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St. Athanasius Elementary School

St. Athanasius Elementary School is a coeducational private Catholic traditional school for students in grades Pre-K through 8.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Small City


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St. Athanasius School, an elementary school committed to the Roman Catholic tradition, academic excellence and student enrichment. At St. Athanasius, each child is recognized as a unique individual with particular strengths, abilities and interests. We believe children learn best in a caring environment where individual learning styles are accommodated and children are encouraged to develop to their fullest potential. St. Athanasius School is a Catholic community challenging students to academic excellence, developing their unique talents and gifts, and inspiring them to become community leaders in imitation of Christ. Our strong academic program also recognizes the uniqueness of each of our children, while setting high standards of excellence. We believe that children learn best in a caring environment where they are encouraged to develop to their fullest potential, and every effort is made to accommodate individual learning styles.


Unit System

St. Athanasius is organized into four Units, a unique educational sequencing system that fosters learning by enhancing both instructional and social/emotional support of students. Each Unit is made up of two grade levels.

Unit A: 1st and 2nd Unit B: 3rd and 4th Unit C: 5th and 6th Unit D: 7th and 8th

Every Unit has a nucleus of four teachers, each of whom has a homeroom and teaches specific core subjects. Homerooms are usually comprised of students from both grade levels, while students remain within their grade for all subject area classes.

This system not only enables teachers to become content area specialists, but further solidifies their knowledge of individual student’s unique skills and learning styles because they spend two years with the same students. Teachers also benefit from being a part of a dynamic, collaborative team, which plans instruction, problem-solves, assesses student and group needs, and documents student progress.

This distinctive system also optimizes learning for each student. The Unit system allows students to master curricular content (domain knowledge) and developmental skills in a truly supportive, consistent, learning environment. Our students benefit both intellectually and socially from the integrated instruction and cross grade level interaction. As a result, both teachers and students form a strong rapport and sense of community.

A team of Specials teachers enhances this strong learning community: Music, Art, Physical Education, Technology, French, Spanish and Learning Resource specialists provide students with instruction in their respective fields, work closely with the Unit teachers to integrate their curricula with the core subjects, and help provide the optimum learning environment for each student.




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Academic Calendar: Continuous


St. Athanasius Elementary School received a Blue Ribbon award from US Department of Education in 2012.

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 342
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
Kindergarten 19
1 40
2 48
3 48
4 39
5 41
6 33
7 38
8 36

St. Athanasius Elementary School's relatively variable enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing St. Athanasius Elementary School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 13 : 1
Gender 45% Male / 55% Female
Dress Code Uniform
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 89%
Multi-racial 4%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Black or African American 1%
Asian 3%


Co-Curricular Activities Altar Servers Students in grades 3-8 who are trained to serve Mass are encouraged to volunteer to serve at Sunday and/or school liturgies. Training takes place in the fall of each year. Assemblies Assemblies may be held for the student body at various times during the year. Athletics The purpose of the interschool athletic program is to develop character, leadership, sportsmanship and athletic skills. The school belongs to the Council II3A League for boys’ football, girls’ volleyball, boys and girls basketball and boys’ volleyball. St. Athanasius School participates in the Evanston Parks Department league for grades 4 and 5 boys and girls flag football and basketball, and for grades 4 through 8 track and field. To participate, a child must have written parental permission, proof of insurance, a physical examination and pay the athletic fee, which is established annually. All forms/fees must be submitted to the Athletic Director before a student is allowed to practice or play. All participants must meet the Academic Eligibility criteria and maintain a positive behavioral record. An Athletic Handbook, including athletic policies and procedures, may be obtained in the school office. To participate, at least one of the student’s parents must attend the Athletic Director’s parent meeting held at the beginning of each season. Band Students in grades 3-8 may participate in the school band, which performs at concerts, pep assemblies and other activities. Participants must take private lessons on a band instrument and commit to attending band practices twice per week. A fee is charged. Book Club Students in grades 2-3 may participate in an after school book club that meets one time every other week. Participants read high interest selections that build reading fluency and comprehension skills. A fee is charged. Chess Club The Chess Club is open to students of all grade levels and meets once per week to develop skills and to socialize. Members may participate in weekend chess tournaments. A fee is charged. Choir Students in grades 3-8 may participate in the school choir, which sings at concerts, liturgies, and special events. Participants practice one time per week during lunch /recess. Free. Humanities Students in grades 6 through 8 may participate in a before school.Humanities elective that meets three time per week. Participants integrate primary sources and technology to research a contemporary topic and create a final project about their learning. A fee is charged. Recess Retreat Students in grades 1-8 may participate in enrichment classes on a variety of topics during lunch/recess during the winter months. A fee is charged. Scouts Scouts provide skill-building opportunities and nurture an attitude of service. St. Athanasius School sponsors Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops when parents volunteer to lead them. Scouts may wear their vests or shirts on meeting days. Free. Student Council Student Council is comprised of eighth grade officers and homeroom representatives from Units C and D (grades 5-8). Elections take place in the spring of each year. Student Council organizes service projects and student activities. Members must meet the Academic Eligibility criteria and maintain a positive behavioral record.

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