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Saint Margaret Mary School

7318 N. Oakley St.
Chicago, IL 60645

(773) 764-0641


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our current Pre-K program strives to teach through play but allows time for teacher led activities. This gives a young child time to develop socially and emotionally during play time. But, does provide them with Kindergarten readiness skills.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

In the PreK classroom there are always a varying learning and ability levels. Children are placed in flexible groups where they are able to learn at their own level. During whole group time children are encouraged to help friend who may require further assistance.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The commitment to our children is one shared by our pastor, faculty, support staff, parents and parish. We all work together to foster a community of love and service. All our efforts are made so that our children grow academically, socially and spiritually. The St. Margaret Mary community accepts the challenge to encourage, strengthen, teach and guide our students. We work with all our students to help them shape successful futures to the best of their abilities.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Students are evaluated using the Working Sampling assessment system three times a year. The parents are initally invited into the school for the first assessment where we discuss the development of their child. School events are also planned by the Family and School association that encourages students and families to gather several times a year. Finally, open houses are held about once every two months where families are welcome to come and see their childs classroom as well as encourage new students to enroll.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parents along with their children often have already visited the school prior to the beginning of the school year at an open house. On the first day of school parents are invited to walk their child into the classroom and wish them a happy day. Parents are asked to stay only a few minutes so that the child can begin to adjust to the new environment. The classroom teacher and aide assist with any children who need extra confront joining the classroom.