St. Therese School

At St. Therese, students find the opportunity, encouragement, and support to not only develop their potential and a sense of self, but also take the first steps on their journey to determining how they will contribute to tomorrow`s global community. St. Therese is a place where 7th and 8th graders tackle advanced algebra and geometry problems; 5th graders use computer programming to answer a complex problem; some students learn to speak and write English for the first time while others work on mastering Mandarin; and our Early Childhood students develop a strong foundation for social and academic success. Our students impressive achievements demonstrate the high standards we maintain for them and our faculty.
Our mission to provide a rigorous, world-class education in a close-knit, family atmosphere has solidified our reputation as a successful and respected school throughout the city, country, and world.
We invite you to discover our commitment to nurturing the academic achievement and spiritual growth of our students.
We are educating the next generation of big thinkers, preparing them to leave here ready to greet the world with open minds and open hearts.
Take a closer look at St. Therese-we are world class... just around the corner.

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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
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1941
Summer School OfferedYes
Awards Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2011, 2018

Student Body

Total Students367 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade St. Therese School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers50 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size18 students
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Jumpers/skirts or khakis with blazers and ties)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$6,400
Tuition NotesRegistration Fee: $200 per child Tuition for two children: $10,880 Tuition for three children: $15,410PreKindergarten and Junior Kindergarten Tuition Rate Registration Fee: $200 per child Tuition: $8,610
% on Financial Aid
Admissions AssociateMrs. Chan


Total Sports Offered8 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Dance, Flag Football, Football, Soccer, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
DanceFlag Football,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.5 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Girls Who Code, Math Club, National Junior Honor Society

Arts and Music Programs:
Choir, Dance Classes

School Notes

St. Therese Chinese Catholic School promotes the desire for lifelong learning in our students, faculty, and staff. We welcome everyone to our community and maintain an open admissions policy, low tuition, and access to financial aid for more than a third of our students.

St. Therese honors the value and dignity of each student, combining strong Catholic values with a deep connection to Chinese culture and a commitment to diversity. We view our school as transformative and believe all children can reach their full potential. We instill a "growth mindset" that emphasizes continuous effort and targeted differentiated support.

We cultivate perseverance, resilience, and self-regulated learning that leads to long-term success. Students learn from one another and develop a strong ability to collaborate with peers; everyone benefits from high expectations, a supportive environment, and mutual personal respect. Teachers come to know their students well, bolstering their confidence to take risks because they have the freedom to continue trying until they succeed. Students participate in service projects that connect them to the importance of charity and caring for our community.

As a school, our goal is to support each of our students. Our underlying philosophy is that all children can learn, and our job as educators is to identify ways for every student to participate in the curriculum. Our students come to us with different ability levels, and we tier instruction to meet different learning needs. We design our Response to Intervention (RtI) program to continually screen students and monitor ongoing acquisition of core skills in math, English, and reading fluency. When necessary, we supplement with specialized instruction from speech therapists, academic coaches, and federally funded Title 1 teachers.
Awards and Recognition

School-Wide and School Leadership Awards
  • 2018 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the US Department of Education
  • 2017 Stanley S. Golder Leadership Award awarded to Principal Phyllis Cavallone by the Golden Apple Foundation
  • 2017 National Distinguished Principal Award awarded to Principal Phyllis Cavallone by the National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • 2017 Lead.Learn.Proclaim. Award given to Principal Phyllis Cavallone by the National Catholic Educational Association
  • 2017 Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction to middle school English Language Arts teacher Kelli Kielusiak
  • 2016 West Cook Assistant Principal of the Year awarded to Lisa Deborah Oi by the Illinois Principal Association
  • 2014 LEAP Innovation Awards Grant winner from LEAP Innovations
  • 2012 Tech Leader of the Year by Tech and Learning Magazine
  • 2012 Intel School of Distinction National Finalist for Middle School Mathematics
  • 2011 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the US Department of Education
  • 2006 St. Therese named in the top 25 private elementary schools in Chicagoland
Recent Student Awards
  • 2016 Catholic Math League Winners 
  • 2016 Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics Winners
  • 2015 State Handwriting Winners
  • 2015 State Science Fair Winners2015 City Science Fair Winners
  • 2013-2016 St. Therese History Team advanced to the National History Bee Competition and National History Bowl

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    Chicago, IL 60616
    (312) 842-8546
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