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 . Of the over 200 schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago only 55 have received this distinction. When you consider that there are 33,366 private schools in the U.S., that’s a pretty impressive feat. 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).