FAQs

What if my student has special needs?
St. A’s strives to meet the needs of all learners. We have two full-time resource teachers on staff, leading a fully-developed program. They work with students in the classrooms, individually or in small groups outside the classroom. Staff consults with the classroom teachers, public school personnel, counselors, tutors and parents to coordinate plans and/or develop ICEPs to maximize student success.

Are there extended day programs?
Yes. After-school care is available five days a week Monday through Thursday until 6pm; Fridays until 5pm. Before-school care is available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7:30am to 8:25am.; Wednesdays from 7:30am-8:10am.The Extended Day program is designed to provide a safe and fun educational environment. Certified teachers on our staff provide homework help and child care.

What are the opportunities for parent involvement?
St. A’s welcomes all talents and gifts of time, and encourages parents to find their favorite ways to participate. Volunteering is one of the cornerstones of our community; there are a variety of opportunities and levels of commitment for parents. They serve as classroom helpers, room parents, and chair fundraisers and community-building events throughout the year (i.e. Angel Night, St. Pat’s Party, Teacher Appreciation Week). In addition, the Parent School Organization (PSO), the Development Committee (DC) and the Booster Club have many volunteer opportunities. From taking pictures for the yearbook to coaching a sports team, there is no end to the ways your contributions can aid the school and students.

What if my family isn’t Catholic? Should we consider St. A’s?
St. A’s welcomes all. Catholic faith is the bedrock of our school and is infused throughout the curriculum and community. Over the years, Parents of non-Catholic students have remarked that they appreciate the school’s faith-filled emphasis on honesty, kindness, compassion, anti-bullying and social justice, as well as St. A’s strong academic program.

What about test scores?
Most of our students score well above national and Archdiocesan averages on the standardized achievement tests required by the Archdiocese of Chicago. Our class averages on standardized tests have been consistently in the top 10 percent of the nation. A large percentage of our students enter honors courses in high school and sustain honor roll standing throughout their high school years.

When do students begin wearing uniforms?
St. A’s school uniform is a source of pride for our students and families. Beginning in first grade, students wear the complete uniform every day. Grades 1-6: white polo shirt and navy twill slacks with a belt, or Macbeth plaid jumpers/skirts. Grades 7-8: navy polo shirt and khaki pants with a belt or Macbeth plaid skirt. Non-uniform days and spirit days occur at various points throughout the year. Uniforms are available through Dennis Uniform and Lands End. Before placing an order, please feel free to check the school's Uniform Exchange (2nd floor), where gently used uniform items are returned to us from current families for student use (free).


More questions? please contact our Communications Coordinator, Judy Berg at (847) 864-2650 or jberg@saintas.net.
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