Schools offer variety of excellent choices in education, programs
August 4, 2017

By Dolly Duplantier and Marie Balice-Ward

“Back to school” is on the minds of students, parents, and teachers. Gazette Chicago offers the following guide to elementary, secondary, and specialty schools that cater to the needs of those seeking an education in this area.

Children of Peace has a diverse student population and includes a Montessori
program, traditional classrooms, and a program for deaf youngsters.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS/MIDDLE SCHOOLS

Children of Peace School, 1900 W. Taylor St., (312) 243-8186, www.childrenofpeacechicago.org, cnovak@childrenofpeaceschool.org.  A Roman Catholic Archdiocesan school, Children of Peace School has a diverse student population. It offers a Montessori program for three-to-nine year-olds, traditional classrooms for three-year-olds to eighth graders, and a program for hearing-impaired children from preschool to eighth grade. Located on the Near West Side, Children of Peace also offers extended-care and affiliated services available from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Carrie Novak officially began as Children of Peace’s new principal on July 5. She and the former principal, Clair Zaffaroni, are ensuring a smooth transition. Novak brings 35 years of educational experience both in the classroom teaching preschool, kindergarten, Title 1, and third grade, and as an assistant principal and principal. “I am proud to have started my career 35 years ago at a Catholic school and I am grateful for the opportunity to return to a Catholic school for this next step in my career,” she stated.

In addition to high academic standards, the school also focuses on positive messages to make every student feel valuable, competent and worthy by devotion to courtesy, responsibility, caring and sharing, goal setting, honesty, feelings, health and prevention, and esteem.

Tuition assistance is available to families who qualify. In terms of academic excellence, the school’s administrators believe there are no limits when students are inspired and excited to learn. Administrators and teachers are dedicated to guiding students in their academic and spiritual development. Teachers and staff work to challenge students in learning and exhibiting Christian values. Technology-rich classrooms enhance a strong curriculum with laptop access for students. Interested parents and guardians are invited to call the school office for open house dates or schedule a tour.

Daystar School, 1550 S. State St., (312) 791-0001,www.daystarschool.org., located in Chicago’s South Loop, is an international baccalaureate candidate school for pre-kindergarten through the eighth grade.

Daystar teachers and staff pride the school as a place of great discovery, adventure, and creativity where students love to learn and learn to love. Daystar is an intentionally diverse community, where everyone is respected and all are deeply valued, because the school’s philosophy is that “we are created in the Image of God.” Daystar School specializes in maximizing the potential of boys and girls in these critical years.  Enrollment is still open. 

“Daunting, exhausting, fulfilling, constant,” said Tamara Doig, Daystar principal. “These are words that describe every parent’s reality, as you have one of the most significant jobs on the planet. In addition to keeping your child healthy and safe, you bear the responsibility of fostering positive self-esteem, curiosity, and confidence.

Following are Doig’s and Daystar’s four tips for maximizing your child’s potential:

1. Seek out supportive environments that help discover and consequently engage your child’s strengths.

2. Actively encourage curiosity. Curiosity is tied to academic achievement and creativity. As your child questions and strives to understand, they take ownership of their learning process.

3. Provide your child ample opportunities to develop critical thinking skills, allowing him or her a safe space to express ideas and thoughts. Help your child see how things fit together. It is important children understand how their actions have considerable impact.

4. Find a school that emphasizes social, emotional, spiritual and academic growth in a strong and safe learning community. Since your child will spend most of his or her waking hours in school, it is critical that it be an environment that fosters holistic development that will maximize his or her potential.

Evergreen Academy Middle School, 3537 S. Paulina St., (773) 535-4836, fax (773) 535-4853, www.evergreenacademyms.com.

Located in the McKinley Park community, Evergreen Academy is one of only 15 middle schools in the city focused on the middle level philosophy and tenets of academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity, and sound organizational structures.

Comprised of about 330 students in sixth through eighth grade, the school has a 96% attendance rate with teachers and staff who ensure that students have an environment conducive to and supportive of all learners. Principal Marian Strok is proud of Evergreen’s designation as a “School to Watch” by the National Forum on Middle Grades Reform. The school first received the three-year designation in 2010 and recently received its third designation through 2019.

Evergreen Academy Middle School’s rigorous and differentiated curriculum aligns with the Common Core State Standards. Honors literature and algebra are available for eligible eighth graders.

The school’s 21st Century ACES (Arts Communities Engaging Students) grant provides for multiple after-school fine arts activities. Its “Tigers” sports teams provide opportunities for students to enjoy a number of extra-curricular activities and organized athletics including flag football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, cross country, and track.

With active participation in academics and extracurricular activities, Evergreen students are empowered to explore and create, making them accountable for their decisions and learning. The school’s mission is to create a collaborative and safe environment where students can become college- and career-ready in an economically, culturally, socially, and religiously diverse world.

The school’s motto is, “Where Excellence is the Expectation.” Evergreen is an Options for Knowledge School and can accept students outside of its neighborhood boun-daries when space is available. Contact Principal Strok for more information.

Intercultural Montessori Language School, 114 S. Racine Ave., Ste. 100, (312) 265-1514, www.interculturalmontessori.org.

Intercultural Montessori is a unique, dual-language Montessori school for children ages three-to-12. The school’s goal is to create global citizens who are fully prepared to thrive in an increasingly multi-cultural world. In a carefully prepared Montessori environment, children learn to speak, read, and write in both English and their choice of a second language. The school offers programs in Spanish/ English, Japanese/English, or Chinese/English for primary and elementary students. Intercultural is a pioneer in developing this unique Montessori/Language educational blend. With 30 years of experience, it has proven this method’s effectiveness.

In addition to becoming bi-lingual and bi-literate, Intercultural students demonstrate academic excellence, confidence, compassion, a collaborative spirit, and a lifetime love of learning. Intercultural educators strive to bring out the best in each child, supporting youngsters in their social, emotional, intellectual, and physical growth.

Students consistently demonstrate high levels of academic achievement, as well as multicultural understanding, world-mindedness, confidence, compassion, collaboration, and independence. Intercultural hosts a selection of extra-curricular activities that take place after school during an extended day.

The Montessori environment provides the setting for learning in all curriculum areas. Through the careful guidance of their teachers, the students are given a sense of independence that produces confidence and joy. Intercultural is committed to supporting the needs of its community of vibrant, multicultural families, including increasing parent awareness of their philosophy and facilitating smooth transitions between home and school.

Mathnasium, 8 S. Peoria St., (312)344-3828, chicago-westloop@mathnasium.com. 

Mathnasium help kids in grades pre-kindergarten through 12th grade understand math by teaching it the way that makes sense to them. Mathnasium Chicago – West Loop operates on the core belief that virtually any child can excel at math. When math makes sense, kids leap way ahead – whether they started out far behind or already ahead in math. The Mathnasium Method™ has transformed the way kids learn math for over a decade across 700+ centers in the U.S. and Canada.

Specially trained math instructors teach children how to understand math in an individual setting – effectively explaining math concepts and lending assistance to each student. Tutors foster a caring, encouraging environment that helps kids thrive and learn. The school pinpoints children’s learning needs, meets them where they are, and take them where they need to go.

Customized learning plans are designed to teach each student. Encouraging instructors continually check progress along the way to make sure students truly understand and retain the concepts. The results are transformative – children see measurable changes in attitude, confidence, and school progress.

Instructors also set aside time to provide homework help for students to understand the homework assignment so they feel better prepared to complete the work.

Staff at Mathnasium suggest: About two weeks before the first day of school, ease youngsters back into a routine for meals and bedtimes. Set the scene for successful studying. Dedicate a designated location for doing homework. Avoid distractions such like television or electronics.

For an assessment, please contact the school.

Daystar School is an affordable private school, providing individualized attention, academic excellence and a Christian curriculum.

Francis W. Parker School, 330 W. Webster Ave., (773) 797-5107, www.fwparker.org, facebook.com/parkerchicago, twitter.com/fwparker.

Francis W. Parker is a school where inspired teachers, a dynamic curriculum, and a diverse community of learners thrive. Parker students are provided with an exceptional educational opportunity in an inclusive community, where diversity in every form provides a global perspective. It is a unique and special place where enduring values and new ideas benefit individual and collective growth.

Guided for over 100 years by a profound educational philosophy, Parker School teachers and administrators strive to cultivate students who have the curiosity, self-discipline, independence of mind, and collaborative spirit necessary to apply their values, skills, knowledge, and ideas to challenges. At Parker, students learn to connect reflection with action, insight with innovation, deeds with consequences, and character with citizenship.

Its small class sizes and interdisciplinary approach to teaching set the stage for a challenging and meaningful educational experience. Students learn and grow within a diverse community of passionate teachers, parents, and peers. As the only independent school in Chicago where students from 14 grades share one building, the school offers collaborative opportunities among grade levels as part of the curriculum.

Academic programs include math, science, history/social studies, and English. Exposure to foreign languages and world cultures begins in the early grades and is part of formal studies starting in sixth grade. In addition to academic curricula, students have physical education, visual arts, drama, and music classes. Upper school students have a large number of elective courses available in addition to the required core of courses. Elective choices are offered in all departments and include approved independent studies, computer programming, and advanced literature studies in foreign languages.

To learn more or to register for open houses, visit www.fwparker.org/openhouse.

Pope John Paul II School, 4235 S. Richmond St., (773) 523-6161, www.pjpiischool.com/, Facebook www.facebook/pjiischool/, is located in Chicago’s Brighton Park community.

Pope John Paul II School opened in 1999 as the consolidation of four local Catholic schools—St. Pancratius, Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of Fatima, and Five Holy Martyrs.

The school offers pre-school through eighth grade.

Faculty and administrators pride themselves on a nurturing environment where students are challenged to grow and develop as Catholics, learners, and individuals. Teachers work closely with students to help them succeed academically. Pre-school and kindergarten classrooms also have full-time teaching assistants.

The academic program includes a full range of special instruction in music, computer, physical education, and Spanish. Students attend mass and adoration weekly and receive religious instruction daily.

Curriculum is designed by the Archdiocese of Chicago and is aligned with Illinois State Standards. Before care (starting at 6:30 a.m.) and after care (until 6 p.m.) is available to accommodate families’ busy schedules. Students can also participate in a number of after school activities and sports teams.

Graduates of the school attend the best Catholic and selective public high schools in the city including Brother Rice, Cristo Rey Jesuit, De La Salle, Mother McAuley, Jones Prep, Walter Payton, Saint Ignatius, Lindblom Math & Science Academy, St. Laurence, and St. Rita.

Pope John Paul II School welcomes students of all religious backgrounds.

St. Barbara Elementary School, 2867 S. Throop St., (312) 326-6243, fax (312) 842-7960, www.stbarbaraschool.org, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

St. Barbara Elementary School has provided quality education in the Bridgeport community for more than 100 years. The school includes preschool (three-year olds) through eighth grade. The early childhood program follows National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) guidelines and offers morning and full-day classes, as well as three and five-day options.

The school’s strong academic program and rigorous curriculum allow teachers to prepare students for success. While mathematics is the core strength of the school, students excel in all academic areas. The writing process begins in kindergarten, ensuring each student’s proficiency in writing at all grade levels.

Students perform above the national average on Terra Nova standardized tests. The early childhood curriculum includes the Rowland Reading Program, EveryDay Math (University of Chicago), STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), and the school’s recognized art program.

All St. Barbara students are unique and have the potential to achieve great academic accomplishments. Students also participate in cultural field trips and a variety of activities outside of the classroom to give them creative, athletic, and social interactions with each other and the community. These opportunities help students develop leadership, sportsmanship, teamwork, and a strong sense of commitment.

St. Barbara Elementary School has a diverse religious student body, including non-Christians. Non-Catholics are welcomed and encouraged to participate in all religious experiences including liturgy. The faculty and staff go beyond classroom teaching, setting examples and modeling their faith, teaching respect and tolerance for all faiths.

St. Barbara School is recognized by the State of Illinois Board of Education and is a member of the National Catholic Educational Association. Extended day care is available until 6 p.m. Call the school for a tour.

St. Jerome Catholic School, 2801 S. Princeton Ave., (312) 842-7668, www.stjeromeschool.net, Facebook, Instagram.

St. Jerome Catholic School (SJCS) continues to advance its use of technology in teaching with its Chromebrook program. Every student in sixth through eighth grade is provided a Chromebook with eBook or iBook capabilities. SJCS students use these Chromebooks to further enhance an already innovative reading, writing, and science curriculum. The Chromebook program is in addition to an already rigorous curriculum, which includes interactive whiteboards, as well as desktop computers in all classrooms. Students in preschool through fifth grade also reap the benefits of this program by utilizing the most effective educational applications on the market, as well as learning keyboarding and other technological skills using tablets and Chromebooks.

This approach to educating students creates new learning opportunities and prepares students for high school in a technology-driven world. St. Jerome School also offers Italian and Spanish language classes, art, music, athletics, and enrichment programs. These contribute to SJCS students consistently testing far above the national average on standardized tests, granting them access to the best selective enrollment and private high schools.

For more than 92 years, St. Jerome Catholic School has preserved its tradition as a leader in education. For information or a personal tour contact the school. SJCS administrators know there is no better way to invest in your child’s future because their motto is, “Great beginnings last a lifetime!”

St. Malachy School, 2252 W. Washington Blvd., (312) 733-2252, info@stmalachychicago.com. info@stmalachypreciousblood.org.

St. Malachy School is dedicated to teaching and nurturing young minds. “A Place Where I Will Make Something of Myself” is its mantra.

Principal Bridged Miller stated, “We want every individual that comes to our school to be better for having been here. Come visit and feel the power of God’s love.”

Known for its high academic achievement, the school has many students who qualify for academic scholarships. Its graduates continue on to Christ the King, De La Salle, Loyola Academy, Fenwick, Holy Trinity, Saint Ignatius, and Notre Dame private high schools, and selective enrollment public high schools such as Westinghouse, Phoenix Military Academy and math and science schools.

“In tracking our graduates from the Class of 2012, we have found that 80%percent are accepted and enrolled in college for the fall,” said Miller. St. Malachy’s students score in the average percentile and above on the annual Terra Nova tests, as instruction is customized according to the strengths and needs of each student.

United Stand Counseling Center diagnostic staff provide testing and counseling. Through the support of Title I math and reading during the day and after school, in addition to individual tutors and mentors, each child is given the extra help needed for remediating learning difficulties.

School support and outside funding make financial assistance available to most families; many students retain their financial assistance in high school. Miller is available to discuss these opportunities in a professional, confidential matter.

St. Malachy stands strong with the support of Pastor Father Matt Eyerman, who joined the parish in 2011. He shares his generosity and knowledge with students and encourages involvement with food pantries and generous outreach to the community.

St. Pius V School, 1919 S. Ashland Ave., (312) 226-1590, www.SaintPiusV.org.

Every day at St. Pius V School, students follow the motto, “Making a World of Difference.” St. Pius V School has provided generations of families with an excellent, faithbased education in Chicago’s Pil-sen community since 1872. Dedicated faculty (over half of whom have advanced degrees) help students go on to the best high schools in the Chicago area.

The teachers at St. Pius V School put the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into practice from kindergarten through eighth grade. In addition, they receive specialized training through professional development and coaching by Loyola University Chicago.

The new standards reflect a change in science education, which follows how science and engineering are actually practiced and experienced in the real world. Students at St. Pius V School will be better prepared for colleges and careers because the new standards emphasize discovery through questioning and inquiring.

Beyond the school’s excellent science and math curricula and other core classes (reading, English, and social studies), SPV also offers innovative lessons in peacemaking, executive functions, financial planning, and technology. The airconditioned classrooms feature computers with Internet access, interactive white boards, and access to tablets. The school’s curriculum also includes art, music, and physical education.

At St. Pius V, every student learns how to play at least one musical instrument before he or she graduates. Tutoring and counseling are available for students who need assistance. St. Pius V School offers before and after school programs and full-day pre-school and kindergarten. The schedule is designed to meet the needs of working parents.

Mathnasium teachers believe every child has the ability to be successful in math if it is taught in a way that makes sense to the individual.

St. Therese Chinese Catholic School 247 W.23rd St., (312) 326-2837, principal@sttheresechicago.org, www.sttheresechicago.org.

Located in the heart of Chinatown, St. Therese offers preschool through eighth grade students an exceptional educational experience. St. Therese is committed to educating the whole child in a loving environment aimed at spiritual, intellectual, physical, and social-emotional development. Financial need-based scholarships are available. Stop by and visit St. Therese Chinese Catholic School during its Open House events: Thurs., Sept. 14 from 9 to 10 a.m., Thurs., Oct. 12, 9 to 10 a.m. and Tues., Nov. 21, 9 to 10 a.m.

The school’s early childhood program includes early childhood specialists in preschool through second grade. St. Therese’s advanced curriculum includes accelerated reading, a full-year of high school algebra and geometry in eighth grade, advanced science, computer programming (Swift, Python, Javascript, Java, HTML) in grades 3-8, Mandarin and Spanish in preschool through grade 8, music, art, and physical education. Excellent extracurricular, cultural, and afterschool care programs are also offered.

Student learning is accelerated at all grade levels with advanced integration of multi-tiered technology in each classroom, and a state-of-the-science Innovations Room. Seventh and eighth grade students consistently score at or above the 90th percentile on national standardized tests. All St. Therese classrooms (grades 3-8) meet or exceed ACT College Readiness standards. Graduates attend top-ranked college preparatory high schools.

St. Therese routinely advances to the Illinois Junior Academy of Science (ILJAS) State Exposition, National History Bee, spelling bees, and math competitions. St. Therese also won first place in a national algebra competition among both elementary and high schools.

Principal Phyllis Cavallone is  the recipient of the 2017 NAESP National Distinguished Principal Award, Golden Apple Stanley C. Golder Award for Leadership, and NCEA Lead Learn Proclaim Award.

Santa Lucia School, 3017 S Wells St., (312) 326-1839, santaluciaschool.net, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Santa Lucia School has served the Bridgeport/Armour Square area for over 55 years. Its diverse pre-kindergarten (starting at age three) through eighth grade has students hailing from throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.

Santa Lucia’s faith-based curriculum teaches fundamental Catholic values with an emphasis on creativity and self-expression in all subjects, including religion, math, science, language arts, Italian, social studies, history, reading, art, music, physical education, computer classes, and a Science, Tech-
nology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program. This comprehensive curriculum has played an important role in high performance on standardized testing with scores currently above the national average in every subject in all grades. Santa Lucia graduates go on to attend many selective enrollment Chicago high schools.

The school’s diverse and intellectual learning atmosphere creates an engaged, compassionate, and intellectual student. Santa Lucia students have a great variety of programs to augment their classroom activities. After school clubs include yearbook, newspaper, student government, STEM, chess, Italian, Spanish, and band. The Santa Lucia Athletic Association (SLAA) encourages all students to participate in its Lightning Athletics Program. Santa Lucia also offers an extended care program, with doors open from 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Eileen Sheedy begins her second year as principal this fall. Prior to Santa Lucia, Sheedy was a kindergarten teacher and assistant principal for St. Louis de Montfort School in Oak Lawn.

Sheedy obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Saint Xavier University in Chicago, where she developed a passion for STEM learning, something she has incorporated in the curriculum at Santa Lucia. The newest addition to Santa Lucia includes the WeatherBug camera and interactive white board technology to propel the school’s new STEM initiatives.

The Frances Xavier Warde School (FXW) 120 S. Desplaines St. (preschool to grade 3) and 751 N. State St. (grades 4 to 8), (312) 466-0700, www.fxw.org, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

FXW is an Independent Schools Association of the Central States and National Association for the Education of Young Children accredited, independent, Catholic school located in the heart of Chicago. The school offers an engaging, interdisciplinary learning environment to children in preschool (age 3 and above) through grade 8.

As a values-driven, faith-based school, FXW has faculty who educate the hearts and the minds of students. The school is purposefully diverse and intentionally inclusive. Families share their culture, religion, and ethnic traditions, enriching all. 

As a community of faith, FXW has a dynamic religious education program that offers two curricular options. Students participate in a Catholic or interfaith religion program, in which the curricula mirror one another. Throughout the year, children participate in prayer services and Masses as an expression of their faith experience.  

As a community of inclusion, FXW School values the opportunity for interfaith dialogue which involves listening, learning and asking questions to deepen understanding of world faiths. Both programs cultivate an appreciation of all faith traditions and provide extensive opportunities to engage in meaningful service projects at all grade levels. An FXW student is a person whose spirit is rooted of generosity and service.

The FXW community is comprised of thinkers and leaders working in an academically enriched environment. FXW teachers are passionate, flexible, creative, and innovative. They help curious minds learn how to solve problems, collaborate and take initiative.

FXW lays the groundwork for students to have a never-ending thirst for knowledge. Through their FXW experience, students come to understand that education is their greatest resource for a successful future. Need-based scholarships are available. For admission and application information, visit the website.

HIGH SCHOOLS/COLLEGE PREP

Chicago Hope Academy, 2189 W. Bowler St., (312) 491-1600, fax (312) 491-1616, www.Chicagohopeacademy.org, Facebook: Chicago Hope Academy, Instagram: chicagohopeacademy.

The average class size at Chicago Hope Academy is 12 students. The intentionally small class sizes ensure that Chicago Hope Academy students receive as much individualized attention from their teachers as needed. The dedicated faculty members are available before and after school for tutoring, and they embrace their role as mentors and teachers.

As a Christian, faith-based high school, Chicago Hope Academy welcomes students of all spiritual backgrounds as part of its strong commitment to diversity. The student body is comprised of students from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, as well as international students.

Chicago Hope Academy is a college prep school that has consistently attained a 100% college acceptance rate for its graduates. Graduates have gone on to such schools as Brown University, Wake Forest, Columbia, and the U.S. Naval Academy.

Chicago Hope Academy fields very competitive athletic programs. The Eagles have won regional championships in multiple sports, and students learn the values of discipline, teamwork, and leadership in the process. Extracurricular activities include a wide selection of clubs such as chess, art, and robotics.

To better know the school, Chicago Hope Academy offers Shadow Days for seventh and eighth graders every Thursday and Friday throughout the school year, plus an Open House each fall and spring for family campus visits. Log on to Chicago Hope Academy’s website or call the school to schedule a visit. Interested persons are invited to take a virtual tour of the school and athletic facilities online. Chicago Hope Academy is an independent private school that offers extensive academic and need-based financial aid to make education affordable.

De La Salle Institute 3434 S. Michigan Ave., (312) 842-7355, www.dls.org, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Founded in 1889 by the Brothers of the Christian Schools, De La Salle Institute (DLS) celebrates its 128th year of providing a quality Catholic and Lasallian education to young men and women from across Chicagoland. A Catholic high school with deep roots in the Lasallian tradition of faith, service, and community, De La Salle offers its students a multitude of opportunities to explore, grow, and share their faith through participation in the Eucharist, retreats, and service. The school is now co-educational, with all students attending classes at the Institute Campus.

With three levels of academic programming, the school offers individualized educational programs to maximize student potential. Advanced Placement and PACC (Program for Advanced College Credit) courses are available so students may earn a semester’s worth of college credit. As the first high school in Chicago to integrate one-to-one Tablet PC education into its curriculum, De La Salle features students who are fully competent and prepared to compete in the ever-changing arena of global technology.

De La Salle continues to expand and strengthen its curriculum with “Project Lead the Way,” offering classes in engineering and robotics this fall. Engineering students will have an opportunity to earn college credit. An integral part of the engineering class will be the usage of De La Salle’s 3-D printers.

Growth outside the classroom also is a vital part of De La Salle. The school provides a constantly expanding variety of over 40 clubs and activities, including such specialty areas as drone, aviation, and underwater robotics clubs, in addition to 32 sports. De La Salle Institute provides an environment where students from diverse backgrounds can thrive academically, spiritually, socially and athletically.

Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, 3737 W. 99th St., (773) 881-6500, www.mothermcauley. org, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Mother McAuley is a Catholic educational community committed to providing a quality secondary education for young women. Since 1956, Mother McAuley has excelled in providing an academic and spiritual education to thousands of young women. Its graduates are women of distinction who make an impact throughout Chicago and the global community.

Offering a liberal arts education, McAuley teaches students how to think critically, how to learn, and how to make connections and see life as a whole. McAuley equips students with the communication, reasoning, and academic skills necessary to become well-rounded and well-educated young women.

As in previous years, 100% of graduates of McAuley’s class of 2017 were accepted at colleges and universities, a percentage far in excess of the national average. McAuley remains committed to providing young women with the highest quality education possible by embracing and integrating innovative technologies, such as iPads, that continue to redefine traditional learning experiences.

McAuley administrators and teachers believe that well-rounded individuals are formed through educating the mind, body, and spirit. Students can choose from more than 33 service, academic, interest, and social clubs and organizations. In addition, McAuley has set an impressive bar with a strong athletic program featuring 12 interscholastic sports teams.

McAuley will host three open houses this fall on the following days: Sunday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. The school’s shadow days begin Tuesday, Sept. 5.

At St. Therese Chinese Catholic School, there is an advanced curriculum featuring accelerated reading and high school algebra and geometry.

Saint Ignatius College Prep, 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd., (312) 421- 5900, fax (312) 421-7124, www.ignatius.org.

A Jesuit Catholic school, Saint Ignatius offers a diverse community dedicated to educating young men and women for lives of faith, love, service, and leadership. Through outstanding teaching and personal formation, the Ignatius classroom sets the foundation for intellectual excellence, integrity, and life-long learning. Inspired by the gospel, this community strives to use God’s gifts to promote social justice.

Fall recruiting events are coming up. For anyone who is a potential future Saint Ignatius student, the Campus Visit Program is recommended. On a typical day, 20 eighth grade students visit the campus to “shadow” a current freshman. They follow a freshman sche-dule, eat lunch in the dining hall, and see firsthand what it is like to be an Ignatian. There will also be an opportunity to meet other students, teachers, club moderators, and coaches. Campus visits take place on regular school days from mid-September to mid-December. Registration should be completed online.

Saint Ignatius will host its annual open house on Sunday, Nov. 12, from noon to 3 p.m.; the last tour will depart at 2:40 p.m. Guests should arrive at Holy Family Church, where a brief presentation will be given by members of the school’s administration, followed by a journey through the school where teachers, club moderators, coaches, and current parents will be available to meet attendees and answer questions. Reservations are not required.

Saint Ignatius entrance exams are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 2, from 8 a.m. to noon. The High School Placement Test will be given to eighth grade students only. A $25 testing fee is required. No calculators are permitted.

SPECIALTY SCHOOLS AND PROGRAMS

Chinese American Service League 2141 S. Tan Ct., (312) 791-0418, www.caslservice.org/youth/, Facebook, Twitter.

The Chinese American Service League (CASL) supports children up to 18 years old in becoming confident, responsible, and thriving individuals who contribute back to the community and succeed in a global society. Specifically, CASL ensures that children of immigrant families develop with the social and emotional stability they need for healthy assimilation into American society and with a positive blend of their new and native cultures. In addition, non-immigrant, non-Chinese children and families are welcome to engage in CASL programming for cultural enrichment.

CASL’s three age-based children’s programs are invaluable multilingual, multicultural foundations that provide the skills for children to succeed at school, and support the family unit as a whole. These programs include training and support for new parents, certified and accredited early childhood education, and youth development.

The training and support program for new parents includes an energizing group activity room for interactive social experiences, and is supplemented by developmentally focused in-home visits. The certified and accredited early childhood education program is for children aged two to five, and provides multilingual, multicultural curricula in three full-day classrooms.

The well-rounded, research-based curriculum includes literacy, math, science, art, music, and physical fitness. The youth development program provides afterschool tutoring, mentoring, leadership training, and healthy recreation for children ages five to 18.

Detour 2 Discovery Day School, 2001 S. Wabash Ave., (312) 949-2273, www.detour2discovery.com, facebook.com/Detour2/.

Celebrating 25 years of supporting families and growing little ones, Detour 2 Discovery Day School is a child-centered, independent early childhood program providing a community of care for infants through kindergarten in the South Loop. Since 1992, the school has provided safe, consistent, love-based childcare for families who want to encourage their children’s development in a setting that honors diversity and respects the idea that early childhood is a beautiful journey, not a race.

Detour 2 Discovery employs an innovative learning program encouraging independence by building self-esteem and important social skills through play and being part of the extended family. The school’s dedicated and highly qualified teachers exceed all City, State, and Federal requirements.

Owners John & Jennifer Heim invest in innovative professional development, traveling with their staff to seminars and conferences all over the United States. Detour helps each child reach his or her highest potential by encouraging independent thinking, curiosity, exploration, and discovery through developmentally appropriate curriculum, materials and methods.

The single-story, sunny, lofted facility houses six infant and toddler nurseries, six preschool and school readiness classrooms, an indoor motor room with a climbing maze and ball pit, a learning lounge for library and music, a teachers’ lounge, and a curriculum resource room.

Detour provides a fun environment, where small groups and low ratios have always been a priority. Play is valued as a learning experience. The environment is stimulating and challenging, providing children with basic techniques and skills for the development of self-discipline. The school believes in giving free choice throughout the day to encourage decision-making and other independent skills.

Detour 2 Discovery is proud of its welcoming community where each child’s social, emotional, physical, and intellectual skills are not only nurtured, but celebrated.

UNIVERSITIES

The University of Illinois at Chicago, 700 S. Halsted St. (main campus address), 1200 W. Harrison, Ste. 1100 (admissions), (312) 996-4350, https://admissions.uic.edu.

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is Chicago’s public research university – big, diverse, and alive with educational activity. UIC is a campus community embedded in some of Chicago’s most interesting neighborhoods. Consistently ranked among the most diverse and welcoming campuses in the U.S., the university is home to nearly 30,000 students. UIC’s students have the advantage of studying in 15 different academic colleges alongside a superb faculty who are known for breakthrough discoveries. This university offers a challenging, career-building education and a life-changing college experience through hundreds of academic and success programs. It is known for its excellence, providing undergraduate and graduate degrees in the arts, business, humanities, sciences, technology, health care, and urban planning and public administration.

UIC invites you to join with the campus community on Saturday, Sept. 16, for its annual Open House program. This event features faculty speakers and conversations with faculty; lab demonstrations; residence hall, campus, and studio tours; student organizations; mock lectures; and information sessions about academic programs, admissions requirements, research, and financial aid. It is your VIP access to Chicago’s public research university. “Open House is ideally about letting the public understand what goes on at an urban research university,” said Oscar Rodriguez, director of recruitment and outreach. “It’s our chance to showcase our faculty and students, and the projects they are working on year round, in a way that is digestible to the public.”

UIC Open House runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Start at Student Center East, 725 S. Halsted St.

For information about UIC Open House, or to register, visit www.openhouse.uic.edu. For information about becoming a UIC student, visit www.admissions.uic.edu.