Who We Are
Welcome to St. Giles
For more than 90 years, St. Giles School has served the families of Oak Park, Elmwood Park, Glenwood and surrounding neighborhoods. Since the school opened its doors in 1928, its singular commitment has never wavered: preparing children to be people of faith imbued with a lifelong love of learning and spirit of service to others.
Our halls are filled with s dedicated and dynamic faculty committed to educational excellence, preschool through eighth graders exploring a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum, spirited students bursting with pride in being a St. Giles Lion, and inspiring learning environments featuring the latest technology to drive academic advancement.
As a veteran educator, I know the challenge that parents face as they consider how best to educate their children and their intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual needs. St. Giles School's mission and values - our very identity - delivers on those needs every day. We invite you to discover more about our school and community.
Meg Bigane, Principal
Our Values Are Our Northstar
The St. Giles School experience is grounded by four core values: delivering academic
excellence through a rigorous curriculum that exceeds recognized standards:
fostering the total growth of our students by integrating Catholic values into daily
life: nurturing community connections and promoting service to others: and
building the skills and foundation for lifelong leadership.
A Legacy of Educational Excellence
St. Giles School was founded in 1928 when Dominican sisters from Rosary College taught the school's 72 students. Over nine decades, our school has graduated nearly 6,000 students.
Our picturesque. multi-building campus in Oak Park boasts beautiful architecture and open green spaces. Preschool, primary, intermediate and middle school classrooms are in separate buildings giving each unit a "community within a community" experience. An outdoor classroom and garden provide hands-on learning in science, math and wellness, a long with two blocks' worth of green spaces throughout campus that afford faculty the opportunity to take instruction and learning outside. We're proud to offer a technology lab, art studio, music classroom and gymnasium with a stage. And, students play daily on a new playground.
Our Faculty Fuels Our Success
Our 33-person teaching team brings a diverse mix of experience and expertise to every classroom. Our staff include teachers who've served the St. Giles School community for decades, as well as teachers who bring a deep personal connection to the school - as alumni themselves or as parents who trust their own children's education to St. Giles.
We're proud that more than X% of our teaching staff have graduate degrees or advanced accreditations. St. Giles School leadership brings more than 50 years of combined experience as Catholic educators and administrators throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago.
As the fourth grade Reading teacher, it is my passion to help transition students from learning to read to reading to learn. Books have the incredible power to help you understand things from multiple perspectives, no matter how old you are. Reading has the power to enhance empathetic skills, which aligns with our school's Catholic values. Most importantly, it is my utmost priority to model, promote, and foster a love for learning."
- Shannon Byrne
Leading in Partnership with the Community
St. Giles School operates with a School Board of Specified Jurisdiction (BSJ), whose members advise our pastor and principal. Composed of parent and nonparent members appointed by the pastor, the members bring a breadth of community involvement and specialty expertise in the areas of finance, technology, development, marketing and strategy. We believe our school is strongest with community involvement; each chair leads a committee that SGS families and the local community are invited to join.
Parents make an impact
Every school parent is a member of the St. Giles School PTO, which supports our parents, principal, and educators through community building, enriching experiences, and curriculum funding for libraries and the outdoor classroom. PTO-led activities include monthly wellness initiatives, diversity and inclusion programming, Catholic Schools Week celebrations, Book Fair and the annual student variety show.
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"Our freshman transitioned with ease to the high school level. He was well prepared in his academics, his time management and his confidence. In his first semester at St. Ignatius he was able to tackle a rigorous schedule and meet the expectations of his teachers. St. Giles prepared him with what he needed to step into his classes ready to learn, while also giving him a place that still feels like home."
- St. Giles Parent
Class of 2016 currently attend a 4-year college or university.
No Limits for Our Lions
Giles students consistently score in the top quartile on national achievement tests. Our graduates are frequent recipients of academic scholarships and awards, and many test into honors and advanced placement classes in high school. They are admitted to the best public and private high schools including, Saint Ignatius, Saint 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.