Established in 1914, St. Helen Catholic School provides a coeducational academic program for students ages 3-14. The school is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education, and the Chicago Archdiocese.
Our preschool/kindergarten program is designed in keeping with extensive research that indicates that young children learn best through play. Structured and unstructured activities promote social, cognitive, language, emotional, and physical development. Basic mathematical concepts (including fractions and space relationships), temperature, time, and monetary values are among the topics explored through hands-on activities and written materials alike.
Students in grades K-8 receive instruction in a solid core of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and religion. The curriculum is aligned to state as well as Chicago Archdiocese standards. The curriculum nurtures creative, critical, and independent thinking skills as well as self-discipline. It is structured so that students receive differentiated instruction that meets their developmental needs. Best practice methods are integrated throughout the curriculum.
Special classes in Physical Education, Music, Art, Foreign Language, and Technology are taught to grades Preschool-8.
Tutoring and counseling are offered on a need basis to promote student success and self-confidence.
Students learn teamwork and good sportsmanship through a soccer program for grades K-6 and basketball for grades 4-8. Private piano lessons are available during regular school hours. Clubs include ballet, tap, dance, chess, foreign language, art, science, and drama, garden, service, and recycling.
The dedicated teachers at St. Helen School average ten years of experience and a Master's Degree in Education. Professional Development is ongoing at the graduate school level. In 2010, one third of the faculty was enrolled in a graduate school program to earn either their first or second Master's Degree. The Principal is an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education at Dominican University.
Current enrollment is 345 students, an increase of over 75% since 2004. Our diverse student body includes young people from a broad range of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
Classes are held between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. We also offer before- and after-care from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and again from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Summer Daycare for children is offered in June and July.
Students eat lunch in the school lunchroom. They may bring a bag lunch from home or participate in the hot lunch program, which offers nutritionally well-balanced meals. Discounts are available for families who qualify. Breakfast is available to students who participate in before care.
Current tuition rates are posted in the Document Center found in the Our Community tab. Financial assistance is available for families that qualify. No student will be denied a St. Helen education because of inability to afford tuition.
Before-care costs an additional $35 per month. After-care costs $150 per month. Hourly rates are available.