Winter 2012 Education Guide

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Wednesday Journal and Forest Park Review present our annual Winter Education and Enrichment Guide, a special advertising section with stories and news from Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park schools and enrichment programs.

Click here to view the full print version or click on any of the headlines below to read individual stories from the 2012 Winter Education Guide.


Alcuin Montessori School
Founded in 1961, Alcuin Montessori School offers a cross-curricular learning environment successfully balancing academic and emotional intelligence. We partner with parents and provide students the tools to become highly-skilled independent thinkers with a passion for knowledge. Our programs are designed to help each child become confident, curious, self-disciplined and motivated.


Learn more about the Ascension family
Ascension School invites new families to visit and register for classes for its Centennial Year! Mary Jo Burns, Principal of Ascension School for the past thirteen years is justly proud of the position Ascension School is in as it begins its second century.


Dear fellow parents of failing students, aka 'special' parents
Professionals struggle to better understand why some boys and girls succeed in school while others struggle. Those of us professionals with children needing special help know this struggle personally as much as most parents do.


Look to St. Luke School for a strong academic, Catholic education
At St. Luke School we recognize that every child is unique and that each student learns in a different way. That's why we don't teach to the middle of the class—we tailor each lesson to the level of the individual student.


Fostering Catholic values, lifelong leadership and academic excellence at St. Giles School
St. Giles School offers a faith-based academic program for pre-school through 8th grade. In September 2010, St. Giles was named one of 304 National Blue Ribbon Schools for academic excellence by the US Department of Education.


Grace Lutheran School helps students learn with hope and confidence
At different times throughout the school day at Grace Lutheran School, 7300 Division in River Forest, groups of three or four children gather up their books, pencils, and notebooks, leave their regular classroom, and walk through the school commons area to see Mrs. O'Connor. They come to a smaller, quieter classroom, with fewer distractions, where they feel welcome and can get down to the business of learning.


Directress Bonnie Israel shares love of music with West Suburban Montessori students
With more than 30 years of teaching Montessori, Ms. Israel has taught hundreds of children who have graduated to further schooling and not only do very well academically, but also become well-rounded community citizens.


Learning through all aspects of life at Keystone Montessori
Children come from far and wide to KeystoneMontessori, a school that has gained the reputation as one of the country's premier Montessori schools. "The beauty of Montessori education is that it takes into consideration the whole child," says Vicki Shea, Keystone's administrative coordinator. "The physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of children are nurtured as well as their academic development and each child is respected as an individual with unique abilities."


Open houses at Walther Academy
The community is invited to an open house at Walther Lutheran Academy on January 31 from 6:30 -8:30 pm. You will be able to view 7th and 8th grade science projects, meet faculty and staff, and tour the school which is housed at St. John Lutheran on 305 Circle Ave. in Forest Park.


St. Edmund Parish School: a holistic approach to learning
Dear Prospective Parent, For 95 years, St. Edmund Parish School has shaped the hearts and minds of children, preparing them to lead successful, faithful and happy lives.


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