St. Theresa at a Glance



  • Catholic elementary school offering pre-school through 8th grade
  • Established in 1954 under the supervision of the Sisters of Christian Charity
  • The school is a vital ministry of St.Theresa Parish
  • Approximately 400 students with 98% Catholic
  • Average class size: 21

Academic Achievements and Standards

  • 2014 TerraNova composite results: Grade 3 - 89%; Grade 4 - 83%; Grade 5 - 76%; Grade 6 - 89%; Grade 7 - 91%
  • Differentiated Classes
  • Reading Resource Center available for individual reading assistance
  • Learning Resource Center includes an equipped media room and a newly renovated and expanded library
  • The Curriculum includes music, art, physical education, computer, foreign language (beginning in Kindergarten), and band
  • Academic levels must be met in order to participate in extracurricular activities
  • Honor Roll recognizes individual achievement for grades 6-8

Catholic Identity

  • Daily religious instruction based on curriculum as authorized by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops
  • Grades 1-8 attend Mass and Eucharistic Adoration weekly
  • Grade 2 prepares for and receives the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion
  • Grade 8 prepares for and receives the sacrament of Confirmation. Service to community, church and family is required.


Student Life and School Community

  • Extracurricular activities include basketball, volleyball, cross country, track and field, softball, cheerleading, middle school play, band, after school art, foreign language, science and chess programs, Student Council, and Academic Bowl
  • Variety of family social activities offered throughout the school year
  • Exceptional parental involvement through the Parents' Association and other volunteer opportunities



  • Father Timothy Fairman, Pastor
  • Mary J. Keenley, School Principal

Admission and Tuition

  • Various tution payment plans available
  • Financial assistance is available for current families who qualify
  • St. Theresa does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, or ethnic origin in its admission policies


Accreditation and Recognition

  • Fully accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education and the National Catholic Education Association
  • 2006, 2015 Department of Education Blue Ribbon School of Excellence


Other Facts

  • Trimester schedule
  • School Day Hours7:35 AM- 2:20 PM (Monday through Thursday), 7:35 AM-1:30 PM (Friday)
  • Free District 15 busing for K-8 students through District 15 (preschool students are eligible provided they have an older sibling who rides the bus)
  • Before and after school program available (S.T.E.P - St. Theresa Extended Day Program): 6:00 AM- 6:00 PM
  • Optional hot lunch program provided by Food Service Professionals (FSP)
  • Standard uniform policy with several scheduled dress-up/down, spirit and other out-of-uniform days
  • Full time nurse (RN) on staff
  • Secured campus including a locked campus with buzzer system, background checks and VIRTUS certification required for all volunteers, mandatory visitor sign-in/out, and a gated playground

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Contact Us:

St. Theresa School

445 N. Benton St.

Palatine, IL 60067

Phone: 847-359-1820