Academic – We seek to uphold a standard of excellence at all grade levels and in all subject areas.
~ Named in 2011, 2014, and 2016 as one of 4 schools in Chicago with highest student increases in Terra Nova scores
~ Continual professional development and over 70% of teachers with Masters degrees
~ Constant communication via weekly reports, classroom newsletters, blogs, and letters from main office
~ Advanced and extensive classroom technology, iPad lab, and other instructional resources
~ Proactive high school preparation services
~ Students accepted into top Chicago high schools like Northside College Prep, St. Ignatius, etc.
~ Successful early childhood program with Illinois’ Preschool for All accreditation and support
~ Successful participation in city, state, and national contests – essays, posters, projects, etc.
~ Spanish classes as part of standard weekly curriculum for all grades
~ A state of the art technology lab with multiple technology classes every week
~ Music Appreciation/Instrumental Program every week; weekly physical education classes
~ Multiple field trips throughout the Chicagoland area focusing on its great cultural and academic resources
Faith – Our Catholic Christian faith underscores the core mission of our school – to grow in knowledge and love of God and others.
~ Weekly Mass attendance and regular prayer services
~ Values modeled, taught, and celebrated across all grade levels (For ex.: Student Peacemaker awards)
~ Sacramental preparation available
~ Rigorous grade level religion objectives
~ Altar server program
~ School-wide service projects like clothing drive, food drive, St. Jude’s Math-a-thon, etc.
~ School choirs perform at parish Masses
Extracurricular – Our program looks to form the whole child by educating our students academically, socially, spiritually and physically.
~ 2 student choirs and instrumental program in music including percussion, keyboarding, and flute
~ Recorder and private lessons available
~ Spanish language classes in extended day program
~ Successful sports teams – co-ed softball, co-ed flag football, Varsity and JV boys basketball, Varsity and JV girls basketball, girls soccer, boys soccer, co-ed volleyball
~ Spring plays performed by 1st & 2nd and 3rd & 4th grades
~ Title I reading and math support and student counseling services available
~ Examples of recent after school clubs: Art, Fitness, Go Green, Yoga, Student Council, Girls on the Run, Cooking, Latin Dance, Crochet, Gardening, Homework Help, etc.
Community, Development, Family, Outreach – The outreach of the St. Sylvester School community plays a vital role in the lives of its families both in and out of school.
~ Won Polk Brothers School Leadership Award every year from 2007-08 to 2015-16
~ Students nominated and selected as STEM Scholars, Gallagher Scholars, White Scholars, and more
~ Successful appeals on behalf of graduates for HFS Chicago Scholarships, LINK Unlimited Scholarships, and the very prestigious Daniel Murphy Scholarship
~ Family events – holiday fun fairs, dances, game nights, family potluck meals
~ Convenient extended day services from 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
~ Need-based financial aid and scholarships available
~ Increased advocacy and successful appeals for high school scholarships
~ Alumni outreach – alumni newsletter, alumni appeal, and reunion events.
~ Weekly communication from school and teachers including classroom blogs and podcasts
~ Classroom “Buddy program” – older and younger grades partner regularly for projects