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St. Gerald Catholic Church
9310 S 55th Ct, Oak Lawn, IL 60453

St. Gerald Church is the oldest Catholic church in Oak Lawn. The church was established in 1934, following theMore opening of the parish elementary school in 1929. The church maintains a tradition of being a caring parish, with a long history of parishioners meeting the needs of the community. St. Gerald's supports both local and global missions, and is a supplier of the Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ community food pantry.

St. Gerald's offers adult classes for new Catholics and those who wish to deepen their Catholic faith. There is also a part-time youth minister. The church provides an affordable, all-day pre-school and after-school program for children of working parents.

Religious education is offered to public school students of Catholic faith in grades one through eight. St. Gerald's Holy Name Society is currently raising money to build a new gymnasium for the parish elementary school. There is also a parish Women's Club and Teen Club.

St. Gerald Catholic School
9320 S 55th Ct, Oak Lawn, IL 60453

St. Gerald Catholic School is a pre-K-8 school affiliated with St. Gerald Catholic Parish. It is Oak Lawn's oldestMore Catholic elementary school. The school offers a challenging faith-based curriculum in a caring family atmosphere. It also offers extended before and after-school care for children. Known for its academic excellence, many St. Gerald grads go on to become valedictorians at their respective high schools.

The school is fully equipped with a library, science and computer labs, and an ELS (essential learning system) lab that uses a multisensory computer program to teach struggling students how to better process information and school work.

In addition to its curriculum, St. Gerald's offers a wide range of sports and other extracurricular activities, including a peer support group for students who have suffered a loss. St. Gerald's also hosts an annual dinner dance, walk-a-thon and summer carnival.

Parents and guardians are actively involved in the school, and many volunteer as classroom aides and organizers of annual school benefits. The school supports several parent organizations.

Limited financial aid is available, and non-Catholic students are welcome to enroll; however, preference is given to children of Catholic faith.

St. Linus Catholic Church
10400 Lawler Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453
St. Linus Catholic Church has a large parish comprised of about 2,500 families. It hosts daily services and a weeklyMore prayer group. It also sponsors a St. Vincent De Paul Society to assist those in need and has an outreach team working with families affected by addiction. Religious education is provided for chidren in pre-school through eighth grade.
Family of St. Germaine Parish
9711 S Kolin Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453

The Family of St. Germaine Parish is one of only two Catholic churches in North America named for the Catholic saintMore of special needs.

As a Catholic community, the parish endeavors to celebrate God's presence by providing opportunities for spiritual growth and social awareness through worship, education, service and friendship. The parish seeks to relate the Gospel to everyday life by providing programs that minister to the unemployed, remembering those serving in the military, liturgical ministries, a teen club, a St. Vincent de Paul chapter and other activities for parish life.

In addition to its pre-kindergarten through eighth grade parish elementary school, St. Germaine's provides religious education for children of the Catholic faith who attend public school (also for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students).

Like its patron saint, St. Germaine's is also the only Catholic parish in Oak Lawn that has a special education religious education program for developmentally challenged and visually and hearing-impaired youth called "God's Special People."

St. Louis de Montfort Catholic School
8840 Ridgeland Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453

St. Louis de Montfort Catholic School is committed to working with parents to help young people become mature adultsMore who can proudly declare their faith. The Chicago Archdiocese school is supported by the St. Louis de Montfort Parish and takes its responsibility of educating children in the Catholic faith very seriously. Academics, religion, sports and choir all have a faith-based dimension.

Parents are afforded every opportunity to become involved in their child's education through regular communication with the school principal and faculty. St. Louis de Montfort has an active school and athletic board and family school association. The school hosts an August flea market, an Oktoberfest in September and a March fish fry.

Tuition assistance is available for families that qualify, as well as remedial assistance in subject areas for students who are behind and need extra help.

St. Louis de Montfort offers a fine arts program that includes music and drama, hands-on science programs and a pre-school. Physical education and sports activities are held in nearby Oak Lawn parks, and the parish hall is often utilized as a gymnasium. 

Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School
3737 W 99th St # A, Chicago, IL 60655

Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School is a Catholic educational community committed to providing a qualityMore secondary education  for young women, offering a rigorous education grounded in the Catholic faith.

Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, the high school has been educating young women of high school age since 1846. Mother McAuley is the largest all-girls Catholic high school in the United States. The high school draws a significant portion of its student population from Oak Lawn's Catholic elementary schools, including St. Gerald, St. Germaine, St. Linus, St. Catherine of Alexandria and St. Louis de Montfort.

The school provides a learning environment that uniquely nurtures young women's learning styles and self-confidence. The curriculum continues young women's faith formation within the Catholic tradition that fosters value-based decision making in all aspects of life in high school and beyond.

Mother McAuley offers premier, well-appointed facilities including state-of-the-art fine arts, science, technology and art programs on its present campus that opened in 1956. Students may choose from an extensive menu of courses and activities offered in a community atmosphere. Its liberal arts program encourages girls to think critically, communicate effectively, respond compassionately to the needs of their community and assume roles of Christian leadership.

SAT/ACT scores surpass national coed levels and 99 percent of its graduates continue their education, according to the school's website. The school also offers a wide variety of co-curricular clubs and activities where young women can continue to nurture their talents and gifts outside the classroom.

Financial and tuition assistance is provided to qualifying students, as well as scholarships set up by school alumnae. A learning resource center and tutoring are also available to students who need extra academic help.

The school's athletic programs have also earned state and national recognition in interscholastic sports, including the Mighty Macs' 13 Illinois state volleyball championships.

Mother McAuley boasts a significant alumnae daughter population that continues the school's tradition of excellence.

St. Catherine of Alexandria
10621 Kedvale Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453
St. Catherine of Alexandria is a Catholic school led by principal Catherine Hudson, whose assistant is Charlotte Pratl.More Grades include preschool through 8th. In addition to core subjects, such as math and English, the school promotes opportunities for students to develop intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and physically.
St Louis de Montfort Parish
8808 Ridgeland Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453

St. Louis de Montfort Parish is a well-established Catholic community church based in Oak Lawn. The church supports aMore parish elementary school and offers religious education for children of Catholic faith that attend public schools.

The church also hosts many faith-based groups for adult parishioners, a Knights of Columbus chapter, a food pantry, Children's Liturgy of the Word classes during Sunday mass, and more.

St. Louis de Montfort is a community of caring people who believe in and put their faith into action in various services for the community. The parish is welcoming to anyone who wishes to take part in its church services and programs.

 

St Linus Catholic School
10400 Lawler Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453

St. Linus Catholic School endeavors to inspire each student with Christ-centered values through challenging educationMore and community involvement.

The school's motto is "The Few, The Proud, The Future." Students at the school typically score in the top 10 percent of the country on standardized tests. St. Linus takes a "whole child" approach in addressing the needs of individual students and nurturing each to grow spiritually, intellectually, emotionally and physically.

The school curriculum includes religion, math, social studies, language arts, science, technology, fine arts and physical education.

Grades 6-8 at St. Linus operate as a middle school where children are grouped according to abilities and change classes.

Students are encouraged to be creative, with many opportunities for hands-on learning. Catholic values and character formation are integrated into every lesson.

In the past decade, the school has undergone extensive updates with sizable classrooms, an extensive library/media center, a "state-of-the-art" technology center, art center, newly renovated gymnasium, science lab and weather forecast camera. The grounds include a large athletic field, private play yard and gardens, according to the school's website.

Students struggling academically receive extra help from a trained staff of specialists. The school also provides outside referrals for special education. Tuition assistance is available for families who qualify, as well as before and after school care.

St. Germaine Catholic School
9735 S Kolin Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453

"Enlightening minds, enriching lives" is the motto of this pre-K to eighth grade Catholic elementary school. St.More Germaine is the parish school of St. Germaine Catholic Church. The school is closely connected with the parish, connecting students to their Catholic faith and encouraging them to live out the Gospel values of Christ. 

St. Germaine's takes a unique "whole child" approach to education, meeting each student where he or she is at academically. Success is a big part of the rigorous academic program. For struggling students, attainable goals are set to build academic confidence and instill a love of learning. The bar for success is set higher for more advanced students to keep them challenged and engaged in learning.

The school does not believe in letter grades on report cards; rather areas of curriculum are broken down to give parents a better understanding of their child's skill levels, identify weaknesses and build on strengths. Parents are able to understand all aspects of how their child processes reading and math.

St. Germaine's offers tuition assistance through a matching grant program. Families may also apply for a free or reduced lunch program.

There is a resource room operated by the assistant principal offering remedial assistance to children in various subject areas. Spanish, music and other enrichment programs are also offered. The school facilities are attractive and well equipped with a state-of-the art computer lab and superior gymnasium facility.

Local police and firefighters frequently stop by the school to educate students about drug prevention and fire safety. The Farm Bureau also brings animals to the school to teach students about farm animals. 

Older students mentor younger students, reading books and parables to those in lower grades. Many subjects are hands on; students make erupting volcanoes in science class and meet local elected officials to better understand how government works. St. Germaine students regularly engage in community service projects, such as making cards for seniors in local nursing homes or packing and delivering lunches to the homeless.

There are several parent organizations that provide for parental involvement. The school holds an annual summer picnic with children's activities and entertainment for adults. A "parents night out" offers parents opportunities to engage with others in the St. Germaine community.

In 2007, St. Germaine was selected by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School. The award was based on Terra Nova test scores that placed St. Germaine students in the top 10 percent of schools across the country. 

St Catherine of Alexandria School
10621 Kedvale Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60453

St. Catherine of Alexandria School was established in 1957 to provide children of registered parishioners with aMore Catholic education. Today, the school offers a comprehensive curriculum that balances academics, art and music. Students participate in a rich music program that includes band, orchestra, choir and private instrument and voice lessons. Saxon math and accelerated math are offered, as is a "Reading Counts" program that includes 40,000 book titles. Study Island software is utilized in the school's state-of-the-art computer lab. Two resource teachers are available to provide students with academic help as needed. Before- and after-school care, including intramural sports programs, is provided. St. Catherine's encourages parental involvement in their children's education.

 

Queen of Peace High School
7659 Linder Ave, Oak Lawn, IL 60459

Queen of Peace High School is a Catholic Dominicans of Sinsinawa high school that educates and prepares young womenMore for college. The school community promotes collaboration, moral and ethical leadership, service and a passion for peace and justice.

In addition to having all four years of high school, this school offers a variety of unique amenities, including electives that cater to a student's special interests, a scholars program, a portfolio program that charts a student's success over four years, advanced placement courses with opportunities for college credit, a dual enrollment option with Moraine Valley Community College that gives students the opportunity to gain college credit, a wireless laptop program and team-taught interdisciplinary courses.

The school takes a number of criteria into consideration to be accepted as a freshman or transfer student. Visit Queen of Peace High School's website for information on admissions, academics, athletics and student life.