We Are a Big Deal!!!!!!

St Matthias School has been mentioned on the Archdiocesan News and Events page!  Being the first IB School in the Archdiocese is definitely worth attention…

Follow this link to the page and enjoy:

http://www.archchicago.org/news_releases/news_2014/news_140827.html

 

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Important Back To School Items

As we get ready for the exciting return to school next week, there are a few things to remember:

  • Welcome PreK!!! Thursday, August 28, is the first full day of PreK.  We are so happy to have you!!!
  • Students will need to bring lunches until the hot lunch program starts in September.
  • With the hot weather forecasted for our first week, please send students with labeled water bottles.
  • Please note that the drop-lane in front of school must be kept moving.  If you need to park, please drive down to the parking lot and park there.
  • Also, please do not park in front of our neighbor’s homes.  Those spots are “Parking Permit” only.

We can’t wait to see everyone and start a great 2014-15 school year!

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Interested in Enrolling?

Are you interested in enrolling your child at St. Matthias School for the 2014-2015 school year? Please contact Admissions Director Carmen White at info@stmatthiasschool.org. Have a wonderful summer!

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It’s official! St. Matthias is an IB World School!

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On May 14th we learned that St. Matthias School has been accredited as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School and is authorized to offer the Middle Years Programme in our junior high (6th, 7th, & 8th grades).  This makes St. Matthias the first Catholic elementary school in the state of Illinois to offer an IB Programme and the seventh in the nation!  We surprised our students after Mass today with this great news and a celebration in the garden.

The authorization letter from the IB’s director general in Geneva, Switzerland came four months earlier than we had hoped.  This was the final step in a three year long process of extensive preparation, teacher training and implementation of the IB Middle Years Programme.

The Middle Years Programme has transformed our Junior High.  Our teachers are planning collaboratively across disciplines and challenging our students to think deeply and critically about real issues.  Our students have become more self-aware, understanding themselves as learners, and have developed strong leadership and communication skills.  IB authorization is a monumental accomplishment which will ensure that our educational program continues to strengthen and fully prepares our students for personal, academic, and professional success.

So, now that we are authorized, what’s next?  The IB teachers will continue to collaborate to develop and improve IB instruction in grades six through eight.  We also have the goal of becoming authorized to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP) in grades preschool through five within the next three years.  Teachers in the lower grades will begin to attend IB trainings as early as this summer to prepare for this transition.photo (1)

 

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A Day at our School

Take a look at the amazing things happening at St. Matthias School. This video shows all of the happenings in just one typical St. Matthias day. Enjoy and then click here to learn how to become a part of our school.

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IB Candidate School

Our students have a lot to say about our candidacy for the IB program!  Please enjoy this video that debuted at our Friends of the Grape event.

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St Matthias Scholarship Program

Please enjoy this message from our students about the value of scholarships:

Click here to ! You can also view the video on Youtube.

 

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Teach Your Children Well

You’ll find outstanding academic preparation and faith-based learning at St. Matthias School. We recognize that each student comes to us with unique experiences, skills, learning styles, and needs.  Beginning in preschool, and extending through eighth grade, teachers use creative approaches to adapt their instruction to each student and provide them with tailored and meaningful educational experiences in a nurturing and diverse environment. Further, at St. Matthias, we’re a technology leader.  Click here to learn more about the technology utilized in our classrooms.

Click here to learn more about the enrollment process. Applications are being accepted for grades Pk-3 through 8. Class size is limited to 25 students (20 in Pre-K with a teacher and assistant; a 1:10 ratio).

School tours are available upon request, please call 773/784-0999.

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