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Saint Hilary Elementary School

5614 N Fairfield Ave
Chicago, IL 60659

(773) 561-5885


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

As a child enters Preschool, he/she learns many skills and concepts that provide him/her with an excellent foundation as a lifelong learner. Through the St. Hilary preschool program students develop confidence, improve social skills, and practice reasoning abilities. The experienced staff will focus on preparing the students’ academic abilities in the areas of math, reading, writing, science, social studies, religion, and language arts.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught The cildren have Spanish class two days a week. They go to the computer lab and library each week. Our curriculum is faith based, Religion is part of our day and we attend school masses.

From the Director:

St. Hilary Preschool Promises to: * to build your child’s self-esteem, confidence, and independence; * to promote your child’s academic abilities; * to provide a positive Christian school experience for your child; * to set a strong foundation for learning.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

In Preschool:
* Your child learns to get along with others in a social setting.
* Your child will learn to work and play in a group while learning the importance of patience and turn taking.
* Your child will learn to follow simple and reasonable directions, to share common property, and to tell his/her experiences before a group.
* Your child will learn to appreciate and will be introduced to self expression through singing, speaking, drawing, and painting.
* Your child will develop age appropriate strategies that will assist them with reading.
* Your child will experience a 2 year rotating theme based curriculum.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

St. Hilary School is an integral part of the St. Hilary Parish faith community. The purpose of this elementary school is to provide an atmosphere in which all students strive for excellence: spirituality, morally, intellectually, physically, emotionally and socially within a multicultural environment.

The faculty cooperates with the pastor, administration, parents/guardians in offering the guidance and example necessary to initiate and develop Catholic Christian attitudes. They strive to develop programs of instruction that stimulate the intellectual abilities of each child and enable students to become self-motivated and self-disciplined in the pursuit of academic excellence and life-long learning.

By acknowledging the richness of individual differences in culture, ability, interest, need and motivation, the school will use a variety of current and innovative teaching techniques designed to offer stimulating and dynamic leaning experiences.

As Catholic educators, it is our ministry to model a deep respect for life, peace and justice, and the needs of others in our local, national and world community.

The school provides the opportunity to participate in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities that will enhance the learning experiences of the classroom, the development of social skills, and the complexity of the educational process.

Within the evangelizing mission of the Catholic Church, under the patronage of St. Hilary, the faculty instills in students the gift of faith, a life centered in Jesus Christ, and the ability to make responsible decisions based on Catholic Christian principles."

- from materials supplied by the school

A Typical Day

Our Preschool Day Includes:
* Circle Time
* Centers- fine motor and gross motor activities, art activities, sand and water activities, block play, and dramatic play.
* Snack
* Story Time
* Math and Science Activities
* Outdoor Play
* CAMPS Classes (Computer and Library, Art, Music, Physical Education, and Spanish)
* Lunch
* Nap/rest time

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

“The preschool teachers exhibit great warmth and individual care to all their students. They have a positive attitude and passion for being preschool teachers, which makes me, as a parent, breathe a sigh of relief to know that my kids are in great hands.” Dina (mother of 3)

“I had heard such nice things about St. Hilary’s preschool program; I expected great things. I have not been disappointed.” Ferial

“We had looked at other schools and in fact had put down a deposit for another Pre K but then we heard about St. Hilary. What a lovely surprise it turns out St. Hilary was everything we had been looking for and more.”

“Not since my childhood have I seen a school staff that resembles a nurturing atmosphere I experienced in my home town in Mississippi…A real old school approach”


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year