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5 Social media in education
By Patti Minglin
10 How many languages can your 4-year-old speak?
By Kimberly Kutnick
15 The written word
By Molly Logan Anderson
23 Students hit the road
By Tricia Despres
29 High school students preparing for the future
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37 Students returning as teachers
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Social media in education
By PATTI MINGLIN
Education Gets Social
Social media has moved from the
fringes of college student conversa-
tions to become part of the daily lives
of all students —a fact that school fac-
ulty and staff have to deal with at ev-
ery grade level. While in the past, one
would find policies and procedures
to deter the use of such tools as Face-
book and Twitter, today’s schools are
embracing this emerging new media
and using it as a way to not only better
their communication with parents and
alumni, but teach students life lessons
that will serve them well beyond school
walls.
Improving Communications
With so many students, parents,
faculty and alumni now having social
media accounts, these tools are now
being used as part of a school’s overall
communication strategy. “Facebook
has been a great resource for connect-
ing with our alumni about upcoming
events such as our art auction,” says Pat-
ti O’Donoghue of Council Oak Montes-
sori School in Chicago. “We combine
Facebook with other communication
efforts like sending out e-mails.” Twitter
is also becoming part of the communi-
cation process with schools such as the
Missouri Military Academy in Mexico,
MO, which uses it to send links back
to their site where parents and alumni
can see what the boys are doing and
achieving on a daily basis.
Now that there are endless options
for how schools communicate with their
various audiences, new policies are in
place regarding how faculty and staff
communicate with their students on an
individual basis. “We discourage fac-
ulty from having any type of social me-
dia relationship with current students,”
says Cory Stutts of The Catherine Cook
School in Chicago. However, most
schools agree that social media can ac-
tually enhance a teacher’s relationship
with former students. “As a teacher,
you have the opportunity to make a dif-
ference in the lives of students,” says
Bill Mierisch of The Catherine Cook
School. “Social media is a great way to
continue making that difference after
those students have moved beyond
your classroom and are now out in the
world.”
A New Sense of Responsibility
While social media has provided
schools with a great way to communi-
cate, it has also given them an opportu-
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CATHERINE COOK SCHOOL
Students and parents are
made aware of the rules
and educational possi-
bilities that accompany
the use of laptops.
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nity to help students gain a new sense
of responsibility—an asset that will help
them succeed in a world outside the
classroom. “We have conversations
with our students on how to use social
media in a responsible and effective
way,” says Council Oak’s O’Donoghue.
Those conversations—which are hap-
pening at most schools—include such
topics as not sharing passwords with
friends or giving personal information
to strangers as well as empowering
students to take responsibility for their
own actions.
At Missouri Military Academy, stu-
dents participate in an annual pre-
sentation on the proper etiquette and
safety of social media use and how
what they say or post online today can
affect their futures in positive or nega-
tive ways. “It is really an eye-opening
moment for our boys when they realize
colleges and universities are looking at
what they are putting out there and it
may affect their chances of getting into
a school,” says Andy Craig.
This responsibility extends beyond
just the posting of pictures and infor-
mation on their personal accounts and
also includes being responsible for
their interactions with others via new
media tools. “We recently implement-
ed the Guerin Prep Cyber Bully Tip Line,
a dedicated, anonymous source for stu-
dents or parents to address any issues
of harassment that occur in person, as
well as electronically via the Internet,
cell phones, texting, social network-
ing, or other device,” adds Sister Dawn
Tomaszewski of Guerin Prep in River
Grove.
And what if someone else posts in-
formation from a student’s account?
“As part of our written policy, students
understand that they are responsible
for their account even when they are
not the ones behind the keyboard,”
says Brenda Buschbacher of Illinois
Math and Science Academy in Aurora.
The Social Media Distraction
As is often evidenced by parents as
they struggle to keep their students fo-
cused on homework and not on status
updates, the proliferation of social me-
dia tools has given a new meaning to
the phrase “in-class distraction.” Many
schools—especially those who have
school-issued laptops--have strategies
in place to ensure students keep their
minds on education and not on con-
necting with their online communities.
“Personal use is prohibited for the boys
during the academic day,” says Mis-
souri Military’s Craig. “We know that
temptation can get the best of them, so
we have made it impossible to log on
during the day to try and sneak a peek
at their status updates during class.”
Keeping the focus on education
seems to be the key for all in-school
computer use. “While we certainly pro-
mote the use of technology, we use it
to create an environment that doesn’t
inhibit education, but enhances it,” says
Buschbacher. Toward that goal, stu-
dents utilizing computers in the com-
mon areas of IMSA must always defer
their online recreational activities to
anyone that needs a computer for edu-
cational purposes—this rule is even part
of the school’s IT policy which is signed
by all students. “It’s the same kind of
information I would tell my own son,
like don’t go on Facebook before your
homework is done.”
Parent Involvement
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Social media
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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-
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The Catherine Cook School hosts
mandatory parent/student meetings
as they pick up their school-issued
laptops each year. The meetings not
only discuss the specifics regarding
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
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Ashburn Lutheran School
3345 W. 83rd St, Chicago
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Dr. Joy Packard-Higgins, Principal
Bethesda Lutheran
School & Preschool
6803 N. Campbell Ave.
(773) 743-0800
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Patricia Grunde, Principal
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Grades Served: PreK (3yr)-8th
Jehovah Lutheran School
3740 W. Belden, Chicago, 60647
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Mrs. JoEllen T. Hoffman, Principal
Grades Served: PreK(3yr)-8th grade
Messiah Lutheran School
6200 W. Patterson
Chicago, 60634
(773) 736-6600
www.messiahchicago.org
Grades Served: PreK-8th grade
Park View Lutheran School
3919 N. Monticello
Chicago 60618
(773) 267-0072
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Rev. Dr. David Nelson,
Headmaster & Pastor
Grades preK - 8th, extended care
Pilgrim Lutheran
4300 N. Winchester, Chicago, 60613
(773) 477-4824
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David Maring, Principal
Grades Served: PreK-8th, extended care
Resurrection Lutheran School
9349 S. Wentworth Ave., Chicago
(773) 928-6312
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Mrs. Shirley Johnson, Principal
PreK–6th Grade, Extended Care,
Action for Childhood
Resurrection Preschool
3309 N. Seminary, Chicago
(773) 525-0605
www.rlclakeview.org
Debbie Mytych, Preschool Director
Ages served: 3-5 years
St. James Lutheran School
2101 N. Fremont St.
Chicago 60614
(773) 525-4990
www.stjames-lutheran.org
Warren Gast, Principal
Grades PreK - 8, extended care
St. John’s Lutheran School
4939 W. Montrose Avenue
Chicago 60641
(773) 736-1196
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Douglas Markworth, Principal
St. Philip Lutheran School
2500 West Bryn Mawr, Chicago
(773) 561-3044
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Donna Tennis, Principal
Grades Served: PreK(3)-8th
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Jerusalem Lutheran School
6218 Capulina, Morton Grove
(847) 965-4750
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Michael Naumann, Principal
Ages 3 – 14, extended care
SOUTH
Christ Lutheran Ev Church
C.L.E.W.S. Preschool
14700 S. 94th Ave., Orland Park
(708) 349-0171
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Patti Bareither, Director
Immanuel Lutheran
Crossroads Preschool
4800 W. Sauk Trail, Richton Park
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Jean Turek, Director
PreK 3 to 1st Grade
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Good Shepherd
Lutheran School
525 63rd St., Downers Grove
(630) 852-5081
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Scott Schmudlach, Principal
3 yr. PreK – Grade 8, extended care
Grace Lutheran School
7300 W. Division, River Forest
(708) 366-6900
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Hugh W. Kress, Principal
Ms. Kendall Grigg, Principal
3 yr. PreK –8
Immanuel Lutheran School
50 Hart Rd., Batavia
(630) 406-0157
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Glenn A. Steinbrenner, Principal
Parent-Toddler program, PreK – Grade 8,
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111 W. Olive St., Arlington Heights
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Opportunities for growth are rich and
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By KIMBERLY KUTNICK
E
verything starts early with the
current generation of children.
Pre-Kindergarten is the new Kin-
dergarten. Expectations are higher.
This includes foreign language study.
From full immersion programs to sup-
plemental study, foreign language ac-
quisition has become a popular trend
for even the youngest students.
Early foreign language immersion
can be a positive and successful ap-
proach to learning foreign language
while complementing other non-lan-
guage studies. Some schools base
their curriculum completely around
immersion, offering programs for tod-
dlers, preschool and kindergarten. For
these schools, the benefits for both for-
eign language and regular learning are
overwhelmingly positive.
Maria Fermi-Crawford, Founder/
Director of The Language and Mu-
sic School in Oak Park, has watched
children participate since her school
opened in 1993. “The benefits of learn-
ing a foreign language are virtually
endless. The greatest positive impact
that I have witnessed is the sheer con-
fidence that grows inside of them!” Ra-
chel Lochtefeld, K-8 French teacher at
Armitage Academy adds, “Some peo-
ple are inherently more fascinated by
language than others; some have more
pressing academic or social-emotional
development needs. Many, many chil-
dren thrive in a multi-lingual setting.”
Foreign language immersion can al-
so benefit students by creating a cultural
connection. According to Rabbi Sheryl
Katzman, Principal of Skokie Solomon
Schechter Elementary School, “In a
Jewish Day School, where Hebrew lan-
guage is essential to the transmission
of Jewish tradition to Jewish children,
early Hebrew language acquisition al-
lows children to gain a greater degree
of fluency earlier which strengthens the
children’s connection to their roots….
It allows our students to build a close
connection to their culture and heri-
tage.”
Given the increasing academic and
social demands on preschoolers, is
early foreign language immersion too
much, too early and too fast? Accord-
ing to Nicole McKheen, Assistant Di-
rector of Chalk Preschool, “Children
are little sponges at this age. And, like
any other subject, it depends on how
it is approached. At CHALK, we incor-
porate Spanish throughout our typical
daily routines and schedule.” Karen
Gould MacGilvray, Director of Educa-
tion for Language Stars, adds, “We are
committed to the idea that by making
it fun, children are motivated to learn
crucial, lifelong skills literally through
How many languages can your
4-year-old speak?
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OF LANGUAGE STARS
Language Stars is
committed to the
idea that keeping
language fun mo-
tivates children to
learn language as
a life-long skill.
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individual-child focused. “It
is important to recognize if
a child is struggling in their
native language. If there are
challenges in receptive or ex-
pressive language for a child
in their native language, im-
mersing them in a second lan-
guage can present additional
challenges that need to be
addressed.” Fermi-Crawford
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assert that it truly is not. Our
program follows the same
routine each and every day
so that a child will never feel
overwhelmed. Instead, there
is a sense of confidence that
builds within them because
they start to see that every-
thing is beginning to ‘click’.”
According to Gould
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research shows that learning
a second language young
brings numerous cognitive
benefits, some quite surpris-
ing. Such benefits include
improved math scores on
basic skills tests in elemen-
tary school, and then later
on SATs, improved problem
solving skills, better spatial
relations skills, and enhanced
overall verbal skills in all lan-
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“MRI scans have revealed
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scientists have discovered
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developed denser gray mat-
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where language and com-
munications skills are con-
trolled, and that the effect
is strongest in people who
learned a second language
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aware of the characteristics
of language which translates
into a high capacity for vo-
cabulary, spelling and com-
prehension.” Lochtefeld also
concurs, “Studies show that
bilingual people consistent-
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testing and perform better
in school. The understand-
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neuronal patterns are estab-
lished in the brain through
the process of speaking mul-
tiple languages.”
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By MOLLY LOGAN ANDERSON
R
ead a text or email these days
and your head is likely left spin-
ning from the shorthand writing
and techno-speak you’ll find inside.
As a matter of fact, you might wonder
what’s happening to writing in our local
schools as a result of the lingo used by
kids these days. The good news is that
celebration of the written word has nev-
er been more prolific than it is in our lo-
cal elementary schools. Public, private
and parochial institutions are finding
new ways to engage the creative writer
inside each student, while also clinging
to traditional skills like grammar and
paragraph development. Showcasing
writing as a competency for our kids
ensures good communicators will lead
the way in coming years.
Focus on the basics
Many schools focus on beginner
tools like reading development in or-
der to inspire the writer inside. As early
as kindergarten and first grade, Saint
Clement students experience young
child authorship. Whether this happens
through story dictation or presentation
before children are writing themselves,
or through publishing early works in
first grade, students gain experience
with the writing process early on. “Stu-
dents become very comfortable with
it,” says Saint Clement Principal, Melissa
Dan. “They do a great deal of writing
on a daily basis and show a growth in
confidence with their skills. It’s a tes-
tament to the writing program here at
Saint Clement.”
At Quest Academy in Palatine, edu-
cators see writing as a mode of self ex-
pression, one way to demonstrate the
understanding of concepts and a meth-
od of applying the knowledge of many
different concepts. According to Princi-
pal Ben Hevebrand, working through
the writing process aids students with
systems of organizing information for
both oral and written presentations.
Students also learn that writing is re-
writing. “Careful editing of one’s own
written work teaches students to ex-
amine their own work through a critical
and analytical lens,” says Hevebrand.
For Chicago Grammar School, en-
couraging strong roots in grammar
basics is the key to developing strong
writers. By third grade, Chicago Gram-
mar is its own separate class, studied
with the Latin language, to ensure that
students grasp the background of Eng-
lish grammar. “We know that some chil-
dren will be very creative while others
might not,” says the school’s executive
director, Phillip Jackson. “But we want
all our students to walk out the door
writing good sentences and forming
The written word
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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.
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great paragraphs. You have
to know grammar in order to
be able to get creative.”
Finding a creative thread
Getting creative is just
what teachers at Ashburn
Lutheran want their students
to do. Seventh graders work
on a poetry unit, which, at
its culmination, results in
students compiling their
own autobiography of po-
etry. Students take pride in
showcasing favorite works
at the annual poetry coffee-
house. In a dark, open-mic
style club setting, students
perform, audience mem-
bers snap their approval,
and they all celebrate by
drinking coffee. “Poetry is a
vehicle for expressing their
innermost emotions,” says
Ashburn Lutheran teacher,
Lynn Schmid. “In the begin-
ning, some kids are negative
about it, but in the end, they
are really proud of the writ-
ing they’ve done and think
it’s pretty cool to memorize
and present it.” According
to Schmid, many Ashburn
Lutheran students still rave
about the poetry coffee-
house they participated in
five or six years ago.
Exploring one idea in
many different ways provides
students with a deep un-
derstanding of any subject.
Da Vinci Academy in Elgin
engages kids with interest-
ing and thought provoking
assignments surrounding
the written word, but also
with the freedom to express
themselves in fun ways.
“What we really try to do is
expose our students to rich
content, in a variety of ways,
and ask students to think
deeply about what they’ve
experienced and express it
in clear and vivid language,”
says Head of School, Jeffrey
Stroebel. “Because we also
do this in our discussions,
the writing becomes a natu-
ral expression of that, rather
than being a chore.”
For instance, a recent as-
signment asked students
studying The Giver by Lois
Lowry to address the idea
of a utopian society through
creative writing. After read-
ing the book and research-
ing historical utopian
societies, students draft let-
ters to President Obama or
Vice-President Biden stat-
ing a persuasive case for or
against a utopian society
today. According to Da Vinci
middle school language
arts teacher, Marge Uhlar-
ick- Boller, this exposure to
advanced writing gives stu-
dents an inroad to more cre-
ative writing. “I believe when
we write, we often clarify our
thought process,” says Uhla-
rick-Boller. “For our students,
recognizing our thought
process is an important part
of the learning process.”
Studying diverse topics
through writing
From story problems to
essays, every subject stud-
ied in elementary school
requires the ability to write
and communicate. Writing
development is ongoing
and flourishing inside math,
social studies and more. At
Chicago’s Saint Clement
School, a group of children
meets as the Humanities
Club an hour before school
starts to analyze writings of
all sorts, from comic strips
to graffiti art, whatever the
kids find interesting. Starting
in fifth grade, kids have the
option of a Book Club lunch
hour, where they discuss and
write about books they’re
reading.
A deep historical investi-
gation of the Roman Empire
by fourth graders at Da Vinci
Academy exposed students
to related content across
the fourth grade curriculum.
After this comprehensive
study, students were tasked
with writing a letter to family
as if they were an imprisoned
soldier during that historical
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period. The letter was to include details
about their surroundings, their
daily life, their master; display-
ing a true understanding of Ro-
man life. “In assignments like this
one, we create a framework for
students so that they are thinking
both broadly and deeply in terms
of their writing,” says Stroebel.
Student-guided writing
Montessori schools in the
Chicago area help kids reach
academic excellence by encour-
aging students’ interests and pro-
viding them with unlimited time
and opportunity to explore those
interests. This ongoing theme
takes a simple assignment, such
as “read a book and write a re-
port on it” to a new level. Accord-
ing to Lisa Kambich, director of
schools for Deerfield Montessori
Schools and vice-president of the
Association of Illinois Montessori
Schools, one student recently
read and wrote about horses,
incorporated illustrations of her
own, wrote a fiction story and po-
etry about horses, all as a result of that
one assignment. Another group of stu-
dents collaborated on their own novel,
with one child acting as illustrator, and
others joining the project later to act as
editors. So far this group of children has
written two or three novels together.
With a tool kit full of grammar struc-
ture and the knowledge of different
styles and genres they might use to
express themselves, children in the
Montessori school system can expand
that knowledge to encompass their en-
tire curriculum driven by what excites
each individual child. “Language and
learning is really just another facet of a
child’s fun and joy,” says Kambich.
Writing is personal
It’s important to educators at the
Chicago Grammar School to recognize
what a personal thing writing actually
is. “The hardest thing is when an assign-
ment is too vague,” says Jackson. “So
we like to give them a focus.” A recent
assignment asked students to stand
facing different directions on Chicago
sidewalk. Each student has a different
view point of a similar location, and
they were asked to write about what
they saw. Assignments like this offer a
focus, but act as a canvas for personal
creativity and the celebration of the
written word, to shine through.
Written word
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CITY
Archdiocese of Chicago
Catholic Schools
Preschool thru 12th grade in
Chicago and suburbs
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(312) 534-5250
The Frances Xavier Warde Schools
Old St. Patrick's, 122 DesPlaines St.
Holy Name, 751 N. State St.
(312) 466-0700
www.fxw.org
3 yr. PreK –Grade 8, extended care
Immaculate Conception School
1431 N. North Park Ave., Chicago
(312) 944-0304
www.icsnorthpark.com
Prek 3 - 8th, extended care
Co-teaching, new middle school in 2011
Immaculate Conception
7263 W. Talcott Ave. , Chicago
(773) 775-0545
www.iccowboys.net
Mrs. Bernadette Felicione, Principal
Grades PreK-8
Mount Carmel Academy
720 W. Belmont, Chicago
(773) 525-8779
www.mountcarmelacademy.org
Shane Staszcuk, Principal
Grades PreK – 8th
Notre Dame High School for Girls
3115 N. Mason Ave., Chicago
(773) 622-1541
www.ndhs4girls.org
Dr. Lucine Mastalers, Head of Schools
Denise Piekarski, Principal
Grades 9 -12, Faith Based, Technology Rich, College
Preparatory
Northside Catholic Academy
6216 N. Glenwood
(Primary school campus)
Grades PreK – 5, extended care
5525 N. Magnolia
(Middle school campus)
Grades PreK and 6,7,8
(773) 271-4310
www.northsidecatholic.org
Our Lady of Grace School
2446 N. Ridgeway Ave., Chicago
(773) 342 – 0170
www.olgchicago.org
Sr. Rita Marie Range, O.P., Principal
3 yr. PreK - Grade 8, before and after school care
Queen of All Saints
6230 N. Lemont Ave, Chicago
(773) 736-0567
www.qasparish.org
Stephanie M. DiPrima, Principal
3 yr. PreK -8th grade
Queen of Angels School
4520 N. Western Ave., Chicago
(773) 769-4211 ext. 11
www.queenofangelschicago.org
Julia Byrns Kelly, Principal
3 yr. PreK - 8, extended care
Resurrection High School
7500 W. Talcott Ave., Chicago
(773) 775-6616 ext. 129
www.reshs.org
Grades 9 – 12
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Sacred Heart School
6250 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago
(773) 262-4446
www.shschicago.org
Sr. Susan Maxwell, R.S.C.J. Director
K - 8, independent, extended care
St. Andrew School
1710 W. Addison, Chicago
(773) 248-2500
www.saintandrewchicago.com
Jack Percival, Principal
PreK – 8th
St. Bartholomew School
4941 W. Patterson Rd., Chicago
(773) 282-9373
www.stbartschool.net
Martin Graham-McHugh, Principal
PreK-8th
St. Benedict Schools
3920 N. Leavitt, Chicago
(773) 539-0066
www.sbes.stbenedict.com
Doreen Morand, PK and ES
Admissions Director
Rachel Waldron, Preschool Director
Kevin Walsh, High School
Admissions Director
PreK – 12th Grade
St. Clement School
2524 N. Orchard, Chicago
(773) 348-8212
www.stclementschool.org
Anne Rog, Principal
PreK – 8, extended care
St. Constance
5841 W. Strong St., Chicago
(773) 283-2311
www.stconstance.org
Eva Panczyk, Principal
PreK – 8th, extended care
St. Cornelius School
5252 N. Long Ave., Chicago
(773) 283-2192
www.stcornelius.org
Mrs. Margaret M. Campbell, Principal
3 yr. PreK - 8th Grade; before and after school care
St. Edward
4343 W. Sunnyside, Chicago
(773) 736-9133
www.stedwardschool.com
3 yr. PreK – 8th
St. Ferdinand
3131 N. Mason, Chicago,
(773) 622-3022
www.saintferdinand.org/school
Dr. Lucine Mastalerez, Principal
3 yr. PreK - 8th grade
St Gabriel Catholic School
607 W. 45th St., Chicago
(773) 268-6636
www.saintgabes.com
PreK-Grade 8, extended care
St. Genevieve Catholic School
4854 W. Montana, Chicago
(773) 237-7131
www.stgenevieveschool.com
Marie Neis, Principal
PreK-8th grade
St. Hilary Elementary School
5614 N. Fairfield, Chicago
(773) 561-5885
www.sthilarychicago.org
Mr. Jerome R. Molitor, Principal
PreK-8th, extended care
St. Josaphat School
2245 N. Southport, Chicago
(773) 549-0909
www.stjosaphat.com
Ms. Colleen Cannon, Principal
PreK - 8, extended care
St. Mary of the Woods
7033 N. Moselle Ave, Chicago
(773) 763-7577
www.smowschool.org
PreK-8th grade
St. Robert Bellarmine School
6036 W. Eastwood, Chicago
(773) 725-5133
www.srb-chicago.org
Mrs. Carrie Mijal, Principal
3 yr. PreK - 8th
St. Viator
4140 W. Addison St., Chicago
(773) 545-2173
www.stviatorchicago.org
Kathleen Kowalski, Principal
3 yr. PreK - 8th
NORTH
Our Lady Of Perpetual Help School
(OLPH)
1123 Church St., Glenview
(847) 724-6990
www.olph-il.org
Amy Mills, Principal
PreK – 8th Grade
Pope John XXIII School
1120 Washington St., Evanston
(847) 475-5678
www.popejohn23.org
Rosalie Musiala, Principal
3 yr. PreK – 8th grade, before and after school care
St. Joan of Arc School
9245 N. Lawndale Ave., Evanston
(847) 679-0660
www.saintjoanofarc.net
Gail Hulse, Principal
3 yr. PreK – Grade 8
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Woodlands Academy
of the Sacred Heart
760 E. Westleigh Rd., Lake Forest
(847) 234-4300 x213
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Gerald Grossman, Head of School
Grades 9-12
NORTHWEST
Northridge Preparatory School
8320 Ballard Rd., Niles
(847) 375-0600
www.NorthridgePrep.org
Richard Myer, Headmaster
Grades 6 – 12
The Willows Academy
1012 Thacker St., Des Plaines
(847) 824-6900
www.willowsacademy.org
Mary J. Keenley, Head of School
Grades 6 through 12, all girls
SOUTH
Cardinal Joseph Bernardin
Catholic School
9250 W. 167th St., Orland Hills
(708) 403-6525
www.cardinaljbschool.com
Ms. Mary Iannucilli, Principal
PreK - 8th Grade
Queen of Peace High School
7659 S. Linder Ave., Burbank
(708) 458-7600
www.queenofpeacehs.org
Grades 9-12, girls
St. Benedict School
2324 New St., Blue Island
(708) 385-2016
www.stbenbi.org
Susan Rys, Principal
PreK- Grade 8
St. Bernadette Catholic Academy
9311 S. Francisco Ave., Evergreen Park
(708) 422-6429
www.sbschool.us
Mrs. Arlene Baumann, Principal
PreK – 8th Grade
WEST
Ascension School
601 Van Buren, Oak Park
(708) 386-7282
www.Ascension-School.com
MaryJo Burns, Principal
PreK – Grade 8
Fenwick High School
505 W. Washington Blvd., Oak Park
(708) 386-0127
www.fenwickfriars.com
Grades 9-12
Mr. Richard Borsch and Mr. Peter Groom,
Co-Principals
Guerin College Preparatory
8001 W. Belmont, River Grove
(708) 453-6233
guerinprep.org
Mrs. Elizabeth Brown, Principal
Grades 9-12, coed
Marmion Academy
1000 Butterfield Rd., Aurora
(630) 897-6936
www.marmion.org
John Milroy, Headmaster
Grades 9 – 12
Rosary High School
901 N. Edgelawn Dr., Aurora
(630) 896-0831
www.rosaryhs.com
Sr. Patricia Burke, O.P., Principal
Grades 9-12, girls
St. Giles School
1034 Linden Ave., Oak Park
(708) 383-6279
www.stgilesschool.org
Mrs. Susan Poetzel, Principal
St. Irene Catholic School
3 S. 601 Warren Ave., Warrenville
(630) 393-9303
www.st-ireneschool.org
Maureen White, Principal
PreK - 8th Grade
St. Luke Parish School
519 Ashland Ave.,
River Forest
(708) 366-8587
www.school-stlukeparish.org
Barbara Rasinski, Principal
PreK – Grade 8
St. Matthew School
1555 Glen Ellyn Rd., Suite 2
Glendale Heights
(630) 858-3112
www.stmatthewlancers.org
Mrs. Neoma Mastruzzo, Principal
PreK - 8
St. Odilo School
6617 W. 23rd St., Berwyn
(708) 484-0755
www.saintodilo.org
Mr. William Donegan, Principal
3 yr. PreK – 8, extended care
Trinity High School
7574 W. Division St.,
River Forest
(708) 771-8383
www.trinityhs.org
Antonia C. Bouillette, Principal
Grades 9 – 12, girls
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BRITISH SCHOOL OF CHICAGO
British School stu-
dents enjoy a trip to
the Big Apple.
By TRICIA DESPRES
I
t’s a picture etched in many of our
collective memories. With duffle bag
in hand and possibly a tear in our
eye, we step onto the bus to embark on
our first class trip. Filled with a mix of
nervousness and excitement, we wave
goodbye not only to family and friends,
but to a little piece of our childhood
years.
This first trip away from home has
become one of those “coming of age”
events that can be crucial to a middle
school student’s future. In fact, edu-
cators firmly believe these trips have
much to offer students, both academi-
cally and socially.
“These kinds of opportunities really
help to expand the classroom experi-
ence,” explains Bruce Rudi, Principal of
St. Peter Lutheran School in Arlington
Heights. “Going outside the classroom
makes so many things come to life for
our students.”
Ranging from a few days to a week
or more, these class trips have be-
come a tradition at many Chicago area
schools. For example, Chiaravalle Mon-
tessori School students regularly travel
throughout the Midwest in an effort
to expand their teachings beyond the
classroom.
“Our trip to Michigan offers students
a chance to stay at a lodge on an acre-
age, cook their own meals, engage in
outdoor education activities, journal,
spend time in nature, and participate
in team-building a activities,” says
Beth Caldwell of Chiaravalle Montes-
sori School in Evanston. “We also join
students at two other area Montessori
Middle Schools to Nature’s Classsroom,
an environmental education center lo-
cated in Wisconsin.”
Fox River Country Day School sev-
enth graders regularly travel to Wash-
ington DC, where students can visit a
multitude of museums and gain a bet-
ter appreciation for the roots and histo-
ry of our country. Then, in eighth grade,
they travel even further.
“We take the eighth graders to Cos-
ta Rica in what we like to call a capstone
trip,” remarks FRCDS Head of School
Karen Morse. “It’s an experience that re-
ally pulls together everything they have
accomplished here at school through-
out the years.”
The British School of Chicago even
offers student opportunities to travel in-
ternationally, including trips to France,
Canada, Coast Rica and even a trip to
Russia planned for next year! “Gener-
ally our itineraries are so action packed
when we go on trips there isn’t much
free time,” explains Rebecca Palmet, a
member of the British School of Chica-
go’s leadership team. “The balance of
freedom and supervision is dependent
on age group and location and will vary
from group to group.”
Students hit the road
continued on page 25
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Of course, some of the
most fulfilling trips can occur
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,
these are the kinds of trips
that are going to build these
students up in terms of their
self esteem and help them
ultimately get adjusted to
high school.”
Of course, dealing with
the intricacies that come with
supervising a large number
of middle school students
away from home for the first
time weighs heavily on the
minds of trip organizers. For
example, both male and fe-
male teachers must be on
hand during the trip. Some
schools set up boy’s floors
and girls floors when staying
at hotels. “There are lots of
rules,” explains Chiaravalle’s
Caldwell. “They realize that
the consequences of break-
ing the rules would be to go
home.”
Travel
continued from page 23
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Undoubtedly, proper
supervision is key to any
successful class trip. “While
we have had parents chap-
erone in the past, it is im-
perative that we have our
faculty members there since
this trip is truly part of the
overall curriculum,” says
FRCDS’s Morse. “They aren’t
there just to babysit – but are
really there to guide the kids
through the trip. These are
young children and we are
all mindful of their safety.”
“Parents are involved and
always welcome on trips in
the lower school, but for our
middle to high school stu-
dents we use our teaching
staff rather than parents, be-
cause it allows the students
to develop social skills,
which along with educa-
tion is the aim for a lot of the
trips,” adds Palmet of British
School. “It’s great when you
see students supporting and
working together as they be-
come more confident in un-
familiar surroundings.”
Never underestimate
the power that “being un-
plugged” for a few days
can make on these middle
school students. Instead of
spending their evenings
surfing the internet, FRCDS
students spend their eve-
nings of class trips writing in
their journals and reflecting
on the day they had and the
days to come.
And long after these trips
are over, memories and the
lessons learned live on.
“Kids go off and graduate,
but they always seem to look
back on the times they spent
away as their most important
times during their growing
years,” says Caldwell. “It’s
worth every moment.”
Travel
continued from page 25
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By PATTY KEYURANGGUL
Y
ou’ve been through the gauntlet
-- from potty training to summer
camps, sippy cups to sleepovers.
With the never-ending work of contem-
plating ages and stages, it’s hard to be-
lieve that your child has reached high
school. That sweet child who still seems
so young is now preparing for college
and the real world. Being prepared as
a parent used to mean carrying snacks
and tissue in your purse at all times.
Who will help you equip them now?
Many high schools recognize the
need for preparing students for college
and the work world. By developing
mentoring relationships, performing
career assessments and providing op-
portunities to practice, high schools are
preparing students for a competitive
world.
Queen of Peace High School in Bur-
bank hosts Career Day each spring
where students can attend panels on
medical fields, science, engineering,
law or health care and hear from sev-
eral people in each field. They also host
a Career Fair where students have the
opportunity to talk one on one with
over 70 people from different fields in-
cluding several alumni. One alumnus
came for career day and met a senior
who was interested in becoming a di-
etician. Through that relationship, that
student will now have the opportunity
to shadow a dietician at a hospital for
a day.
Queen of Peace also utilizes an on-
line program called Career Cruising.
Counselors go into classrooms each
year and do a lesson or perform an
interest inventory where students can
answer questions about themselves.
Several possible careers are matched
with each student. Counselors also
assist students by examining popular
careers and presenting information
about the kind of education required,
how much money can one expect to
earn and the job outlook in that par-
ticular field.
These programs are a great benefit
to high school students according to
Sharon Geinosky, Director of Counsel-
ing at Queen of Peace. Students are,
“exposed to many different career pos-
sibilities and they begin to understand
the path needed to get there.” As stu-
dents learn how to research a career
and what questions should be asked,
they are also taught that it’s okay if they
don’t know what they want to do right
High school students preparing
for the future
PHOTO COURTESY OF
FENWICK HIGH SCHOOL
Fenwick students
have the opportu-
nity to work with
alumni in their areas
of interest.
continued on page 30
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now. Geinosky states, “the
most popular college ma-
jor is ‘undecided’. But (stu-
dents) do get how important
a college education is.”
At Latin School of Chi-
cago, upper level students
have the opportunity to
participate in Project Week.
Students take a one-week
break from classes to pursue
an area of interest such as
travel, outdoor education or
service projects. “Careers” is
one of those projects, giving
students a unique hands-on
opportunity to explore ca-
reers. Students work for 30
hours without pay, cooper-
ating with professionals such
as architects, city and gov-
ernment leaders, doctors,
journalists, realtors, judges,
lawyers, television and radio
personalities, teachers and
stockbrokers.
For students who like
room for more creativity,
Latin School has a very ac-
tive independent studies
program and an opportunity
for seniors called the Cap-
stone Initiative which allows
students to build their own
curriculum around a focused
field.
In their junior year, stu-
dents at Latin School are
required to put together a re-
sume and write a statement
of intent. “We hope to pro-
vide our students with gen-
eral life skills that will help
them beyond college,” says
Evelyne Giradet, Associate
Director of Communications
at Latin School. Their goal
is to help students develop
skills ranging from, “critical
thinking and organizational
skills to helping them devel-
op their own passions and
interests in the world around
them and the tools to pursue
them.”
Chicago’s Resurrection
College Preparatory High
School offers a Practicum
Program, a job-shadowing
program that gives students
an opportunity to work with
mentors in a professional
setting to explore career
possibilities and skills. This
is done over the course of a
semester with a classroom
component that teaches
how personal interests, skills
and abilities relate to career
choices and the selection of
colleges.
Last year over 100 stu-
dents participated in areas
such as architecture, athletic
training, banking, chiroprac-
tic care, engineering, social
work and veterinary medi-
cine. Students practice con-
ducting interviews, asking
questions, writing thank you
notes, business manners and
how to highlight their skills.
They hear from speakers, at-
tend field trips, and write re-
flection papers. “One of the
most important things that a
student may learn is that she
is NOT interested in a career
that she previously thought
she was interested in,” says
Laura Cuniff. “This is such a
valuable lesson before in-
vesting time and money into
college.”
Fenwick High School in
Oak Park, another college
preparatory school, takes a
different approach. While
there isn’t a formal program
for career preparation, per-
sonal involvement from ex-
perienced staff is extensive.
Paired with a strong and
involved alumni network,
Fenwick equips students
for success in college and
beyond. Counselors work
with students to get to know
them over the course of their
full four years. Students who
have interests in particular
majors can contact their
counselor who will assist in
connecting students with an
alumnus in that field. Many
students at Fenwick do their
own research and seek sup-
port independently. “One of
the benefits of a Dominican
education is that we teach
students how to reflect on
their lives,” says Laura Do-
High school
continued from page 30
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The Christian Educational Community of
Queen of All Saints School is dedicated to
promoting the spiritual, intellectual,
emotional and physical development
of the young child-learner.
Religious Education Language Arts
Mathematics Science Social Studies
Art & Music Programs
Physical Education Computer Literacy
Spanish Language Instruction, Junior High
Family Life & AIDS Curricula
Academic Resource
Extended Day Program
3 Year old & Junior Kindergarten
Early Childhood
Half-Day and Full Day Kindergarten
Library & Media Center Science Lab
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Children’s Handbell Chorus & Liturgical Choir
Band 8
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cherty, College Counselor. As a result,
students are able to navigate their own
paths and interests, while counselors at
Fenwick are ready and available to give
personal attention and fill any gaps.
Aurora’s Marmion Academy has a
fully developed curriculum based lead-
ership program called The Leadership
Education and Development (LEAD)
program. Classes are 45 minutes long
and meet twice a week as part of their
college prep curriculum. LEAD is a four
year comprehensive program which
stresses personal leadership skills for
younger students and progresses to
organizational development for older
students.
Vince Bellafiore, LEAD Program Di-
rector states that LEAD is a “very fluid,
consistently growing and changing
program.” The philosophy of this pro-
gram is “teen led, with adult direc-
tion.” This program gives students the
opportunity to be directly involved in
the educational process. At the end of
their sophomore year, students plan
and implement a two-day leadership
camp for middle school students. Ju-
niors and seniors are taught through
an in-house mentoring program. Se-
niors also teach leadership seminars
to adults. As students study
leadership theory, they then
have the chance to engage
in the practical application
of those theories.
For students with com-
plex learning disabilities,
Brehm Preparatory School
offers a program referred
to as OPTIONS- Optimizing
Potential Through Individu-
alized, On-going Nurtured
Successes. This comprehen-
sive transitional program is
for students who have graduated from
high school, earned their GED, or who
have chosen to defer graduation in or-
der to participate in this program.
The core curriculum is designed to
introduce students to a wide range of
skills. Through OPTIONS, students de-
velop academically, socially and emo-
tionally which enables them to later live
independently. During their time in this
program, students are encouraged to
participate in community-based intern-
ships giving them real work experienc-
es. A vocational counselor is on hand
to assist students in identifying inter-
ests as well as practical matters such
as meeting supervisors and arranging
work schedules. “Brehm and OPTIONS
helped put me on my path to success,”
says Natalie Pereless a Brehm and Op-
tions alum. “I learned how to deal with
my disability as well as how to be an ad-
vocate for myself in seeking any help I
needed in school or in life. Brehm and
OPTIONS helped me to stand on my
own two feet and taught me skills that I
will use for the rest of my life.”
While any transition can be hard,
the ones from high school to college
and college to the working world are
distinctly different in that they involve a
new level of independence. Fortunate-
ly, while each school may differ in ap-
proach, they all share a common goal
- to support and equip students for life.
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January 8, 2011
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- Student to teacher ration 12:1
- Foreign Language beginning in
Pre-k
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By PENNY MURAD
I
t has become increasingly popular
in our disconnected society to en-
courage service learning projects
in school settings. This trend aids stu-
dents by developing leadership skills;
by helping to develop empathy, and a
sense of connectedness with the world
at large; and by helping to give back to
the community.
At Trinity High School in River Forest,
there is a service requirement within
the curriculum, as well as in the extra-
curricular clubs and activities. The em-
phasis is on direct connections—instead
of stocking shelves at a food pantry,
students are encouraged to work with
senior citizens by playing games with
them or reading together.
A requirement of all extracurricular
clubs and activities at Trinity is that each
group needs to plan and carry out one
direct service activity. In Youth End-
ing Hunger, the students organize a
Healthy Eating Festival, helping to raise
awareness of healthy food choices. A
service fund helps to defray the cost of
the service activities, and the students
also fund raise for their selected chari-
ties.
Susie Bedell, Director of Student
Affairs, says that there is a 90% partici-
pation rate in the extracurricular activi-
ties, and it is most gratifying to see the
benefits to the students, in terms of
increased compassion for the world at
large, and, often, choice of a career de-
voted to helping others.
In 1989, First Lady of Chicago, Mag-
gie Daly and Father Jack Wall, pastor
of Old St. Pat’s, created Frances Xavier
Warde School, committed to providing
students with “an academically excel-
lent education along with a foundation
to guide them to become hard working
individuals armed with a strong moral
compass.” The school has developed
service projects for each grade, tied
to a topic within the curriculum. For
example, in fourth grade, the children
visit a homeless shelter, and make each
resident’s bed, with new blankets and
pillows, leaving a prayer card on the pil-
low. During eighth grade graduation,
awards are presented to those students
who have accumulated the most hours
of community service. Each student
speaks movingly of their most reward-
ing experiences during their projects.
Teachers whose students participat-
ed in extra curricular service learning
note that the students display enhanced
problem solving skills, heightened abil-
ity to work in teams, as well as organiza-
tional and planning abilities.
Southwest Chicago Christian
Schools also ties their service learning
to their curriculum. Among the many
service activities, students collect food
and personal items for Roseland Chris-
tian Ministries, toys for Harvey House,
and pop tops for Ronald McDonald
House. Students also help out “at the
Chicago Food Depository, Food for the
Hungry or making and taking lunch to
homeless residents of the city of Chi-
cago.” For those students who prefer
earthkeeping activities, they can main-
tain paths in Cook County Forest pre-
serves, as well as working at the Lake
Katherine Nature Preserve. Students
can also do peer tutoring or run church
Extracurricular service learning
PHOTO COURTESY
OF TRINITY HIGH SCHOOL
Trinity High School
has a service re-
quirement as part
of the curriculum,
in addition to extra-
curricular opportu-
nities.
continued on page 34
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programs. “They also have the oppor-
tunity to use their Spanish when they
serve orphanages in Guatemala and
the Dominican Republic.”
Baker Demonstration School’s vision
is: “Love to Learn, Cherish the Journey,
Serve The World.” In addition to the
many acts of kindness demonstrated
by the students, students can “serve the
world in a broad-
er sense.” From
the early child-
hood classes
who learn about
hunger and
homel essness
by “collecting
canned goods
and gently used
outerwear for
donation to local
service organi-
zations,” to the
middle school
groups who or-
ganize “an in
school hot dog
sale to benefit
multiple sclerosis,” the opportunities to
learn and serve are abundant. Baker is
proud that these projects are “hands-on
and modeled to encourage students to
continue to want to make a difference
with their actions and their lives.”
At Elgin Academy, students in
grades 9-12 have an amazing oppor-
tunity. “Since 2006, Elgin Academy’s
Upper School teachers Kathy Rusniak
and Sharon Williams have led a group
of students on a service trip to an or-
phanage in the Dominican Republic.”
There are forty children at the orphan-
age, ranging in age from 16 months to
18 years. The students worked with the
children at both the orphanage and the
local schools, doing maintenance and
construction projects, as well as orga-
nizing sports and recreational activi-
ties. Parents from Elgin Academy also
helped by working with local health
care providers “to take medical and
dental care to nearby impoverished
communities as well.”
Elgin Academy students also partici-
pate in fundraisers for charity, such as
Autism Now; Make a Wish: and Ameri-
can Red Cross. The lower grades can
participate by collecting warm clothing
for families at the local homeless shel-
ter, volunteering at the local Animal
Shelter, and raising money for the “Mit-
ten Tree” to buy holiday gifts for those
in need.
From the perspective of this writer
and mother, a dedication to service has
changed my (now adult) children’s lives.
“When you serve someone dinner, and
then pass them on the street several
days later, you realize that we are all the
same,” my daughter told me.
PHOTO COURTESY OF SOUTHWEST
CHICAGO CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS
Some students collect food as
part of the their service activities.
Service
continued from page 33
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By PATTI MINGLIN
A
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
and took on jobs as a janitor, bus driver
and swimming teacher while attending
college. I became a coach while still in
college and became a math teacher af-
ter I graduated.”
Mikulak, who received the “Ulti-
mate Lifer” award and had the school’s
Alumni Room dedicated in his honor
last year, is one of many Chicago area
educators that have chosen to fulfill
their teaching destinies at the schools
in which they once roamed the halls
as students. “I feel so fortunate to be
teaching the subject that I love at my
alma mater,” says Denise Lenihan, so-
Students
returning
as teachers
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cial studies teacher at Resur-
rection College Prep High
School in Chicago. “In a way,
it feels like I’m giving some-
thing back to the school that
helped to shape the woman
I am today.” Lenihan is one
of four former students of
Resurrection College Prep
that have decided to return
as faculty members. Adds
one of Lenihan’s Resurrec-
tion colleagues Mary Kaye
(Love) Ulczak, who is now
one of the school’s English
teachers, “It truly felt is if I
had ‘come home’ because
my experiences at Resurrec-
tion are what prompted me
to pursue a career in teach-
ing in the first place.”
Ulczak isn’t alone in cit-
ing the influence of her own
teachers as a reason for
choosing a career in educa-
tion as well as returning to her
alma mater. “The teachers
I had at St. Clement are the
reason I became a teacher in
the first place,” says Jennifer
Zachara, math teacher at St.
Clement School in Chicago.
“They were so caring and in-
terested in my learning that
I hoped to someday have as
positive an effect on children
as they had on me.” That type
of positive effect is being
seen throughout numerous
Chicagoland schools includ-
ing Chiaravalle Montessori
School in Evanston where
teacher and former student
Caitlin (Noone) Hibdon
credits her own experience
as a student as a reason for
her becoming an effective
teacher of toddlers. “I was
stubborn, but [my teacher]
knew when to encourage
me to ‘do it myself’ and when
to cheer me on because ‘I
could do it’,” says Hibdon.
“Even now, that helps me
work with determined kids.”
Teacher Natalie Lacocque
agrees. “As a 3 ½ year old, I
remember feeling a sense
of great pride and accom-
plishment in everything
Maria Fermi taught us,” says
Lacocque who is currently
a teacher at The Language
and Music School in Oak
Park. “Coming back to The
Language and Music School
was really inspiring for me
because I wanted to learn
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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
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40 Making the Grade 2011
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of these things, and I am now experi-
encing it from the other side. I have at-
tended many of the class trips -- now as
a chaperone -- and have been given a
whole new appreciation for what type
of planning these trips take and what
crazy stunts pre-teens and early teens
can pull! I also now realize how won-
derful tradition is.” Adds Sacred Heart
Schools kindergarten teacher Carolyn
Hall, “As a teacher, I continue to love
the same traditions, but they hold new
meaning for me as an adult. Hearing
the students sing the traditional feast
songs in the newly renovated chapel
brings back a swell of memories that
makes my heart sing.”
What else makes the minds of these
teachers swell with memories? When
they can share their own experiences
as a student with the kids in their class-
room. “When the owner and my former
teacher Sue Moustakas visits my class
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
they see her to tell
them the story about
Mrs. Casey.”
Whi l e certai n
things have changed,
such as advance-
ments in technology and growth of
building space and student bodies,
some things have remained the same
for those who are sitting in the familiar
classrooms of their youth—but are now
on the other side of the teacher’s desk.
“We change names and teachers, but
we cannot change what the school
means to its students. Books change,
what is ‘in’ about teaching changes,
but not the good solid character of the
school and its community,” says Paul
Mikulak.
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SCHOOL LISTINGS
A MONTESSORI
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Norwood Park
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6:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. -Year-
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lectual growth, independence,
responsibility, and sense of self-
worth. The result of this partner-
ship is a dynamic community of
children, parents, and school
staff committed to the positive
development of each child.
AKIBA-SCHECHTER
JEWISH DAY SCHOOL
5235 S. Cornell Ave., Chicago
(773) 493-8880
www.akibaschechter.org
For more than 60 years, Akiba-
Schechter has helped students
excel through a belief in their
unique strengths and abilities.
A challenging and comprehen-
sive General Studies and Jew-
ish education from PreK - 8th
grade. Low student-teacher
ratio and multi-age classrooms
allow flexibility to meet the gifts
and needs of students. Gradu-
ates are accepted at top high
schools and colleges. Bus ser-
vice to our award-winning Hyde
Park campus is available from
Skokie, Rodgers Park and Lin-
coln Park.
ANCONA SCHOOL
4770 S. Dorchester Ave.
Chicago
(773) 924-2356
www.anconaschool.org
The Ancona School is a coed
independent school serving
children ages 3 through 14
providing a child-centered ex-
perience-based education in a
learning community character-
ized by parent involvement and
ethnic, cultural, and economic
diversity.
ARCHDIOCESE OF
CHICAGO CATHOLIC
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Preschool thru 12th grade in
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(312) 534-5250
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At a Catholic school, your child
will receive an outstanding aca-
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who share your values. Nation-
ally, Catholic school students
outperform others on tests for
math, reading and science. They
also lead in graduation rates,
and they’re the most likely to go
on to college. Catholic school
students also receive a solid
moral and spiritual foundation.
After all, Catholic schools have
always believed Christian teach-
ings belong in school.
ARMITAGE ACADEMY
6032 Eighth Ave.
Kenosha, WI
(262) 654-4200
www.armitageacademy.org
Armitage Academy is an inde-
pendent K-8 coed school that
recognizes that every child has
their own unlimited and unique
talents. The environment that
we have designed brings out
the child's natural desire to
learn, question, and create. It is
a place that instills curiosity and
critical thinking skills. Our lib-
eral arts approach concentrates
on the whole education. Chil-
dren at Armitage are inspired
to dream more, do more, learn
more, and become more.
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Montessori is a scientific ap-
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from birth through eighteen,
noted for its whole child per-
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and social skills consistent with
each child's physical, emotional
and cognitive growth. Chil-
dren in multi-age classrooms
work at their own pace, choos-
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hands-on, project-based learn-
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collaborative work and practical
leadership are abundant. Marks
of a Montessori education are
confidence, competence, cre-
ativity and compassion - the re-
alization of full human potential
BAKER
DEMONSTRATION
SCHOOL
201 Sheridan Rd., Wilmette
(847) 425-5800
www.bakerdemschool.org
An independent co-educational
school for children early child-
hood through eighth grade,
Baker is dedicated to creating
well-rounded students through
the principles of progressive
education. Founded in 1918,
the curriculum today still re-
flects the philosophy of educa-
tional leaders John Dewey and
Jean Piaget. In broad strokes,
the school emphasizes hands-
on learning over lectures and
memorization of facts. Every
day, Baker children love to
learn, cherish the journey and
serve the world.
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SCHOOL LISTINGS
BANNER PRESCHOOL
3220 Big Tree Ln., Wilmette
(847) 251-3955
www.bannerpreschool.org
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.
BERNARD ZELL ANSHE
EMET DAY SCHOOL
3751 N. Broadway St., Chicago
(773) 572-1236
www.bzaeds.org
The Bernard Zell Anshe Emet
Day School is a fully accredited,
independent, community Jew-
ish day school with more than
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Saint Andrew School
Providing educational excellence in a
vibrant and caring environment
171O west Addison 8treet º Chicado
778-248-25OO º www.saintandrewchicado.com
Spirit. Study. Service.
Spirit.
8tudents have dood manners, share with others and practice random
acts of kindness. The] are honest, trustworth], patient and exhioit dood
sportsmanship. The] are accountaole for their actions. The] witness their
faith o] divind 8unda] to 0od. A 8aint Andrew 8tudent leads throudh
example and strives for intedrit].
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8tudents come to class prepared, on time and well rested. The] are aole
to participate in class o] listenind and oeind self-disciplined. A 8aint
Andrew 8tudent dives maximum effort in all academic suojects and
extracurricular activities.
Service.
8tudents demonstrate an awareness of their olessinds throudh volunteer
service to their school, famil] and neidhoorhood. The] develop hidh self
esteem that is not focused on reward. A 8aint Andrew 8tudent develops
confdence throudh service for the dreater dood.
CAMPUS TOURS - 2nd Tuesday of each month at 9am
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525 students in grades nursery
through eight. Families repre-
sent Chicago’s diverse Jewish
community, spanning the spec-
trum of belief and practice. The
Day School embodies a com-
mitment to learning and ethi-
cal values in an inclusive and
nurturing environment. Stu-
dents are challenged to pursue
excellence in the classroom, on
the stage, on the field and in the
community.
BETHESDA LUTHERAN
SCHOOL
6803 N. Campbell Ave
Chicago
(773) 743-0800
bethesdalutheranschool.org
Bethesda Lutheran School has
been a cornerstone of West
Rogers Park for nearly 60 years
and continues to grow to meet
the diverse needs of our com-
munity. As an extension of your
family, we are committed to
educating your children to be-
come intelligent, well-rounded
and socially active citizens in an
ever-changing world. Please
join us, that we may better the
future of our children, commu-
nity and world with God’s guid-
ance.
BREHM PREPARATORY
SCHOOL
1245 E. Grand Ave.
Carbondale
(618) 457-0371
www.brehm.org
Brehm School is an internation-
ally known family-style board-
ing school for boys and girls,
grades 6-12 with complex
learning disabilities. Brehm of-
fers a unique holistic program
that individually addresses each
student’s academic, emotional
and social needs. Our curricu-
lum is college-preparatory, with
emphasis on teaching students
to become independent learn-
ers and to develop self-advo-
cacy skills. Including OPTIONS,
our post-secondary program,
Brehm School has the ability to
empower 130 students to rec-
ognize and achieve their full
potential.
PHOTO COURTESY OF MI SOL MONTESSORI
At Temple Sholom’s Gan Shalom
(an NAEYC accredited program),
we are commited to providing
a nurturing Jewish learning
environment for preschool age
children. We strive to instll self-
confidence and a strong Jewish
identty in our students and to
create a supportve community
for our families. From our Parent
Child-Classes through our full-day
Junior Kindergarten, we focus
on the individual child and his/
her developmental needs. Our
Extended Day and Enrichment
optons are incomparable!
We invite you contact us for
further informaton and to arrange
for a tour and observaton.
Gan Shalom
3480 North Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago 60657
773-525-4867
www.sholomchicago.org/educaton/gan_shalom
836 Jewett Park Drive, Deerfield
847.945.0650 • 847.945.0699 fax
info@dfpd.org • www.dfpd.org
reSchoOL
September - May Program
for children 2.5 - 5 years of age
Deerfeld Park District
a quality, nurturing, developmental school where
children learn to play and play to learn.
“Lunch Bunch” option before- and after Preschool.
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BRICKTON
MONTESSORI SCHOOL
8622 W. Catalpa Ave., Chicago
(773) 714-0646
www.brickton.org
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-
enue.
BRITISH SCHOOL OF
CHICAGO
814 W. Eastman St., Chicago
(773) 506-2097
britishschoolofchicago.org
The British School of Chicago is
a fully accredited international
school in the city with approx
640 students in Preschool –
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CATHERINE COOK SCHOOL
the Nicholson School
Caring facilitators.
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 Educaton
Serving Children
6 months – 4 years
1700 West Cortland Street
Chicago, IL 60622
Tel. 312-493-6044
www.novellanicholsonschool.org
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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.
THE CATHERINE
COOK SCHOOL
Chicago
(312) 266-3381
www.catherinecookschool.org
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.
THE CENTER FOR
GIFTED, A NORTHERN
ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
PARTNER
Box 364, Wilmette
(847) 901-0173
www.centerforgifted.org
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
discovery.
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CENTER FOR TALENT
DEVELOPMENT AT
NORTHWESTERN
UNIVERSITY
617 Dartmouth Pl., Evanston
(847) 491-3782
www.ctd.northwestern.edu
CTD, a nationally recognized
and accredited learning center,
offers testing and educational
programs for academically
talented students. Summer
Programs (PreK – grade 12;
residential & commuter). Civic
Education Project service learn-
ing programs (Grades 7 – 12).
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.
northwestern.edu
CHALK PRESCHOOL
2840 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
(773) 935-7300
1425 N. Dayton, Chicago
(312) 867-7100
360 E. South Water St., Chicago
(312) 565-7300
www.chalkpreschool.com
Safe and inspirational pre-
schools, where play becomes
learning. Our approach is
based on traditional standards
taught with hands on activities
and arts integration. Year round,
open enrollment, request start
date and days of attendance.
Includes ORGANIC Lunch.2, 3
and 5 days/week options for 2-6
year olds CHALK of Lakeview:
7:30-5:30 CHALK of Clybourn:
Morning 8:30-12:30; Afternoon
1:30-4:30 CHALK of Lakeshore
East (downtown in Lakeshore
East Development): Opening
Late Spring 2011
CHERRY PRESCHOOL
1418 Lake St., Evanston
(847) 492-1213
www.cherrypreschool.org
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
IS THIS THE ‘ALPHABET SOUP’
YOUR CHILD FACES
EVERY SCHOOL DAY?
TRY TUTORING
SPECIALIZED
FOR SERIOUS ACHIEVEMENT GAPS
NEEDING SERIOUS HELP!
773-626-5551 708-434-0336
Individualized intensive specialized tutoring grades 2nd thru 10th with
supportive family support. Culturally relevant - multifaceted service for diverse
learning styles. Low hourly rates: Materials cost plus Service offering per
Treatment Plan with consented Rehabilitation Evaluation if required.
At Two Locations:
Attention deficit;
Learning
Disorder;
Traumatized
History!
Test taking
anxiety;
Other health
issues;
Emotional History;
Failing despite
help!
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4909 W. Division St.
Chicago, Illinois
773-626-5551
Oak Park:
18 West Lake St
Oak Park, Ill.
708-434-0336
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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.
CHIARAVALLE
MONTESSORI
425 Dempster St., Evanston
(847) 864-2190
www.chiaravalle.org
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.
PHOTO COURTESY OF SOLOMON SCHECTER DAY SCHOOL
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
847-475-5678
www.popejohn23.org
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Serving Families for over 50 Years
Programs for children aged 12 months
to 5 years in 1, 2, 3 or 5 day classes
Highly qualifed, nurturing teachers –
all lead teachers have Master’s degrees
Fun-flled, play-based learning
environment designed to promote
cognitive, social and emotional growth
Extend your child’s day with our
Enrichment program
Exceptional student – teacher ratios
Children matriculate to all private,
parochial and public schools in the
Chicago area
Scholarships available for
qualified families
Sinai Preschool
Sinai Preschool
15 West Delaware Place
Chicago, IL 60610
312. 867. 7010
Register now
for Fall of 2011-2012
A neighborhood school
serving children of all races,
religions and ethnic origins
in a Jewish setting.
Drawing / Painting / Animation
Video / Graphic Design
Architecture / Industrial
Design / Photography / Fashion
Advanced Portfolio Projects
CLASSES BEGIN FEBRUARY 12
REGISTER NOW
call 312.629.6700
or visit www.saic.edu/ecp
EARLY COLLEGE
PROGRAM FOR
HIGH SCHOOL
STUDENTS
AT THE SCHOOL OF THE
ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
GET A
COLLEGE-LEVEL
EXPERIENCE
IN THE ARTS
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CHICAGO FRIENDS
SCHOOL
6325 N. Hoyne, Chicago
(773) 442-2371
ChicagoFriendsSchool.org
Chicago Friends School opened
this fall and is accepting ap-
plications for next year for age
four through third grade ex-
panding through eighth grade.
Guided by Quaker principles
of peace, equality, simplicity,
integrity, community, and ser-
vice, we welcome children of
all cultural and religious back-
grounds. We seek to create an
educational environment that is
built on nurturing relationships,
meets children’s intellectual
and emotional needs, and that
fosters a sense of belonging,
social awareness, and personal
responsibility.
CHICAGO GRAMMAR
SCHOOL
900 N. Franklin St., Ste. 104,
Chicago
(312) 944-5600
www.chicagogrammar.org
Serving PreK - 6th grade for
2011-12. Chicago Grammar
challenges children to construct
knowledge through experi-
ence, within the richness and
demands of a Classical Curricu-
lum. CGS combines the rigor
of traditional learning with the
creativity of progressive prac-
tices: project based work that
integrates science, literature,
history and the arts, is comple-
mented with explicit instruction
in reading, writing and math.
Our Preschool program, full day
and half day, is inspired by Reg-
gio Emilia approach. Special
scholarships opportunities for
incoming 4th and 6th Graders.
CHICAGO JEWISH
DAY SCHOOL
5959 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago
(773) 271-2700
chicagojewishdayschool.org
Chicago Jewish Day School’s
innovative integrated program
weaves together the General
Studies curriculum with Hebrew
language, classic texts and tra-
ditions. CJDS brings the joy of
learning into an intimate setting
where every child can develop
socially, emotionally and aca-
demically with the warmth and
nurturing of our experienced
faculty. CJDS is accepting appli-
cations for JK through 8th grade
for September 2011. Tours ev-
ery Tuesday and Wednesday by
appointment.
CHICAGO
INTERNATIONAL
CHARTER SCHOOL
Providing public school choice
for parents in Chicago
(312) 651-5000
www.chicagointl.org
The mission of Chicago Inter-
national Charter School is to
provide, through innovation
and choice, an attractive and
rigorous college-preparatory
education that meets the needs
of today’s students. We expect
the best of every student and, in
turn, provide the support each
student needs to achieve their
best. With a network of 15 char-
ter school campuses, serving
nearly 9,000 students and their
families, we are Committed to
Greatness.
CHICAGO MONTESSORI
1713 W. Cullom Ave., Chicago
(773) 525-4358
www.chicagomontessori.org
Chicago Montessori currently
serves children from 18 months
through 8 years of age. It is the
first and only school in the city
to be accredited exclusively by
Association Montessori Inter-
national (AMI). This unique ac-
creditation demonstrates our
commitment to the highest
quality Montessori education
available. We offer Spanish im-
mersion and physical educa-
tion seamlessly integrated into
the day. Elementary program
through sixth grade began Fall
2010. Now accepting applica-
tions for grades K-2. Montessori
experience preferred.
CHICAGO WALDORF
SCHOOL
1300 W. Loyola Ave., Chicago
(773) 465-2371
www.chicagowaldorf.org
The Chicago Waldorf School
offers a progressive curriculum
that successfully integrates arts
and academics to bring out a
genuine enthusiasm for learn-
ing. Our unique approach to
education corresponds to the
various stages of human devel-
opment by focusing not only
on what children learn but how
they learn. Contact us for more
information and see why we
are the fastest growing educa-
tional movement in the world.
SCHOOL TOUR & ORIENTA-
TION SCHEDULE: January 13,
February 10, March 10, 2011
CHICAGOLAND JEWISH
HIGH SCHOOL
1095 Lake Cook Rd., Deerfield
(847) 470-6700
www.cjhs.org
Chicagoland Jewish High
School (CJHS) is a coed college
preparatory high school com-
mitted to academic excellence
in both general and Judaic
studies. Our students are drawn
from both Jewish day schools
and public middle schools and
represent the full spectrum of
Jewish observance. Students
reside in 22 different commu-
nities in and around the Chica-
goland area. They receive a first
rate education while participat-
ing on sports teams and in fine
arts programs. CJHS graduates
are well-rounded, well-educat-
ed, and confident about them-
selves and their futures.
PHOTO COURTESY OF BAKER DEMONSTRATION SCHOOL
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CHRISTIAN
BEGINNINGS
PRESCHOOL AND
CHILDCARE
824 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield
(847) 945-5140
email ChristianBeginnings@
comcast.net
Christian Beginnings offers part
time and full time enrollment
for children 2 to 6 years of age.
Jr Kindergarten, Kindergarten
Enrichment and Summer Camp
programs are also offered. For
over 30 years, we have been
providing a creative and imagi-
native focus for children on their
learning journey. Developmen-
tally appropriate curriculum and
a spiritual, nurturing beginning
for a strong future.
CHRISTIAN HERITAGE
ACADEMY
Northfield (315 Waukegan Rd.)
Chicago (1001 N. Crosby St.)
(847) 446-5252
www.christianheritage.org
Christian Heritage Academy is
a non-denominational Chris-
tian school serving over 450
students from 36 communities,
accredited by NCA & ACSI and
nationally recognized as a Blue
Ribbon School. CHA offers an
academically rigorous educa-
tion which integrates a biblical
worldview throughout the cur-
riculum, with extracurricular op-
portunities available in the arts
and athletics. Parent involve-
ment is encouraged. Classes
are offered in Northfield (PreK-
12th), and Chicago (PreK-K).
Applications currently being
accepted for 2011-2012 school
year.
PHOTO COURTESY OF POPE JOHN XXIII SCHOOL
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT US AT WWW.FTCNS.ORG
Learn together,
grow together
play together,
families together
cooperative nursery school
In Chicago’s Edgewater community
ADMISSIONS COFFEES
Learn about our programs, observe a classroom and have
your questions answered. Attend a 2011 Admissions
Coffee on one of the following Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to
11:00 a.m. Please RSVP by calling us at (773) 381-5200.
OPEN HOUSES
Join us for an Open
House on one of the
following Saturdays from
10 a.m. until noon.
January 29, 2011
February 26, 2011
January 14
January 21
February 4
February 18
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CLUB Z TUTORING
(773) 275-2582 Chicago
(847) 864-8680 Evanston
clubztutoring.com/gotutorme
Want your child to have straight
A’s? Club Z! is the largest in-
home tutoring company in the
world, serving over 450 cities.
We offer one-on-one tutoring in
your home at affordable rates.
Students are matched with cer-
tified teachers and degreed
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child’s classroom curriculum.
Flexible scheduling available,
including nights and weekends.
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CONCORDIA PLACE
3300 N. Whipple Ave, Chicago
(773) 463-1600
3855 N. Seeley Ave., Chicago
(773) 935-3739
www.concordiaplace.org
Concordia Place provides quali-
ty, licensed children’s programs:
nurturing Early Learning for chil-
dren 6 weeks to 36 months and
Preschool for children 3-5 years.
These NAEYC accredited pro-
grams are full-day, year-round,
and you can apply any time. Our
certified teachers follow the Illi-
nois Early Learning Standards
and the Creative Curriculum.
All our programs use a sliding
tuition scale. We also have an
active after-school program and
offer enrichment programs for
teens, adults and seniors.
CYBERSHALA ONLINE
LEARNING
(630) 445-5406
info@cybershala.com
www.cybershala.com
CybeRShala is an online k-12 e-
learning website committed to
teach only proven curriculums
using proven teaching meth-
odology through state of the art
technology virtual class rooms.
Teacher and student can see
and hear each other and the
classes are well scripted, lively
and interactive. Presently Cy-
beRShala offers k-12 Singapore
Math and Science which has
gained worldwide respect, and
differs from other curriculums
by utilizing a visual approach
to problem-solving instead of
solely a memory-based one.
PHOTO COURTESY OF GUERIN PREP SCHOOL
Preschool Enrichment Classes After School
visit us online at: www.concordiaplace.org
- Immediate
preschool openings
- Dpen year-round
- £nroII anytime
- Certiñed teachers
- Action for ChiIdren
certiñcates accepted
3300 N. Whipple
(773) 463-1600
3855 N. SeeIey
(773) 935-3739
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DAYSTAR SCHOOL
1550 S. State St., Chicago
(312) 791-0001
www.daystarschool.org
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
education.
PHOTO COURTESY OF MI SOL MONTESSORI SCHOOL
www.icsnorthpark.com
In Old Town
1431 N. North Park, Chicago 60610
312-944-0304
grow with us
We’re proud to announce the addition of two new pre-school
classrooms and the opening of our highly anticipated middle
school campus for the 2011 school year. Apply now through
January 31, 2011 to become part of one of Chicago’s finest
Catholic schools.
NAEYC Accredited
State-of-the-art Preschool Facility
Outstanding Curriculum
SMART Boards
Foreign Language
Fine Arts Program: Drama, Visual Arts,
Dance, Multicultural Music
Safe Drop-off & Pick-up
Extended Day Care Available
Partial Scholarships Available
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Akiba-Schechter
Jewish Day School
5235 S. Cornell Ave., Chicago
(773) 493-8880
www.akiba-schechter.org
PreK – Grade 8
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet
Day School
3751 N. Broadway St., Chicago
(773) 572-1236
www.bzaeds.org
Nursery-8th Grade
Chicago Jewish Day School
5959 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago
(773) 271-2700
www.chicagojewishdayschool.org
Judy Finkelstein-Taff, Head of School
PreK - Grade 8
Gan Shalom
Early Childhood Center
Temple Sholom of Chicago
3480 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago
(773) 525-4867
www.sholomchicago.org/education/
gan_shalom
Rimma Khodosh, Director
Preschool
Jewish Reconstructionist
Congregation
303 Dodge Ave., Evanston
(847) 328-7678
www.jrc-evanston.org
Bonnie Silverman, Director of the Early
Childhood Program
Terri Bernsohn,
Director of the Religious School
Sinai Preschool
15 W. Delaware Pl., Chicago
(312) 867-7011
Rochelle Friedman, Director
PreK 26 mos. – 5yrs.,
Parent/Tot Enrichment,
Afternoon programs
Solomon Schechter
Day School
of Metropolitan Chicago
Administrative Office
3210 Dundee Rd., Northbrook
(847) 412-5654
www.schechter.org
Linda P. Foster, CEO/Head of School
Rabbi Sheryl Katzman,
Skokie Solomon Schechter Day School
Dr. Lena Kushnir, Sager Solomon
Schechter Day School
Holly Rosenberg, Sager Solomon
Schechter Middle School
Jewish Day Schools
Celebrate
Knowledge...
Bernard Zell
Anshe Emet
Day School
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DA VINCI ACADEMY
37W080 Hopps Rd., Elgin
(847) 841-7532
www.dvacademy.org
Da Vinci Academy is an ISACS
accredited independent school
serving intellectually gifted
students and their families. At
DVA, each student is known,
accepted, challenged, and en-
gaged. We provide small class-
es and challenging academics
for grades PK-8, with teachers
who understand the needs of
gifted children. Summer Camp
and Saturday Enrichment pro-
grams are open to the public.
Visit our website or schedule a
tour to learn what makes DVA a
place where bright minds take
flight.
DEERFIELD
PARK DISTRICT
836 Jewett Park Dr., Deerfield
(847) 572-2611
www.dfpd.org
Play to Learn and Learn to
Play. Deerfield Park District
Preschool is a developmental
program where children 2.5-5
years of age learn to play and
play to learn. We believe that
through play and problem solv-
ing, children learn the basic
skills necessary to achieve –so-
cially, emotionally, intellectually,
physically, and creatively. We of-
fer part-time enrollment and are
licensed by the State of Illinois.
For a tour or more information,
call 847-572-2634 or email: in-
fo@dfpd.org.
DR. BILL’S
LEARNING CENTERS
Oak Park
(708) 434-0336
Chicago
(773) 626-5551
A holistic educational rehabila-
tive service for youth with special
needs such as Attention Deficit,
Anxiety, or serious learning dif-
ficulties. Dr. Bill McMiller is a pe-
diatrician and child psychiatric/
educational rehabilitationist
helping youth with school fail-
ure since 1988. Services include
screening, diagnosis, advocacy,
and individualized treatment by
tutors, motivators and clinicians.
Family-centered specialized tu-
toring combines your family’s
own positive protective char-
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6218 Capulina Avenue
Morton Grove, IL 60053
(847) 965-4750
www.jerusalemlutheran.org
Jerusalem Lutheran
School
Great Value
Excellent Programs
Before School Care
starting at 7:00 a.m.
Pre-School and Pre-K
Full and Half day
Kindergarten
Full and Half day
1st through 8th Grades
After School Care
3:00 P.M. to 6:00 p.m.
Jerusalem Lutheran School
now accepts F-1 students.
Contact Jerusalem for an I-20.
Pre-S and Pre-K
Days 2 3 5
8:00- $120 $180 $300
11:30 mo. mo. mo.
8:00- $220 $280 $400
3:00 mo. mo. mo.
Kindergarten
8:30-11:30 $175/mo.
8:30-3:00 $225/mo.
Grades 1-8
$325 a month
GREAT EDUCATION IN A CHRISTIAN ENVIRONMENT
Jerusalem Lutheran School (JELS) welcomes all students in the
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.
Terra Nova Test Results
(10/2010) Grade
Equivalent Scores
Grades 3rd 5th 7th
Reading 7.3 7.4 10.7
Language 5.3 6.2 11.7
Math 4.9 7.2 10.9
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acteristics and life experiences
with professional techniques
that increases your second to
tenth grader’s chance of better
grades and self-confidence.
A FAIRYTALE BALLET
Chicago/Lakeview
(773) 477-4488
Chicago/Old Irving Park
(773) 606-0318
North Evanston
(773) 477-4488
www.AFairytaleBallet.com
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.
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morning by appointment. We encourage you to
schedule one today! Contact Cortney Stark Cope
in our Admissions Department, 773-271-2700 or
cstarkcope@chicagojewishdayschool.org.
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FAMILIES TOGETHER
COOPERATIVE
NURSERY SCHOOL
1500 W. Elmdale Ave., Chicago
(773) 381-5200
www.ftcns.org
Families Together Cooperative
Nursery School, in Chicago's
Edgewater neighborhood, was
founded by parents with a deep
desire to be active in their chil-
dren's first school experience.
A dedicated teaching staff,
assisted by parents, creates a
child-centered, play-oriented,
developmentally appropriate
environment for our children.
We offer part-time nursery and
pre-kindergarten programs for
2.5- to 4-year-olds. Please at-
tend an Admissions Coffee or
Open House! Call or check our
website for dates and times.
FAMILY LIFE PROGRAM
First Congregational, UCC
1047 Curtiss St.
Downers Grove
(630) 968-0527
www.flpreschool.org
Family Life serves as a mission
outreach program at the First
Congregational Church (UCC)
of Downers Grove. Our full-day
and half-day preschool, child-
care and kindergarten, serving
children ages 3-6, is licensed by
the State of Illinois DCFS. We
are accredited by NAEYC which
sets the standards for provid-
ing quality care to children. The
Family Life Program has been in
existence since 1960 and has
a well known reputation in the
Downers Grove community.
FENWICK
HIGH SCHOOL
505 W. Washington Blvd.
Oak Park
(708) 948-0320
fenwickfriars.com
Fenwick, a college preparatory
high school, educates young
men and women in the liberal
arts and sciences and is dedicat-
ed to the values of excellence,
leadership and tradition which
emanate from and sustain its
Catholic and Dominican charac-
ter. As a premier academic insti-
tution, Fenwick offers a unique
culture, a balanced student life
and the opportunity for every
student to find his or her place
among a diverse and support-
ive community. Discover Fen-
wick – www.fenwickfriars.com
FOURTH CHURCH
DAY SCHOOL
126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago
(312) 640-2579
fourthchurch.org/dayschool.
html
The Fourth Church Day School
offers a classroom environ-
ment encouraging cognitive
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Preschool – 8
th
Grade
* Christ- centered education
* Full Athletic Program starting in Grade 5
* Full band program starting in Grade 4
* Resource Program
* Diverse extracurricular programs in sciences, art,
drama, foreign language and more
Come and find out why and join us. . .
Call us at (847) 253-6638 or visit stpeter-ah.org
to find out more about the difference this NEWS
can make for your child.
St. Peter
Lutheran School in
Arlington Heights
Have you Heard
the News?
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
and spirit of each child
Educate: a solid curriculum provides a
proven springboard for success
Witness: students learn about and live out
their faith
Serve: all classes reach out, give back, and
serve others
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development through play and
planned activities. The school
enrolls three and four-year-old
children five mornings a week
in the AM class, or three after-
noons a week in the PM class.
A morning Twos-and-Parent
class is also offered. Classes are
held September through May.
Observers are welcome with
an appointment. Call the Day
School for information and ap-
plications.
FOX RIVER COUNTRY
DAY SCHOOL
1600 Dundee Ave., Elgin
(847) 888-7910
www.frcds.org
Fox River Country Day School is
located on a beautiful 53 acre
wooded campus. Our mission
is to educate the whole child
through a values-based cur-
riculum conducted in a home-
like environment, combining
academic excellence with indi-
vidual character development.
Environmental education,
swimming, art, music & drama,
computer science, Spanish,
athletics and ethics enhance
the learning experience. After
school and summer enrichment
programs available. Serving
students in Preschool through
Grade 8. Boarding opportuni-
ties are available.
FRANCES XAVIER
WARDE SCHOOL
120 S. Des Plaines, Chicago
751 N. State, Chicago
(312) 798-4058
www.fxw.org
FXW School is driven by a vi-
sion of creating a unique urban
educational program for the
children of Chicago. As a Catho-
lic school that embraces multi-
faith values, teachers provide
a high quality, positive, value
driven education to students of
all ethnic, religious and socio-
economic backgrounds. The
individual values of all children
are respected, supported and
encouraged. FXW’s rigorous
curriculum enables students to
grow, clarify their values and
develop decision making skills.
In turn, students have a sense
of responsibility for themselves
and the world they will inherit.
The Young Women’s Leadership Charter School inspires urban girls
to engage in rigorous college preparatory learning in a small school
that is focused on math, science and technology and that nurtures
their self-confidence and challenges them to achieve.
• Single-sex education provides focus
and collaboration
• Extensive College Prep program
• 10th grade Internship
• External Partnerships
• On-site social workers
and health clinic
• Small teacher: Student ratio
• Full-inclusion Special
Education services
2641 S. Calumet Ave. Chicago, IL 60616 | www.ywlcs.org
APPLY NOW!
7th-12th Grade Young Women
Only All-Girls Chicago Public School
Final Open
House Date
Thursday,
January 27,
5:30-7:30PM
Call today
(312) 949-9400
to schedule a
school visit!
GIRLS OF TODAY,
LEADERS OF TOMORROW.
IS YOUR CHILD
HAPPY IN SCHOOL?
Get to know this full-time, tuition-free public school option
Chicago Virtual Charter School and K
12
give Chicago kids in grades K–12 the
chance to learn in the ways that are right for them. CVCS offers:
• The award-winning K
12
curriculum
• Support from state-certifed teachers
• An active, supportive school community
• A blend of traditional brick-and-mortar schooling and online learning
• A robust Advanced Learner Program
• Books, materials, and loaner computer system
CVCS is one of ten charter schools in the state to make the Illinois Honor Roll in 2009
IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO MAKE A CHANGE IN
YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATION THIS YEAR. We’re still
accepting applications for the 2010–2011 school year. Find complete
details and a list of upcoming events, including the 2010 Winterland
of Gingerbread, at K12.COM/CHI or call 866.612.1418.
Online schooling from
America’s leader: K
12
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12
makes learning come alive with
online content, textbooks, hands-on
activities, and expert teachers. Our
options include tuition-free online
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12
is the leader in online
education for grades K–12. Find out
why at K12.com.
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Find us on Facebook at
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SUMMER PROGRAMS
AT PARKER 2011
Francis W. Parker School
330 W. Webster Ave., Chicago
(773) 797-5104
www.fwparker/summers
Summer Programs at Parker
offers exciting summer educa-
tional programming and rec-
reational activities for students
entering JK through 12th grade.
Our campus, with its spacious
outdoor playground, grassy
soccer field, well equipped
classrooms and renovated au-
ditorium, scenery and wood
shops offers access to a wide
range of fun-filled day camp ac-
tivities and enrichment courses.
Take a look at our 2011 offerings
and register online at fwparker.
org/summers.
GAN SHALOM
3480 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago
(773) 525-4867
www.sholomchicago.org/edu-
cation/gan_shalom
Gan Shalom provides a Jewish
education for preschool-age
children based on a develop-
mental approach to learning.
The program is committed to
strengthening family life through
fostering self-confidence and a
strong Jewish identity in its stu-
dents. Gan Shalom is NAEYC ac-
credited and follows the Reggio
Emilia approach to teaching. Its
Extended Day and Enrichment
options are incomparable!
Tours and observations are by
appointment only.
GATEWAY
MONTESSORI SCHOOL
3748 W. Montrose Ave.
Chicago
(773) 539-3025
gatewaymontessorischool.org
Gateway Montessori is a non-
profit education center for
young children, dedicated to
quality education based on the
principles of Dr. Maria Montes-
sori. Montessori education is a
non-traditional and holistic ap-
proach to working with young
children. More than just aca-
demics, Montessori education
aids the natural development of
children, beginning from birth.
Come Grow
with us…
Parent-Child Program:
For parents with children up
to 18 months.
Community:
For children 15 months
to 3 years old.
Children’s House:
For children 3 to
6 years old.
At Home in the Arts:
Two 4-week Summer
Sessions for children
2 to 6 years old.
Gateway Montessori School
3748 West Montrose Ave., Chicago, IL 60618
www.GatewayMontessoriSchool.org
Phone: 773-539-3025
Email: info@GatewayMontessoriSchool.org
Nurturing the potential within each child
CHICAGOLAND JEWISH HIGH SCHOOL
A vibrant, co-ed college prep Jewish high school
Dedicated
Our faculty is committed to excellence
in general and Judaic studies.
Dynamic
More than 40 diferent student groups
in athletics, arts, and social action.
Diverse
CJHS students come from more than
20 communities and from public,
private and Jewish middle schools.
Come See Us!
Enrollment for the 2011-2012/5772
school year has begun!
Contact Rachel Spiro,
Director of Admissions, to schedule a tour
or to request an application—
847-324-3706 or rspiro@cjhs.org.
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CURRICULUM AND BEYOND INFORMATION NIGHT
Monday, February 14, 2011, 7:00 p.m. at CJHS
WWW.CJHS.ORG
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Gateway offers The Parent-
Infant Program, ages 3 months
to 18 months; The Community,
ages 15 months to 3 years; and
Children’s House, 3-6 years.
THE GLENHOLME
SCHOOL,
A DEVEREUX CENTER
81 Sabbaday Ln.
Washington, CT 06793
(860) 868-7377
www.theglenholmeschool.org
An exceptional boarding school
for students with special needs;
The Glenholme School offers an
individually prescribed learning
environment with a steadfast
academic curriculum. Using our
effective individualized servic-
es, we apply a positive behavior
support model focused on de-
velopment of social skills and
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
schools, boarding schools, col-
leges and universities.
GOOD SHEPHERD
LUTHERAN SCHOOL &
PRECIOUS LAMBS ECLC
525 63rd St., Downers Grove
(630) 852-5081
www.gsdg.org
Good Shepherd Lutheran
School is a place where chil-
dren learn and grow. Our goal
is to contribute to the spiritual,
intellectual, physical, emotion-
al and social development of
children. Our school provides
a quality education, with high
standards and achievement.
Our low student to teacher ratio
promotes a loving, supportive,
safe environment. Good Shep-
herd is nationally accredited by
the NCPSA.
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An academic program that combines intellectual •
challenge and rigor with social, emotional, and
character development.
SMARTBoard technology in ALL classrooms. •
A partner with Northwestern University Center for •
Talent Development.
500 North Benton (Benton & Northwest Highway), Palatine, IL 60067
Contact Leslie Kovich at 847.202.8035, ext. 438
www.questacademy.org
COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, January 9, 2011
1:00-2:30 P.M.
An independent school for gifted children from
Preschool through Eighth Grade.
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Classical Dance Education
for the 21st Century
REGISTER NOW
AND RECEIVE AN EDUCATION THAT
CHALLENGES THE BODY AND THE MIND
northsidedt.com 773.754.0192
By offering dance classes in the areas of
Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap & Hip-Hop
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.
2101 N. Fremont Street
Chicago, IL 60614
773.525.4990
www.stjames-lutheran.org
St. James
Lutheran School
Preparing Students for Success
+ Preschool - Eighth Grade
+ Fully accredited
+ A high-quality, affordable education in a
Christian community
+ Scholarships and tuition aid available
+ Call today to schedule a tour!
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.
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THE GREEN ROOM
1915 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago
(312) 685-2774
www.thegreenroomstudio.tv
On-Camera Acting Classes for
Kids and Teens 8 week acting
classes for age groups 5-7yrs,
8-10yrs, 11-13yrs and 14-
17yrs. All levels of experience
welcome! Learn to compete
in Chicago’s acting market for
Film, TV, and Commercials...
or just join us to increase self-
esteem through the ownership
of unique & contemporary com-
munication skills!
GUARDIAN ANGEL
ORTHODOX DAY
SCHOOL
2350 E. Dempster St.
Des Plaines
(847) 827-5510
stjohnthebaptistgoc.org/
guardianangel/
At Guardian Angel we strive to
build a strong foundation for
your child, both academically
and spiritually. Established in
1999, the pre-K through 5th
grade full day school program
provides an academically excel-
lent education through highly
qualified teachers and small
class sizes. Our curriculum is re-
search-based, rooted in Ortho-
dox Christian faith, and includes
Greek language instruction,
music, gym, religion, and extra-
curricular activities. Come and
see how your child will thrive at
Guardian Angel!
THE HOWE SCHOOL
P.O. Box 240, Howe, IN 46746
(260) 562-2131
www.thehoweschool.org
The Howe School is a private,
college-preparatory, co-edu-
cational boarding school for
grades 5-12 and affiliated with
the Episcopal Church. Since
1884, Howe has equipped
young people for college and
career in a structured, focused
environment. The military sys-
tem is not used to prepare stu-
dents for a military career. It is
a tool to assist our students for
success and leadership. Howe
sponsors a wide variety of
sports.
ILLINOIS
MATHEMATICS AND
SCIENCE ACADEMY®
1500 Sullivan Rd., Aurora
630) 907-5000
www.imsa.edu
The internationally recognized
Illinois Mathematics and Science
Academy® (IMSA) develops
creative, ethical leaders in sci-
ence, technology, engineering
and mathematics. As a teaching
and learning laboratory created
by the State of Illinois, IMSA
enrolls academically talented
Illinois students (grades 10-
12) in its advanced, residential
college preparatory program,
and it serves thousands of edu-
cators and students in Illinois
and beyond through innova-
tive instructional programs that
foster imagination and inquiry.
IMSA also advances educa-
tion through research, ground-
breaking ventures and strategic
partnerships.
IMMACULATE
CONCEPTION
7263 W. Talcott Ave., Chicago
(773) 775-0545
www.iccowboys.net
“I.C. puts the cool in school.” Our
school cultivates an inspiration-
al atmosphere where students
are encouraged to shoot for the
stars. You can be INVOLVED in
clubs and sports, INSPIRED in
your faith, INVESTED in the fu-
ture, and INFORMED through a
complete academic program.
Students are taught to network
skills, support friends and cheer
them on to success. All these in-
gredients help to create a close-
knit and welcoming community
of families and friends making
I.C. THE PLACE TO BE. Call to
arrange a personal tour or visit
us at: iccowboys.net
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE LANGUAGE & MUSIC SCHOOL
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IMMACULATE
CONCEPTION SCHOOL
1431 N. North Park Ave.
Chicago
(312) 944-0304
www.icsnorthpark.com
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.
INTERCULTURAL
301 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park
(708) 838-6626
114 S. Racine, Chicago
(312) 265-1514
Intercultural Montessori Lan-
guage School is a dual language
school that nurtures learning in PHOTO COURTESY OF CHALK PRESCHOOL
St. Robert Bellarmine
We srive to meet the needs of the total child:
spiritual, emotional, academic, physical, and social.
We offer a superior curriculum, highly-qualified
faculty, excellent tes scores year after year,
and a values-based community where parents,
faculty and sudents work together so
children can flourish.
Tiny Tots for 2 year olds
Preschool for 3 & 4 year olds
Exceptional K–8 education
Before and after school care
New Summer Program coming in 2011!
LEARN MORE: srb-chicago.org | 773-725-5133
Open
House
January 30
1–3pm
A vibrant Catholic
education in
the Jefferson Park-
Portage Park
area since 1931.
For more information, call (708) 386-5555
or visit ChicagoParent.com
January
to May
Camp 2011
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an environment that celebrates
cultural differences. We aim to
educate children ages 3 to 12
years to become bilingual and
bi-literate by offering programs
in Spanish/English, Japanese/
English and Chinese/English.
Our curriculum equips children
with the skills required for citi-
zenship within a global society.
Part of our mission is to develop
confident, multicultural, mul-
tilingual children who respect
diversity and community.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE
AT RIVER CITY
800 S. Wells St., Suite 180
Chicago
(312) 675-0053
www.thevillagellc.com
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
work both independently and
cooperatively with others.
JERUSALEM
EVANGELICAL
LUTHERAN SCHOOL
6218 Capulina Ave.
Morton Grove
(847) 965-4750
www.jerusalemlutheran.org
Jerusalem Lutheran School
(JELS) welcomes all students
in the Chicagoland area. 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. JELS is also a certified
F-1 status school, accepting
I-20 students from abroad.
OPEN HOUSE
SUNDAY, JANUARY 30, 2011
NOON - 2:00 PM
www.sauganashmontessori.com
Please stop in and visit our outstanding
Preschool & Kindergarten
• Offering morning, partial and full day programs
• Academic year & summer camps
• Open 7:30am-6:00pm
• Organic catered hot lunch and snacks
• Language Stars Spanish and Professional Music Class
5750 N. ROGERS AVENUE
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60646
773-545-6295
(At the corner of Kilbourn & Rogers)
Awaken your child’s senses through
creativity and hands-on exploration
An enriching and nurturing
environment for children
three to six years of age
Sauganash Montessori School
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JUF RIGHT START
(312) 357-4513
www.juf.org/rightstart
Get off to the right start with JUF
Right Start. The Jewish United
Fund believes there’s a world of
learning, values, community and
sheer joy awaiting your child at
Chicago-area Jewish preschool
and day-care programs. To help
you discover it, JUF Right Start
will pay $500 to $1,000 toward
the tuition of the first child in
your family to enroll in a partici-
pating program at least 3 days
a week. It’s the Jewish commu-
nity’s gift to your family – and to
your child’s future.
K12-CHICAGO VIRTUAL
CHARTER SCHOOL
(866) 612-1451
www.k12.com/cvcs/
A traditional classroom instruc-
tion combined with the latest in
online learning, and an active
supportive school community.
We offer a high quality, tuition-
free public education that
includes passionate, state-certi-
fied teachers. It is an individual-
ized approach to learning, and
is an ideal fit for accelerated
learners. The Chicago Virtual
Charter School - K¹² ignite the
minds of children to bring learn-
ing alive. Together, we are help-
ing Chicago students in grades
K-11 reach their true, personal
potential.
KUMON
Math – Reading – Success
(877) KUMON71
www.kumon.com
Kumon is an afterschool enrich-
ment program that unlocks the
potential of children so they
can achieve more on their own.
Founded in Japan in 1958,
the learning method uses an
individualized approach that
helps children develop a solid
command of math and read-
ing skills. Through daily prac-
tice and mastery of materials,
students increase confidence,
improve concentration and de-
velop better study skills. Kumon
has 26,000 centers in 46 coun-
tries and more than four million
students studying worldwide.
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* Serving 2 year olds through
8
th
grade
* Christian values are nurtured
* Maximum class size
of 26 students
* Music programs: Band,
Strings, Handbells, Choir
* Extracurricular and
athletic programs
* State-of-the-Art
Technology Center
* Extended care available
* Student service opportunities
within the community
Nurturing students on the north side
of Chicago for over 70 years
2500 West Bryn Mawr
Chicago, IL 60659
Admissions – 773.561.3044
St. Philip Lutheran School
Come play with us
Cherry Preschool is celebrating its 19
th
year of creating a caring
community for young learners and their families. Our half-day early
childhood classes bring children of all abilities and backgrounds
together to play and grow.
Open House
Thursday, January 20
th
-- 7:30-9:00 pm
2011-12 registration due by February 10
Warren W. Cherry Preschool
1418 Lake Street Evanston (847) 492-1213
www.cherrypreschool.org
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SCHOOL LISTINGS
LAKE FOREST COUNTRY
DAY SCHOOL
145 S. Green Bay Rd.
Lake Forest
(847) 234-2350
OneOfOne.lfcds.org
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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BUILD A STRONG FOUNDATION
FOR YOUR CHILD’S FUTURE AT
For additional information please call
847.827.5510 or visit our website:
www.stjohnthebaptistgoc.org/guardianangel
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SCHOOL LISTINGS
LAKEFRONT
CHILDREN’S ACADEMY
400 E. Randolph St., Ste. 6B
Chicago
(312) 819-1760
lakefrontchildrensacademy.com
Conveniently located in the
center of Chicago, LCA is a full
service private academy serving
preschool ages 2-6 years and
after school ages 7-12, with an
enhanced curriculum and solid
educational program featuring:
computer readiness, math and
reading readiness, science, indi-
vidual piano lessons, languages
and more! Also offering: low
child-to-staff ratios and on-site
security cameras for added pro-
tection. Outings include field
trips to the many nearby muse-
ums and the playground is right
across the street.
LANGUAGE STARS
Locations around Chicagoland
(866) 55-STARS (557-8277)
www.languagestars.com
100% Fun, 100% Immersion!
Play-based, fun foreign lan-
guage immersion programs for
children ages 1-10. Our FunIm-
mersion® method offers a natu-
ral and easy way for children
to learn a second language
through an engaging mix of
songs, games, arts & crafts,
treasure hunts and more! In a
dynamic and fun environment,
children are immersed by na-
tive speakers in Spanish, French,
German, Italian and Mandarin
Chinese. Learning a foreign lan-
guage will never again be this
fun or exciting!
LATIN SCHOOL
OF CHICAGO
59 W. North Blvd., Chicago
(312) 582-6000
www.latinschool.org
Latin School of Chicago is an in-
dependent day school serving
1,100 students in junior kinder-
garten through 12th grade. The
school’s mission is to provide
its students with a rigorous, in-
novative educational program
in a community that embraces
diversity of people, cultures and
ideas. Latin students come from
close to 70 different zip codes
throughout the Chicago area.
The school offers more than
$2.8 million in financial aid to
students annually.
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Village Leadership Academy
800 S. Wells St. Suite 90
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 675-0056
www.vlacademy.org
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
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.
It Takes A Village Early Learning and
Infant Care Center
Now enrolling children
Ages 6 weeks- 5 years
It Takes a Village offers the gold standard
in early childhood development
with an unmatched academic focus.
• Specialization in early reading and math instruction
80% of 5-year-olds entering kindergarten read at a 1st grade level
and understand basic math facts such as addition, subtraction,
graphing and fractions
• Use of the Creative Curriculum and Building Language for
Literacy Programs
• Computers in all 2-year-old and preschool classrooms
• Monthly field trips
• Ongoing student portfolios that include student projects, progress
reports, etc.
• Regular Parent Meetings and Family Literacy Nights
It Takes a Village at River City
800 S. Wells St. Suite 180
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 675-0053
www.thevillagellc.com
Now enrolling kindergarten through 5th grade students
for the 2011-2012 school year.
Village Leadership Academy
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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
Programs
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
(847) 292-1229
www.montessoriacademyofillinois.com
Park Ridge • Northbrook
Montessori Academy of Illinois
OPEN HOUSES:
OR CALL TO ARRANGE A TOUR
Friday, January 21, 2011, 5:30-7:30 pm
Sunday, February 20, 2011, 1:00-3:00 pm
Saturday, March 19, 2011, 1:00-3:00 pm
Sunday, April 10, 2011, 1:00-3:00 pm
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SCHOOL LISTINGS
LEARNING THROUGH
PLAY PRESCHOOL
PROGRAM
633 W. Addison, Chicago
(312) 458-9865
www.pediatricresources.org
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!
PHOTO COURTESY OF QUEEN OF PEACE HIGH SCHOOL
Immaculate Conception School
7263 W. Talcott Ave, Chicago 60631
773-775-0545 / iccowboys.net
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
Plus.....
A welcoming environment • developmental resource • speech therapy • community service • enrichment program •
extended care • hot lunch • active parents club, athletic and school boards
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SCHOOL LISTINGS
THE LEELANAU SCHOOL
One Old Homestead Road
Glen Arbor, MI 49636
(800) 533-5262
www.leelanau.org
For over 80 years, The Leelanau
School has challenged high
school students to reach be-
yond their acknowledged po-
tential in every aspect of their
lives. We offer a rigorous col-
lege preparatory curriculum us-
ing multi-sensory, experiential,
and strength-based method-
ologies. We offer an approach
to education that is excellent
for all learners, and critical for
those with learning differences.
Students gain awareness of
their individual learning styles,
build skills and strategies to
maximize their learning poten-
tial, and grow into independent
learners.
LINCOLN PARK
PREPARATORY &
LINCOLN PARK
PRESCHOOL
312 W. Belden Ave., Chicago
(773) 665-0110
lincolnparkpreschool.com
Play is the foundation for learn-
ing at Lincoln Park Preparatory.
We believe that through play,
children experience the joy of
learning thus developing self-
confidence and a passion for
school. Our teachers have de-
grees in early childhood related
programs and use their experi-
ence and knowledge to create
dynamic, discovery based activ-
ities that nurture and grow each
child individually. This growth is
communicated daily and is es-
sential to developing a strong
home/school connection.
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8622 West Catalpa Ave. Chicago, IL 60656 773.714.0646 www.brickton.org
Ages 2-14. Fully accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the American Montessori Society.
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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.
LEARNING
FROM A DIFFERENT
PERSPECTIVE
5235 S. Cornell Ave. Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 493–8880
www.akibaschechter.org
4770 South Dorchester Avenue, Chicago
ph. (773) 924-2356 www.anconaschool.org
Experience
the power and
joy of learning
Progressive Education
Rooted in Montessori Tradition.
For more information about our program, visit www.anconaschool.org,
or contact the Admissions Office at (773) 924-2356.
Ancona is an innovative learning
community that values each child’s
unique abilities and builds a strong
academic foundation.
Educating students 3 years old through
8th grade, for more than
45
years.
World Language Camp Art Music Summer Program After School Athletics
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SCHOOL LISTINGS
LINCOLN PARK
PREPARATORY
& KINDERGARTEN
108 W. Germania Pl., Chicago
(312) 482-9009
lincolnparkpreschool.com
Lincoln Park Preparatory’s Kin-
dergarten program expands
our preschool experience by
further readying children for
future academic success. This
is achieved through our dedica-
tion to a play based approach
to learning. Our full-day pro-
gram provides a combination of
independent discovery, large,
small group instruction as well
as one on one guiding read-
ing. Children graduate from
our kindergarten program with
confidence, social skill, and an
understanding of how to learn.
They are prepared for their next
education experience.
LITTLE GREEN
TREE HOUSE
118 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago
(312) 492-9876
littlegreentreehouse.com
Parents who desire and appre-
ciate an eco-friendly, healthy
place for children to grow and
learn, will feel confident at Little
Green Tree House. This multi-
million dollar, West Loop child
care center uses a creative
and theme-based curriculum
combined with earth-friendly
living. Each child will grow aca-
demically as well as socially in a
warm, safe and healthy environ-
ment that incorporates the best
teachers, organic food, and
non-toxic supplies. Reserve a
space for your child at www.lit-
tlegreentreehouse.com.
LYCEE FRANCAIS
DE CHICAGO
613 W. Bittersweet Pl., Chicago
(773) 665-0066
www.lyceechicago.org
With 550 students representing
more than 40 nationalities, the
Lycée Français de Chicago pro-
vides a unique educational ex-
perience. Serving pre-k through
12th grade, we are a private
not-for-profit coeducational
school offering a dual-language
education (French and English).
We follow the French National
Curriculum and a strong Ameri-
can Studies program. We are
accredited by the French Minis-
try of Education and ISACS. Our
students are well prepared to
meet the demands of the best
universities in North America
and Europe.
MISSOURI MILITARY
ACADEMY
Mexico, MO 65265
(573) 581-1776
www.missourimilitaryacad-
emy.org
Missouri Military Academy’s
motto “Look like a Soldier, Act
like a Gentleman, Study like a
Scholar” encapsulates its mis-
sion to prepare young men in
grades 6-12 for college and
life. The MMA Middle School,
concentrates on reading and
math skills. Located in Mexico,
Mo., MMA’s boarding and ac-
tivities programs offer 11 varsity
sports, marching band, drama,
Army JROTC, Cadet Chorus,
drill team and Boy Scouts. More
information or to schedule a
campus tour visit www.missou-
rimilitaryacademy.org.
MONTESSORI ACADEMY
OF CHICAGO
1335 W. Randolph St., Chicago
(312) 243-0977
montessoriacademychicago.org
Montessori Academy of Chi-
cago educates children ages six
weeks to twelve years in a top-
rated, activity-based learning
environment. A consistently low
student-teacher ratio ensures in-
dividual attention and a tailored
curriculum. A three-year age
cycle in classrooms encourages
mentoring and collaboration.
Highly-experienced, Montes-
sori-certified teachers ensure
each child’s academic success
in a caring and structured envi-
ronment supported by a strong
community of parents. Now ac-
cepting applications for all pro-
grams “Infant thru elementary II
, serving students ages birth to
twelve years old.
MONTESSORI ACADEMY
OF ILLINOIS
Park Ridge / near Des Plaines,
Niles
(847) 292-1229
www.montessoriacademyo-
fillinois.com
Montessori Academy of Illinois
offers: 6:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Year-Round Programs / Toddler,
Primary, and Kindergarten / Ag-
es 12 Months through 6 Years
/ Half-Day, School-Hour, and
Full-Day / Summer Camp. This
school is a partnership between
the home and school. The aim
is to foster the child’s intellectual
growth, independence, respon-
sibility, and sense of self-worth.
The result of this collaboration
is a dynamic community of chil-
dren, parents, and school staff
committed to the positive de-
velopment of each child.
MONTESSORI
DE LA CITTA
1501 W. Fullerton, Chicago
(773) 348-7340
www.montessoridelacitta.com
A primary program for chil-
dren ages three to six, as well
as Spanish, Grace & Courtesy,
Field Trips and Special Events.
Based on Maria Montessori’s
approach to education, our
environment operates on the
principle of freedom within
limits, respect for one’s self, for
others and for the environment.
Our “whole child approach” to
learning allows each child to
reach their full potential at their
own pace and level. We are a
non-profit organization recog-
nized by the American Montes-
sori Society.
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SCHOOL LISTINGS
MONTESSORI
LANGUAGE ACADEMY
314 Circle Ave., Forest Park
(708) 771-5030
www.MontessoriLan-
guageAcademy.com
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.
PHOTO COURTESY OF NORTHRIDGE PREP SCHOOL
Located on the shores of Lake Michigan and on the banks
of the Crystal River, Leelanau is a small boarding school
with limited enrollment. We are able to offer students an
individualized approach to academics from our expert
faculty and an enriching and structured residential life
program that continues beyond the school day. Whether
it is in the classroom or the dorm, in the equestrian ring,
on the slopes, or volunteering in the community,
everything about Leelanau is a life-enriching experience.

For over 80 years, The Leelanau School has challenged
high school students to reach beyond their acknowledged
potential in every aspect of their lives. We offer a rigorous
college preparatory curriculum using multi-sensory,
experiential, and strength-based methodologies. We offer
an approach to education that is excellent for all learners,
and critical for those with learning differences.

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2011 Summer Programs:

Summer Academy June 26—July 23

English as a Second Language Institute
June 26—Aug 6

Ned Hallowell ADHD Summer Enrichment Camp
July 18—July 22

For more information regarding our Academic Year
or our Summer Programs please contact:

Kate Auger-Campbell, Director of Admission
The Leelanau School
One Old Homestead Road
Glen Arbor, MI 49636
Phone: 231-334-5800 / 800-533-5262
email: admissions@leelanau.org
www.leelanau.org www.facebook.com/leelanau.school
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APPLICATION DEADLINE
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.
2010/2011 SSAT NATIONAL TEST DATES
Woodlands Academy requires applicants to take the Secondary
School Admission Test (SSAT). To register online for an exam,
go to www.ssat.org. Our school code is 8273.
PLAN YOUR SHADOW DAY
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 of the Sacred Heart, located in Lake Forest,
is an independent, Catholic day and boarding college preparatory
school for young women and a member of the worldwide Sacred
Heart Schools Network. Woodlands promotes academic, artistic,
and athletic excellence, global awareness, social responsibility,
and strong faith. The curriculum includes advanced placement
and honors courses, service opportunities and ESL. Our student/
faculty ratio is 8:1, with 100% college acceptance annually.
Open House
for Early Childhood Admission
Friday, January 21, 2011, 9 a.m.
Please enter at the Onwentsia Road Entrance.

Now accepting applications for the
2011-2012 school year
School-wide fnancial assistance available
847-234-2350

OneOfOne.lfcds.org
145 South Green Bay Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045
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SCHOOL LISTINGS
MOUNT CARMEL
ACADEMY
720 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago
(773) 525-8779
mountcarmelacademy.org
“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 INSTITUTE
OF CHICAGO
Music for all ages…
learning for life!
Downers Grove, Evanston,
Highland Park, Lake Forest,
Lincolnshire, Northbrook, and
Winnetka.
(847) 905-1500
www.musicinst.org
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
you!
THE NICHOLSON
SCHOOL
1700 W. Cortland St., Chicago
(312) 493-6044
novellanicholsonschool.org
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
music.
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SCHOOL LISTINGS
NORTH PARK
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
2017 W. Montrose Ave.
Chicago
(773) 327-3144
www.npeschool.org
North Park Elementary School
is a private, non-sectarian, K-8
school with a proven record
of academic excellence and a
community that inspires life-
long learning. Through the ac-
tive involvement of parents and
caring professional staff, NPES
fosters self-motivation, self-
discipline, and confidence. The
school’s balanced curriculum
combines traditional instruction
with experiential learning to en-
sure that the students achieve
their maximum potential. All of
last year’s graduates are now at-
tending one of their top choices
for high school.
NORTHRIDGE
PREPARATORY SCHOOL
8320 Ballard Rd., Niles
(847) 375-0600
www.NorthridgePrep.org
Northridge is a college prep
school in the northern suburbs
of Chicago for young men in
grades 6-12. Northridge’s all-
male faculty tailors its teaching
methods to the unique learning
styles of young men. Found-
ed in the Catholic tradition,
Northridge boasts an award-
winning liberal arts curriculum
and outstanding opportunities
for growth through participa-
tion, all with virtue-based focus
on personal character. Join us
at our Open House on Sunday,
February 13 from 2-4 pm.
NORTHSIDE CATHOLIC
ACADEMY
6216 N. Glenwood Ave,
Chicago
5525 N. Magnolia Ave.,
Chicago
(773) 271-4310
www.northsidecatholic.org
NCA is the right choice for
families who are looking for a
challenging curriculum within
a nurturing environment. We
value small class sizes and dif-
ferentiated instruction. We
teach Music and Art starting
in Preschool and Spanish Lan-
guage, P.E. and Computer
starting in Kindergarten. We
offer a flexible, affordable and
stimulating Extended Care and
Summer Camp. Our students
consistently score high above
the national average and our
graduates attend Chicago ’s top
high schools.
NORTHSIDE DANCE
THEATER
7015-17 N. Glenwood Ave.,
Chicago
(773) 754-0192
www.northsidedt.com
NorthSide Dance Theater is
Classical Dance Education for
the 21st Century. By offering
dance classes in the areas of Bal-
let, Jazz, Modern, Tap and Hip-
Hop and for students of all ages
and levels of dance, our goal is
to provide a warm and friendly
environment for learning, per-
forming and enjoying dance.
Register now and receive an
education that challenges the
body and the mind.
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE GLENHOLME SCHOOL
Educating
for Eternity
Academic
Excellence
in a Christ-
Centered
Atmosphere
All-Day
K-8th
Ask about our
Homeschooling
Options for
Grades 1-12
For more information call:
(773) 637-8301
www.opca.net
3105 N. Oak Park Ave
Chicago, IL 60634
Oak Park Christian Academy
NORTHRIDGE
P R E P A R A T O R Y S C H O O L
celebrating 35 years of educating young men
OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, February 13 from 2–4 pm
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NRP is a college prep school for young men in grades 6–12.
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Schedule a Shadow Day:
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(847) 375-0600
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NOTRE DAME HIGH
SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
3115 N. Mason Ave., Chicago
(773) 622-9494
www.NDHS4Girls.org
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.
PHOTO COURTESY OF ST. GILES SCHOOL
• Creative crafters clinic
• Fun with Puzzles and games
• Skill building with
Thematic activities
• Hands on science
• Basics of drama
• Hands on math
• Home economics
• Collage of creativity
• Historical films and
perspectives
• Junior high science clinic
• Fine arts
• Math enrichment
• Polish language
Call us now 773-283-2311 for your personal tour!
5841 W. Strong • Chicago, IL 60630
www.stconstance.org
St. Constance
….a child centered school
Come and see all the things that make St. Constance the best
value for a quality Catholic education in Jefferson Park
CHECK OUT NEW PROGRAMS AT
ST. CONSTANCE SCHOOL
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
the premiere school in the Jefferson Park area. We have added a
new program that consists of a slightly extended school day and
the addition of one extra class period per day.
The eleven new clinics include a wide range of subjects, all taught
by someone currently on the staff:
YOUR CHILDREN DESERVE
Te Best
Education
Call today to schedule your tour!
Academic excellence
Traditional values
Preschool 3 through
12
th
Grade
www.schaumburgchristian.com
(847) 885-3230
200 N. Roselle Rd
Schaumburg, IL 60194
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OUR LADY OF GRACE
SCHOOL
2446 N. Ridgeway Ave.
Chicago
(773) 342-0170
www.olgchicago.org
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.
OUR LADY
OF PERPETUAL HELP
SCHOOL (OLPH)
1123 Church St., Glenview
(847) 724-6990
www.olph-il.org
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
a growing Christian faith in their
daily lives.
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Learning
From a Christian Perspective
Chicago Christian Academy
5026 W. Diversey Ave, Chicago
(773) 205-5102
www.chicagochristianacademy.org
Robin P. Berryhill, Principal
Grades Served: PreK-8th grade
Christian Beginnings
Preschool and Childcare
824 Waukegan Rd. Deerfield, IL 60015
(847) 945-5140
ChristianBeginnings@comcast.net
Maren Olson, Director
2 to 6 years/Jr Kindergarten, Kindergarten
Enrichment and Summer Camp
Christian Heritage Academy
315 Waukegan Rd., Northfield
1001 N. Crosby, Chicago
(847) 446-5252
www.christianheritage.org
Rick Lukianuk, J.D., Head of school
PreK-12th grade, Extended Care
Family Life Program
1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove
(630) 968-0527
www.flpreschool.org
Cathy Sexton, Director
PreK - K
Medinah Christian
900 Foster Ave.
(630) 980-9423
www.medinahchristian.org
Ken Parris, Administrator
PS-8th Grade
New Day Montessori
25W007 75th Street, Naperville
(630) 428-1334
3437 W. Wolf Road, Oswego
(630) 551-7894
www.newdaymontessori.com
Oak Park Christian Academy
3105 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago
(773) 637-8301
www.opca.net
Greg Chadaranek,
Chairman of the Board
Grades K - 8
Reformation Christian School
14911 E. 127th St., Lemont
(708) 743-3830
info@reformationchristianschool.com
Kerry Tameling, Head Teacher
K-8th Grade
Roseland Christian
314 W 108th St, Chicago
(773) 264-2174
www.roselandchristian.org
Roger DeGroot, Development Dir
Full day preschool thru 8th grade
Salem Christian School
2018 N. Richmond, Chicago, 60647
(773) 227-5580
www.salemcs.org
Pre-K3 - 8th grade; extended care;
two campuses; art, music, Spanish,
physical education.
Schaumburg Christian School
200 N. Roselle Rd., Schaumburg
(847) 885-3230
www.schaumbrgchristian.com
Jim Toth, School Administrator
PreK-12th grade
Southwest Chicago
Christian School
Oak Lawn, Palos Hts, Tinley Pk
(708) 388-7656
www.swchristian.org
Robert Payne, Superintendant
PreK - 12th grade
Timothy Christian Schools
188 W. Butterfield Rd., Elmhurst
Elementary & Middle School:
(630) 833-7575
High School Office:
(630) 833-7575
www.timothychristian.com
Dr. Dan Van Prooyen, Superintendent
Preschool through High School
Trinity Christian College
6601 W. College Dr., Palos Heights
(708) 239-4768
www.Trnty.edu/adultstudies
Adult studies- Addison, Chicago &
Palos Hts. Campuses
Trinity Oaks Christian Academy
409 N. 1st St., Cary
(847) 462-5971
www.trinity-oaks.org
Dr. Paul Wrobbel, Head of School
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POPE JOHN XXIII
SCHOOL
1120 Washington St., Evanston
(847) 475-5678
www.popejohn23.org
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,
Believing!
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BRITISH SCHOOL OF CHICAGO
Serving Ages 2-6 years, 7am-6pm; After School, 7-12 years
www.lakefrontchildrensacademy.com
Education Classes Featuring:
FIRST EVER
Earthworks Integrated Preschool
Science Program
Offering the only certified preschool
Musikgarten program in Chicago
Offering private piano lessons
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400 East Randolph Street

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Conveniently located across from a Chicago Park District Playground
Monitored classrooms for security
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CHOOSE ST. FERDINAND CATHOLIC SCHOOL
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A FAITH BASED
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IN A SAFE AND SECURE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
St. Ferdinand School
3131 N. Mason Ave. · Chicago, IL 60634
773-622-3022 · www.saintferdinand.org/school
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3115 N. Mason Ave. · Chicago, IL 60634
773-622-9494 · www.NDHS4Girls.org
DARE TO BE WIDELY
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IN A SAFE
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INFORMING for HIGHER achievement; TRANSFORMING for the HIGHEST triumph.
2018 N. Richmond Phone: 773-227-5580 Fax: 773-227-8592 www.salemcs.org
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SCHOOL LISTINGS
QUEEN OF ALL
SAINTS SCHOOL
6230 N. Lemont Ave., Chicago
(773) 736-0567
www.qasparish.org
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.
PHOTO COURTESY OF GUERIN PREP SCHOOL
6032 - 8
th
Ave. Kenosha, WI 262.654.4200 www.armitageacademy.org
Kindergarten at
$
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through 8
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Armitage Academy is an indepedent
K-8 private school located just over the
Illinois/Wisconsin border. We ofer a
liberal arts approach that concentrates
on the whole education of a child.
A high quality education
at an afordable price.
A cademic excellence.
R ecognizing every child's talents.
M usic, art and french.
I nstilling curiosity & critical thinking.
T heater, dance and drama.
A fordable.
G uiding children towards success.
E ducation at it's best.
Academic excellence.
Recognizing every child's talents
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ST. BARTHOLOMEW SCHOOL
Generations of Faith,
Rooted in Excellence

www.StBartsSchool.net
Montessori Pre-K through Grade 8
Winner of the 2010/2011 Croghan
and Cardinal’s Awards!
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QUEEN OF ANGELS
SCHOOL
4520 N. Western Ave., Chicago
(773) 769-4211
queenofangelschicago.org
At Queen of Angels, we nurture
our students’ wonder, curiosity
and faith in the world, instilling
a love of learning that will last a
lifetime. Our students develop
sound academic skills, criti-
cal thinking skills and an abil-
ity to learn independently and
cooperatively through a rich
academic curriculum. Each
day is designed to bring new
excitement and opportunities
to engage in learning in a safe,
child-centered environment.
QUEST ACADEMY
500 N. Benton St., Palatine
(847) 202-8035
www.questacademy.org
Quest Academy is an Inde-
pendent School educating
and nurturing gifted students
from Preschool through Eighth
Grade. We offer a liberal arts
curriculum that challenges and
inspires gifted children along
with character education and
service learning. Small classes
allow for teachers to meet the
individual needs of our stu-
dents through differentiation
and individualized learning
plans. All of our classrooms
use state of the art SmartBoard
technology along with laptops
for Third through Eighth Grade
classrooms.
RESURRECTION
COLLEGE PREP
HIGH SCHOOL
7500 W. Talcott Ave., Chicago
(773) 775-6616, Ext 129
www.reshs.org
Resurrection is the largest Cath-
olic college prep high school for
young women on the northwest
side of Chicago, serving a di-
verse student population of ap-
proximately 700 students from
the city and suburbs. Resurrec-
tion offers rigorous academics
and a wide variety of clubs and
athletics in a faith-based, single-
gender environment. Visit our
website at www.reshs.org or call
773.775.6616 Ext 129.
PHOTO COURTESY OF FENWICK HIGH SCHOOL
www. s ma r t l ove pr e s chool . or g
773. 665. 8052 • admi ssi ons@smartl ovepreschool . org
ENROLL TODAY!
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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SCHOOL LISTINGS
RESURRECTION
PRE-SCHOOL
3309 N. Seminary, Chicago
(773) 525-0605
www.rlclakeview.org
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-
hoo.com for reservations.
ROGERS PARK
MONTESSORI
1800 W Balmoral, Chicago
(773) 271-1700
www.rpmschool.org
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
world.
NOW ENROLLING FOR WINTER CLASSES!
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ROYCEMORE SCHOOL
640 Lincoln St., Evanston
(847) 866-6055
www.roycemoreschool.org
Roycemore School has been
committed to ensuring the per-
sonal success of each student
since 1915. Students thrive in
a college-preparatory environ-
ment that is focused on their
individual talents and needs.
Roycemore celebrates a blend
of cultures and interests with
families from Evanston, Chica-
go and suburbs. Qualified Up-
per School students may take
classes at nearby Northwest-
ern University at no additional
charge. 100% of graduates are
accepted to colleges across the
country. Junior Kindergarten
through Grade 12.
SACRED HEART
SCHOOLS
6250 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago
(773) 262-4446
www.shschicago.org
Independent, Catholic, K-8. Ed-
ucating Chicago children since
1876. A Chicago landmark on
Lake Michigan, Sacred Heart
Schools enroll 690 day students
and are part of a Network of
150 Sacred Heart Schools in
30 countries. Kindergarten is
coeducational. In Grades 1-8,
Sacred Heart offers single gen-
der classes in a co-ed environ-
ment. In addition to a rigorous
academic curriculum, Sacred
Heart Schools is dedicated to
a values-based program con-
cerned with the education of
the whole child.
SAINT ANDREW
SCHOOL
1710 W. Addison, Chicago
(773) 248-2500
Saint Andrew is a Catholic school
providing an atmosphere of ac-
ademic excellence to children
in preschool- 8th grade. Experi-
enced and dedicated teachers
educate students with an em-
phasis on academic and tech-
nological skills while nurturing
creativity through art, music and
literature. The intellectual de-
velopment and spiritual growth
provided by Saint Andrew are
enhanced by a socially diverse
MONTESSORI
DE LA CITTA
(Montessori of the City)
1501 W. Fullerton in Lincoln Park
Ages 3-6
CALL OR CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR
OPEN HOUSE INFORMATION
773-348-7340
www.montessoridelacitta.com
"Education should no longer be mostly imparted knowledge, but
must take a new path, seeking the release of human potential."
- Maria Montessori
Children’s Workshops in Art and
Creativity (Pre-K through Grade 6)
Middle School Program
(Grades 7 and 8)
Courses begin February 12!
At the School of the Art Institute of
Chicago, kids explore art, design, and
creativity, learning to discover and
imagine in their own unique ways.
Register Now!
312.899.7458 | www.saic.edu/cs
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environment that reflects the
strength of a vibrant parish.
School tours: 2nd Tuesday of
the month at 9am. Call for reser-
vations and information.
ST. BARTHOLOMEW
SCHOOL
4941 W. Patterson, Chicago
(773) 282-9373
StBartsSchool.net
Saint Bartholomew Elemen-
tary School and Montessori
Preschool is dedicated to pro-
viding a well-rounded, faith-
based education for children in
preschool through grade eight.
We offer an affordable Montes-
sori Preschool for ages 3-5, and
a full academic curriculum. We
include art, music, gym, com-
puter science, and Spanish lan-
guage classes. Extracurricular
activities include service op-
portunities and clubs as well as
an outstanding sports program.
High test scores propel our
graduates on to Chicago’s top
schools high schools.
ST. CLEMENT SCHOOL
2524 N. Orchard, Chicago
(773) 348-8212
www.stclementschool.org
Serving the diverse and vibrant
Lincoln Park neighborhood,
St. Clement is a parish school
rooted in Catholic traditions
of Christian service and global
awareness. Our core curriculum
is enhanced with daily Spanish
instruction and an emphasis
on small group learning. Addi-
tional activities include before
and after school care, brownies,
girl scouts, cub scouts, enrich-
ment classes and interscholas-
tic sports.
SAINT CONSTANCE
CATHOLIC SCHOOL
5841 W. Strong St., Chicago
(773) 283-2311
www.stconstance.org
An Investment for the Future.
The Right Choice for Today. St.
Constance School provides a
dedicated and professional
faculty committed to the de-
velopment of each student’s
academic, spiritual and social
growth. With the skills, values
and knowledge acquired, our
students will become respect-
ful, responsible and capable
citizens embracing life-long
learning. Some of our new clin-
ics: creative crafters, fun with
puzzles and games, skill build-
ing with thematic activities,
hands on science, basics.
ST. EDWARD
4343 W. Sunnyside, Chicago
(773) 736-9133
www.stedwardschool.com
St. Edward School provides a
quality, faith-based Catholic ed-
ucation to children from three
year old pre-school through
eighth grade. Academic excel-
lence is enhanced by enrich-
ment activities which provide
students additional avenues to
develop their own unique tal-
ents. St. Edward offers full and
part time pre-school, full and
half-day kindergarten, comput-
er education, hands on learn-
ing, accelerated reading and
special needs math and reading
program, as well as a full sports
program and exemplary music
instruction.
ST. FERDINAND
SCHOOL
3131 N. Mason Ave., Chicago
(773) 622-3022
www.saintferdinand.org/
school
Saint Ferdinand School is com-
mitted to providing a faith
based, technology rich educa-
tion in a safe and secure learning
environment. The dedication
and partnership of our teach-
ers and parents provide prime
ingredients that help students
excel. We recognize the need
to adapt to an ever-changing
world, we constantly update
strategies, technology, and cur-
ricula to offer our students the
tools that will help them realize
their potential.
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ST. GABRIEL
CATHOLIC SCHOOL
607 W. 45th St., Chicago
(773) 268-6636
www.saintgabes.com
This 125 year old PK-8 school
opened in 1881 and is located
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Since its opening, St. Gabriel
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ST. JAMES
LUTHERAN SCHOOL
2101 N. Fremont St., Chicago
(773) 525.4990
www.stjames-lutheran.org
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
Christ-like behavior. Call today
to schedule a tour!
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Family,
special
needs
and love
BY JENNIFER WHEELER
W
hen I left my ex-husband many
years ago to take my children to
a happier place and a safer life,
my sister said to me, “Are you sure you
want to do this? Nobody will ever love
you again because of all that you’ve got
going on.” And while I couldn’t quite
believe that she had actually said those
words to me, I knew perfectly well what
she meant. What I’ve “got going on” are
three sons with special needs and I knew
that there was a very good chance that
nobody would ever love all of us.
Well, guess what? I met someone
and this someone does love all of us, in
exactly the ways we’ve always wanted to
be loved. He loves my steadfast nature
and my fierce fight for right, and he
loves my sons and their challenges and
victories. I love my life but, as compli-
cated and difficult as it can be, I do not
know if I would have signed up for it
had I been given all of the information in
advance. But the man I love knows all,
sees all, hears all, and he has volunteered
anyway—freely, willingly, forever.
We are getting married and moving
into his house, a house he already shares
with his four children. If you do the math,
we will have seven children altogether.
People call us the “Brady Bunch, plus
one,” although with six boys and one
girl, we have thrown off Mike and Carol’s
gender curve just a bit.
We have one thing the Bradys never
had—kids with special needs. Before our
families met, I was terrified that things
might not go well and I would lose the love
of my life forever. How could we blend his
four children who are academic high-
achievers, athletically gifted and socially
set, with my three children who have
challenges at school, could care less about
sports and need extra help to socialize?
All I needed to do was trust the
children. They knew all they needed to
know—that all kids love to be loved and
all kids love to play. My kids can’t get
enough of my fiance’s children. They
admire them and marvel at their video
game skills. And my sons’ new siblings
also like Pop-Tarts and hot dogs, so it’s
all good as far as they are concerned. My
fiance’s children have taught me the most
valuable lesson of all: Just give kids the
information and they will know what to
do with it. Answer their questions, tell
them the truth and they will demonstrate
compassion and understanding in
abundance.
So when we told them we were getting
married (there was cheering) and that we
would all be living together as a family
and the kids just marched happily onward,
I was a little surprised. My panic was for
nothing. Special needs was a non-issue.
There was nothing wrong with finding
love again or becoming a family. The kids
already knew that. Now I’m not saying
there won’t be any need for therapy down
the road (been there, done that), but I
trust my new family. I trust the children.
We will all take care of one another.
Now if only we had an Alice to do all
of our laundry …
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lexandra Kales was 4 when she had
a life-threatening reaction to peanut
butter. That day was life altering
for the whole family, says her mom Jenny
Kales of La Grange Park. “Everything you
do now is changed, with regard to any-
thing involving food.”
For families who have children with
dietary restrictions, such as a gluten
intolerance or food allergies, a simple
trip to the grocery store can take hours as
parents are forced to read every label. But
in response to the growing number of chil-
dren who require a specialized diet, more
restaurants, bakeries and specialty grocery
stores are cropping up to fill the need.
“In 2004 (when Alexandra was diag-
nosed), there wasn’t anything like this, but
now parents have a few more options than
I had early on,” says Kales, who as author
of nut-freemom.blogspot.com shares infor-
mation with other parents about options
for their children.
Peter DeRousee also has children with
life-threatening allergies and Celiac dis-
ease, so he knows firsthand what families
are looking for when they head to his store,
Free From Market, which opened last year
and specializes in everything to do with
allergies. “What’s different (about this
store) is that there are eight common aller-
gens responsible for most allergies, so there
are little icons on all the foods indicating
Managing kids’ food restrictions is becoming easier
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SCHOOL LISTINGS
ST. JOSAPHAT SCHOOL
2245 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago
(773) 549-0909
www.stjosaphat.net
In Lincoln Park, St. Josaphat
School serves families who
want more for their children:
a comprehensive pre-school-
8th grade education embraces
diversity, encourages spiritual
growth, and prepares lifelong
learners. Individualized instruc-
tion. Low student-teacher ratio.
Rigorous core curriculum en-
hanced with technology, Span-
ish (PK-8), music, art, physical
education, boys’ & girls’ sports
teams. Honors, off-campus re-
treats, after-school enrichment
classes, extended day program
AM/PM. Miss Colleen Cannon,
Principal. Tours, call 773-549-
0909.
ST. JOHN’S
LUTHERAN SCHOOL
4939 W. Montrose Ave.
Chicago
(773) 736-1196
www.SaintJohnsChicago.org
Want to hear how to prepare
your child for the top high
schools, see your student excel
in core subjects? Get an edge in
life? Ask about our quality pro-
grams: foreign languages (2),
music (handbells, choirs, band,
musicals), phys-ed (health,
sports programs, recess), extra-
curricular activities, extended
care hours, and more. Come see
our 10,000 volume library, bowl-
ing alley, playgrounds, and labs
(computers, science) – “God’s
Love in Action”: A great way to
raise a child – since 1876.
PHOTO COURTESY OF FOX RIVER COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL
09 0909 09.
We are Chicago’s first Quaker school offering a progressive,
academically rigorous and socially responsible curriculum. Quaker
schools and colleges are built up on the foundation that students’ quality
of character - what kind of people they are becoming - is as important to
their lives and to the world as their intellectual growth.
• Pre-K (age 4)* through 3rd grade in 2011, expanding to 8th grade.
• Values-based learning environment that nurtures the spirit and values
all faith traditions
• A developmental approach to children and learning
• Preparing students to be citizens of the world
• Small, multiage classes
• Daily outdoor recess
*We offer a half-day, play-based Pre-K with a full day option
For more information, visit our web site,
or contact us at: www.ChicagoFriendsSchool.org
Email: info@ChicagoFriendsSchool.org
773-442-2371

Learn more about the advantages of a Quaker education:
www.friendscouncil.org
409 North First Street, Cary, IL
(847)462-5971 | www.trinity-oaks.org
IMAGINE
SCHOLASTIC
EXCELLENCE
In a world of diminished
academic standards imagine an
educational environment that both
enlightens the mind and
nurtures the heart.
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ST. MARK PRESCHOOL
200 S. Willie, Mt. Prospect
(847) 253-0631
www.stmarkmp.org
St. Mark Preschool has been
teaching children for over 50
years. Our philosophy is to
encourage the growth of the
whole child; physically, intellec-
tually, emotionally, socially and
creatively in a Christian environ-
ment. Daily routines allow chil-
dren to create, discover, interact
and learn concepts through
hands-on experiences. We are
proud to offer new programs
such as lunch bunch, kinder-
garten enrichment and all day
care. Visit us at our Open House
January 29th 10am – 12pm.
ST. PETER
LUTHERAN SCHOOL
111 W. Olive St.
Arlington Heights
(847) 253-6638
www.stpeter-ah.org
St. Peter Lutheran has provided
an outstanding Christian edu-
cation experience for over 150
years in the northwest suburbs.
Our mission is to Nurture, Edu-
cate, Witness, and Serve as we
lead our students and families
to a full life in Christ. We offer
a Before and After School Care
Program and a varied extracur-
ricular program involving sports
for grades 5 -8, Band for grades
4-8, and after school activities in
French, crafts, technology and
music. Strong active parent in-
volvement round out a St. Peter
experience. Join us!
ST. PHILIP
LUTHERAN SCHOOL
2500 West Bryn Mawr, Chicago
(773) 561-3044
www.stphiliplutheran.com
At St. Philip, we focus on the
well-being of the whole child.
Our teachers model Christian
morals, teach academically
challenging subject matter,
and assist in the development
of student social skills. Teach-
ing to the whole child prepares
students for the dynamic world
around them. Serving students
from two years to 8th grade on
the north side of Chicago for 74
years. Contact Mrs. Tennis, Prin-
cipal, for more information.
ST. ROBERT
BELLARMINE SCHOOL
6036 W. Eastwood, Chicago
(773) 725-5133
www.srb-chicago.org
St. Robert Bellarmine has been
providing the Jefferson–Portage
Park area with a vibrant Catho-
lic elementary education since
1931. Our curriculum address-
es the needs of the total child:
spiritual, emotional, academic,
physical and social. Information
about Tiny Tots for 2 year olds,
Preschool for 3 and 4 year olds,
and our exceptional K–8 educa-
tion is available at srb-chicago.
org or by contacting Carrie
Mijal, Principal, at cmijal@arch-
chicago.org or 773-725-5133.
NEW Summer Program coming
in 2011!
SALEM CHRISTIAN
SCHOOL
2018 N. Richmond, Chicago
(773) 227-5580
www.salemcs.org
Salem Christian School, a min-
istry of New Life Covenant, is a
Pre-K3 thru 8th grade school
located in the Humboldt Park/
Logan Square communities.
We are committed to rigorous
academics while balancing our
program with art, music, Span-
ish, dance, and physical educa-
tion. Our faculty have embraced
their callings and are dedicated
to instilling a Christian world-
view and developing servants
who both STAND and SPEAK.
Open from 6 am until 6 pm and
offer a full summer program.
SAUGANASH
MONTESSORI SCHOOL
5750 N. Rogers Ave. Chicago
(773) 545-6295
sauganashmontessori.com
Sauganash Montessori School
offers exceptional early child-
hood education set in a warm,
home-like atmosphere, for chil-
dren three to six years of age.
Our mission is to cultivate the
child's natural desire to learn
and provide the child with a
prepared environment in which
they may freely explore the
world around them. Sauganash
Montessori School students ex-
perience the excitement of dis-
covery and are motivated by a
love for knowledge. Please visit
www.sauganashmontessori.
com.
SCHOOL OF THE ART
INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
(SAIC)
37 S. Wabash Ave; Suite 711
Chicago
(312) 899-7458
www.saic.edu/artcamps
www.saic.edu/ecp
At SAIC we believe that nurtur-
ing creative potential stands
at the center of preparing chil-
dren for life. Our Children’s
Workshops and Middle School
Program offer spring week-
end courses and summer day
camps. Our Early College Pro-
gram (ECP) for high school
students offers art, design, and
creative writing courses where
students can build skills, devel-
op a strong portfolio for college
admission, and earn college
credit. ECP offers spring week-
end courses and a variety of
summer course options.
SCIENCE & ARTS
ACADEMY
1825 Miner Street, Des Plaines
(847) 827-7880
scienceandartsacademy.org
An independent, non-denom-
inational, co-educational, fully-
accredited, not-for-profit day
school, PreK – 8th grade. SAA
provides a stimulating environ-
ment in which intellectually or
creatively gifted children can
realize and learn to celebrate
their full academic and artistic
potential. The Academy offers
small class sizes and innova-
tive programs with significant
emphasis on the core classes
of science, math, language arts,
and social studies as well as the
fine arts. Call for a tour or visit
our Open House on Saturday,
February 5th.
THE SECOND CITY
YOUTH PROGRAM
1608 N. Wells St., Chicago
(312) 664-3959
www.secondcity.com/kids
Participating students explore
the world of improvisation,
sketch, stand-up and acting
through exercises that develop
stage presence, creativity, com-
munication skills, patience and
self confidence. Classes are
available for ages 2-18 and
most end with a brief class dem-
onstration. Summer camps and
intensives are also available.
www.secondcity.com/kids
SINAI PRESCHOOL
15 W. Delaware Pl., Chicago
(312) 867-7000
chicagosinai.org/preschool/
basics.cfm
Sinai Preschool is a NAEYC ac-
credited program, serving chil-
dren aged 12 months to 5 years
in 1, 2, 3 or 5 day classes. We
provide a fun-filled, play-based
learning environment designed
to promote cognitive, social and
emotional growth. Teachers are
highly qualified and nurturing
and all lead teachers have Mas-
ter’s degrees. Children matricu-
late to all private, parochial and
public schools in the Chicago
area. We are a neighborhood
school serving children of all
races, religions and ethnic ori-
gins in a Jewish setting.
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SCHOOL LISTINGS
SMART LOVE
PRESCHOOL
800 W. Buena, Chicago
(773) 665-8052
www.smartlovepreschool.org
The Natalie G. Heineman Smart
Love Preschool is based on
Smart Love, a uniquely effective
parenting and child develop-
ment philosophy. Open enroll-
ment is available for children
ages 3,4 and 5 for half-day pro-
grams. The preschool features
a curriculum that places equal
emphasis on strengthening
children’s social and emotional
health and preparing children
for academic success. Preschool
offerings include a New Mom’s
group and Toddler Explora-
tions!, a parent and tot class for
children 12 – 36 months.
SOLOMON SCHECHTER
DAY SCHOOL OF
METROPOLITAN
CHICAGO
Campuses in Skokie
and Northbrook
Administrative Office: 3210
Dundee Rd., Northbrook
(847) 412-5654
www.schechter.org
For nearly 50 years, Solomon
Schechter Day School has de-
livered an unmatched general
and Judaic studies education
to Jewish children from 30
communities throughout the
Chicago area. Every day at
Schechter, gifted educators ig-
nite our students’ Jewish souls,
educate them to their highest
potential, and empower them
to use their knowledge, creativ-
ity and skills to enrich our world.
We would love to welcome you
to our Schechter community.
Call today to schedule a visit:
847.412.5654.
SOLON BILINGUAL
PREP AND SOLON
GREEK SCHOOL
(773) 561-5992
stdemetrios.il.goarch.org
Educating Children for over
80 years! You do not need to
be Greek to take advantage of
the opportunities that a Greek-
English education will open for
your child. We offer a strong
curriculum in both languages
for Preschool and Kindergarten
that will leave your child well
prepared to continue on to ele-
mentary school and beyond. All
this and more in a family friendly
environment too. Our children
also continue on to Solon Greek
School to prepare for college
credit in foreign language! Call
for a tour and meet our satisfied
parents...Come in and take a
closer look!
THE SUZUKI-ORFF
SCHOOL OF MUSIC
1148 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago
(312) 738-2646
www.suzukiorff.org
The Suzuki-Orff School of Music
provides quality music educa-
tion at our on-site school and
education through music in Chi-
cago Public Schools with Proj-
ect IMAGE®, a sequential music
program for grades 1-8, and
our literacy-through-music pro-
gram, Clap, Sing and READ!®
for grades K-2. Onsite instruc-
tion begins at 6-months old in
our acclaimed early childhood
program, BabySTEPS®. Suzuki
and traditional music instruc-
tion is offered in violin, viola,
cello, flute, guitar, piano and
voice. Enroll today!
TOTAL CHILD
PRESCHOOL &
CHILDCARE CENTER
516 Church St., Evanston
(847) 864-7100
www.totalchild.org
The mission of Total Child Pre-
school & Childcare Center is
to provide quality, affordable
early childhood education
while reflecting a commitment
to embrace and respect eco-
nomic, cultural, and religious
diversity as a positive value to
be nurtured in our children, our
community, and the world. Our
goal is to provide a nurturing,
inclusive environment where
we work with parents to encour-
age children as they develop in
a manner consistent with their
unique learning style.
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TRINITY CHRISTIAN
COLLEGE
Adult Studies Programs
Main Campus: Palos Heights
Off-site locations for education
program: Addison & Chicago
(708) 239-4768
adultstudies.trnty.edu
Trinity Christian College offers
accelerated degree-completion
programs. With classes meeting
only one night per week, the
Adult Studies program is a con-
venient alternative for working
adults who want to complete
their education without sacrific-
ing time on the job or with their
families. Students apply their
existing college credit and fin-
ish their education or business
degree in two years. Trinity’s
affordable tuition, accelerated
classes, and evening format are
a good fit for most adult stu-
dents.
TRINITY OAKS
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
409 N. First, Cary
(847) 462-5971
www.trinity-oaks.org
Trinity Oaks Christian Academy
provides a positive learning
experience for children pre-
school through 8th grade. The
curriculum is designed to meet
student’s spiritual, physical, and
academic needs. Our preschool
and pre-kindergarten programs
provide developmental appro-
priate activities and prepare
students for kindergarten. We
offer both half and full-day
kindergarten programs. All
students receive education in
Bible, Spanish, music, art, art
appreciation, math and science.
We also offer a variety of extra-
curricular activities including
team sports.
THE WILLOWS
ACADEMY
1012 Thacker St., Des Plaines
(847) 824-6900
www.willows.org
A distinctive school in the Cath-
olic Tradition for girls in grades
6 through 12, The Willows
Academy offers challenging
academics coupled with ample
opportunities for participation
in athletics, the arts, and com-
munity involvement. All classes
are held at the Honors, Acceler-
ated or AP level. Students are
challenged to achieve excel-
lence in all they do, from the
classroom to the stage or the
athletic field! For more informa-
tion, please call or visit our web
site.
WOODLANDS
ACADEMY OF THE
SACRED HEART
760 E. Westleigh Rd.
Lake Forest
(847) 234-4300
www.woodlandsacademy.org
Woodlands Academy of the
Sacred Heart is an indepen-
dent, Catholic day and board-
ing college preparatory school
for young women. A member
of the worldwide Sacred Heart
Schools Network, Woodlands
promotes academic, artistic
and athletic excellence, global
awareness, social responsibility,
and strong faith. The curriculum
includes advanced placement
and honors courses, service
opportunities and ESL. Diverse
community of 160 includes stu-
dents from several countries
and 35 Illinois communities.
Student/faculty ratio is 8:1, with
100% college acceptance an-
nually.
YOUNG WOMEN’S
LEADERSHIP
CHARTER SCHOOL
2641 S. Calumet Ave., Chicago
(312) 949-9400, ext. 100
www.ywlcs.org
The Young Women’s Leader-
ship Charter School (YWLCS)
inspires 7th-12th grade urban
girls to engage in rigorous col-
lege preparatory learning in a
small school that is focused on
math, science and technology
and that nurtures their self-con-
fidence and challenges them
to achieve. The collaboration
and focus single-sex education
provides, combined with com-
mitted staff members and small
classroom sizes, guarantees that
YWLCS young women graduate
from high school and go on to
post-secondary options of their
choice.
4939 W Montrose
Call 773- 736- 1196
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A Fairytale Ballet ......................................85
AIMS Association of Illinois
Montessori Schools ..........Outside Back
Akiba-Schechter Day School ..................72
Ancona School .........................................72
Archdiocese of Chicago ...............Cover C
Armitage Academy ..................................83
Baker School.............................................47
Banner Preschool .....................................53
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School ...39
Bethesda Lutheran School ....................... 7
Brehm Preparatory School ......................76
Brickton Montessori School ...................71
British School of Chicago ......................... 9
Catherine Cook School ............................. 4
Center for Talent Development .............67
CHALK Preschool .................... Inside Back
Cherry Preschool......................................66
Chiaravalle Montessori ...........................24
Chicago Friends School ..........................91
Chicago Grammar School ......................37
Chicago International
Charter School ...........................Cover D
Chicago Jewish Day School ...................57
Chicago Montessori School ...................24
Chicago Virtual Charter School .............59
Chicago Waldorf School .........................42
Chicagoland Jewish High School ..........60
Christian Beginnings ...............................13
Christian Heritage Academy ..................34
Club Z-Charick Corp. ................................. 6
Concordia Place .......................................53
Creative Learning Montessori School ...38
Cybershala ................................................86
Daystar School .........................................40
Deerfield Park District .............................45
Dr. Bills Learning Center .........................48
Einstein Academy ....................................52
Families Together
Cooperative Nursery ...........................52
Fenwick High School ...............................31
Fourth Presbyterian Day School.............31
Fox River Country Day School ................22
Frances Xavier Warde Schools ...............35
Francis Parker School ..............................26
Gan Shalom Early Childhood Ed. Ctr. ...45
Gateway Montessori School ...................60
Glenholme School, The...........................16
Green Room, The .....................................28
Guardian Angel Orthodox School .........67
Howe School, The .......................... Cover A
Illinois Mathematics and
Science Academy ................................28
Immaculate Conception School ............54
Immaculate Conception School ............70
It Takes a Village .......................................68
Jerusalem Lutheran School ....................56
JUF Scholarship Program .......................36
Kumon .......................................................11
Lake Forest Country Day .........................75
Lakefront Childrens Academy ................81
Language Stars ........................................12
Latin School ..............................................36
Learning Through Play ............................93
Leelanau School .......................................74
Lincoln Park Prepatory & Kindergarten ... 9
Lincoln Park Preschool .............................. 9
Little Green Tree House Preschool ........13
Lycee Francais ..........................................22
Missouri Military Academy ....................... 4
Montessori Academy Chicago ...............14
Montessori Academy of Illinois ..............69
Montessori de la Citta .............................86
Montessori Language Academy ............18
Mt. Carmel Academy ... Inside Front Cover
Music Institute Chicago ..........................50
Nicholson School, The ............................46
North Park Elementary School ...............87
Northridge Preparatory ...........................77
Northside Catholic Academy .................41
Northside Dance Theater .......................62
Notre Dame High School .......................82
Oak Park Christian Academy ..................77
Our Lady of Grace School ......................18
Our Lady of Perpetual Help School ........ 2
Pope John XXIII School ...........................49
Queen of All Saints School .....................30
Queen of Angels ......................................89
Quest Academy .......................................61
Resurrection College Prep H.S. ..............31
Resurrection Lutheran Preschool ...........42
Rogers Park Montessori School .............41
Roycemore School ...................................25
Sacred Heart School ................................26
Salem Christian School ...........................82
Sauganash Montessori School ...............65
School of The Art Institute (SAIC) ... 50, 86
Science & Arts Academy .........................24
Second City, The ......................................94
Sinai Preschool .........................................50
Smart Love Preschool ..............................84
Solomon Schecter Day School of
Metropolitan Chicago ........................... 1
Solon Greek School ................................... 7
St. Andrew School ...................................44
St. Bartholomew School ..........................83
St. Clement School ..................................32
St. Constance ............................................78
St. Edward School ...................................... 6
St. Ferdinand ............................................82
St. Gabriel .................................................38
St. James Lutheran School......................62
St. John's Lutheran School .....................95
St. Josaphat School .................................27
St. Mark Preschool ...................................81
St. Peter Lutheran School ........................58
St. Philip Lutheran School .......................66
St. Robert ........................................... 40, 64
Suzuki-Orff School of Music ...................71
The Center for Gifted .................... Cover B
Total Child Preschool and
Childcare Center .................................12
Trinity Oaks Christian Academy .............91
Village Academy ......................................68
Willows, The ..............................................35
Woodlands Academy
of the Sacred Heart .............................75
Young Women's Leadership
Charter School .....................................59
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