Our Academic Heritage and Commitment to Excellence
One of the foundations and long-standing traditions of our school is our academic excellence. We are extremely proud that the U. S. Department of Education named St. Giles School a Blue Ribbon School in 2010 . The award recognizes St. Giles as a high performing, academic school.
We believe the evidence of our success lies in the success of our students. St. Giles students consistently score in the top quartile on national achievement tests. Our graduates are frequent recipients of academic scholarships and awards, many test into honors and advanced placement classes in high school. They are admitted to the best public and private high schools’ including, St. Ignatius, St. Patrick, Fenwick, Trinity, OPRF, North Side Prep, Jones College Prep and Lane Tech and then continue on to some of the best colleges and universities in the country including, Cornell, Georgetown, Holy Cross, University of Chicago, New York University, Northwestern, Notre Dame, and Princeton.
Our academic success is tightly aligned with our strong curriculum. St. Giles’ curriculum has been recognized as an example of “best practices” in education. The curriculum is noted to be comprehensive, relevant, integrated and fluid. Subjects include Religion, Language Arts, Literature, Math, Science, Social Studies, Computers, Library, Music, Art, Spanish and Physical Education.
Our curriculum is constantly monitored, evaluated and revised to ensure the success of our students. Objectives and learner outcomes follow National, State of Illinois and Office of Catholic Schools standards. The Archdiocese of Chicago’s School Improvement Process rated St. Giles School as Highly Commendable (the highest rating possible).
Early Childhood and Kindergarten
A Focus on Development of the Whole Child
At St. Giles, we believe that lifelong learning begins in the earliest of years. That’s why we continually challenge ourselves to be leaders in the area of Early Childhood Education and ensure our students and their families are provided every opportunity for educational success. Our recently refurbished and enhanced Early Childhood Education Center is a testament to our commitment to the youngest members of our school community.
Curriculum, Grades 1-8
Students learn religion daily in our developmentally appropriate curriculum and through our yearly school themes that are tied into the practices of our Catholic faith. Lessons taught from the Blest are We series give students experiential learning in prayer, scripture, worship, traditions, sacraments, family life, and service to the community.
Coordinated by the parish religious education team in conjunction with our classroom teachers, sacrament preparation occurs in 2nd grade (Reconciliation & First Eucharist) and 8th grade (Confirmation). Reconciliation is also celebrated by grades 3 – 8 during Advent and Lent.
Once each week every grade participates with the parish community in a morning Mass. “All School Masses”, planned by buddy grade groups, are celebrated 6-7 times a year. Primary students also participate in a weekly prayer service planned by a certain homeroom each week.