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Old 01-23-2012, 12:00 PM
Location: Wilmette
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We are switching from the strong public schools to an equally strong catholic school in our neighborhood(Wilmette). Looking for insight into the area catholic schools of Sacred Heart, St. A's, St. Francis. We have visted the schools, but still need more assistance into the feel of each school. We do really like the strong school-community-parish feel. Enjoy the small class sizes, with foreign lang options, and strong academics. One of our children will be making the move as a middle school girl, so finding the right school that is very open, friendly and inviting is very key to making it a great transition.
I have gone through all the other similar posts, but still am missing this needed information. Thanks for the help.

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Old 01-24-2012, 01:21 PM
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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Here is an old thread: https://www.city-data.com/forum/chica...c-schools.html
Might find more by using the search function.
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:04 AM
Location: Wilmette
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I had seen that thread before I posted my original. That past thread helped us in our initial search. We visited all the schools.
We have now narrowed our search down to 3 schools, but are having a hard time making the final decision.
I'm really looking for more insight into the specific St. Francis, Sacred Heart and St. A's on the community-parish-school involvement. Is the philosophy of each have a strong parent involvement community? Do kids(and the whole family) transferring into older grades feel immediately welcomed by all....
Any strong academics that stand out in one over the other?
How is each school individually perceived as far as strengths(reading, math, languages) and weaknesses at area high schools that the kids go to after 8th grade?
Do the families seem to enjoy each other and spend time outside of school together building lasting friendships? We do want an atmosphere where the kids(and families) seem reasonably down to earth, enjoy helping others at school and in their community.
The past thread didn't have that level of detailed info on the 3 schools we have finalized on.
Thanks. Any info people have would be greatly appreciated.
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