Back to School
August 3, 2018

City Garden offers a play-based curriculum to preschool and kindergarten children, ages three through six.

By Dolly Duplantier

Local schools are vital to parents who want to provide their youngsters with a good education. This area offers many educational options, providing parents with the confidence to know that their youngsters are learning in a great environment. The community features primary and secondary schools and specialty schools that provide students with an education that will prepare them for future success.

EARLY CHILDHOOD

City Garden Waldorf School, 920 W. 19th St., (312) 421-3050, citygarden1@gmail.com, citygardenschool.com., Facebook (https://m.facebook.com/citygardenwaldorfschool/).

City Garden offers a play-based curriculum to preschool and kindergarten children, ages three through six. The Waldorf Early Childhood School is located in the arts district of Pilsen, where children from all over the city enjoy the private yard and the play-based curriculum.

City Garden has mixed-aged preschool and kindergarten classrooms, each with children from ages three through six. The Waldorf early childhood curriculum meets young children in an age-appropriate way, fostering healthy growth intellectually, physically, and emotionally. The curriculum is free-play based in that there is no teacher-designed goal. The work of the child is to play, as she tries on every idea he or she experiences in life.

Children also participate in structured activities, designed to increase their awareness of community, encourage their sense of authority, and lay a strong academic foundation. Activities allow children to refine gross and fine motor movement, foster spatial awareness, recognize their place in a group, and develop essential language comprehension skills.

Children may attend five days, three days, or two days per week. Kindergarteners are required to attend five days per week in order to properly prepare them for first grade. The school day runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day. Children often stay with the same teacher and peers throughout their time at City Garden, from their entry to school until they graduate, cultivating those relationships.

PRIMARY/ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

British International School of Chicago, South Loop, 161 W. 9th St., (773)599-BISC, www.nordangliaeducation.com/our-schools/chicago/south-loop, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

As a Nord Anglia Education school, the British International School of Chicago is part of a family of 56 international schools, boarding schools, and private schools located in 26 countries around the world. The South Loop campus represents approximately 30 nationalities. Students come from the local community and abroad.

Through international and personalized curriculum, students ages three to 18 gain the knowledge, skills, and understanding they need to develop a lifelong love of learning. The school’s differentiated instruction brings together the strengths of some of the best curricula in the world to engage and challenge students, create global citizens, and prepare them for higher education.

Small class sizes mean teachers know every child individually and can respond to each child’s strengths, adapting their learning model to help them overcome challenges. One in three Nord Anglia Education students go on to the world’s top 100 universities.

Through Nord Anglia Education’s Global Campus, students learn and connect with more than 49,000 children from 54 schools worldwide online in an exceptional digital learning space, in the classroom through innovative project challenges, and on exciting and inspiring international trips.

The school nurtures each child’s talents so he or she can succeed in every aspect of education, from sports to arts, languages or technology. The school also collaborates with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Juilliard, and UNICEF.

As part of the Chicago Area Middle Schools League and Illinois High School Association, the Bulldogs compete in basketball, soccer, volleyball, track and field, cross-country, cheerleading, and dance squads. All students can join sports teams, and everyone has a chance to play during the season.

Through Nord Anglia Education’s Global Campus students at the British International School of Chicago’s South Loop campus connect with more than 49,000 children from 54 schools worldwide.

Children of Peace Catholic School, 1900 W. Taylor St., (312) 243-8186, info@childrenofpeaceschool.org,  cnovak@childrenofpeaceschool.org, www.childrenofpeacechicago.org, Facebook.

Located on the Near West Side in the center of the Illinois Medical District, Children of Peace Catholic School is a diverse school providing education for the whole child: mind, spirit, and body. The school includes a Montessori program for three-to-nine year-olds, traditional classrooms for Pre-K  to eighth grade, and a program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Children of Peace educates students both academically and spiritually. Though it is a Catholic
school, students from all faith backgrounds are welcome. The school’s goal is to provide a spiritual
space to learn from each other’s experiences and be accepting of others’ beliefs.

Through small class sizes (15:1 student to teacher ratio), students foster special relationships with their teachers and classmates. The teachers’ main goal is to encourage all students to strive for the best and to create a culture of effective and meaningful learning, appropriate to the various needs of all students. Children of Peace also provides a unique opportunity for all students to learn sign language starting in Pre-K as a way to connect all of their programs.

The school’s affordable and dynamic programs invite families to be part of a thriving community. Children of Peace also offers extended care and services available from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call the school office to schedule a tour. Tuition assistance is available to families who qualify.

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 strives 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. Register for an open house on the website.

Located in the Illinois Medical District, Children of Peace Catholic School is a diverse school which includes a Montessori program, Pre-K through eighth grade, and a program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Old St. Mary’s (OSM), 1474 S. Michigan Ave., (312) 386-1560, www.osmschool.com, Facebook.

Old St. Mary’s is a vibrant and growing Catholic school in the South Loop serving over 500 children in preschool through eighth grade. With a proven record of academic excellence, the school offers a rigorous program, rooted in the firm foundation of the Catholic faith. Students enjoy a curriculum designed with many hands-on learning opportunities. Just minutes away from the Museum Campus, the location allows frequent access to the rich history and treasures of the city. OSM graduates are well prepared for academic success and are accepted to the top high schools in Chicago.

As a technology rich school, OSM employs a wide array of resources designed to expand student opportunity and broaden their experiences. OSM maintains a 1:1 chromebook program with middle school students; however, all students make use of chromebooks and iPads in their classrooms. Students can put their technological skills to the test, from the staging of a live news broadcast, to 3D modeling, printing, and coding.

Old St. Mary’s School offers an extended day program. The school has a robust athletic program and additional extracurricular activities. The OSM debate team has won numerous city championships and countless individual awards. OSM is committed to providing a program of growth and discovery inside and outside of the regular school hours.

In all areas, students are challenged to observe carefully, think critically, and respond compassionately to the needs surrounding them. OSM’s goal is for each student to become a lifelong learner, never losing the excitement of knowing more about the world in which we live. Come visit. In the spirit of the school’s Paulist tradition, all are welcome!

St. Barbara Elementary School,
2867 S. Throop St., (312) 326-6243, fax (312) 842-7960, www.stbarbaraschool.org, Facebook (StBarbaraSchool), Twitter (StBarbaraChi), Instagram (stbarbarachicago), YouTube (StBarbaraChi@gmail.com).

Founded in 1910, St. Barbara is a Catholic elementary school rooted in faith and nurtured through prayer and education. Located in Bridgeport, the school includes preschool through eighth grade. Its Early Childhood program offers morning and full-day classes, as well as three and five-day options. The student-teacher ratio for preschool is 15:1.

St. Barbara’s strong academic program is a matter of pride. Its rigorous curriculum helps teachers prepare students for success. While mathematics is the school’s core strength, students do well in all academic areas. The writing process begins in kindergarten to ensure each student’s proficiency at later grade levels. Students have performed above the national average on ACT Aspire standardized tests.

The Early Childhood curriculum includes the Rowland Reading Program, Every-Day Math (University of Chicago), STEM Science, and the school’s recognized art program.

St. Barbara teachers and staff believe each student is unique and has the potential to achieve great academic accomplishments. Students participate in a variety of outside activities to foster 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. Non-Christians and 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 NCEA. Extended day care is available until 6 p.m. Tours of the school are available.

St. Barbara Catholic School personnel are proud of the school’s long tradition of academic excellence and rigorous curriculum.

Saint Gabriel Catholic School, 4500 S Wallace St., (773) 268-6636, www.saintgabes.com, Facebook (@SaintGabrielElementarySchool).

For over 135 years, St. Gabriel has been a creative, faithful, and challenging school for students in Pre-K through eighth grade. Located in the heart of Canaryville, St. Gabe’s has a long history of tradition and excellence in the community and is nationally accredited.

The small class sizes and nurturing faculty and staff prepare the students to be life-long learners with steadfast moral character.  St. Gabriel students possess not only a solid scholastic footing, but a strong ethical foundation as well. The school is committed to being diverse, inclusive, and open to anyone.

The alumni and community are dedicated to the school. St. Gabriel families partner with the school in supporting the mission. The loyalty of the community has allowed St. Gabe’s to thrive since 1881.

St. Gabe’s graduates are sought after and accepted at many top ranking high schools in the Chicagoland area. With a comprehensive curriculum, one-on-one technology, and inquiry-based learning, St. Gabriel is dedicated to offering developmentally appropriate curricula that speak to the individual needs of each child. The teachers welcome diversity in the classroom and provide a safe and friendly environment.

St. Gabriel believes in educating the whole child with an outstanding athletic program including football, basketball, and volleyball, a variety of clubs such as chess, music, and drama, and an active youth group. After school care is offered until 6 p.m.

Tuition assistance and scholarships are available. For admission and application information, visit the website or call.

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

For more than 95 years, St. Jerome Catholic School (SJCS) has preserved its tradition as a leader in education. The school’s motto is, “Great beginnings last a lifetime!” SJCS continues to advance its use of technology in teaching. Teachers and administrators are committed to opening up the world of STEM Education to their students. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) encourages students to be competitive in an ever-evolving world.

Students at St. Jerome work on Chromebooks (grades 7 and 8), iPads (grades 3 through 6) and Tablets (Pre-K through grade 2) enhancing an already rigorous curriculum, which includes interactive whiteboards, as well as desktop computers in all classrooms. This technology helps create new learning opportunities.

St. Jerome School also offers Italian and Spanish language classes, art, music, athletics (basketball, volleyball, soccer, and running club), 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. SJCS administrators know there is no better way to invest in your child’s future. For more information or a personal tour contact the school.

Small class sizes and nurturing faculty and staff prepare St. Gabriel’s students to be life-long learners.

St. Malachy School, 2252 W. Washington Blvd., (312) 733-2252, info@stmalachychicago.com, www.stmalachychicago.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. St. Malachy is a Catholic school committed to integrating the Catholic faith tradition and justice education with academic excellence. Teachers are dedicated to nurturing young minds by creating a collaboration of love between family and school. Every student is challenged academically, respected socially, and enriched spiritually.

Using assessment data from interim and annual Aspire tests and AIMSWeb, St. Malachy teachers differentiate instruction according to the strengths and needs of every student. Through the support of Title I math and reading and individual tutors and mentors, each child is given the extra help needed to remediate any learning difficulties.

Faith is at the core of St. Malachy, teaching the gospel through daily prayer and religion classes, and monthly school and family Masses.

Technology is integrated across the curriculum with interactive white boards and computer

stations in each classroom. Middle school has Chromebooks for language arts instruction. Ipads are utilized throughout the grades. A fully updated science lab is available for students and teachers to use school-wide with updated curriculum materials focused on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

St. Malachy leadership believes in developing a complete child with enriching extra-curricular activities such as basketball, lacrosse, Girls on the Run, Gospel choir, praise dance, instrumentals, and opportunities for student leadership. The school also arranges for free inoculations, eye exams and glasses, dental cleaning, and hearing checks.

 Graduates attend top Catholic and selective enrollment high schools. Many qualify for high school academic scholarships. St. Malachy offers financial aid and also assists students in securing financial aid for high school.

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, faith-based education in Chicago’s Pilsen community since 1872.

The award winning faculty and principal help students go on to the best high schools in the Chicago area. The teachers at St. Pius V School are putting the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into practice from grades K-8. They receive specialized training through professional development and coaching by Loyola University Chicago. The school also has partnerships with Rush University Medical Center, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Chicago, and DePaul University.

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 air-conditioned 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.

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

Located in the heart of Chinatown, St. Therese serves children from preschool through eighth grade. The school is recognized nationally and internationally for its advanced curriculum, high achieving students, and globally inspired programs.

The unique curriculum includes algebra and geometry, Mandarin and Spanish classes for all students, advanced science instruction, and an integrated language arts program. Students also learn computer programming languages, including Java, Python and HTML.

The school’s full-time Early Childhood Program focuses on language and literacy development, executive function, social and emotional development, physical development and wellness, cognitive development, and creative expression.

Students consistently exceed local and national results on standardized tests, and many St. Therese graduates are accepted into the most selective public, private, and Catholic high schools. St. Therese students routinely advance to the Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Exposition, the National Geographic Bee, and the National History Bee. National school awards include: National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and National Intel School of Distinction Finalist for Middle School Mathematics.

The school also boasts a full PE program, and art and music classes. Extended day programs are offered and provide students opportunities to participate in extracurricular academic, cultural, and athletic activities.

St. Therese is committed to educating the whole child in a loving and caring environment aimed at spiritual, intellectual, physical, and social-emotional development. The school welcomes students of all backgrounds and religions. Financial need-based scholarships are available. Fall open houses will be held on Thursday, Sept. 20, Thursday, Oct. 11, and  Tuesday, Nov. 20 from 9 to 100 a.m. For more information or to register for an open house, email or call.

De La Salle stresses academic excellence. Pictured are officers of the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society, a service organization for scholars.

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.

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 college prep school is composed of students from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, as well as international students. Intentionally small class sizes (average class size is 12 students) 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.

Chicago Hope Academy consistently attains a 100% college acceptance rate for its graduates. Students have gone on to such schools as Brown University, Wake Forest, Columbia, and the U.S. Naval Academy. The school also fields very competitive athletic programs. The Eagles have won regional championships in multiple sports while learning the values of discipline, teamwork, and leadership in the process. Extracurricular activities include a wide selection of clubs such as chess, art, and robotics.

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 129th 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. 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 35 clubs and activities, including such specialty areas as drone, aviation, and underwater robotics clubs, in addition to 35 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. Its graduates are women of distinction who make an impact throughout Chicago and the global community.

Mother McAuley nurtures and educates girls to become confident, critical-thinking, and compassionate young women. Students benefit from the full breadth of a liberal arts education, including a broad and comprehensive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) experience. The school remains committed to providing young women with the highest quality education by embracing and integrating innovative technologies, such as iPads, that continue to redefine traditional learning experiences. A total of 100% of 2018 graduates were accepted at colleges and universities throughout the U.S.

Mother McAuley is committed to the Catholic faith and is steadfast in their education of girls of all faiths, ethnicities, and traditions. Their theology curriculum offers a sensitive learning setting for girls to discover the necessary skills to maintain moral responsibility, advocate for social justice, and use faith and open-mindedness to drive goodness in the world.

McAuley also offers a celebrated athletic program and renowned fine arts program, as well as travel and service opportunities. Students can choose from more than 33 clubs and organizations and 12 interscholastic sports teams.

McAuley will host three open houses on the following days: Sunday, Sept. 23; Tuesday, Oct. 23; and Thursday, Nov. 29. The school’s shadow days begin in September. Its Parent Shadow Day is on Wednesday, Oct. 3.  The annual Girls’ Night Out for seventh and eighth grade girls will be on Friday, Oct. 19.

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

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 schedule, 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, November 11, 2018, 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, December 1, 2018, 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.

Towering Oaks High School (opening fall of 2019 – site to be determined by end of 2018), (312) 953-8886, info@toweringoakshighschool.org, toweringoakshighschool.org.

Towering Oaks, a private Waldorf-inspired high school, will open its first class of ninth graders in the fall of 2019. The school will accept applications beginning Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, and aims to serve families on the Near South and West sides of Chicago and beyond.

The new high school is part of a parent initiative to continue the Waldorf education started by the pre-kindergarten City Garden Waldorf School and the Urban Prairie Waldorf School serving students in first through eighth grade.

Curriculum at Towering Oaks High School is rooted in the Waldorf tradition where students engage their intellect, emotions, and physical bodies in the captivating and rigorous study of humanities and language, mathematics and sciences, and performing, applied, and fine arts. Competitive testing, academic tracking, and extrinsic motivators are not a part of Waldorf classrooms.

Towering Oaks High School recognizes the importance of developing the capacities of young adults to meet the needs of the 21st century. It is a place for collaboration, creativity, and connection not only for the students, but the families and community members as well.

Towering Oaks High School values authenticity, sustainability, and imagination as ways of growing the seeds of societal transformation and magnifying its positive contribution in the world.

For more information, visit the website.

The Daystar School curriculum allows students to engage in subject matter in experiential ways and promotes curiosity, problem solving, and respect of differences.

SPECIALTY SCHOOLS

Daystar School, 1550 S. State St., (312) 791-0001, www.daystarschool.org, Facebook.

Established in 1997, Daystar has been serving students in a faith-based, culturally engaged, globally minded environment for over 20 years. As the school continues to grow, Daystar has coupled its unique learning practices with the International Baccalaureate (IB) framework to offer a world-class education to its students. Their diverse student body is composed of a variety of cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds, strengthened through their need-based financial aid program.

The Daystar curriculum allows students to engage with subject matter in experiential ways and promotes curiosity, problem solving, and respect of differences. Daystar believes the city is the students’ classroom; the cultural richness of Chicago and the surrounding area is an exciting and practical arena for students to explore and learn.

The growing student body has a current enrollment of 350 students from Pre-K through eighth grade and expects to continue this growth as a 9th grade class will be launched in the fall of 2019. As the completion of the IB certification process is expected early 2019, Daystar continues to offer excellence in Pre-K through eighth grade, while faculty and staff are excited about the expansion into a Pre-K through 12 school.

Student-to-teacher ratio is kept intentionally low so that every student’s needs can be met. Teachers come alongside students as they learn together through projects, collaboration, problem solving, inquiry, and exploration. The students’ high academic performance and test scores ensure acceptance into top Chicago high schools.

As a faith-based school, Daystar teaches students that all are loved and valued in God’s eyes. As a result, the student body is composed of students of a wide range of backgrounds of belief, each loved and valued by the Daystar community. To schedule a tour, visit the school’s website.

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-14. 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 bilingual and biliterate, 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 multi-cultural 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.

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, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Chicago’s public research university is discovering things others only teach and changing people’s lives everywhere—all while helping students cultivate their potential. On September 22, visit the top-ranked urban university in person for UIC Open House.

The comprehensive drop-in event is a day for exploration. Learn more about the big achievements our 30,000 students and 3,000 faculty members lead in everything from research to college life. Guests can choose from 100 activities to personalize their visit. Programs include mock classes, financial advising, Q&As with researchers, campus tours, and more.

“It really is a rare campus visit experience,” said Oscar Rodriguez, director of recruitment and outreach.

UIC Open House programs are offered from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with most activities on the east side of campus. To register and plan your day, visit openhouse.uic.edu. For information about becoming a UIC student, visit admissions.uic.edu.