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Notes for Prospective Students
The Village of Palatine is blessed with tremendous local resources including a vast Park District, a fantastic library two blocks from the school, and a vibrant Police and Fire Department who are actively involved in the schools. The local educational agency, Community Consolidated District 15, openly partners with the parents who enroll their children in our school. The District provides busing service to 83% of the students and is diligent about following through with educational testing and support services.
The core of the mission of St. Theresa School is stated in our website and publications: "Bound together in our Roman Catholic faith,teachers and parents of St. Theresa School and Parish are committed to providing a superior quality education founded in love and Christian faith. We strive to nurture and develop students to become academically sound lifetime followers of Jesus Christ, in whom they will find purpose and joy." Our motto of "Learn Intellectually, Grow Physically, Soar Spiritually” summarizes our mission and spirit, drawing together of parents, teachers, and community to serve our students.
Our school was founded in 1954 and has seen an evolution in our facilities and our programs. In 1999 a major addition was added to the school allowing us to expand our early childhood offerings. In 2001 the lower level of the school was updated including significant asbestos abatement. In 2008 the Learning Resource Center was expanded and updated to include more volumes a laptop lab.
The Catholic identity of the school not only calls us to community, worship, and service, but also demands academic excellence.
St. Theresa School’s test scores on the Terra Nova reveal academic consistency throughout the educational program. Our composite seventh grade national percentile score is 91 with 97% of our students at our above the national mean. Our eighth graders’ 2013 composite EXPLORE score is 19.4.
The faculty is committed to the mission of the school and to growing as educators. The school employs 24 teaching faculty and four teacher aides. Within the faculty over 40% hold masters degrees and 30% have been on the faculty for 10 years or more.
The whole community is welcomed to be an active part of St. Theresa School. Through extensive parent involvement and close relationships with the parish, the community stays aware of what is occurring in the school. Community members are invited to participate in school activities and the school children engage in regular service to those in need in the community.
St. Theresa School tends to the whole child.
For a further understanding of St. Theresa School, we invite you to our website: www.sttheresachool.com.