St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School upholds fully to the standards and policies established by the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Office of Catholic Schools, and the Illinois State Board of Education. All administrators and teachers hold state certificates, and several hold M.A. degrees. The teaching staff has contractual provision for ongoing professional growth. The school is fully certified by both the State of Illinois and the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Curriculum development is an ongoing process in our school. Religion is an integrated subject taught daily at all grade levels. Christian social principles permeate the entire day. Strong emphasis is given to the basic core subjects. Materials and textbooks are continually updated.
A modern computer lab allows all children to experience hands-on computer application instruction through project based learning. Mobile computing with netbooks, chromebooks and iPads is enhanced with business class high speed internet access and wireless connectivity. Every classroom contains Internet connected computers as well as a document camera and projector to help teachers use technology to reinforce and enliven curriculum.
Students in grades 3-7 take the Aspire Standardized Achievement Test each spring. Our test scores have been consistently outstanding according to national regional norms.
Growth in Christian living calls for a developing sense of inner discipline and personal responsibility rather than simply responding obediently to outer controls. Each student will be held accountable for his/her behavior. Occasions of discipline then are to be seen as times of growth, of viewing alternatives, and of accepting responsibility for one’s actions. Cooperation between home and school is essential to the growth of each individual.
Every school day begins with the entire school community coming together for morning prayer. Weekly prayer services and liturgical celebrations involve students in planning and participation in prayer, Scripture and song. Special liturgies are often centered around Feast Days and important Church events including Ash Wednesday, All Saints Day, and May Crowning, as well as the yearly religious theme. Students receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation regularly, and participate in sacramental preparation. All children are expected to participate in the prayer life of our school community.
St. Al’s/St. Pat’s offers varied activities for students including:
National Junior Honor Society
Academic Teams for Scholastic Competitions
Junior Girl Scouts
Master the Masters Art
Rebecca Caudill Book Club
Lemont School District #113A provides busing for students who live within its boundaries.
Extended Day Program
Our Extended Day program provides before and after school care for our students in any grade.
St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School is a ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago and is financed by tuition, fundraising, and the contributions from St. Alphonsus and St. Patrick parishes. Students are subsidized by the respective parishes in which their families are registered and active members. Family rates are provided for 2 or more children. Other local parishes may assist in providing subsidy to attend our school.
There is no discrimination in enrollment or educational practices according to race, gender, national and ethnic origin. Enrollment preference is given to registered, active members of the supporting parishes, St. Alphonsus and St. Patrick.