there isn’t much
cally and socially. Middle Schools to Nature’s Classsroom, free time,” explains Rebecca Palmet, a
“These kinds of opportunities really an environmental education center lo- member of the British School of Chica-
help to expand the classroom experi- cated in Wisconsin.” go’s leadership team. “The balance of
ence,” explains Bruce Rudi, Principal of Fox River Country Day School sev- freedom and supervision is dependent
St. Peter Lutheran School in Arlington enth graders regularly travel to Wash- on age group and location and will vary
Heights. “Going outside the classroom ington DC, where students can visit a from group to group.”
makes so many things come to life for multitude of museums and gain a bet-
our students.” continued on page 25

Making the Grade 2011 23

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continued from page 23
Of course, some of the 2XU DUH
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relatively close to home. St.
Peter Lutheran School stu-
dents in Chicago regularly
volunteer in Chicago, where
they can join together with
their families and volunteer
in the inner city. “Working
alongside other families
definitely builds commu-
nity within the school,” says
Rudi. “Having the chance
to serve together in a com-
mon cause alongside one
another helps our students
witness something bigger
than themselves.”
No matter the scope of
the trip, it does come at a
cost. Some schools, such
as Chiaravalle Montessori
School, build it into the tu-
ition fees for the year. Others
rely on fundraising activities
in order to raise money.
“Everyone has to afford
to go or we won’t go,” says
Doug Markworth, Principal
of St. John’s Lutheran Church
in Chicago. “Whether it’s
going to Millennium Park
to go ice skating or down
to St. Louis to see the sites,
self esteem and help them
the intricacies that come with
supervising a large number
of middle school students
minds of trip organizers. For
example, both male and fe-
schools set up boy’s floors
and girls floors when staying
at hotels. “There are lots of $GPLVVLRQV2SHQ+RXVH
rules,” explains Chiaravalle’s 6XQGD\)HEUXDU\SP
Caldwell. “They realize that
the consequences of break-
ing the rules would be to go
continued on page 26

Making the Grade 2011 25
see students supporting and
Travel working together as they be-
continued from page 25 come more confident in un-
familiar surroundings.”
Undoubtedly, proper
Never underestimate
supervision is key to any
the power that “being un-
successful class trip. “While
plugged” for a few days
we have had parents chap-
can make on these middle
erone in the past, it is im-
school students. Instead of
perative that we have our
spending their evenings
faculty members there since
surfing the internet, FRCDS
this trip is truly part of the
students spend their eve-
overall curriculum,” says
Getting to the Heart of FRCDS’s Morse. “They aren’t
there just to babysit – but are
nings of class trips writing in
their journals and reflecting
on the day they had and the
What Really Matters really there to guide the kids
through the trip. These are
days to come.
And long after these trips
young children and we are
A curious mind and an open heart all mindful of their safety.” are over, memories and the
lessons learned live on.
Personal responsibility and a sense of integrity “Parents are involved and
always welcome on trips in “Kids go off and graduate,
The willingness to serve and lead the lower school, but for our but they always seem to look
middle to high school stu- back on the times they spent
At Sacred Heart, we teach what’s important: the skills dents we use our teaching away as their most important
staff rather than parents, be- times during their growing
and the values needed to succeed in the world.
cause it allows the students years,” says Caldwell. “It’s
to develop social skills, worth every moment.”
We help students open their minds—and their hearts.
which along with educa-
tion is the aim for a lot of the
We offer small classes, exceptional faculty, and a rigorous trips,” adds Palmet of British
curriculum. We provide programs that promote social School. “It’s great when you
awareness and community service.

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Fenwick students
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High school students preparing

for the future
By PATTY KEYURANGGUL Queen of Peace High School in Bur- answer questions about themselves.
bank hosts Career Day each spring Several possible careers are matched

ou’ve been through the gauntlet where students can attend panels on with each student. Counselors also
-- from potty training to summer medical fields, science, engineering, assist students by examining popular
camps, sippy cups to sleepovers. law or health care and hear from sev- careers and presenting information
With the never-ending work of contem- eral people in each field. They also host about the kind of education required,
plating ages and stages, it’s hard to be- a Career Fair where students have the how much money can one expect to
lieve that your child has reached high opportunity to talk one on one with earn and the job outlook in that par-
school. That sweet child who still seems over 70 people from different fields in- ticular field.
so young is now preparing for college cluding several alumni. One alumnus
and the real world. Being prepared as These programs are a great benefit
came for career day and met a senior to high school students according to
a parent used to mean carrying snacks who was interested in becoming a di-
and tissue in your purse at all times. Sharon Geinosky, Director of Counsel-
etician. Through that relationship, that ing at Queen of Peace. Students are,
Who will help you equip them now? student will now have the opportunity “exposed to many different career pos-
Many high schools recognize the to shadow a dietician at a hospital for sibilities and they begin to understand
need for preparing students for college a day. the path needed to get there.” As stu-
and the work world. By developing Queen of Peace also utilizes an on- dents learn how to research a career
mentoring relationships, performing line program called Career Cruising. and what questions should be asked,
career assessments and providing op- Counselors go into classrooms each they are also taught that it’s okay if they
portunities to practice, high schools are year and do a lesson or perform an don’t know what they want to do right
preparing students for a competitive interest inventory where students can
world. continued on page 30

Making the Grade 2011 29
program that gives students
High school an opportunity to work with
continued from page 30 mentors in a professional
setting to explore career
now. Geinosky states, “the
possibilities and skills. This
most popular college ma-
is done over the course of a
jor is ‘undecided’. But (stu-
semester with a classroom
dents) do get how important
component that teaches
a college education is.”
how personal interests, skills
6230 N. Lemont Ave. At Latin School of Chi- and abilities relate to career
Chicago, IL 60646 cago, upper level students
have the opportunity to
choices and the selection of
773-736-0567 participate in Project Week.
Last year over 100 stu-
Students take a one-week
dents participated in areas
Our Values Are for Life! break from classes to pursue
an area of interest such as
travel, outdoor education or
such as architecture, athletic
training, banking, chiroprac-
tic care, engineering, social
The Christian Educational Community of service projects. “Careers” is
work and veterinary medi-
one of those projects, giving
Queen of All Saints School is dedicated to cine. Students practice con-
students a unique hands-on
ducting interviews, asking
opportunity to explore ca-
promoting the spiritual, intellectual, reers. Students work for 30
questions, writing thank you
notes, business manners and
emotional and physical development hours without pay, cooper-
ating with professionals such
how to highlight their skills.
They hear from speakers, at-
of the young child-learner. as architects, city and gov-
tend field trips, and write re-
ernment leaders, doctors,
flection papers. “One of the
Religious Education Language Arts journalists, realtors, judges,
most important things that a
lawyers, television and radio
Mathematics Science Social Studies student may learn is that she
personalities, teachers and
is NOT interested in a career
Art & Music Programs that she previously thought
For students who like she was interested in,” says
Physical Education Computer Literacy room for more creativity, Laura Cuniff. “This is such a
Latin School has a very ac-
Spanish Language Instruction, Junior High tive independent studies
valuable lesson before in-
vesting time and money into
Family Life & AIDS Curricula program and an opportunity college.”
for seniors called the Cap-
Academic Resource stone Initiative which allows
Fenwick High School in
Oak Park, another college
Extended Day Program students to build their own
preparatory school, takes a
curriculum around a focused
3 Year old & Junior Kindergarten different approach. While
there isn’t a formal program
Early Childhood In their junior year, stu- for career preparation, per-
dents at Latin School are sonal involvement from ex-
Half-Day and Full Day Kindergarten required to put together a re- perienced staff is extensive.
sume and write a statement
Library & Media Center Science Lab of intent. “We hope to pro-
Paired with a strong and
involved alumni network,
Student Council Yearbook School Play vide our students with gen- Fenwick equips students
eral life skills that will help for success in college and
Children’s Handbell Chorus & Liturgical Choir them beyond college,” says beyond. Counselors work
Band 8th Grade Dance Class Evelyne Giradet, Associate with students to get to know
Director of Communications them over the course of their
Altar Server Program Scouting at Latin School. Their goal full four years. Students who
is to help students develop
Field Trips skills ranging from, “critical
have interests in particular
majors can contact their
Competitive & Intramural Athletics thinking and organizational counselor who will assist in
skills to helping them devel- connecting students with an
Cheerleading Great Books Program op their own passions and alumnus in that field. Many
After School Clubs Cultural Arts Events interests in the world around students at Fenwick do their
them and the tools to pursue own research and seek sup-
Carnival them.” port independently. “One of
Faith Partner Progam Chicago’s Resurrection the benefits of a Dominican
College Preparatory High education is that we teach
Grade Level Masses School offers a Practicum students how to reflect on
Program, a job-shadowing their lives,” says Laura Do-

30 Making the Grade 2011 A

cherty, College Counselor. As a result, to adults. As students study PHOTO
students are able to navigate their own leadership theory, they then COURTESY
paths and interests, while counselors at have the chance to engage PREPARATORY
Fenwick are ready and available to give in the practical application SCHOOL

personal attention and fill any gaps. of those theories.

Aurora’s Marmion Academy has a For students with com-
fully developed curriculum based lead- plex learning disabilities,
ership program called The Leadership Brehm Preparatory School
Education and Development (LEAD) offers a program referred
program. Classes are 45 minutes long to as OPTIONS- Optimizing
and meet twice a week as part of their Potential Through Individu-
college prep curriculum. LEAD is a four alized, On-going Nurtured
year comprehensive program which Successes. This comprehen-
stresses personal leadership skills for sive transitional program is work schedules. “Brehm and OPTIONS
younger students and progresses to for students who have graduated from helped put me on my path to success,”
organizational development for older high school, earned their GED, or who says Natalie Pereless a Brehm and Op-
students. have chosen to defer graduation in or- tions alum. “I learned how to deal with
Vince Bellafiore, LEAD Program Di- der to participate in this program. my disability as well as how to be an ad-
rector states that LEAD is a “very fluid, The core curriculum is designed to vocate for myself in seeking any help I
consistently growing and changing introduce students to a wide range of needed in school or in life. Brehm and
program.” The philosophy of this pro- skills. Through OPTIONS, students de- OPTIONS helped me to stand on my
gram is “teen led, with adult direc- velop academically, socially and emo- own two feet and taught me skills that I
tion.” This program gives students the tionally which enables them to later live will use for the rest of my life.”
opportunity to be directly involved in independently. During their time in this While any transition can be hard,
the educational process. At the end of program, students are encouraged to the ones from high school to college
their sophomore year, students plan participate in community-based intern- and college to the working world are
and implement a two-day leadership ships giving them real work experienc- distinctly different in that they involve a
camp for middle school students. Ju- es. A vocational counselor is on hand new level of independence. Fortunate-
niors and seniors are taught through to assist students in identifying inter- ly, while each school may differ in ap-
an in-house mentoring program. Se- ests as well as practical matters such proach, they all share a common goal
niors also teach leadership seminars as meeting supervisors and arranging - to support and equip students for life.

FOURTH Fenwick High School

CHURCH Entrance Exam
DAY January 8, 2011
8:00 am - Noon
Ruth L. Hornaday, Director

> A half-day Nursery School

Entrance Exam Information:
program serving 3- and
4-year-olds and their  The cost is $25. Checks are
families since 1968. acceptable.

> A Twos-and-Parents
 You do not need to register
program with parent
participation serving  Please bring two #2 pencils.
2-year-olds and their  Questions? Call Cathy Kaszuba
families since 1992. at 708-386-0127 ext. 109.
Coeducational Dominican
> NAEYC Accredited Catholic College Preparatory
*You must take the Entrance Exam
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High School

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Trinity High School
has a service re-
quirement as part
of the curriculum,
in addition to extra-
curricular opportu-

Extracurricular service learning

By PENNY MURAD the service activities, and the students who have accumulated the most hours
also fund raise for their selected chari- of community service. Each student

t has become increasingly popular ties. speaks movingly of their most reward-
in our disconnected society to en- ing experiences during their projects.
courage service learning projects Susie Bedell, Director of Student
in school settings. This trend aids stu- Affairs, says that there is a 90% partici- Teachers whose students participat-
dents by developing leadership skills; pation rate in the extracurricular activi- ed in extra curricular service learning
by helping to develop empathy, and a ties, and it is most gratifying to see the note that the students display enhanced
sense of connectedness with the world benefits to the students, in terms of problem solving skills, heightened abil-
at large; and by helping to give back to increased compassion for the world at ity to work in teams, as well as organiza-
the community. large, and, often, choice of a career de- tional and planning abilities.
voted to helping others. Southwest Chicago Christian
At Trinity High School in River Forest,
there is a service requirement within In 1989, First Lady of Chicago, Mag- Schools also ties their service learning
the curriculum, as well as in the extra- gie Daly and Father Jack Wall, pastor to their curriculum. Among the many
curricular clubs and activities. The em- of Old St. Pat’s, created Frances Xavier service activities, students collect food
phasis is on direct connections—instead Warde School, committed to providing and personal items for Roseland Chris-
of stocking shelves at a food pantry, students with “an academically excel- tian Ministries, toys for Harvey House,
students are encouraged to work with lent education along with a foundation and pop tops for Ronald McDonald
senior citizens by playing games with to guide them to become hard working House. Students also help out “at the
them or reading together. individuals armed with a strong moral Chicago Food Depository, Food for the
compass.” The school has developed Hungry or making and taking lunch to
A requirement of all extracurricular service projects for each grade, tied homeless residents of the city of Chi-
clubs and activities at Trinity is that each to a topic within the curriculum. For cago.” For those students who prefer
group needs to plan and carry out one example, in fourth grade, the children earthkeeping activities, they can main-
direct service activity. In Youth End- visit a homeless shelter, and make each tain paths in Cook County Forest pre-
ing Hunger, the students organize a resident’s bed, with new blankets and serves, as well as working at the Lake
Healthy Eating Festival, helping to raise pillows, leaving a prayer card on the pil- Katherine Nature Preserve. Students
awareness of healthy food choices. A low. During eighth grade graduation, can also do peer tutoring or run church
service fund helps to defray the cost of awards are presented to those students continued on page 34
Making the Grade 2011 33
world in a broad- phanage in the Dominican Republic.”
er sense.” From There are forty children at the orphan-
the early child- age, ranging in age from 16 months to
hood classes 18 years. The students worked with the
who learn about children at both the orphanage and the
hunger and local schools, doing maintenance and
homelessness construction projects, as well as orga-
by “collecting nizing sports and recreational activi-
canned goods ties. Parents from Elgin Academy also
and gently used helped by working with local health
outerwear for care providers “to take medical and
donation to local dental care to nearby impoverished
service organi- communities as well.”
CHICAGO CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS zations,” to the Elgin Academy students also partici-
Some students collect food as middle school pate in fundraisers for charity, such as
part of the their service activities. groups who or- Autism Now; Make a Wish: and Ameri-
ganize “an in can Red Cross. The lower grades can
school hot dog participate by collecting warm clothing
sale to benefit for families at the local homeless shel-
Service multiple sclerosis,” the opportunities to
learn and serve are abundant. Baker is
ter, volunteering at the local Animal
Shelter, and raising money for the “Mit-
continued from page 33 proud that these projects are “hands-on ten Tree” to buy holiday gifts for those
programs. “They also have the oppor- and modeled to encourage students to in need.
tunity to use their Spanish when they continue to want to make a difference From the perspective of this writer
serve orphanages in Guatemala and with their actions and their lives.” and mother, a dedication to service has
the Dominican Republic.” At Elgin Academy, students in changed my (now adult) children’s lives.
Baker Demonstration School’s vision grades 9-12 have an amazing oppor- “When you serve someone dinner, and
is: “Love to Learn, Cherish the Journey, tunity. “Since 2006, Elgin Academy’s then pass them on the street several
Serve The World.” In addition to the Upper School teachers Kathy Rusniak days later, you realize that we are all the
many acts of kindness demonstrated and Sharon Williams have led a group same,” my daughter told me.
by the students, students can “serve the of students on a service trip to an or-

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36 Making the Grade 2011 A


as teachers Mitchell Darr

and class.


t the end of this school
year, Peter Mikulak will be
retiring after 50 years of
teaching at Fox River Country
Day School (formerly known as
Chicago Junior School) in Elgin.
What makes this milestone even
more celebratory is that Mr. Miku-
lak has not only been a teacher of
FRCD, but he is also a graduate. “I
never left the school,” says Miku-
lak. “I took my first job two weeks
after graduation, working through
high school vacations, weekends
and summer. After high school
graduation, I moved to campus
Mikulak, who received the “Ulti- in which they once roamed the halls
and took on jobs as a janitor, bus driver
mate Lifer” award and had the school’s as students. “I feel so fortunate to be
and swimming teacher while attending
Alumni Room dedicated in his honor teaching the subject that I love at my
college. I became a coach while still in
last year, is one of many Chicago area alma mater,” says Denise Lenihan, so-
college and became a math teacher af-
educators that have chosen to fulfill
ter I graduated.” continued on page 38
their teaching destinies at the schools

Chicago Grammar School …experience the richness of a classical curriculum.

Opening 6th Grade Fall 2011 Congratulations

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ST. GABRIEL SCHOOL Alumni terested in my learning that
4500 S. Wallace Street | Chicago, IL 60609 continued from page 37 I hoped to someday have as
773.268.6636 | positive an effect on children
cial studies teacher at Resur- as they had on me.” That type
rection College Prep High of positive effect is being
Visit our website at for School in Chicago. “In a way, seen throughout numerous
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it feels like I’m giving some- Chicagoland schools includ-

thing back to the school that ing Chiaravalle Montessori
helped to shape the woman School in Evanston where
I am today.” Lenihan is one teacher and former student
of four former students of Caitlin (Noone) Hibdon
Resurrection College Prep credits her own experience
that have decided to return as a student as a reason for
as faculty members. Adds her becoming an effective
one of Lenihan’s Resurrec- teacher of toddlers. “I was
tion colleagues Mary Kaye stubborn, but [my teacher]
Take a Look at What Education can be... (Love) Ulczak, who is now knew when to encourage
one of the school’s English
before and school programs, nature camps, and more.

me to ‘do it myself’ and when

• Small class size teachers, “It truly felt is if I to cheer me on because ‘I
• Small school environment had ‘come home’ because could do it’,” says Hibdon.
my experiences at Resurrec- “Even now, that helps me
• Individualized learning
tion are what prompted me work with determined kids.”
to pursue a career in teach- Teacher Natalie Lacocque
• Character education ing in the first place.” agrees. “As a 3 ½ year old, I
• Low teacher/student ratio Ulczak isn’t alone in cit- remember feeling a sense
• Art, Music, P.E., ing the influence of her own of great pride and accom-
Spanish & French teachers as a reason for plishment in everything
choosing a career in educa- Maria Fermi taught us,” says
• Before/After School Programs tion as well as returning to her Lacocque who is currently
Affiliated with Creative Care Children’s alma mater. “The teachers a teacher at The Language
Center - providing nurturing full day I had at St. Clement are the and Music School in Oak
programs for children reason I became a teacher in Park. “Coming back to The
infancy through preschool the first place,” says Jennifer Language and Music School
847-382-3421 | 1410 S. Barrington Rd., Barrington Zachara, math teacher at St. was really inspiring for me
for other ages, map and directions, Montessori overview, field trips, Clement School in Chicago. because I wanted to learn

38 Making the Grade 2011 A

how Maria was able to ra-
diate such positive energy
upon her students. I wanted
to learn how to be as much
of a positive influence on
people as she was.”
Teachers feel that having
walked the same halls, stud-
ied in the same classrooms
and even possibly had the
same teachers, allows them
to better connect with and
inspire the students of to-
day. “The academic and
spiritual values I received
as an Our Lady of Perpet-
ual Help student continue
to shape the person I am
today,” says Margaret Cui-
sinier, fifth grade teacher at
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
in Glenview. “I am proud to
carry on the thriving mis-
sion of OLPH School.” Our
Lady of Perpetual Help,
along with schools such as
Medinah Christian School,
Trinity Christian College,
all have multiple alumni as
part of their current faculty
and staff. “I can’t say that I
had a favorite teacher, as
all of them had unique gifts
that they brought into my
life and have helped shape
me to who I am today,” says
Julie Fernandez, Spanish
teacher at OLPH. “But, I
can say that I have enjoyed
working alongside them
and have even more respect
for them, as now I am in their
shoes.” It’s coming “back to
my old stomping grounds to
teach,” says Mitchell Daar, an
eighth-grade advisor, coach
and math teacher at Bernard
Zell Anshe Emet Day School
in Chicago.
But, what is it like to
return to the stomping
grounds as an adult? “As a
student, some of my favor-
ite memories of school were
mornings in advisory, class
trips, and singing our school
song in French,” says PE
teacher Kristin Nauman who
is one of four current teach-
ers of Sacred Heart Schools
in Chicago that are also for-
mer students. “We still do all
continued on page 40
Making the Grade 2011 39
now, we love to tell
the kids how she used
to be my teacher and
oh how I cried! The
kids get such a kick
out of hearing that,”
says Casey Higgins
Cannatello, teacher
at Sandbox Learning
Center-Orland Park
in Homer Glen. “They
ask her every time
Julia Fernandez, Kathie Soucek, Jaime Binder, them the story about
Anne Obringer and Margaret Cuisinier Mrs. Casey.”
While certain
things have changed,
Hall, “As a teacher, I continue to love such as advance-
Alumni the same traditions, but they hold new ments in technology and growth of
continued from page 39 meaning for me as an adult. Hearing building space and student bodies,
the students sing the traditional feast some things have remained the same
of these things, and I am now experi- songs in the newly renovated chapel for those who are sitting in the familiar
encing it from the other side. I have at- brings back a swell of memories that classrooms of their youth—but are now
tended many of the class trips -- now as makes my heart sing.” on the other side of the teacher’s desk.
a chaperone -- and have been given a “We change names and teachers, but
What else makes the minds of these
whole new appreciation for what type we cannot change what the school
teachers swell with memories? When
of planning these trips take and what means to its students. Books change,
they can share their own experiences
crazy stunts pre-teens and early teens what is ‘in’ about teaching changes,
as a student with the kids in their class-
can pull! I also now realize how won- but not the good solid character of the
room. “When the owner and my former
derful tradition is.” Adds Sacred Heart school and its community,” says Paul
teacher Sue Moustakas visits my class
Schools kindergarten teacher Carolyn Mikulak.

through Grade 8 St. Robert Bellarmine
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ratio and multi-age classrooms school for children early child-
allow flexibility to meet the gifts hood through eighth grade,
and needs of students. Gradu- PHOTO COURTESY OF LANGUAGE STARS Baker is dedicated to creating
ates are accepted at top high well-rounded students through
schools and colleges. Bus ser- the principles of progressive
education. Founded in 1918,
vice to our award-winning Hyde
Park campus is available from
ARCHDIOCESE OF ARMITAGE ACADEMY the curriculum today still re-
Skokie, Rodgers Park and Lin- CHICAGO CATHOLIC 6032 Eighth Ave. flects the philosophy of educa-
coln Park. Kenosha, WI tional leaders John Dewey and
SCHOOLS (262) 654-4200 Jean Piaget. In broad strokes,
Preschool thru 12th grade in the school emphasizes hands-
ANCONA SCHOOL Chicago and suburbs
on learning over lectures and
4770 S. Dorchester Ave. Armitage Academy is an inde-
(312) 534-5250 pendent K-8 coed school that memorization of facts. Every
Chicago recognizes that every child has day, Baker children love to
(773) 924-2356 their own unlimited and unique learn, cherish the journey and
At a Catholic school, your child talents. The environment that serve the world.
will receive an outstanding aca-
The Ancona School is a coed demic foundation from people we have designed brings out
independent school serving who share your values. Nation- the child's natural desire to
children ages 3 through 14 ally, Catholic school students learn, question, and create. It is
providing a child-centered ex- outperform others on tests for a place that instills curiosity and
perience-based education in a math, reading and science. They critical thinking skills. Our lib-
learning community character- also lead in graduation rates, eral arts approach concentrates
ized by parent involvement and and they’re the most likely to go on the whole education. Chil-
ethnic, cultural, and economic on to college. Catholic school dren at Armitage are inspired
diversity. students also receive a solid to dream more, do more, learn
moral and spiritual foundation. more, and become more.
After all, Catholic schools have
always believed Christian teach-
ings belong in school.

Making the Grade 2011 43
3220 Big Tree Ln., Wilmette
(847) 251-3955
We cordially invite you to ob-
serve our classrooms and talk
to our teachers to learn what
makes us so special. Banner
is recognized as a high qual-
ity NAEYC accredited program
that has been in the community
for over 33 years. We offer pre-
school programs for children 2
½ to 5 years old and a kinder-
garten enrichment program for
children entering kindergarten.
Our newest class is being of-
fered to all children interested in
learning Japanese culture and
language. Learn more about
our extended day program.


3751 N. Broadway St., Chicago
(773) 572-1236
The Bernard Zell Anshe Emet
Day School is a fully accredited,
independent, community Jew-
PHOTO COURTESY OF TRINITY HIGH SCHOOL ish day school with more than

Spirit. Study. Service.


Saint Andrew School

Providing educational excellence in a
vibrant and caring environment

CAMPUS TOURS - 2nd Tuesday of each month at 9am

44 Making the Grade 2011 A

525 students in grades nursery future of our children, commu- At Temple Sholom’s Gan Shalom
through eight. Families repre- nity and world with God’s guid- (an NAEYC accredited program),
sent Chicago’s diverse Jewish ance. we are committed to providing
community, spanning the spec- a nurturing Jewish learning
trum of belief and practice. The
Day School embodies a com-
BREHM PREPARATORY environment for preschool age
children. We strive to instill self-
mitment to learning and ethi- SCHOOL confidence and a strong Jewish
cal values in an inclusive and 1245 E. Grand Ave. identity in our students and to
nurturing environment. Stu- Carbondale create a supportive community
dents are challenged to pursue
excellence in the classroom, on (618) 457-0371 for our families. From our Parent
the stage, on the field and in the Child-Classes through our full-day
community. Brehm School is an internation- Junior Kindergarten, we focus
ally known family-style board- on the individual child and his/
ing school for boys and girls, her developmental needs. Our
BETHESDA LUTHERAN grades 6-12 with complex Extended Day and Enrichment
SCHOOL learning disabilities. Brehm of-
fers a unique holistic program
options are incomparable!
6803 N. Campbell Ave We invite you contact us for
that individually addresses each
Chicago student’s academic, emotional further information and to arrange
(773) 743-0800 and social needs. Our curricu- for a tour and observation. lum is college-preparatory, with
Bethesda Lutheran School has emphasis on teaching students Gan Shalom
been a cornerstone of West to become independent learn- 3480 North Lake Shore Dr.
Rogers Park for nearly 60 years ers and to develop self-advo- Chicago 60657
and continues to grow to meet cacy skills. Including OPTIONS,
the diverse needs of our com- our post-secondary program, 773-525-4867
munity. As an extension of your Brehm School has the ability to
family, we are committed to empower 130 students to rec-
educating your children to be- ognize and achieve their full
come intelligent, well-rounded potential.
and socially active citizens in an
ever-changing world. Please
join us, that we may better the

Deerfield Park District

September - May Program
for children 2.5 - 5 years of age

a quality, nurturing, developmental school where

children learn to play and play to learn.

“Lunch Bunch” option before- and after Preschool.

836 Jewett Park Drive, Deerfield
847.945.0650 • 847.945.0699 fax •

Making the Grade 2011 45
8622 W. Catalpa Ave., Chicago
(773) 714-0646
Brickton Montessori School is
one of the few Chicago area
schools FULLY accredited by
the American Montessori Soci-
ety and ISACS. Celebrating 25
years of excellence, Brickton
offers a hands-on learning ex-
perience enhanced by low stu-
dent-teacher ratios, excellent
enrichment classes, extended
hours and a variety of on-site
extracurricular activities. Brick-
ton is conveniently located just
south of the Kennedy express-
way, west of Cumberland Av-

814 W. Eastman St., Chicago
(773) 506-2097
The British School of Chicago is
a fully accredited international
school in the city with approx

the Nicholson School

The Nicholson School

Our mission is to help
young children embark
on their personal life
paths by encouraging
them to get excited
about learning... excited
about asking why.

Preschool and Infant / Parent

Early Childhood Education
Serving Children
6 months – 4 years
1700 West Cortland Street
Chicago, IL 60622
Tel. 312-493-6044
Caring facilitators.

46 Making the Grade 2011 A

Grade 12. The school provides
a broadly based British/Inter-
national style education with
the International Baccalaureate
offered in the last two years of
high school leading to an IB
diploma. The school is well re-
sourced and enjoys an excellent
teacher student ratio and an
exciting vibrant learning focus.
The very best of current practice
in the UK with an international
perspective appropriate to its
American home.

(312) 266-3381
The Catherine Cook School in-
spires children for life in a nur-
turing learning environment
focused on the formative years
of preschool through eighth
grade. Thoughtful teachers
engage children in challeng-
ing, project-based learning
experiences, supported by our
innovative technology. Our fo-
cus on social development and
encouraging personal excel-
lence fosters a community of
motivated learners. The result
is a confident and ethical young
person ready to succeed in high
school and beyond.


Box 364, Wilmette
(847) 901-0173
Igniting imaginations since1983.
Summer and winter programs.
PreK-12th grade. 17 Chicago-
land programs for 2011. Inno-
vative programs offering fresh
opportunities to explore di-
verse subjects in a challenging,
creative environment, where
talents and gifts emerge read-
ily and develop naturally; where
hands-on activities, inventive
modes of participation and cre-
ative teaching strategies inspire
critical and creative thinking
and enable students to effect

Making the Grade 2011 47
EVERY SCHOOL DAY? 617 Dartmouth Pl., Evanston
(847) 491-3782
CTD, a nationally recognized
and accredited learning center,
IE offers testing and educational
programs for academically
ED talented students. Summer

Programs (PreK – grade 12;

A residential & commuter). Civic

Education Project service learn-

ing programs (Grades 7 – 12).
LD Saturday Enrichment Program
(PreK – grade 9). Accelerated
Weekend Experience (Grades 5
– 8). Gifted LearningLinks online
courses (K – grade 12). North-
western University’s Midwest
Academic Talent Search above-
grade-level testing (Grades
3 – 9). Learn More! www.ctd.


2840 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
(773) 935-7300
1425 N. Dayton, Chicago
(312) 867-7100
360 E. South Water St., Chicago
NEEDING SERIOUS HELP! (312) 565-7300
773-626-5551 708-434-0336 Safe and inspirational pre-
schools, where play becomes
learning. Our approach is
Individualized intensive specialized tutoring grades 2nd thru 10th with based on traditional standards
supportive family support. Culturally relevant - multifaceted service for diverse taught with hands on activities
and arts integration. Year round,
learning styles. Low hourly rates: Materials cost plus Service offering per open enrollment, request start
Treatment Plan with consented Rehabilitation Evaluation if required. date and days of attendance.
Includes ORGANIC Lunch.2, 3
and 5 days/week options for 2-6
At Two Locations: Test taking year olds CHALK of Lakeview:
Attention deficit; anxiety; 7:30-5:30 CHALK of Clybourn:
Chicago: Oak Park: Other health Morning 8:30-12:30; Afternoon
Learning 1:30-4:30 CHALK of Lakeshore
4909 W. Division St. 18 West Lake St issues; East (downtown in Lakeshore
Chicago, Illinois Oak Park, Ill. Emotional Histor
y; East Development): Opening
Traumatized Failing despite Late Spring 2011
History! 773-626-5551 708-434-0336 help!
1418 Lake St., Evanston
(847) 492-1213
Cherry Preschool is a develop-
mental, nonsectarian preschool
offering half-day classes, morn-
ing and afternoon, for children
ages 2 to 5. Parent governed
and housed in an independent
facility, Cherry Preschool is an

48 Making the Grade 2011 A

inclusive community that wel-
comes children with diverse
backgrounds and special needs.
Extended day lunch program
and summer camp are also of-
fered. Please call for more infor-
mation or to schedule a visit.

425 Dempster St., Evanston
(847) 864-2190
Chiaravalle Montessori School
provides child-centered educa-
tion in the Montessori tradition.
Our inspired educators de-
velop joyful, confident learners
with the ability to think indepen-
dently, communicate persua-
sively and make responsible
decisions. Serving Evanston and
surrounding communities since
1965, we strive to provide a re-
spectful, cooperative, diverse
environment in which children
may develop the full range
of their abilities. Our children
range in age from 6 months to
14 years, with full and partial-
day options for young children.

Come to an Open House

Tues., February 1 - 9:00-11:00 am
Sun., April 3 - 10:00-1:00 pm

A nationally recognized school of excellence

Preschool through Eighth Grade
Excellent Academics
Small Classes
Hi-tech Multimedia Center
State of the Art Science Lab
A Caring Catholic Community
Before and After School Daycare

1120 W. Washington
Evanston, IL 60202

Making the Grade 2011 49
Sinai Preschool

Serving Families for over 50 Years

Programs for children aged 12 months
to 5 years in 1, 2, 3 or 5 day classes

Sinai Preschool Highly qualified, nurturing teachers –

all lead teachers have Master’s degrees
15 West Delaware Place
Chicago, IL 60610 Fun-filled, play-based learning
312.867.7010 environment designed to promote
cognitive, social and emotional growth

Extend your child’s day with our

Register now Enrichment program
for Fall of 2011-2012 Exceptional student – teacher ratios

Children matriculate to all private,

A neighborhood school parochial and public schools in the
serving children of all races,
Chicago area
religions and ethnic origins
in a Jewish setting.
Scholarships available for
qualified families




call 312.629.6700
or visit
Drawing / Painting / Animation
Video / Graphic Design
Architecture / Industrial
Design / Photography / Fashion
Advanced Portfolio Projects

50 Making the Grade 2011 A

CHICAGO FRIENDS history and the arts, is comple-
mented with explicit instruction
and choice, an attractive and
rigorous college-preparatory
offers a progressive curriculum
that successfully integrates arts
SCHOOL in reading, writing and math. education that meets the needs and academics to bring out a
6325 N. Hoyne, Chicago Our Preschool program, full day of today’s students. We expect genuine enthusiasm for learn-
and half day, is inspired by Reg- the best of every student and, in ing. Our unique approach to
(773) 442-2371 gio Emilia approach. Special turn, provide the support each education corresponds to the scholarships opportunities for student needs to achieve their various stages of human devel-
Chicago Friends School opened incoming 4th and 6th Graders. best. With a network of 15 char- opment by focusing not only
this fall and is accepting ap- ter school campuses, serving on what children learn but how
plications for next year for age
four through third grade ex- CHICAGO JEWISH nearly 9,000 students and their
families, we are Committed to
they learn. Contact us for more
information and see why we
panding through eighth grade.
Guided by Quaker principles
DAY SCHOOL Greatness. are the fastest growing educa-
5959 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago tional movement in the world.
of peace, equality, simplicity,
integrity, community, and ser- (773) 271-2700 CHICAGO MONTESSORI SCHOOL TOUR & ORIENTA-
TION SCHEDULE: January 13,
vice, we welcome children of 1713 W. Cullom Ave., Chicago
Chicago Jewish Day School’s February 10, March 10, 2011
all cultural and religious back- (773) 525-4358
grounds. We seek to create an innovative integrated program
educational environment that is weaves together the General Chicago Montessori currently
built on nurturing relationships, Studies curriculum with Hebrew serves children from 18 months HIGH SCHOOL
meets children’s intellectual language, classic texts and tra- through 8 years of age. It is the
and emotional needs, and that ditions. CJDS brings the joy of 1095 Lake Cook Rd., Deerfield
first and only school in the city
fosters a sense of belonging, learning into an intimate setting to be accredited exclusively by (847) 470-6700
social awareness, and personal where every child can develop Association Montessori Inter-
responsibility. socially, emotionally and aca- national (AMI). This unique ac- Chicagoland Jewish High
demically with the warmth and creditation demonstrates our School (CJHS) is a coed college
CHICAGO GRAMMAR nurturing of our experienced
faculty. CJDS is accepting appli-
commitment to the highest preparatory high school com-
mitted to academic excellence
quality Montessori education
SCHOOL cations for JK through 8th grade available. We offer Spanish im- in both general and Judaic
900 N. Franklin St., Ste. 104, for September 2011. Tours ev- mersion and physical educa- studies. Our students are drawn
Chicago ery Tuesday and Wednesday by tion seamlessly integrated into from both Jewish day schools
appointment. the day. Elementary program and public middle schools and
(312) 944-5600 represent the full spectrum of through sixth grade began Fall
Serving PreK - 6th grade for CHICAGO 2010. Now accepting applica- Jewish observance. Students
reside in 22 different commu-
tions for grades K-2. Montessori
2011-12. Chicago Grammar INTERNATIONAL experience preferred. nities in and around the Chica-
challenges children to construct goland area. They receive a first
knowledge through experi- CHARTER SCHOOL rate education while participat-
ence, within the richness and Providing public school choice CHICAGO WALDORF ing on sports teams and in fine
demands of a Classical Curricu- for parents in Chicago
lum. CGS combines the rigor (312) 651-5000
SCHOOL arts programs. CJHS graduates
are well-rounded, well-educat-
of traditional learning with the 1300 W. Loyola Ave., Chicago
ed, and confident about them-
creativity of progressive prac- The mission of Chicago Inter- (773) 465-2371 selves and their futures.
tices: project based work that national Charter School is to
integrates science, literature, provide, through innovation The Chicago Waldorf School


Making the Grade 2011 51
PRESCHOOL AND Northfield (315 Waukegan Rd.)
Chicago (1001 N. Crosby St.)
CHILDCARE (847) 446-5252
824 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield
(847) 945-5140 Christian Heritage Academy is
The Einstein Academy email ChristianBeginnings@ a non-denominational Chris-
747 Davis Road tian school serving over 450
Christian Beginnings offers part students from 36 communities,
Elgin, IL 60120 time and full time enrollment accredited by NCA & ACSI and
for children 2 to 6 years of age. nationally recognized as a Blue
OPEN HOUSE: Sunday February 13 from 1pm-3pm. Jr Kindergarten, Kindergarten Ribbon School. CHA offers an
Are you concerned about your child's classroom size for the upcoming Enrichment and Summer Camp academically rigorous educa-
2010-2011 school year? programs are also offered. For tion which integrates a biblical
Does your child say they are bored in school? over 30 years, we have been worldview throughout the cur-
Do you feel as if your child has great academic potential but isn't providing a creative and imagi- riculum, with extracurricular op-
getting the attention they need? native focus for children on their portunities available in the arts
Great News! The Einstein Academy is right around the corner from where learning journey. Developmen- and athletics. Parent involve-
you live! Enrollment is open for the 2010-2011 school year. tally appropriate curriculum and ment is encouraged. Classes
a spiritual, nurturing beginning are offered in Northfield (PreK-
Come in for a visit to see how we can help your child succeed with
for a strong future. 12th), and Chicago (PreK-K).
our in dividualized curriculum, small class sizes and our advanced and Applications currently being
challenging curriculum. We make learning fun! accepted for 2011-2012 school
Space is limited! year.
Mention this ad when you sign up for the 2010-2011 school year and receive
$2,000 OFF tuition!
Expires 1/15/11
Call Lore at 847.697.3836 to set up an appointment.
Visit us on the web at

families together
cooperative nursery school
In Chicago’s Edgewater community
Learn together,
play together,
grow together


Learn about our programs, observe a classroom and have Join us for an Open
your questions answered. Attend a 2011 Admissions House on one of the
Coffee on one of the following Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to following Saturdays from
11:00 a.m. Please RSVP by calling us at (773) 381-5200. 10 a.m. until noon.
January 14 February 18 April 8 January 29, 2011
January 21 March 4 May 6
February 26, 2011
February 4 March 18

52 Making the Grade 2011 A

CLUB Z TUTORING grams are full-day, year-round,
and you can apply any time. Our
(773) 275-2582 Chicago certified teachers follow the Illi-
(847) 864-8680 Evanston nois Early Learning Standards and the Creative Curriculum.
Want your child to have straight All our programs use a sliding
A’s? Club Z! is the largest in- tuition scale. We also have an
home tutoring company in the active after-school program and
world, serving over 450 cities. offer enrichment programs for
We offer one-on-one tutoring in teens, adults and seniors.
your home at affordable rates.
Students are matched with cer-
tified teachers and degreed
professionals, who follow your LEARNING
child’s classroom curriculum. (630) 445-5406
Flexible scheduling available,
including nights and weekends.
Pre-K-Adult. All subjects, in- CybeRShala is an online k-12 e-
cluding math, reading, test prep learning website committed to
& study skills. Free consultation teach only proven curriculums
using proven teaching meth-
CONCORDIA PLACE odology through state of the art
3300 N. Whipple Ave, Chicago technology virtual class rooms.
(773) 463-1600 Teacher and student can see
and hear each other and the
3855 N. Seeley Ave., Chicago classes are well scripted, lively
(773) 935-3739 and interactive. Presently Cy- beRShala offers k-12 Singapore
Concordia Place provides quali- Math and Science which has
ty, licensed children’s programs: gained worldwide respect, and
nurturing Early Learning for chil- differs from other curriculums
dren 6 weeks to 36 months and by utilizing a visual approach
Preschool for children 3-5 years. to problem-solving instead of PHOTO COURTESY OF GUERIN PREP SCHOOL
These NAEYC accredited pro- solely a memory-based one.

Preschool Enrichment Classes After School

preschool openings

3300 N. Whipple /4FFMFZ


visit us online at:

Making the Grade 2011 53
1550 S. State St., Chicago
(312) 791-0001
Daystar School, located in a spa-
cious and modern downtown
facility, provides children in
grades PK-8 with a unique and
stimulating, culturally engaged
education which explores a
biblical worldview perspective.
All children are valued and em-
braced as individuals with dis-
tinct learning styles and learn
in a diverse school community.
High academic standards, small
class sizes, and the use of Chi-
cago’s rich resources are core
components of Daystar’s pro-
gram. Affordable private school

InO ld Town
1431 N. North Park, Chicago 60610

grow with us
NAEYC Accredited
State-of-the-art Preschool Facility
Outstanding Curriculum
SMART Boards
We’re proud to announce the addition of two new pre-school Foreign Language

classrooms and the opening of our highly anticipated middle Fine Arts Program: Drama, Visual Arts,
Dance, Multicultural Music
school campus for the 2011 school year. Apply now through
Safe Drop-off & Pick-up
January 31, 2011 to become part of one of Chicago’s finest
Extended Day Care Available
Catholic schools. Partial Scholarships Available

54 Making the Grade 2011 A

Jewish Day Schools

Akiba-Schechter Gan Shalom Sinai Preschool
Jewish Day School Early Childhood Center 15 W. Delaware Pl., Chicago
5235 S. Cornell Ave., Chicago Temple Sholom of Chicago (312) 867-7011
(773) 493-8880 3480 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago Rochelle Friedman, Director (773) 525-4867 PreK 26 mos. – 5yrs.,
PreK – Grade 8 Parent/Tot Enrichment,
gan_shalom Afternoon programs
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Rimma Khodosh, Director
Day School Preschool Solomon Schechter
3751 N. Broadway St., Chicago Day School
(773) 572-1236 Jewish Reconstructionist of Metropolitan Chicago Congregation Administrative Office
Nursery-8th Grade 303 Dodge Ave., Evanston 3210 Dundee Rd., Northbrook
(847) 328-7678 (847) 412-5654
Chicago Jewish Day School
5959 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago Bonnie Silverman, Director of the Early Linda P. Foster, CEO/Head of School
(773) 271-2700 Childhood Program Rabbi Sheryl Katzman, Terri Bernsohn, Skokie Solomon Schechter Day School
Judy Finkelstein-Taff, Head of School Director of the Religious School Dr. Lena Kushnir, Sager Solomon
PreK - Grade 8 Schechter Day School
Holly Rosenberg, Sager Solomon
Schechter Middle School

Bernard Zell
Anshe Emet
Day School

Making the Grade 2011 55
DA VINCI ACADEMY play to learn. We believe that

Jerusalem Lutheran 37W080 Hopps Rd., Elgin

(847) 841-7532
through play and problem solv-
ing, children learn the basic
skills necessary to achieve –so- cially, emotionally, intellectually,
School Da Vinci Academy is an ISACS
accredited independent school
serving intellectually gifted
physically, and creatively. We of-
fer part-time enrollment and are
licensed by the State of Illinois.
students and their families. At For a tour or more information,
6218 Capulina Avenue DVA, each student is known, call 847-572-2634 or email: in-
Morton Grove, IL 60053 accepted, challenged, and en-
gaged. We provide small class-
(847) 965-4750 es and challenging academics DR. BILL’S
for grades PK-8, with teachers who understand the needs of LEARNING CENTERS
gifted children. Summer Camp Oak Park
and Saturday Enrichment pro- (708) 434-0336
grams are open to the public.
Visit our website or schedule a Chicago
tour to learn what makes DVA a (773) 626-5551
place where bright minds take A holistic educational rehabila-
flight. tive service for youth with special
needs such as Attention Deficit,
DEERFIELD Anxiety, or serious learning dif-
ficulties. Dr. Bill McMiller is a pe-
PARK DISTRICT diatrician and child psychiatric/
836 Jewett Park Dr., Deerfield educational rehabilitationist
helping youth with school fail-
(847) 572-2611 ure since 1988. Services include screening, diagnosis, advocacy,
Play to Learn and Learn to and individualized treatment by
GREAT EDUCATION IN A CHRISTIAN ENVIRONMENT Play. Deerfield Park District tutors, motivators and clinicians.
Preschool is a developmental Family-centered specialized tu-
Jerusalem Lutheran School (JELS) welcomes all students in the program where children 2.5-5 toring combines your family’s
years of age learn to play and own positive protective char-
Chicagoland area. JELS has also applied for F-1 status in order
to accept I-20 students. JELS offers Preschool 3, Preschool 4,
Full and Half Day Kindergarten, and grades one to eight, all
at very affordable prices. JELS' goal is to teach all subjects in
the light of God's Word. When you enter the building, you
will notice a friendly, family-like atmosphere, and a structured
environment that promotes learning.

Grades 3rd 5th 7th

Terra Nova Test Results Reading 7.3 7.4 10.7
(10/2010) Grade
Equivalent Scores Language 5.3 6.2 11.7
Math 4.9 7.2 10.9
Excellent Programs Great Value
Before School Care Pre-S and Pre-K
starting at 7:00 a.m. Days 2 3 5
Pre-School and Pre-K 8:00- $120 $180 $300
Full and Half day 11:30 mo. mo. mo.
Kindergarten 8:00- $220 $280 $400
3:00 mo. mo. mo.
Full and Half day
1st through 8th Grades Kindergarten
After School Care 8:30-11:30 $175/mo.
3:00 P.M. to 6:00 p.m. 8:30-3:00 $225/mo.

Jerusalem Lutheran School

now accepts F-1 students.
Grades 1-8
Contact Jerusalem for an I-20. $325 a month

56 Making the Grade 2011 A

acteristics and life experiences
with professional techniques
that increases your second to
tenth grader’s chance of better
grades and self-confidence.

(773) 477-4488
Chicago/Old Irving Park
(773) 606-0318
North Evanston
(773) 477-4488
Watch the art of dance come to
life within your child! Through
educational ballet classes, your
child gains confidence in a
stimulating and engaging en-
vironment. A Fairytale Ballet
cultivates the love of dance at
a young age, inspiring a sense
of adventure, belonging and
true accomplishment. The
programs are easy for children
to learn and understand, yet
still challenge their develop-
ing minds. Costumes, props,
literature, dance and ballet...A
Fairytale Ballet inspires children
to new heights of creativity.

Tours are offered every Tuesday and Wednesday
morning by appointment. We encourage you to
schedule one today! Contact Cortney Stark Cope



Making the Grade 2011 57
Have you Heard
the News?
St. Peter
Lutheran School in
Arlington Heights
Named Best Private School
Daily Herald’s 2010 Reader’s Choice Awards

Our Mission For Over 140 years

Nurture: our staff cares for the heart, mind


Educate: a solid curriculum provides a FAMILIES TOGETHER sets the standards for provid-
ing quality care to children. The
proven springboard for success COOPERATIVE Family Life Program has been in
existence since 1960 and has
Witness: students learn about and live out NURSERY SCHOOL
1500 W. Elmdale Ave., Chicago
a well known reputation in the
Downers Grove community.
their faith (773) 381-5200 FENWICK
Serve: all classes reach out, give back, and Families Together Cooperative
Nursery School, in Chicago's
Edgewater neighborhood, was
505 W. Washington Blvd.
serve others founded by parents with a deep Oak Park
desire to be active in their chil- (708) 948-0320
dren's first school experience.
A dedicated teaching staff, Fenwick, a college preparatory
assisted by parents, creates a high school, educates young
child-centered, play-oriented, men and women in the liberal
developmentally appropriate arts and sciences and is dedicat-
environment for our children. ed to the values of excellence,
We offer part-time nursery and leadership and tradition which
pre-kindergarten programs for emanate from and sustain its
2.5- to 4-year-olds. Please at- Catholic and Dominican charac-
tend an Admissions Coffee or
Preschool – 8th Grade
ter. As a premier academic insti-
Open House! Call or check our tution, Fenwick offers a unique
website for dates and times. culture, a balanced student life
* Christ- centered education and the opportunity for every
* Full Athletic Program starting in Grade 5
FAMILY LIFE PROGRAM student to find his or her place
First Congregational, UCC among a diverse and support-
* Full band program starting in Grade 4 1047 Curtiss St. ive community. Discover Fen-
wick –
* Resource Program Downers Grove
* Diverse extracurricular programs in sciences, art, (630) 968-0527
drama, foreign language and more
Family Life serves as a mission DAY SCHOOL
outreach program at the First 126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago
Come and find out why and join us. . . Congregational Church (UCC)
(312) 640-2579
of Downers Grove. Our full-day
and half-day preschool, child-
Call us at (847) 253-6638 or visit care and kindergarten, serving html
to find out more about the difference this NEWS children ages 3-6, is licensed by The Fourth Church Day School
the State of Illinois DCFS. We offers a classroom environ-
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development through play and the learning experience. After
planned activities. The school school and summer enrichment
enrolls three and four-year-old programs available. Serving
children five mornings a week students in Preschool through
in the AM class, or three after- Grade 8. Boarding opportuni-
noons a week in the PM class. ties are available.
A morning Twos-and-Parent APPLY NOW!
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FRANCES XAVIER 7th-12th Grade Young Women
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Observers are welcome with WARDE SCHOOL
an appointment. Call the Day 120 S. Des Plaines, Chicago Final Open
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FOX RIVER COUNTRY FXW School is driven by a vi- 5:30-7:30PM
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GIRLS OF TODAY, faith values, teachers provide LEADERS OF TOMORROW. school visit!
Fox River Country Day School is a high quality, positive, value
located on a beautiful 53 acre driven education to students of The Young Women’s Leadership Charter School inspires urban girls
wooded campus. Our mission all ethnic, religious and socio- to engage in rigorous college preparatory learning in a small school
is to educate the whole child economic backgrounds. The that is focused on math, science and technology and that nurtures
through a values-based cur- individual values of all children their self-confidence and challenges them to achieve.
riculum conducted in a home- are respected, supported and
like environment, combining encouraged. FXW’s rigorous • Single-sex education provides focus • On-site social workers
academic excellence with indi- curriculum enables students to and collaboration and health clinic
vidual character development. grow, clarify their values and • Extensive College Prep program • Small teacher: Student ratio
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Come Grow SUMMER PROGRAMS children based on a develop-
mental approach to learning.
with us… AT PARKER 2011
Francis W. Parker School
The program is committed to
strengthening family life through
Parent-Child Program: 330 W. Webster Ave., Chicago fostering self-confidence and a
For parents with children up strong Jewish identity in its stu-
(773) 797-5104 dents. Gan Shalom is NAEYC ac-
to 18 months. www.fwparker/summers credited and follows the Reggio
Community: Summer Programs at Parker Emilia approach to teaching. Its
offers exciting summer educa- Extended Day and Enrichment
For children 15 months tional programming and rec-
to 3 years old. options are incomparable!
reational activities for students Tours and observations are by
Children’s House: entering JK through 12th grade. appointment only.
For children 3 to Our campus, with its spacious
outdoor playground, grassy
6 years old. soccer field, well equipped GATEWAY
At Home in the Arts: classrooms and renovated au-
ditorium, scenery and wood
Two 4-week Summer 3748 W. Montrose Ave.
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range of fun-filled day camp ac- Chicago
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Take a look at our 2011 offerings
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Nurturing the potential within each child GAN SHALOM quality education based on the
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Gateway Montessori School Chicago non-traditional and holistic ap-
3748 West Montrose Ave., Chicago, IL 60618 (773) 525-4867 proach to working with young children. More than just aca-
cation/gan_shalom demics, Montessori education
Phone: 773-539-3025 Gan Shalom provides a Jewish aids the natural development of
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A vibrant, co-ed college prep Jewish high school
Our faculty is committed to excellence
in general and Judaic studies.
More than 40 different student groups
in athletics, arts, and social action.
CJHS students come from more than
20 communities and from public,
private and Jewish middle schools.
Enrollment for the 2011-2012/5772
school year has begun! Monday, February 14, 2011, 7:00 p.m. at CJHS
Contact Rachel Spiro,
Director of Admissions, to schedule a tour
or to request an application—
847-324-3706 or


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Gateway offers The Parent- schools, boarding schools, col-
Infant Program, ages 3 months leges and universities.
to 18 months; The Community,
ages 15 months to 3 years; and
Children’s House, 3-6 years.
SCHOOL, 525 63rd St., Downers Grove
(630) 852-5081
81 Sabbaday Ln. Good Shepherd Lutheran
Washington, CT 06793 School is a place where chil-
(860) 868-7377 dren learn and grow. Our goal is to contribute to the spiritual,
An exceptional boarding school intellectual, physical, emotion-
for students with special needs; al and social development of
The Glenholme School offers an children. Our school provides
individually prescribed learning a quality education, with high
environment with a steadfast standards and achievement.
academic curriculum. Using our Our low student to teacher ratio
effective individualized servic- promotes a loving, supportive,
es, we apply a positive behavior safe environment. Good Shep-
support model focused on de- herd is nationally accredited by
velopment of social skills and the NCPSA.
lifelong strategies for success.
The school’s milieu therapy ad-
dresses varying levels of aca-
demic, social and special needs
development in students ages
10 -18 and postgraduates. We
prepare graduates for contin-
ued education in traditional day




An independent school for gifted children from

Preschool through Eighth Grade.


• An academic program that combines intellectual
challenge and rigor with social, emotional, and
character development. Sunday, January 9, 2011
• SMARTBoard technology in ALL classrooms.
• A partner with Northwestern University Center for 1:00-2:30 P.M.
Talent Development.
500 North Benton (Benton & Northwest Highway), Palatine, IL 60067
Contact Leslie Kovich at 847.202.8035, ext. 438

Making the Grade 2011 61
By offering dance classes in the areas of
Classical Dance Education Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap & Hip-Hop
for the 21st Century for students of all ages and levels of
dance, our goal is to provide a warm
and friendly environment for learning,
performing and enjoying dance.


St. James
Lutheran School
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A business executive, photographer, scholar?
At St. James we give our students the opportunity
to achieve their big dreams by preparing them for
success in Chicago’s premier high schools and beyond.

+ Preschool - Eighth Grade

+ Fully accredited
+ A high-quality, affordable education in a
t u d e nts for Success Christian community
Pre p a r in g S + Scholarships and tuition aid available
+ Call today to schedule a tour!

2101 N. Fremont Street

Chicago, IL 60614

62 Making the Grade 2011 A

THE GREEN ROOM 1999, the pre-K through 5th
grade full day school program
sponsors a wide variety of
1915 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago provides an academically excel- CONCEPTION
(312) 685-2774 lent education through highly ILLINOIS 7263 W. Talcott Ave., Chicago qualified teachers and small
On-Camera Acting Classes for class sizes. Our curriculum is re- MATHEMATICS AND (773) 775-0545
Kids and Teens 8 week acting search-based, rooted in Ortho-
classes for age groups 5-7yrs, dox Christian faith, and includes SCIENCE ACADEMY® “I.C. puts the cool in school.” Our
8-10yrs, 11-13yrs and 14- Greek language instruction, 1500 Sullivan Rd., Aurora school cultivates an inspiration-
17yrs. All levels of experience music, gym, religion, and extra- 630) 907-5000 al atmosphere where students
welcome! Learn to compete curricular activities. Come and are encouraged to shoot for the
in Chicago’s acting market for see how your child will thrive at stars. You can be INVOLVED in
The internationally recognized
Film, TV, and Commercials... Guardian Angel! clubs and sports, INSPIRED in
Illinois Mathematics and Science
or just join us to increase self- your faith, INVESTED in the fu-
Academy® (IMSA) develops
ture, and INFORMED through a
esteem through the ownership
of unique & contemporary com-
THE HOWE SCHOOL creative, ethical leaders in sci-
complete academic program.
P.O. Box 240, Howe, IN 46746 ence, technology, engineering
munication skills! Students are taught to network
and mathematics. As a teaching
(260) 562-2131 skills, support friends and cheer
and learning laboratory created
them on to success. All these in-
The Howe School is a private,
by the State of Illinois, IMSA
gredients help to create a close-
enrolls academically talented
ORTHODOX DAY college-preparatory, co-edu- Illinois students (grades 10-
knit and welcoming community
of families and friends making
cational boarding school for
SCHOOL grades 5-12 and affiliated with
12) in its advanced, residential
college preparatory program,
2350 E. Dempster St. the Episcopal Church. Since arrange a personal tour or visit
and it serves thousands of edu-
Des Plaines 1884, Howe has equipped us at:
cators and students in Illinois
(847) 827-5510 young people for college and and beyond through innova- career in a structured, focused tive instructional programs that
guardianangel/ environment. The military sys- foster imagination and inquiry.
At Guardian Angel we strive to tem is not used to prepare stu- IMSA also advances educa-
build a strong foundation for dents for a military career. It is tion through research, ground-
your child, both academically a tool to assist our students for breaking ventures and strategic
and spiritually. Established in success and leadership. Howe partnerships.


Making the Grade 2011 63
1431 N. North Park Ave.
(312) 944-0304
ICS serves students in Prek 3
through 8th grade and offers a
high quality, faith-based edu-
cation rooted in Catholic tra-
ditions. ICS utilizes a unique
co-teaching model that places
two certified teachers in every
classroom. The curriculum and
instruction are designed to stim-
ulate the intellectual, spiritual,
physical and cultural develop-
ment of each child. ICS will be
opening a new state-of-the-art
middle school in August, 2011.
Application deadline: January
31, 2011.

301 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park
(708) 838-6626
114 S. Racine, Chicago
(312) 265-1514
Intercultural Montessori Lan-
guage School is a dual language
PHOTO COURTESY OF CHALK PRESCHOOL school that nurtures learning in

St. Robert Bellarmine Camp 2011

We strive to meet the needs of the total child:

spiritual, emotional, academic, physical, and social.
We offer a superior curriculum, highly-qualified
faculty, excellent test scores year after year,
and a values-based community where parents,
faculty and students work together so
children can flourish. Open
A vibrant Catholic
education in
the Jefferson Park-
Tiny Tots for 2 year olds
Preschool for 3 & 4 year olds
Exceptional K–8 education
January 30
1–3 pm
to May
Portage Park Before and after school care
area since 1931. New Summer Program coming in 2011 ! For more information, call (708) 386-5555
LEARN MORE: | 773-725-5133 or visit

64 Making the Grade 2011 A

an environment that celebrates
cultural differences. We aim to OPEN HOUSE
educate children ages 3 to 12
years to become bilingual and
bi-literate by offering programs
in Spanish/English, Japanese/
Sauganash Montessori School
English and Chinese/English.
Our curriculum equips children An enriching and nurturing
with the skills required for citi-
zenship within a global society. environment for children
Part of our mission is to develop
confident, multicultural, mul- three to six years of age
tilingual children who respect
diversity and community.

800 S. Wells St., Suite 180
(312) 675-0053
It Takes a Village offers the gold
standard in early childhood de-
velopment with an unmatched
academic focus. Our mission
is to uncover the gifts and tal-
ents of students so that they
can reach their fullest potential.
Our curriculum skillfully weaves
artistic and practical disciplines
into everyday academics. Stu-
dents learn to follow their curi-
osity, to think creatively and to Awaken your child’s senses through
work both independently and
cooperatively with others. creativity and hands-on exploration
6218 Capulina Ave. NOON - 2:00 PM
Morton Grove
(847) 965-4750 Please stop in and visit our outstanding Preschool & Kindergarten
Jerusalem Lutheran School
(JELS) welcomes all students
in the Chicagoland area. JELS • Offering morning, partial and full day programs
offers Preschool 3, Preschool 4, • Academic year & summer camps
Full and Half Day Kindergarten,
and grades one to eight, all at • Open 7:30am-6:00pm
very affordable prices. JELS'
goal is to teach all subjects in • Organic catered hot lunch and snacks
the light of God's Word. When • Language Stars Spanish and Professional Music Class
you enter the building, you will
notice a friendly, family-like
atmosphere, and a structured
environment that promotes
learning. JELS is also a certified
F-1 status school, accepting
I-20 students from abroad.
(At the corner of Kilbourn & Rogers)
Making the Grade 2011 65
JUF RIGHT START is an ideal fit for accelerated
learners. The Chicago Virtual
(312) 357-4513 Charter School - K¹² ignite the minds of children to bring learn-
Get off to the right start with JUF ing alive. Together, we are help-
Right Start. The Jewish United ing Chicago students in grades
Fund believes there’s a world of K-11 reach their true, personal
learning, values, community and potential.
sheer joy awaiting your child at
Chicago-area Jewish preschool
and day-care programs. To help KUMON
you discover it, JUF Right Start Math – Reading – Success
will pay $500 to $1,000 toward (877) KUMON71
the tuition of the first child in
your family to enroll in a partici- Kumon is an afterschool enrich-
pating program at least 3 days ment program that unlocks the
a week. It’s the Jewish commu- potential of children so they
nity’s gift to your family – and to can achieve more on their own.
your child’s future. Founded in Japan in 1958,
the learning method uses an
K12-CHICAGO VIRTUAL individualized approach that
helps children develop a solid
CHARTER SCHOOL command of math and read-
(866) 612-1451 ing skills. Through daily prac- tice and mastery of materials,
A traditional classroom instruc- students increase confidence,
tion combined with the latest in improve concentration and de-
online learning, and an active velop better study skills. Kumon
supportive school community. has 26,000 centers in 46 coun-
We offer a high quality, tuition- tries and more than four million
free public education that students studying worldwide.
includes passionate, state-certi-
fied teachers. It is an individual-
PHOTO COURTESY OF TRINITY HIGH SCHOOL ized approach to learning, and

Nurturing students on the north side

of Chicago for over 70 years

Come play with us

* Serving 2 year olds through * Extracurricular and Cherry Preschool is celebrating its 19th year of creating a caring
8th grade athletic programs community for young learners and their families. Our half-day early
* Christian values are nurtured * State-of-the-Art childhood classes bring children of all abilities and backgrounds
* Maximum class size Technology Center together to play and grow.
of 26 students * Extended care available
* Music programs: Band, * Student service opportunities Open House
Strings, Handbells, Choir within the community Thursday, January 20th -- 7:30-9:00 pm
2011-12 registration due by February 10
St. Philip Lutheran School
2500 West Bryn Mawr Warren W. Cherry Preschool
Chicago, IL 60659 1418 Lake Street Evanston (847) 492-1213
Admissions – 773.561.3044

66 Making the Grade 2011 A

145 S. Green Bay Rd.
Lake Forest
(847) 234-2350
Open House: Friday, January
21, 2011 • 9:00 a.m.; Thursday,
February 24, 2011 • 9:00 a.m.
We think your student is some-
one exceptional. That’s why our
teachers design curricula that
are engaging and inspire a pas-
sion for learning. Cutting-edge
technology, a state-of-the-art
facility, and a caring community
round out the LFCDS experi-
ence. Since 1888, our graduates
have achieved superior aca-
demic results and have become
self-confident leaders in high
school and beyond. Let Lake
Forest Country Day School lay
the foundation for your child’s
educational success.



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It Takes A Village Early Learning and LAKEFRONT ral and easy way for children
to learn a second language
Infant Care Center CHILDREN’S ACADEMY through an engaging mix of
400 E. Randolph St., Ste. 6B songs, games, arts & crafts,
treasure hunts and more! In a
Chicago dynamic and fun environment,
(312) 819-1760 children are immersed by na- tive speakers in Spanish, French,
Conveniently located in the German, Italian and Mandarin
center of Chicago, LCA is a full Chinese. Learning a foreign lan-
Now enrolling children service private academy serving guage will never again be this
Ages 6 weeks- 5 years preschool ages 2-6 years and fun or exciting!
after school ages 7-12, with an
It Takes a Village offers the gold standard enhanced curriculum and solid LATIN SCHOOL
in early childhood development educational program featuring:
with an unmatched academic focus. computer readiness, math and OF CHICAGO
reading readiness, science, indi- 59 W. North Blvd., Chicago
• Specialization in early reading and math instruction vidual piano lessons, languages
80% of 5-year-olds entering kindergarten read at a 1st grade level and more! Also offering: low (312) 582-6000
and understand basic math facts such as addition, subtraction, child-to-staff ratios and on-site
graphing and fractions security cameras for added pro- Latin School of Chicago is an in-
• Use of the Creative Curriculum and Building Language for tection. Outings include field dependent day school serving
Literacy Programs trips to the many nearby muse- 1,100 students in junior kinder-
• Computers in all 2-year-old and preschool classrooms ums and the playground is right garten through 12th grade. The
across the street. school’s mission is to provide
• Monthly field trips
its students with a rigorous, in-
• Ongoing student portfolios that include student projects, progress
novative educational program
reports, etc. LANGUAGE STARS in a community that embraces
• Regular Parent Meetings and Family Literacy Nights Locations around Chicagoland diversity of people, cultures and
(866) 55-STARS (557-8277) ideas. Latin students come from
It Takes a Village at River City close to 70 different zip codes
800 S. Wells St. Suite 180 100% Fun, 100% Immersion! throughout the Chicago area.
Chicago, IL 60607 Play-based, fun foreign lan- The school offers more than
guage immersion programs for $2.8 million in financial aid to
(312) 675-0053 students annually.
children ages 1-10. Our FunIm- mersion® method offers a natu-

Village Leadership Academy

Village Leadership Academy, a private school, extends
the focused and aggressive approach to curriculum,
instruction and learning that is the hallmark of
our Early Learning Centers.

Village Leadership Academy

800 S. Wells St. Suite 90
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 675-0056

Now enrolling kindergarten through 5th grade students

for the 2011-2012 school year.
Collectively our classes function on at least one grade level
above their current grade.

Students are placed in classrooms based on social maturity

and academic ability, not age. We believe students must
be continuously challenged.

• Extended School Day

• Leadership Development
• Social Justice Curriculum
• World Scholars Program
• French & Capoeira Classes


68 Making the Grade 2011 A

Park Ridge • Northbrook

Montessori Academy of Illinois

Hours: 6:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Year Round Programs
Toddler, Primary, and Kindergarten,
ages 12 months to 6 years
Half-day, School-Hour, and Full-Day
Summer Camp/School
Before- and After-School Programs
Foreign Languages
Music, Private Piano, & Dance Lessons
Multicultural, Multilingual Environment
Registered with the Illinois State Board
of Education
Affiliations with the American
Montessori Society, Association of
Illinois Montessori Schools, North
American Montessori Teachers
Association, and NAEYC
Teacher Certifications by the
American Montessori Society and
Association Montessori Internationale
B.A. and M.A. degreed staff
One and a half blocks from Metra

Friday, January 21, 2011, 5:30-7:30 pm Saturday, March 19, 2011, 1:00-3:00 pm
Sunday, February 20, 2011, 1:00-3:00 pm Sunday, April 10, 2011, 1:00-3:00 pm

(847) 292-1229
Making the Grade 2011 69
633 W. Addison, Chicago
(312) 458-9865
The Center for Child Devel-
opment offers a half-day pre-
school program designed to
prepare children for successful
integration into the school sys-
tem. Our program is very help-
ful for children who need a little
extra support to develop their
social and speech skills. Taught
by developmental, art, speech,
and music therapists, our play-
based program helps children
develop the skills necessary to
be successful learners!


Immaculate Conception School

7263 W. Talcott Ave, Chicago 60631
773-775-0545 /
Accredited by: Archdiocese of Chicago, NAEYC and the State of Illinois
National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence
We have it all..........
religion • football • spanish • weekly mass • cheerleading • language arts • soccer • cooking club • science • band • reading • spanish club
• basketball • mathematics • journalism • dance • drama • DePaul school of music • algebra • chess • tae kwon do • altar servers •
choristers • bell ringers • art • social studies • science club • quiz bowl • battle of the books • computer • legos • volleyball • softball •
physical education • honors algebra • sacramental preparation • yoga • house system • student council • music • baseball

A welcoming environment • developmental resource • speech therapy • community service • enrichment program •
extended care • hot lunch • active parents club, athletic and school boards

70 Making the Grade 2011 A

One Old Homestead Road PREPARATORY &
Glen Arbor, MI 49636
For over 80 years, The Leelanau 312 W. Belden Ave., Chicago Providing Quality Music Education
School has challenged high
school students to reach be- (773) 665-0110 Since 1981
yond their acknowledged po-
tential in every aspect of their Play is the foundation for learn- For Ages 6-months to Adult
lives. We offer a rigorous col- ing at Lincoln Park Preparatory.
lege preparatory curriculum us- We believe that through play,
children experience the joy of
x BabySTEPS® our nationally acclaimed early
ing multi-sensory, experiential,
and strength-based method- learning thus developing self- childhood program
ologies. We offer an approach confidence and a passion for
to education that is excellent school. Our teachers have de-
for all learners, and critical for grees in early childhood related x Suzuki and Traditional Music
programs and use their experi-
those with learning differences.
Students gain awareness of ence and knowledge to create Instruction in Violin, Cello, Piano, Flute,
their individual learning styles, dynamic, discovery based activ- Guitar and Voice
build skills and strategies to ities that nurture and grow each
maximize their learning poten- child individually. This growth is Now at two convenient locations!
tial, and grow into independent communicated daily and is es-
learners. sential to developing a strong
home/school connection. 1148 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago 60642
1016 North Dearborn Parkway, Chicago 60610

Call Today for a Complimentary Class!

© G.Yoshioka 2007


Call today to schedule your tour and classroom observation

8622 West Catalpa Ave. Chicago, IL 60656 773.714.0646
Ages 2-14. Fully accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the American Montessori Society.

Making the Grade 2011 71
For more than 60 years, Akiba-Schechter
has helped students excel through a belief
in their unique strengths and abilities.
We provide a challenging and comprehensive
General Studies and Jewish education.
Our graduates are accepted at top high
schools and colleges.
5235 S. Cornell Ave. Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 493–8880

Experience Progressive Education

the power and
joy of learning Rooted in Montessori Tradition.

Ancona is an innovative learning For more information about our program, visit,
community that values each child’s
or contact the Admissions Office at (773) 924-2356.
unique abilities and builds a strong
academic foundation.
Educating students 3 years old through
4770 South Dorchester Avenue, Chicago
8th grade, for more than 45 years.
ph. (773) 924-2356
World Language Camp Art Music Summer Program After School Athletics

72 Making the Grade 2011 A

LINCOLN PARK teachers, organic food, and
non-toxic supplies. Reserve a
Mo., MMA’s boarding and ac-
tivities programs offer 11 varsity
Year-Round Programs / Toddler,
Primary, and Kindergarten / Ag-
PREPARATORY space for your child at www.lit- sports, marching band, drama, es 12 Months through 6 Years Army JROTC, Cadet Chorus, / Half-Day, School-Hour, and
& KINDERGARTEN drill team and Boy Scouts. More Full-Day / Summer Camp. This
108 W. Germania Pl., Chicago LYCEE FRANCAIS information or to schedule a
campus tour visit www.missou-
school is a partnership between
the home and school. The aim
(312) 482-9009 DE CHICAGO is to foster the child’s intellectual
Lincoln Park Preparatory’s Kin- 613 W. Bittersweet Pl., Chicago growth, independence, respon-
dergarten program expands (773) 665-0066 MONTESSORI ACADEMY sibility, and sense of self-worth.
The result of this collaboration
our preschool experience by
further readying children for With 550 students representing
OF CHICAGO is a dynamic community of chil-
future academic success. This more than 40 nationalities, the 1335 W. Randolph St., Chicago dren, parents, and school staff
is achieved through our dedica- Lycée Français de Chicago pro- (312) 243-0977 committed to the positive de-
tion to a play based approach vides a unique educational ex- velopment of each child.
to learning. Our full-day pro- perience. Serving pre-k through Montessori Academy of Chi-
gram provides a combination of 12th grade, we are a private cago educates children ages six MONTESSORI
independent discovery, large, not-for-profit coeducational weeks to twelve years in a top-
small group instruction as well school offering a dual-language rated, activity-based learning
as one on one guiding read- education (French and English). environment. A consistently low 1501 W. Fullerton, Chicago
ing. Children graduate from We follow the French National student-teacher ratio ensures in- (773) 348-7340
our kindergarten program with Curriculum and a strong Ameri- dividual attention and a tailored
confidence, social skill, and an can Studies program. We are curriculum. A three-year age A primary program for chil-
understanding of how to learn. accredited by the French Minis- cycle in classrooms encourages dren ages three to six, as well
They are prepared for their next try of Education and ISACS. Our mentoring and collaboration. as Spanish, Grace & Courtesy,
education experience. students are well prepared to Highly-experienced, Montes- Field Trips and Special Events.
meet the demands of the best sori-certified teachers ensure Based on Maria Montessori’s
LITTLE GREEN universities in North America each child’s academic success approach to education, our
and Europe. in a caring and structured envi- environment operates on the
TREE HOUSE ronment supported by a strong principle of freedom within
118 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago MISSOURI MILITARY community of parents. Now ac-
cepting applications for all pro-
limits, respect for one’s self, for
others and for the environment.
(312) 492-9876 ACADEMY grams “Infant thru elementary II Our “whole child approach” to
Parents who desire and appre- Mexico, MO 65265 , serving students ages birth to learning allows each child to
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OF ILLINOIS sori Society.
care center uses a creative like a Gentleman, Study like a Park Ridge / near Des Plaines,
and theme-based curriculum Scholar” encapsulates its mis- Niles
combined with earth-friendly sion to prepare young men in (847) 292-1229
living. Each child will grow aca- grades 6-12 for college and www.montessoriacademyo-
demically as well as socially in a life. The MMA Middle School,
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ment that incorporates the best math skills. Located in Mexico, offers: 6:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Making the Grade 2011 73
314 Circle Ave., Forest Park
(708) 771-5030
Japanese Language Immersion
program for children ages 3 to
6 in an authentic Montessori
classroom. Children benefit
from full range of Montessori
curriculum including Math, Sci-
ence, Social Studies, Language,
Music Literacy and Social Skills
while becoming fluent in Japa-
nese and English. Daily Eng-
lish period in the afternoon
reinforces children’s learning
experiences and makes sure
that they will be ready for the
1st grade. Bilingual education
stimulates brain development
and enhances children’s cogni-
tive advancement. Montessori
certified, award winning faculty.


Located on the shores of Lake Michigan and on the banks 2011 Summer Programs:
of the Crystal River, Leelanau is a small boarding school
with limited enrollment. We are able to offer students an
Summer Academy June 26—July 23
individualized approach to academics from our expert
faculty and an enriching and structured residential life English as a Second Language Institute
program that continues beyond the school day. Whether June 26—Aug 6
it is in the classroom or the dorm, in the equestrian ring,
on the slopes, or volunteering in the community, Ned Hallowell ADHD Summer Enrichment Camp
everything about Leelanau is a life-enriching experience. July 18—July 22

For over 80 years, The Leelanau School has challenged For more information regarding our Academic Year
high school students to reach beyond their acknowledged or our Summer Programs please contact:
potential in every aspect of their lives. We offer a rigorous Kate Auger-Campbell, Director of Admission
college preparatory curriculum using multi-sensory, The Leelanau School
experiential, and strength-based methodologies. We offer One Old Homestead Road
Glen Arbor, MI 49636
an approach to education that is excellent for all learners, Phone: 231-334-5800 / 800-533-5262
and critical for those with learning differences. email:
Beyond textbooks. Through experience. Toward college. With a whole new sense of what’s possible. .

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Spend the morning (Tuesday – Thursday) with a student
Admission Ambassador, attend three classes, tour our school,
and meet with a member of our Admission team for an interview.


Woodlands Academy requires applicants to take the Secondary
School Admission Test (SSAT). To register online for an exam,
go to Our school code is 8273.
An Early Childhood program that’s
APPLICATION DEADLINE one of a kind. Just like your child.
The application deadline is January 15, and priority will be given
to those applicants who apply by this date. Qualified applicants
will continue to be accepted if space is available.
Open House
Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart, located in Lake Forest, for Early Childhood Admission
is an independent, Catholic day and boarding college preparatory
Friday, January 21, 2011, 9 a.m.
school for young women and a member of the worldwide Sacred
Please enter at the Onwentsia Road Entrance.
Heart Schools Network. Woodlands promotes academic, artistic,
and athletic excellence, global awareness, social responsibility,
and strong faith. The curriculum includes advanced placement Now accepting applications for the
and honors courses, service opportunities and ESL. Our student/
2011-2012 school year
faculty ratio is 8:1, with 100% college acceptance annually.
School-wide financial assistance available

847-234-2350 •

145 South Green Bay Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045

Making the Grade 2011 75
720 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago
(773) 525-8779
“I am keenly aware that choos-
ing an elementary school is one
of your most important deci-
sions. You want a school that has
strong academics, experienced
teachers, a warm family envi-
ronment, Catholic traditions, a
creative fine arts program, en-
ergetic sports activities and a
diverse student body. Mount
Carmel Academy is this school.
These qualities make MCA a
truly special school and are why
I choose to educate my own
children at Mount Carmel Acad-
emy.” Shane Staszcuk, Principal

Music for all ages…
learning for life!
Downers Grove, Evanston,
Highland Park, Lake Forest,
Lincolnshire, Northbrook, and
(847) 905-1500
Join us for private lessons,
group classes, and ensemble
experiences for students of all
ages and levels of interest and
ability. From early childhood
music and movement classes to
musical theater summer camps
for all ages, the Music Institute
of Chicago has something for

1700 W. Cortland St., Chicago
(312) 493-6044
The Nicholson School believes
children learn through the pow-
er of play in environments where
they feel safe and confident.
Teachers meet each child where
he or she is developmentally so
they feel comfortable exploring
and learning. We believe in the
competence of children so our
teachers support each child’s
learning style and path of in-
quiry. Children are encouraged
to reason and ask why as they
explore concepts including lit-
eracy, science, art, numbers and

76 Making the Grade 2011 A


Oak Park Christian Academy

for Eternity
in a Christ-
2017 W. Montrose Ave. 6216 N. Glenwood Ave, Atmosphere
Chicago Chicago All-Day For more information call:
(773) 327-3144 5525 N. Magnolia Ave., K-8th
North Park Elementary School
(773) 271-4310 Ask about our
(773) 637-8301
is a private, non-sectarian, K-8
school with a proven record NCA is the right choice for Homeschooling
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challenging curriculum within
long learning. Through the ac- a nurturing environment. We Grades 1-12 Chicago, IL 60634
tive involvement of parents and value small class sizes and dif-
caring professional staff, NPES ferentiated instruction. We
fosters self-motivation, self- teach Music and Art starting
discipline, and confidence. The in Preschool and Spanish Lan-
school’s balanced curriculum guage, P.E. and Computer

combines traditional instruction starting in Kindergarten. We
with experiential learning to en- offer a flexible, affordable and
sure that the students achieve stimulating Extended Care and PR E PA R ATORY SCHOOL
their maximum potential. All of celebrating 35 years of educating young men
Summer Camp. Our students
last year’s graduates are now at- consistently score high above
tending one of their top choices the national average and our NRP is a college prep school for young men in grades 6–12.
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ed in the Catholic tradition, Hop and for students of all ages
Northridge boasts an award- ¶
and levels of dance, our goal is
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and outstanding opportunities environment for learning, per-
for growth through participa- forming and enjoying dance.
tion, all with virtue-based focus Register now and receive an
on personal character. Join us education that challenges the
at our Open House on Sunday, body and the mind.
February 13 from 2-4 pm.

Making the Grade 2011 77
3115 N. Mason Ave., Chicago
(773) 622-9494
A girls’ school at our core, Notre
Dame provides a faith-based,
technology rich, college prepa-
ratory education, in a safe and
secure learning environment
that invited students to prepare
for a future not yet envisioned.
Located on the Northwest side
of Chicago, we’ve been supply-
ing girls with the tools they need
to defy stereotypes and break
through barriers. We respect
their resilience and recognize
that they have inherited a rich
but complicated world.



….a child centered school

The Best
At St. Constance our culturally diverse dedicated faculty is
committed to the development of each student’s academic,
spiritual and social growth. Our teachers want to share their
passion with our students as we continue to make St. Constance Academic excellence
the premiere school in the Jefferson Park area. We have added a Traditional values
new program that consists of a slightly extended school day and
the addition of one extra class period per day. Preschool 3 through
The eleven new clinics include a wide range of subjects, all taught 12th Grade
by someone currently on the staff:
• Creative crafters clinic • Collage of creativity
• Fun with Puzzles and games • Historical films and
• Skill building with perspectives
Thematic activities • Junior high science clinic (847) 885-3230
• Hands on science • Fine arts 200 N. Roselle Rd
• Basics of drama • Math enrichment Schaumburg, IL 60194
• Hands on math • Polish language
• Home economics
Come and see all the things that make St. Constance the best
value for a quality Catholic education in Jefferson Park

Call us now 773-283-2311 for your personal tour!

5841 W. Strong • Chicago, IL 60630 Call today to schedule your tour!

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Now !
2446 N. Ridgeway Ave.
(773) 342-0170
Dedicated to preparing lifelong
learners, we provide a nurturing
environment with small classes
and caring, degreed teachers.
We have a Technology Cen-
ter, Computer, Music and P.E.
classes, a green playlot, and
an extended day program. Our
students perform above aver-
age and attend Chicago’s top
high schools. Our families are
very involved. Tuition is afford-
able, and we accept Action for
Children. Come visit us. See the
difference in an education at
Our Lady of Grace School.

1123 Church St., Glenview
(847) 724-6990
Founded in 1929, OLPH is the
largest Catholic elementary
school in the Chicago Arch-
diocese. OLPH combines the
sacred and the secular for pre-
school through eighth grade
students by faith formation,
service and an outstanding aca-
demic education. Before and
after school care and all-day
kindergarten is available. Well-
recognized sports programs,
fine & performing arts offerings
and school clubs provide every
child with an opportunity to
identify, express and celebrate
Get your
a growing Christian faith in their
daily lives. copy today!

For more information, call (708) 386-5555

or visit
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Faith in
From a Christian Perspective
Chicago Christian Academy New Day Montessori Schaumburg Christian School
5026 W. Diversey Ave, Chicago 25W007 75th Street, Naperville 200 N. Roselle Rd., Schaumburg
(773) 205-5102 (630) 428-1334 (847) 885-3230 3437 W. Wolf Road, Oswego
Robin P. Berryhill, Principal (630) 551-7894 Jim Toth, School Administrator
Grades Served: PreK-8th grade PreK-12th grade
Christian Beginnings Oak Park Christian Academy Southwest Chicago
Preschool and Childcare 3105 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago Christian School
824 Waukegan Rd. Deerfield, IL 60015 (773) 637-8301 Oak Lawn, Palos Hts, Tinley Pk
(847) 945-5140 (708) 388-7656 Greg Chadaranek,
Maren Olson, Director Chairman of the Board Robert Payne, Superintendant
2 to 6 years/Jr Kindergarten, Kindergarten Grades K - 8 PreK - 12th grade
Enrichment and Summer Camp
Reformation Christian School Timothy Christian Schools
Christian Heritage Academy 14911 E. 127th St., Lemont 188 W. Butterfield Rd., Elmhurst
315 Waukegan Rd., Northfield (708) 743-3830 Elementary & Middle School:
1001 N. Crosby, Chicago (630) 833-7575
(847) 446-5252 Kerry Tameling, Head Teacher High School Office: K-8th Grade (630) 833-7575
Rick Lukianuk, J.D., Head of school
PreK-12th grade, Extended Care Roseland Christian Dr. Dan Van Prooyen, Superintendent
314 W 108th St, Chicago Preschool through High School
Family Life Program (773) 264-2174
1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove Trinity Christian College
(630) 968-0527 Roger DeGroot, Development Dir 6601 W. College Dr., Palos Heights Full day preschool thru 8th grade (708) 239-4768
Cathy Sexton, Director
PreK - K Salem Christian School Adult studies- Addison, Chicago &
2018 N. Richmond, Chicago, 60647 Palos Hts. Campuses
Medinah Christian (773) 227-5580
900 Foster Ave. Trinity Oaks Christian Academy
(630) 980-9423 Pre-K3 - 8th grade; extended care; 409 N. 1st St., Cary two campuses; art, music, Spanish, (847) 462-5971
Ken Parris, Administrator physical education.
PS-8th Grade Dr. Paul Wrobbel, Head of School
Melissa Filippi, Admissions Director
PreK – 8th

80 Making the Grade 2011 A

1120 Washington St., Evanston
(847) 475-5678
Pope John XXIII School is an
award winning school: Na-
tional Blue Ribbon School for
academic excellence; State of IL
award winner for Science Olym-
piad and 2010 State spelling
bee champion. Our students
are winners! Every eighth grad-
er completes Algebra, Hon-
ors Algebra, ten students will
complete Honors Geometry at
ETHS; we offer: French, Spanish,
or Latin. Special offerings in-
clude: computers, multi-media
center, music, art, and drama.
Every child Preschool to Eighth
grade is Learning, Achieving,


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Earthworks Integrated Preschool at private,
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Offering the only certified preschooland gifted
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400 East Randolph Street Suite 6B Chicago

Conveniently located across from a Chicago Park District Playground
Monitored classrooms for security
312.819.1760 fax 312.819.1763

Making the Grade 2011 81
Notre Dame High School for Girls
3115 N. Mason Ave. · Chicago, IL 60634
OPEN 773-622-9494 ·

January 30th
May 19th


· State Accredited · Before & After School Care PREPRATORY
· 1:17 Teacher Student Ratio · Open Enrollment IN A SAFE
· Full day PreK3-4 & Kindergarten · Financially affordable
St. Ferdinand School
3131 N. Mason Ave. · Chicago, IL 60634
773-622-3022 ·

INFORMING for HIGHER achievement; TRANSFORMING for the HIGHEST triumph.

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6230 N. Lemont Ave., Chicago
(773) 736-0567
Queen of All Saints School is
dedicated to promoting the
spiritual, intellectual, emotional
and physical development of
the young child-learner. Serv-
ing students from early child-
hood (3 year olds) through 8th
grade. Staffed by dynamic and
caring professionals, Queen of
All Saints School is creative and
vibrant Catholic community—
where Values Are For Life.


Generations of Faith,
Rooted in Excellence A cademic excellence.
R ecognizing every child's talents.
M usic, art and french.
Montessori Pre-K through Grade 8 I nstilling curiosity & critical thinking.
T heater, dance and drama.
A ffordable.
G uiding children towards success.
E ducation at it's best.

Armitage Academy is an indepedent

K-8 private school located just over the
Illinois/Wisconsin border. We offer a
liberal arts approach that concentrates
on the whole education of a child.
A high quality education
at an affordable price. 1975 - 2010

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and Cardinal’s Awards! Kindergarten at $6,695 r 1st through 8th at $8,000. 6032 - 8th Ave. Kenosha, WI 262.654.4200

Making the Grade 2011 83
QUEEN OF ANGELS with character education and
service learning. Small classes
SCHOOL allow for teachers to meet the
4520 N. Western Ave., Chicago individual needs of our stu-
dents through differentiation
(773) 769-4211 and individualized learning plans. All of our classrooms
At Queen of Angels, we nurture use state of the art SmartBoard
our students’ wonder, curiosity technology along with laptops
and faith in the world, instilling for Third through Eighth Grade
a love of learning that will last a classrooms.
lifetime. Our students develop
sound academic skills, criti-
cal thinking skills and an abil- RESURRECTION
ity to learn independently and
cooperatively through a rich
academic curriculum. Each HIGH SCHOOL
day is designed to bring new 7500 W. Talcott Ave., Chicago
excitement and opportunities (773) 775-6616, Ext 129
to engage in learning in a safe,
child-centered environment.
Resurrection is the largest Cath-
olic college prep high school for
QUEST ACADEMY young women on the northwest
500 N. Benton St., Palatine side of Chicago, serving a di-
(847) 202-8035 verse student population of ap- proximately 700 students from
Quest Academy is an Inde- the city and suburbs. Resurrec-
pendent School educating tion offers rigorous academics
and nurturing gifted students and a wide variety of clubs and
from Preschool through Eighth athletics in a faith-based, single-
Grade. We offer a liberal arts gender environment. Visit our
curriculum that challenges and website at or call
PHOTO COURTESY OF FENWICK HIGH SCHOOL inspires gifted children along 773.775.6616 Ext 129.

Rolling Admissions for Preschool • Parent and Toddler Programs

Smart Love Preschool Offers:

• Half-day preschool for 3, 4, & 5 year-olds
• Parent and Toddler Explorations (Age 12 months to
4 years)–Morning Classes
• Smart Love Philosophy and Curriculum
• A beautiful mansion setting in Chicago’s historic
North Side Buena Park neighborhood
• Large outdoor space, including play area and
children’s garden

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3309 N. Seminary, Chicago
(773) 525-0605
With the foundation that chil-
dren construct knowledge
through their play and through
real experiences, Resurrection
Pre-school offers an enjoyable,
half-day session, 4 days per
week for 3 to 5-year-olds. Our
play-based program has been
in existence for 40 years. We of-
fer a Wednesday morning tod-
dler program for 2 yr. olds with
their parent/caregiver. In Fall
of 2011, we begin early drop
off and extended care. Fam-
ily Open House, Sat., Feb.5th
, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00
noon. Contact teach773@ya- for reservations.

1800 W Balmoral, Chicago
(773) 271-1700
RPMS believes that all of its
students carry within them the
adults they will become; our
mission is to create an envi-
ronment where all children are
inspired to reach their highest
potential, as individuals and
learners, following the Montes-
sori philosophy of education;
which at its core is to produce
vital members of the global
community. Guiding all our
practices is the education and
promotion of peace within self,
in relationships and within the


Making the Grade 2011 85
ROYCEMORE SCHOOL Lake Michigan, Sacred Heart
Schools enroll 690 day students
640 Lincoln St., Evanston and are part of a Network of
(847) 866-6055 150 Sacred Heart Schools in 30 countries. Kindergarten is
Roycemore School has been coeducational. In Grades 1-8,
committed to ensuring the per- Sacred Heart offers single gen-
sonal success of each student der classes in a co-ed environ-
since 1915. Students thrive in ment. In addition to a rigorous
a college-preparatory environ- academic curriculum, Sacred
ment that is focused on their Heart Schools is dedicated to
individual talents and needs. a values-based program con-
Roycemore celebrates a blend cerned with the education of
of cultures and interests with the whole child.
families from Evanston, Chica-
go and suburbs. Qualified Up-
per School students may take
classes at nearby Northwest- SCHOOL
ern University at no additional 1710 W. Addison, Chicago
charge. 100% of graduates are (773) 248-2500
accepted to colleges across the Saint Andrew is a Catholic school
country. Junior Kindergarten providing an atmosphere of ac-
through Grade 12. ademic excellence to children
in preschool- 8th grade. Experi-
SACRED HEART enced and dedicated teachers
educate students with an em-
SCHOOLS phasis on academic and tech-
6250 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago nological skills while nurturing
(773) 262-4446 creativity through art, music and literature. The intellectual de-
Independent, Catholic, K-8. Ed- velopment and spiritual growth
ucating Chicago children since provided by Saint Andrew are
1876. A Chicago landmark on enhanced by a socially diverse

DE LA CITTA (Montessori of the City)
1501 W. Fullerton in Lincoln Park
Ages 3-6
At the School of the Art Institute of CALL OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR
Chicago, kids explore art, design, and
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Children’s Workshops in Art and
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Courses begin February 12!

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"Education should no longer be mostly imparted knowledge, but
must take a new path, seeking the release of human potential."
- Maria Montessori

86 Making the Grade 2011 A

environment that reflects the
strength of a vibrant parish.
ST. CLEMENT SCHOOL growth. With the skills, values
and knowledge acquired, our
School tours: 2nd Tuesday of 2524 N. Orchard, Chicago students will become respect- SCHOOL
the month at 9am. Call for reser- (773) 348-8212 ful, responsible and capable 3131 N. Mason Ave., Chicago
vations and information. citizens embracing life-long
Serving the diverse and vibrant learning. Some of our new clin-
(773) 622-3022
ST. BARTHOLOMEW Lincoln Park neighborhood,
St. Clement is a parish school
ics: creative crafters, fun with
puzzles and games, skill build- school
SCHOOL rooted in Catholic traditions ing with thematic activities, Saint Ferdinand School is com-
mitted to providing a faith
4941 W. Patterson, Chicago of Christian service and global hands on science, basics.
awareness. Our core curriculum based, technology rich educa-
(773) 282-9373 tion in a safe and secure learning
is enhanced with daily Spanish
instruction and an emphasis
ST. EDWARD environment. The dedication
Saint Bartholomew Elemen-
on small group learning. Addi- 4343 W. Sunnyside, Chicago and partnership of our teach-
tary School and Montessori (773) 736-9133 ers and parents provide prime
tional activities include before
Preschool is dedicated to pro- ingredients that help students
and after school care, brownies,
viding a well-rounded, faith- St. Edward School provides a excel. We recognize the need
girl scouts, cub scouts, enrich-
based education for children in quality, faith-based Catholic ed- to adapt to an ever-changing
ment classes and interscholas-
preschool through grade eight. ucation to children from three world, we constantly update
tic sports.
We offer an affordable Montes- year old pre-school through strategies, technology, and cur-
sori Preschool for ages 3-5, and ricula to offer our students the
a full academic curriculum. We SAINT CONSTANCE eighth grade. Academic excel-
lence is enhanced by enrich- tools that will help them realize
include art, music, gym, com-
puter science, and Spanish lan-
CATHOLIC SCHOOL ment activities which provide their potential.
5841 W. Strong St., Chicago students additional avenues to
guage classes. Extracurricular develop their own unique tal-
activities include service op- (773) 283-2311 ents. St. Edward offers full and
portunities and clubs as well as part time pre-school, full and
an outstanding sports program. An Investment for the Future. half-day kindergarten, comput-
High test scores propel our The Right Choice for Today. St. er education, hands on learn-
graduates on to Chicago’s top Constance School provides a ing, accelerated reading and
schools high schools. dedicated and professional special needs math and reading
faculty committed to the de- program, as well as a full sports
velopment of each student’s program and exemplary music
academic, spiritual and social instruction.

North Park Elementary School








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607 W. 45th St., Chicago
(773) 268-6636
This 125 year old PK-8 school
opened in 1881 and is located
in the heart of the Canaryville.
Since its opening, St. Gabriel
has provided a “first class” edu-
cation for its students and small
class sizes enable students to
obtain individualized instruc-
tion. In addition to its strong
academic program, the school
offers an outstanding athletic
program; students participate
on winning teams in football,
basketball, baseball, volleyball
and cheerleading. Also, each
6-8th grader is assigned school
issued laptops.

2101 N. Fremont St., Chicago
(773) 525.4990
As the oldest, continuously
operating school in the city of
Chicago, St. James has been
preparing students for suc-
cess in Chicago’s premier high
schools since 1857. We serve
students in preschool – eighth
grade by providing an educa-
tion that embraces academic
excellence, spiritual growth and
moral integrity. Our students
thrive in a learning environment
that includes differentiated in-
struction, individualized goal
setting and adult modeling of
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2245 N. Southport Ave. LUTHERAN SCHOOL
4939 W. Montrose Ave.
(773) 549-0909 Chicago
In Lincoln Park, St. Josaphat (773) 736-1196
School serves families who
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200 S. Willie, Mt. Prospect ACADEMY
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St. Mark Preschool has been (847) 827-7880
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hands-on experiences. We are
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garten enrichment and all day
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care. Visit us at our Open House BELLARMINE SCHOOL MONTESSORI SCHOOL emphasis on the core classes
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LUTHERAN SCHOOL St. Robert Bellarmine has been Sauganash Montessori School February 5th.
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physical and social. Information and provide the child with a
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music. Strong active parent in- SCHOOL INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
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well-being of the whole child. program with art, music, Span- dren for life. Our Children’s provide a fun-filled, play-based
Our teachers model Christian ish, dance, and physical educa- Workshops and Middle School learning environment designed
morals, teach academically tion. Our faculty have embraced Program offer spring week- to promote cognitive, social and
challenging subject matter, their callings and are dedicated end courses and summer day emotional growth. Teachers are
and assist in the development to instilling a Christian world- camps. Our Early College Pro- highly qualified and nurturing
of student social skills. Teach- view and developing servants gram (ECP) for high school and all lead teachers have Mas-
ing to the whole child prepares who both STAND and SPEAK. students offers art, design, and ter’s degrees. Children matricu-
students for the dynamic world Open from 6 am until 6 pm and creative writing courses where late to all private, parochial and
around them. Serving students offer a full summer program. students can build skills, devel- public schools in the Chicago
from two years to 8th grade on op a strong portfolio for college area. We are a neighborhood
the north side of Chicago for 74 admission, and earn college school serving children of all
years. Contact Mrs. Tennis, Prin- credit. ECP offers spring week- races, religions and ethnic ori-
cipal, for more information. end courses and a variety of gins in a Jewish setting.
summer course options.

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PRESCHOOL prepared to continue on to ele-
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TRINITY CHRISTIAN Trinity Oaks Christian Academy
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and 35 Illinois communities.
Student/faculty ratio is 8:1, with
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Main Campus: Palos Heights curriculum is designed to meet classroom to the stage or the
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adults who want to complete We also offer a variety of extra- (847) 234-4300 girls to engage in rigorous col-
their education without sacrific- curricular activities including lege preparatory learning in a
ing time on the job or with their team sports. Woodlands Academy of the small school that is focused on
families. Students apply their Sacred Heart is an indepen- math, science and technology
existing college credit and fin-
ish their education or business
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ing college preparatory school fidence and challenges them
degree in two years. Trinity’s ACADEMY for young women. A member to achieve. The collaboration
affordable tuition, accelerated 1012 Thacker St., Des Plaines of the worldwide Sacred Heart and focus single-sex education
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olic Tradition for girls in grades awareness, social responsibility, YWLCS young women graduate
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A Fairytale Ballet ......................................85 Frances Xavier Warde Schools ...............35 Queen of All Saints School .....................30
AIMS Association of Illinois Francis Parker School ..............................26 Queen of Angels......................................89
Montessori Schools ..........Outside Back Gan Shalom Early Childhood Ed. Ctr....45 Quest Academy .......................................61
Akiba-Schechter Day School ..................72 Gateway Montessori School...................60 Resurrection College Prep H.S...............31
Ancona School .........................................72 Glenholme School, The...........................16 Resurrection Lutheran Preschool ...........42
Archdiocese of Chicago ...............Cover C Green Room, The .....................................28 Rogers Park Montessori School .............41
Armitage Academy..................................83 Guardian Angel Orthodox School.........67 Roycemore School...................................25
Baker School.............................................47 Howe School, The .......................... Cover A Sacred Heart School ................................26
Banner Preschool .....................................53 Illinois Mathematics and Salem Christian School ...........................82
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School ...39 Science Academy ................................28 Sauganash Montessori School ...............65
Bethesda Lutheran School .......................7 Immaculate Conception School ............54 School of The Art Institute (SAIC) ... 50, 86
Brehm Preparatory School......................76 Immaculate Conception School ............70 Science & Arts Academy.........................24
Brickton Montessori School ...................71 It Takes a Village.......................................68 Second City, The ......................................94
British School of Chicago .........................9 Jerusalem Lutheran School ....................56 Sinai Preschool .........................................50
Catherine Cook School .............................4 JUF Scholarship Program .......................36 Smart Love Preschool ..............................84
Center for Talent Development .............67 Kumon .......................................................11 Solomon Schecter Day School of
CHALK Preschool .................... Inside Back Lake Forest Country Day.........................75 Metropolitan Chicago ...........................1
Cherry Preschool......................................66 Lakefront Childrens Academy ................81 Solon Greek School ...................................7
Chiaravalle Montessori ...........................24 Language Stars ........................................12 St. Andrew School ...................................44
Chicago Friends School ..........................91 Latin School ..............................................36 St. Bartholomew School ..........................83
Chicago Grammar School ......................37 Learning Through Play ............................93 St. Clement School ..................................32
Chicago International Leelanau School.......................................74 St. Constance............................................78
Charter School ...........................Cover D Lincoln Park Prepatory & Kindergarten...9 St. Edward School ......................................6
Chicago Jewish Day School ...................57 Lincoln Park Preschool ..............................9 St. Ferdinand ............................................82
Chicago Montessori School ...................24 Little Green Tree House Preschool ........13 St. Gabriel .................................................38
Chicago Virtual Charter School .............59 Lycee Francais ..........................................22 St. James Lutheran School......................62
Chicago Waldorf School .........................42 Missouri Military Academy .......................4 St. John's Lutheran School .....................95
Chicagoland Jewish High School ..........60 Montessori Academy Chicago...............14 St. Josaphat School .................................27
Christian Beginnings ...............................13 Montessori Academy of Illinois..............69 St. Mark Preschool ...................................81
Christian Heritage Academy ..................34 Montessori de la Citta .............................86 St. Peter Lutheran School ........................58
Club Z-Charick Corp..................................6 Montessori Language Academy ............18 St. Philip Lutheran School .......................66
Concordia Place .......................................53 Mt. Carmel Academy ...Inside Front Cover St. Robert ........................................... 40, 64
Creative Learning Montessori School ...38 Music Institute Chicago ..........................50
Suzuki-Orff School of Music ...................71
Cybershala ................................................86 Nicholson School, The ............................46
The Center for Gifted .................... Cover B
Daystar School .........................................40 North Park Elementary School ...............87
Total Child Preschool and
Deerfield Park District .............................45 Northridge Preparatory ...........................77 Childcare Center .................................12
Dr. Bills Learning Center .........................48 Northside Catholic Academy .................41 Trinity Oaks Christian Academy .............91
Einstein Academy ....................................52 Northside Dance Theater .......................62 Village Academy ......................................68
Families Together Notre Dame High School .......................82 Willows, The..............................................35
Cooperative Nursery ...........................52 Oak Park Christian Academy..................77 Woodlands Academy
Fenwick High School ...............................31 Our Lady of Grace School ......................18 of the Sacred Heart .............................75
Fourth Presbyterian Day School.............31 Our Lady of Perpetual Help School ........2 Young Women's Leadership
Fox River Country Day School................22 Pope John XXIII School ...........................49 Charter School .....................................59

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