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St. Paul Lutheran School
4660 W 94th St, Oak Lawn, IL 60453

St. Paul Lutheran School is a culturally diverse, parochial elementary school, whose mission is to share Jesus withMore children and their families by providing an outstanding academic and religious education. Placement testing and screening is required. Families must be active in their home church and provide a letter from their pastor.

Children learn through exploration, experimentation, practice and interaction with others. The school provides an environment that is nurturing, caring and geared toward students' developmental needs. Remedial assistance is available.

Fifty-percent of the school's support comes from St. Paul Lutheran Church. Tuition assistance is available for families who qualify. The school offers a variety of clubs, including band and choir, and is fully equipped with a computer and mobile science lab. After school Spanish is also available.

Extended before and after school care is available to working parents.

Saint Xavier University
3700 W 103rd St, Chicago, IL 60655
Saint Xavier University is an independent, comprehensive Catholic university that offers bachelor's and master's degreesMore to a diverse population of more than 5,000 students. It is located in Chicago, just over the Oak Lawn border. Saint Xavier draws many students from Oak Lawn and surrounding southwest suburbs. In addition to its Chicago campus, it has campuses in the Loop and in Orland Park, focused on continuing education and professional studies, including a veterinarian tech program. Saint Xavier was founded by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, who continue to sponsor the university through the Conference for Mercy Higher Education. It is Chicago's oldest Catholic university, established in 1846. The college was rebuilt after it was destroyed in the Chicago Fire in 1871. It continues to be ranked among the top 25 percent of all the midwest master's comprehensive universities, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2011 ranking for best colleges in the midwest. The university ranks thirty-fourth of 142 regional colleges, and is ranked fifth in Illinois. Rankings are based on a set of metrics that are said to reflect a postsecondary institution's quality. The university offers 43 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Ninety percent of the students receive financial aid. The university also has an active veterans support program, for veterans participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program and veterans requiring disability accommodations, including financial aid. It maintains deep connections to surrounding communities. University facilities, such as the library, health clinic and religious services, are open to the public, as are sports and cultural events.
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