St. Theresa School

St. Theresa School offers faith based academics from Preschool through 8th Grade. Catholic faith inspires the St. Theresa School experience. Children and families of all backgrounds and religious traditions are welcome.
All day preschool and kindergarten options are available. The campus, completely renovated in 2017 offers large bright classrooms with state of the art science labs, lighting and technology. The all-day Kindergarten program enables students to expand their curriculum to include foriegn language, music, PE, art, technology and library. In addition to outstanding academics, a St. Theresa School student is expected to be kind, caring, and an ethical human being.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Year Founded1954
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesSummer program rates will be available in the Spring
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2006, 2015

Student Body

Total Students400 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade St. Theresa School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers35 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio11:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size20 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAlgebra, English Language Arts, Reading

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$6,224
Tuition NotesFamily rates for 2 and more children: 2 -$ 10,138 3 - $13,014 4 or more - $14,289
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorMrs. Terri Kolbus


Total Sports Offered7 sports
SportsBasketball, Cheering, Climbing, Cross Country, Softball, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCheering,
ClimbingCross Country,
SoftballTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.16 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
3D Printing, After School Programs: Chess club, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Cooking classes, Daisy Girl Scouts, Robotics, Science and Me, Snapology, Student Council, Tech Crew

Arts and Music Programs:
After School Art, Band, Choir, Drama

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Intramural Sports, Rock Climbing

School Notes

  • St. Theresa School in Palatine, Illinois was founded in 1954.  It is a Preschool through grade 8 educational institution serving 400 students. 
  • Two time winner of the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award.  
  • Extended-day care from 6:30 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
  • Free bus service for all students who reside within school Dist.15 boundries. 
  • Recent campus renovations include but not limited to: large bright preschool and kindergarten classrooms, NEW library, 2 science labs, an outdoor learning space, modern lunch room, art room with plenty of natural light, music room, band room, forign language lab, gymnasium, new lighting, new air conditioning, and a new safe and secure main entrance. 
  • The Catholic identity of the school includes daily prayer, world religion and weekly worship. 
  • The curriculum opperates in a technologically blended learning environment.  In order to provide students both support and challenge, the curriculum fosters respect for students` talents and abilities. 
  • Enrichment classes include Spanish beginning in kindergarten through 8th grade, art, music, drama, technology and weekly visits to the on-campus library.  
  • Students engage in regular community service projects.
  • St. Theresa School`s Standardized test scores, (which are posted on their website) reveal academic consistency throughout the educational program scoring consistantly above the national mean. 
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (9 reviews)
What a positive environment St. Theresa offers to children from pre-school through 8th grade. The school provides a great Academic environment for children to excel as they grow.
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I can not say enough positive things about St. Theresa School. Initially, I had my 2 older kids at another smaller catholic school in the area for preschool. Once I had twins, it was time to decide if that was the right fit long term. We decided to switch to St. Theresa to give my twins separate classrooms in each grade and more opportunities for friends among other things. We have never looked back, and we are so happy with our decision. The community feeling is amazing. The extra-curricular activities and sports are great. The teachers have been wonderful. Overall, I am so happy to have all 4 of my kids at St. Theresa.
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St. Theresa School provides a wonderful education for its Preschool through 8th grade students. The challenging academics, Catholic faith-based environment, fantastic teachers, and involved families are all key ingredients for a successful school system with students who thrive. Our daughter has been very involved in sports, after-school activities, girl scouts, student council - offering her growth beyond curriculum. As a parent, I've had so many opportunities to volunteer within the school too! I can't imagine a better school for my daughter to attend. We love St. Theresa School and HIGHLY recommend it!
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St. Theresa School has an outstanding culture that starts at the top. It begins with the unparalleled leadership of the principal and filters down through all the staff and students. I love that STS offers a robust, high-quality education with an emphasis on creating "Christians Scholars". The teachers truly care and each of my children has experienced tremendous growth during their time at STS. It offers its students a variety of enrichment activities including athletics, intramural sports, scouting, drama, chorus and numerous clubs for every interest. As other reviewers have noted, the families at STS are very involved and care deeply about their community. I'm thankful every day that I made the decision to send my children to this incredible school.
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St. Theresa offers a very positive environment with staff who are committed to providing a quality Catholic education and molding future leaders.
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Our children are recent graduates of St. Theresa School - The school has made incredible strides in the past 10 years, which is evident in the growing enrollment. The challenging curriculum and beautifully renovated school campus provide an environment to learn. Our children were well prepared for high school and are kind, respectful and compassionate teenagers.
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I am the parent of 3 children in Palatine. I have had experience with both the public schools and St. Theresa in Palatine. I can unequivocally say that St. Theresa surpasses the public grade schools in Palatine in the education the children receive and in the moral character that is instilled in them. This is from personal experience over the last 3 years at the elementary and secondary levels. My eldest was very well prepared upon entering high school. The parents are very involved. Any issues with bullying (which are few and far between) are dealt with swiftly and fairly. The teachers and administration are committed to all the children from preschool through 8th grade. The school is in the process of updating the curriculum and have invested in new textbooks in mathematics and religion. The new principal, Dr. Milton Kobus, is dedicated to making St. Theresa a school to follow and admire. He is in the process of implementing a STEM curriculum. I can honestly say I trust St. Theresa with my children and their education, and would highly recommend it.
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St. Theresa has been a great school for my children. Excellent focus on academics, lots of extra-curricular activities, and Catholic values taught. There is a strong sense of community at the school with lots of parent involvement and caring families. My children have made good friends and are getting a quality education. We are very happy.
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Our kids have been at St. Theresa School for almost 12 years now (pre-school through 8th grade) and it has been an excellent experience for all of us. Our oldest was very well prepared for the college preparatory high school environment. The teachers have been just great. In addition, the moral values infused in every aspect of the day, the sense of community and the involved parents make St. Theresa School a special place. We were very happy to make this investment in our kids.
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