About St. Giles
About St. Giles
Part of the Oak Park Community since 1928, St. Giles School offers academic rigor, leadership development, and faith formation for students in grades preschool through eight. We emphasize intellectual, spiritual, physical, and social development and value our diverse student body, drawing from Oak Park, Galewood, River Forest, Elmwood Park, Berwyn, and more.
Our picturesque, multi-building campus boasts open green spaces and beautiful architecture. Our outdoor classroom provides hands-on learning in science, math, and wellness and will be Wi-Fi enabled to extend learning. We utilize technology for all students, including: 1:1 iPads in junior high, Chromebooks in 4th – 6th grades, robotics in our K, 3rd and 5th grade curriculum and Smart Boards in every classroom.
Our early childhood program shines, with dedicated, welcoming preschool teachers and a newly renovated facility. Our play-based approach helps students explore their creativity, build communication skills, and solve problems in an enriching environment. A variety of half-day schedules are available, with extended day and before and after care programs providing full-day options for families.
We take an interdisciplinary approach to learning and provide opportunities that augment the core curriculum, including gym, art, Spanish, music, and a professionally-staffed library. Co-curricular options include band, choir, scouting, and athletics, and enrichment programs offer cooking, engineering, dance, yoga, and more for K-8. Our students consistently score above national norms on standardized tests.
Thank you again for visiting our website. We encourage you to call our School Office and come for a tour to meet our students, staff and parents.
Reasons to Believe
St. Giles School — A Rich History: Since 1928
St. Giles School was founded in 1928 when Dominican sisters from Rosary College taught the school’s seventy-two students. Today, over 5,800 students have since been educated in the school’s tradition of academic excellence and community focused on strong Catholic values. This foundation prepares each student for a future of lifelong leadership. Today’s dedicated staff continues to build on this tradition, educating, and preparing students for the 21st century. Our success is derived from the following four focus areas:
Years Educating Students
Blue Ribbon School
Average K-8 Class Size
Average K-8 Student Teacher Ratio
iPads 7th & 8th grade
“I owe all my success in life to the foundation which I received through my Catholic education. It provided the building blocks of Christian values and work ethic which guide my life each day.”
Kathleen (Gorman) Caminiti ’56 – Des Plaines, IL
“My Catholic School education gave me the strength and moral courage to navigate through a sometimes turbulent world.”
Mary Eileen (Smilanic) ’64 Los Angeles, California
“Catholic education equipped me to see clearly what path to take when a fork in the road was met and to display integrity, honor, and to know that if I gave control of my life to Jesus Christ He would help me whenever I sought His help.”
Charles E. Davis ’47
“Thank you to St. Giles for the “reading, writing and ‘rithmetic” that was the basis of all my career success, as well as for the grounding in my Catholic faith and a lifelong dear friend”
Pris Mims ’66