Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
I would like to send my child to St. Gall but we do not live in the parish boundaries. Do we need to move to send our child to St. Gall?
No. St. Gall students may come from outside parish and even city boundaries. Our students come from various areas of the city and suburbs to attend our school.
Why should I send my children to a Catholic school?
It is our belief that Catholic education provides children with the skills necessary to succeed in the world. Our students leave St. Gall confident and ready for high school because they have the necessary study skills to succeed. A Catholic school provides students with the religious background not found in other schools. Students learn church history, traditions, and leave as practicing, responsible Catholic young adults.
The University of Notre Dame study has shown: That a black or Latino child is 42% more likely to graduate from high school and 2.5 times more likely to graduate from college if he or she attends a Catholic School.
What courses will my child have at St. Gall?
All our students experience a full-day of courses as prescribed by the State of Illinois and the Archdiocese of Chicago. Our students have daily lessons in Mathematics, Science, English, Reading, Spelling/Vocabulary, and Religion. In addition, students attend weekly electives including Art, Spanish, Technology, Music, and Physical Education.
We speak Spanish at home. Will my child have a hard time adjusting to classes at St. Gall?
Though many of our students are blessed to be bilingual, all classes at St. Gall are conducted in English. All correspondence with parents or guardians is sent home in both English and Spanish. Students are encouraged to speak English during the school day, but are not prohibited from speaking in another language.
We are not Catholic but would still like to send our child to St. Gall. Will my child need to become Catholic?
No. St. Gall is home to a diverse population. While many of our students are Catholic, we do accept students from other religions and religious denominations. All students are expected to join with their class in prayer each day and all students attend school mass one day a week.
What is the dress code at St. Gall School?
All students wear uniforms for regular school days. On days when students have gym they wear the St. Gall gym uniform. Boys wear a blue polo shirt and dark blue slacks. Girls wear a uniform skirt and blouse or polo shirt depending on their class year. Girls may also wear dark blue slacks. Students are prohibited from wearing fingernail polish, makeup, and from dying their hair.
On "Dress Down Days" students may dress out of uniform according to guidelines in the handbook. School uniforms may be purchased at SchoolBelles, and gym uniforms may be purchased at Ray's T-Shirts on Pulaski Ave.
Do students receive a school lunch?
Students may bring a lunch from home or may receive a hot school lunch. Lunches must be requested in advance to ensure that there will be enough prepared for each student who needs one. If you feel you qualify for a free or reduced lunch, please contact the school.
What is your tuition for the school year? What is your tuition policy?
For more information, please call the school office at the number above. Payment plans are available.
Do you provide before and after school care?
Yes! The St. Gall School Extended Day program has been in operation for many years and is extremely successful. Many of our students arrive early and stay after school for Extended Day. Morning Care begins at 6:45 a.m. in our Extended Day room. At 7:20 a.m. the students go to the lunchroom for breakfast.
The school day starts at 7:45 a.m. in the gym and students are in class until 3:00 p.m. Students in Extended Day receive a snack every afternoon, as well as homework help. Students of any age are welcome in Extended Day. The program closes at 6:00 p.m. each school day. The cost per child is $5 per hour. and there is a registration fee of $35. Families are billed weekly for extended care. For more information or to sign up your child, please contact our school office.