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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.

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.

Moraine Valley Community College
9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL 60465

As the second largest community college in Illinois, Moraine Valley provides area students with a multitude of courseMore offerings and areas of study. In addition to traditional college course offerings, Moraine Valley offers a variety of certification programs and classes designed to update professional skill sets.

The campus, on just less than 200 acres of space, has rapidly expanded and renovated in recent years. With 748 credit courses offered each year, Moraine Valley is an increasingly popular option for students looking to save money during their first two years of college.

The campus features a walking track popular with Palos area residents, as well as a nature study area. Its fine arts performing center and frequent children's programs make the college a hub of community activity.