WHO WE ARE
St. Barbara Elementary School is a Catholic elementary school of the Archdiocese of Chicago. The school includes grades preschool (3 year old) through eighth grade. St. Barbara School is recognized by the State of Illinois Board of Education.
a Catholic elementary school,
a diverse community of students and staff, rooted in faith and nurtured through prayer, sacrament, and liturgy.
in the uniqueness of each student,
provide quality education and skills necessary to ensure success,
encourage individual leadership,
and promote a family spirit.
our students for the future
through global awareness,
involvement in the local community,
and service to St. Barbara parish.
to have our students remain faith-filled followers of Jesus Christ.
St. Barbara School has a strong academic program. Students in all grades are challenged to be the best students they can be. Mathematics is the strength of the school curriculum but students do well in all academic areas. The writing process is taught beginning in kindergarten and students are proficient in writing at all grade levels. Early literacy is introduced in preschool and continues throughout the curriculum. Our junior high students are introduced to the classical works of such authors as Poe and Shakespeare. Students have performed above the national average on the Terra Nova standardized tests that have taken place each March. In addition to a strong academic curriculum, our students participate in physical education, music, Spanish and fine arts.
Our school is located just south of the downtown area of Chicago in the Bridgeport community. We are situated just south of the Stevenson Expressway and just west of the Dan Ryan Expressway. Surrounding communities include Chinatown, Pilsen and McKinley Park.
St. Barbara School was founded and built in 1910 as part of St. Barbara Parish by Polish immigrants. The 100th anniversary of the school was celebrated from 2010-2012. The Sisters of St. Joseph, Third Order of St. Francis staffed the school until 2008. Polish language classes were taught until the 1970's. Until 2001, a four year all-girls parish high school shared the facility with the elementary school.
As the neighborhood demographics changed, the population of the school changed. The school now serves a very diverse population of students. The school is staffed by lay, certified teachers.