St. Christopher's School

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Midlo_OFMommy

Oak Forest, IL

#1 Nov 4, 2011
Hi, everyone.
Can anyone give me some information about St. Christopher's school? We're looking at sending our little one to either Chris's or Damien's, and I'd like to hear what everyone has to say about St. Chris.
Thanks.
crap

Midlothian, IL

#2 Nov 5, 2011
good luck with the priests , disgusting human beings
parent

Alsip, IL

#3 Nov 5, 2011
I am a Damian parent. My suggestion to you is to visit both schools during Catholic Schools week at the end of January during their open houses. You could always call to set up a visit also. We chose Damian at the time because we were leery of Chris possibly closing in the near future and wanted our children to start and finish at the same school. From what we saw Damian was a lot more up to date structurally and technologically at the time. Tuition was not too much different at the time either. My child did go to pre school at Chris.
I would visit both schools and talk to both principals and get a feel for the schools. I like Damian but I also think that Chris is implementing new programs, maybe these will help keep them afloat. Chris's website is better than Damian's. Check out both websites and see what's going on also. Definitely visit both though.
outtaluck

Hammond, IN

#4 Nov 5, 2011
St Chris has an older curriculum, outdated science & computer labs, & textbooks...and not that is it taught in class but the sentiment of the children's parents tend to lean on the racist side of issues..spreading fear & hate
Common Sense

Midlothian, IL

#5 Nov 5, 2011
We pulled our child out of St. Chris as a result of their inability to teach. I would suggest St. Damien, Incarnation or another school.
Midlo_OFMommy

Oak Forest, IL

#6 Nov 5, 2011
Hi, all.

@Parent - we've scheduled visits at Chris, Damien, and we may throw in St. Mike's in Orland.

Thanks for the input...I really appreciate it.
oscar

Orland Park, IL

#7 Nov 5, 2011
Then stay away from those people, as you would anywhere they spread fear and hate. St. Chris has wonderful teachers and many nice parents.
StChrisParent_ye sterday

Midlothian, IL

#8 Nov 5, 2011
Please be aware you the parent are the most influential element in you kids life. The school doesn't really matter. It might make you feel better to pay a higher tuition but that's a false sense. St Chris is small but there is no better social studies teacher in the system public/private system. Consider the teachers when you decide, that's were you're goes.
Parent in Touch

Alsip, IL

#9 Nov 6, 2011
Outaluck- glad my kids didn't go to school with yours. Sounds like you have problems.

Common Sense- Inability to teach? Never heard of that one. Sounds like inability to learn.

I was a St. Chris parent. St.Chris is very good.I have no experience with St. Damian's, St.Mikes is excellent. I think if you choose any of the 3 you won't be sorry. They all have their good points and bad points. Check out the principals and how they interact with you or don't.That is very telling how you will be treated. Are they interested in telling you about themselves or are they truly interested in you kids.

St Chris has some truly wonderful teachers, but they have 1 that hopefully by the time your little one gets up there, that teacher will be gone. Yes, they are in jeopardy being run by the Archdiocese, but I think you'll be fine. It is small but you will really have a nice bunch of kids that stay friendly with together through high school, and college.

Don't get caught up in the parent issue that is brought up by some people, especially on this board. Oh the parents are nasty or stuck up at one school vs. the others. It has a lot to do with your attitude. Your experience is what YOU make of it. Get involved with your school, which ever you choose. Go to the school board meetings, volunteer at school. Be a responsible parent. Don't be part of the critics of the school. Be a part of the change. Don't be like I paid my tuition, I don't have to do anything else. Yes you are paying good money to go there. Your presence won't go un-noticed. It is the best way to make yourself known and find out what is really going on and how hard schools really work at educating your kids.

If I were you I would really consider my kids into this. If you take them out of their neighborhood, by taking them to say St. Mikes ( excellent school though) Where will their friends live? All of their friends will live in Orland. You will have to drive them all the time to see their friends, sleep overs, parties. Days off of school will differ.They won't get to know the kids that live around you. "Mom I am going to Joey's house to do our project!" "Mom we have practice tonight at 4, then want to play basketball at Joey's house" You may be willing to drive your child, but will your child's friends be willing to do the same?
I know from experience-it is difficult. Not that you won't survive, but difficult. They really miss out on a lot by going to a school outside their neighborhood.

Just my opinion, and good luck!
parent

Alsip, IL

#10 Nov 6, 2011
Glad you are visiting the schools. That's a good way to get a feel for the school and the principal. One big reason we didn't choose Chris was because of the principal, he did not impress me when we were there for preschool or for open house, but that was my experience. I agree with Parent in touch, make yourself visible in whichever school you choose. It is good to be involved in the school if you can. You will have nasty parents wherever you choose, just get to know which ones to stay away from! You will also have great parents at each school. I know great parents at St Chris and we are at Damian. Don't make your decision based on parents, they will come and go, compare the schools and where you feel your child will have a better experience and get a better education. Each school has their pros and cons, go with the one you feel more comfortable with.
Good luck! Check back in after your visits!
Parent in Touch

Alsip, IL

#11 Nov 6, 2011
Agreed about the principal at St Chris. Nothing special there. I have known much better principals.
Midloparent

Midlothian, IL

#12 Nov 6, 2011
Two years agao I was in your same position. I took the tour of each school, researched test scores, teacher turnover rate, student to teacher ratio, tuition and such. We live in Midlo but went with St Damian. Even though we are not Catholic and struggle financially, we are VERY pleased with our choice to send our children to St Damain. We are active parents within the school and see up close how the school is actually a community within that at heart centers around the children. Of course there are the snobby people, and the judgemental people, but isn't that so in every group of people?
Runner 1

Chicago, IL

#13 Nov 7, 2011
I am very pleased with St. Chris. The Mother's Club is in the process of buying Smart Boards for all of the classrooms and laptops for the computer lab. Most of the parents are involved which makes the school even stronger. You should check it out.

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