MISSION St. Matthias School, a partnership of families and teachers, develops students who think critically, value diversity, and act with a compassionate worldview. Guided by our Catholic faith, we respect and respond to each child`s needs through interdisciplinary instruction that challenges our students to apply their learning beyond the classroom. CORE VALUES AND PURPOSE Students have an active role in their education and participate in the learning process
Parents contribute to the education and development of their students
We create a learning, praying, serving, Catholic educational community for our students
We provide a caring atmosphere that fosters students` individual growth according to their unique talents and abilities while teaching them values for life
We embrace and enhance the lives of students from all social, racial, cultural and religious backgrounds
St. Matthias School is an integral part of St. Matthias Parish and the Lincoln Square community

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 305 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $7,000
  • Average class size: 22 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 8 / rolling

Top Rankings

St. Matthias School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Illinois for:

School History

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Inclusion Teacher on Staff, Title 1 Education Program
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
305 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade
St. Matthias School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
18 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
22 students
Classroom Dress Code
(Navy pants and logoed polo, uniform plaid skirt or jumper)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Feb. 8 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
PRESCHOOL $6300-$7900, depending on program. Kindergarten: $7110 1st-8th: $6900 Sibling discount applies for K-8 students.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director
Carmen White
Admissions Associate
Carmen White



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
12 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Cooking Club, Girl Scouts, Homework Club, Irish Dance, Latin Dance, Spanish, Sprout Gifted Enrichment, Yoga

Arts and Music Programs:
Choir, Instrument Lessons, Music Lessons

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Time Out for Sports

School Notes

  • In the City of Chicago, families have a wide variety of school choices. St. Matthias School, nestled in the beautiful Lincoln Square neighborhood, is a diverse, community-oriented, Catholic School. It is the only Catholic International Baccalaureate (IB) elementary school in the State of Illinois, and one of seven in the United States. We were authorized to provide the IB Middle Years Programme for grades 6-8 in 2013. We are currently pursuing authorization for the IB Primary Years Programme for grades PreK-5 and expect to be authorized sometime during the 2019-2020 school year.*
  • Additionally, St. Matthias offers an inclusive environment, able to assist a range of diverse learners. We provide all students with instruction in Spanish, Physical Education, Technology (K-8), Music, Art, Religion, and Library (K-5). St. Matthias students benefit from a kind, caring community while taking advantage of a rigorous, socially-conscious curriculum. Our graduates enjoy acceptance to the most prestigious high schools in the area, including North Side College Prep, Loyola Academy, Lane Tech, St. Ignatius, DePaul College Prep, Von Steuben Scholars Program, Jones College Prep, Resurrection High School, Trinity High School, Notre Dame College Prep, Regina Dominican, St. Patrick High School, and many others.
  • *St. Matthias School is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme and is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy-a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality programmes of international education that share a powerful vision. *Only schools authorized by the International Baccalaureate can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme or the IB Career-related Certificate (IBCC). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org.

School Reviews

From day one, teachers and administrators at St. Matthias have taught our girls the elementary fundamentals in a way that is engaging and provides a broader perspective on the world. They learn about other religions, cultures and countries and why it is important to be a citizen of the world, contribute to your community and be kind. During the pandemic, St. Matthias teachers have gone above and beyond to keep our kids safe and try to re-establish a sense of normalcy that's inline with science. Great teachers, great principal, great students and great community.
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 305 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $7,000
  • Average class size: 22 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 8 / rolling

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