ST. Theresa SchoolPreschool - 8th Grade

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Frequently Asked Questions

The "FAQ" publication was compiled based on the most frequently asked questions we have received from Parents and families interested in attending St. Theresa School. If there is other information that you need assistance with, please contact the admissions office at 847-359-1820.  Thank you.

 Frequently Asked Questions 2018-19

 

How much is tuition for grades K-8?   Tuition for one child is $6,102.   There is a generous family discount for more than one child.  There are limited additional fees for Sacraments and graduation. 

How much is tuition for preschool?  We have a flexible tuition schedule based on how many days per week a child attends and if they participate in a morning or all-day program.

What other types of fees/fundraisers are required of parents?   The best educational experience is one in which the parents are fully engaged in their child’s learning.  Parents are encouraged to be involved to the best of their ability in formative, social, and fundraising activities.  Parents of St. Theresa School students offer their talents – and willingness to learn and try new things –for the sake of their children and the STS family.  There are no specific requirements other than generosity of spirit and a desire to enjoy their child’s school.

What are the school hours for grades K-8?  7:40 a.m.–2:20 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7:40 a.m.–1:30 p.m. on Fridays.  Morning kindergarten is from 7:40 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Students may be dropped off at 7:20 a.m.

What are the school hours for preschool?  All day preschool is from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Morning preschool is from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  If your child would like to stay for lunch, ask about our “Lunch Buddies” program. 

Is child care offered before and after the school day?  What are the hours and cost?  St. Theresa Extended-day Program (STEP) runs from 6:30 a.m. to the start of school and from 2:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m. on Fridays) to 6:00 p.m.  Please see the STEP rate sheet attached for more specific information. STEP is available on days when school is in session.

Does St. Theresa observe the same calendar "days off" as District 15? No. St. Theresa School observes most national holidays as well as spring and winter break same as District 15 - However, STS does not have the same in-service schedule.  The STS calendar will reflect drive days, which typically are days when STS is in session however the District is not, therefore no buses are available on drive days.

Does the school offer financial assistance?  What is the process to apply?  The Financial Assistance Program at St. Theresa School is intended to help St. Theresa Families who are experiencing a financial setback that would prevent them from enrolling or cause them to withdraw their children from school.    Financial assistance is available for students Kindergarten-8th grades.  We regret that no financial assistance is available for preschool. 

Families applying for aid must be an active member of the parish, attend Sunday Mass, and contribute actively to the parish through their time, talent and treasure.

The amount of assistance a family receives is determined on a case-by-case basis based on family income, financial hardship, and other factors.  A formal application through the SMART Tuition is required to apply for financial assistance.  Families can apply for financial assistance once their account is established in SMART.  Financial assistance decisions are made in June. 

Does St. Theresa’s Accept the Tax Credit Scholarship?  Absolutely.  For more information on application for the TCS go to:  https://schools.archchicago.org/tax-credit-scholarships/frequently-asked-questions

What is the student/teacher ratio?    In kindergarten – 10:1 , in preschool – 8:1, First through 8th – 18:1

What enrichment classes are offered?  In addition to the core curriculum, all students in grade K-8 take a course of study in Spanish, music, visual art, and physical education at each grade level.  Technology is directly integrated into the curriculum.  Students receive technology instruction as it relates to their course of study beginning in 4 year old preschool.

What percent of students are not Catholic?  93% of the student body is Catholic.  The remaining 7% represent a diversity of Christian and non-Christian faith traditions.

Does STS accept non-Catholic students?  Yes, St. Theresa School does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, or national origin in the administration of admissions and educational policies, financial aid, or other school-related activities.

How is religion incorporated in the curriculum at St. Theresa School?  At St. Theresa School, the integration of religious study plays a significant role at all grade levels.  We instruct children in daily prayer, Scripture activities, and sacramental preparations for Reconciliation (2nd gr), First Communion (2nd gr), and Confirmation (8th gr).  Weekly Mass is held for students in grades 1-8, with all-school liturgies and student-led prayer services. Religion classes are taught daily with the exception of Mass days.  Your children will grow in virtue and service as they as they learn to live their lives as a reflection of God.

How many zip codes do students come from to attend the school?  Students come from 9 distinct zip codes, although 80% come from the 60067 and 60074 zip codes.

What type of technology is used on campus? What is your philosophy on technology?  Technology at St. Theresa School is a tool that facilitates the attainment and mastery of the curricular objectives.  Technology is used in an integrated or blended fashion and supports the established curriculum.  The school currently uses a dual wireless platform of iPad and Google Chrome mobile computing.

What extra-curricular programs are offered?  St. Theresa offers a wide variety of co-curricular activities in academic enrichment, the arts, and interscholastic and intramural athletics. 

Interscholastic sports for grades 5-8:  Cross Country, Track & Field, Cheer, Basketball, Boys and Girls Volleyball, Girls Softball.

Arts and academic enrichment offerings:

Art (K-8)                            Chess (K-8)                             Science (K-4)                           3D Printing (1-8)

Band (4-8)                         Drama (2-8)                             Choirs (4-8)                             Robotics (K-8)

Intramurals (K-4)

Do students wear uniforms?  Where can they be purchased?  Students in K-8th grades wear school and gym uniforms that can be purchased online or in the Dennis Uniform store.  Preschool students do not wear uniforms.  Uniforms can be viewed online at www.dennisuniform.com; the STS code is GTHEV.

Does the school offer a hot lunch program?  The school offers a daily hot lunch program for grades K-8.   Lunches include organic and gluten free options.  Students can purchase hot lunches or milk through the program.  

Does the school offer a hot lunch program for preschoolers who stay all day?   No.  Our preschoolers tend to do much better with food brought from home.  Preschoolers here all day do have the option of ordering milk and a special lunch on Wednesdays.

 Does the school offer bus service?  Families who live within the boundaries of District 15 are eligible for free bus service to and from St. Theresa School each day.  Students in grades Preschool through grade 8 may ride the bus.   Bus service is also available for drop off morning preschool.

Registration Fee and Payment Options

The tuition covers all regular educational expenses - NO additional fees except Sacramental fees and a graduation fee.

Registration Fee per Child: $150.00 for the 2018-19 school year in session

For New Students registering for the 2019-20 school year:  $125.00  (on or before January 27, 2019)

Note:  This is a non-refundable fee, charged to your SMART account, which is not applied to tuition. Registration fee increases to $150.00 per student after January 27, 2019

Payment Plans

Annual                payment in full due by August 1st

Semi-Annual       50% due August 1st, remaining 50% due December 1st.

10 Month           charged on 17th of the month in August and in May

12 Month           charged on 17th of the month July through June  (grades K-7 only)

 2018-19 Tuition Rates

Kindergarten All Day– 8th Grade 

 

2018-19 TUITION

 

10 MONTHLY PAYMENTS

12 MONTHLY PAYMENTS

1 child

$6,102

 

$610.20

$508.50

2 children

$10,138

 

$1,013.80

$844.84

3 children

$13,014

 

$1,301.40

$1,084.50

4+ children

$14,289

 

$1,428.90

$1,190.75

 

Kindergarten Morning – 8th Grade

 

2018-19 TUITION

 

10 MONTHLY PAYMENTS

12 MONTHLY PAYMENTS

1 child

$4,881

 

$488.10

$406.75

2 children

$10,138

 

$1,013.80

$844.83

3 children

$13,014

 

$1,301.40

$1,084.50

4+ children

$14,289

 

$1,428.90

$1,190.75

 

Preschool 

 

 

2018-19 TUITION

 

10 MONTHLY PAYMENTS

Morning

8:00-11:00

2 Days

$2,109

 

$210.90

3 Days

$2,880

 

$288.00

5 Days

$4,984

 

$498.40

All Day

8:00-2:00

2 Days

$3,108

 

$310.80

3 Days

$4,179

 

$417.90

5 Days

$6,102

 

$610.20

 

Other Fees

 

Type

2018-19 TUITION

2nd Grade

1st Communion

$75

8th Grade

Confirmation

$100

Graduation

$75