What are regular school day hours?
The school day runs from 7:50 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Is there before and after school care?
Yes, offered from 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. every day. The rate is $4.00 per hour with a $20 registration fee. Many clubs, classes, and sports teams are additionally offered after school.
Where do St. Sylvester School graduates go to high school?
Recent graduates have gone on to impressive high schools and earned many distinct honors and scholarships. High schools and programs include: Northside College Prep, St. Ignatius, Walter Payton, Whitney Young, The Willows Academy, DePaul’s AP program, Lane Tech, Notre Dame, St. Patrick, Holy Trinity, Josephinum, and many more. Miguel Aviles (2008), Ariana Rivera (2011), Kevin Alantara (2015), David Antunez (2016) and Andrew Gutierrez (2016) were selected as Daniel Murphy Scholars, one of the most selective high school scholarships in the country. Sydney Rainey (2010) and Noel Lewin (2011) were named LINK scholars, one of Chicago’s most prestigious. In fact, we have worked to get high school scholarships or aid for over 75% of recent graduates.
Is financial aid available?
St. Sylvester School offers tuition assistance to families who qualify based on financial need. Our goal is to provide assistance to anyone who qualifies and needs it. In the past year, close to 70% of school families received some aid, ranging from $100 to $4,500+ per child.
Is there a summer program?
To be sure that students are retaining knowledge over the summer, we have instituted a mandatory summer reading and math program for grades 1-8. Students receive a list of work to complete over the summer that is due when the next school year begins.
We also have a fun summer camp/school. This optional camp is thematic with one overarching topic giving shape to the daily activities and lessons. There are reading and math lessons, field trips, games, and plenty of outside time. The camp, run by current staff members, is open to any children and runs for six weeks. Lunches and extended day services are offered throughout the summer program.
Are there events for families?
St. Sylvester School holds many events throughout the school year for our school families and the greater community. We believe that family events help build our great sense of school spirit and community. Some events from recent years include: Family Game Night, Family Visitation Day, Halloween Fun Fair, Santa Brunch, Christmas Potluck Dinner, Yoga Night, Zumba Night, Movie Night, Lenten Fish Fry Dinner, Spring Student Showcase and Awards Night, and more.
Families are also encouraged to be involved in the life of the school through consistent volunteer events and opportunities to lead after school clubs.
Are all of the students Catholic?
We have a diverse student body made up of many different ethnicities, races, and religions. While the majority of our students identify as Catholic, we have many students and families with different or no religious affiliation and these students make up a beautiful part of our community. Religion classes, prayer services, and weekly Mass reveal the Catholic nature of our school. All students participate in these opportunities, but there is certainly no requirement that all of our students be Catholic.
Is there an alumni network?
With over 100 years of service, St. Sylvester School has an extensive and supportive alumni network. Alumni newsletters help keep all graduates informed of special alumni news as well as recent school developments. Individual alumni have also sponsored contests for students and the installation of our new flagpole. We are blessed that St. Sylvester alumni remember their school community and continue to support it through the years.
Does St. Sylvester School accept students with special needs?
We strive to be fully inclusive of all students and their particular learning styles and needs. By focusing on small class sizes and utilizing learning centers, teachers are able to provide differentiated instruction and respond to particular needs. We have Masters level teachers who often work 1-1 with particular students to address special learning needs. However, we honestly share that we do not have the full resources that some students may require (speech therapy, daily 1-1 aide, etc.) so acceptance is always done on an individual basis. The family, student, and principal will meet before students are accepted.