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Saint Benedict

3901 N Bell and 3920 N Leavitt
Chicago, IL 60618

Phone:
(773) 588-7851

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

Teacher-led instruction; active student participation; well-balanced approach to teaching. Students are encouraged to share and the program allows for plenty of play. School is center-based, teacher-led and highliy student-interactive. All subjects are taught in structured manner with high level of play and creative encouragement.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Phonics, Guided Reading, Language Arts Centers as well as other learning centers
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Learning games and Math Centers, Everyday Mathematics at elementary school
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Indoor Motor Skills Room
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Science Center
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Music teacher teaches class in the classroom and offers extra lessons
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
  • Private, fenced-in playground
Other subjects taught Spanish, Computers, Physical Education, Art and Music DePaul University of Chicago Professional Development Partnership offers students and teaching staff many resources. Bitty-Basketball, Bitty-T-ball, Bitty Kickball and more!

From the Director:

What Makes St. Ben's Different? At St. Benedict School, teachers use authentic portfolio assessment to gauge student mastery. Performance assessments, student reflections and student goal-setting are an essential part of the portfolio program which is rigorously aligned with state and national learning standards. You can download the portfolio learning outcomes here. Very interactive

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Excelling!
Teachers work very closely with students, especially if they need extra attention. They build confidence in those students who need it, rewarding all students for positive performance and achievement. We offer small class sizes, allowing teachers to give utmost attention to all students

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We prepare young people for life-long learning through academic excellence based on individual needs and talents, spiritual formation, personal growth and a commitment to multicultural community life and Christian stewardship.

A Typical Day

At St. Benedict School, teachers use authentic portfolio assessment to gauge student mastery. Performance assessments, student reflections and student goal-setting are an essential part of the portfolio program which is rigorously aligned with state and national learning standards. You can download the portfolio learning outcomes here.

Teacher-led and play-based instruction.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have ongoing conferences, progress report evaluations, open houses, parent volunteer committees and an open-door policy for all parents to discuss their child regarding school activities. We are members of the Northside Parent Network and accredited by the Office of Catholic Schools/Archdiocese of Chicago and a DePaul University of Chicago Professional Development Partner.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Short-days at beginning of school year. Preschool orientation. We offer many options (i.e., full and half-days).