Award Year: 2015

St. Cornelius Elementary School

5252 North Long Avenue
Chicago, IL, 60630-1484

(773) 283-2192

Mrs. Kristina Heidkamp-Reyes, Principal at time of Nomination

Archdiocese of Chicago

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St. Cornelius is an academically excellent Catholic institution. We honor our tradition of social responsibility and cultural diversity while Nurturing Spirits, Empowering Minds, Strengthening Community.

Student Demographics
  • White: 60%
  • Hispanic: 19%
  • Asian: 6%
  • Two or more races: 15%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Hands-on experience develops critical and engaged thinkers at St. Cornelius

Hands-on experience develops critical and engaged thinkers at St. Cornelius

St. Cornelius School has been an integral part of its neighborhood on Chicago’s northwest side for close to a century. Following the rich Catholic tradition of its founding order, The Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Cornelius students excel under the guidance of a focused and cohesive faculty and are dedicated academics, demonstrated by their leading test scores. Utilizing the principles of curriculum mapping and differentiated instruction, teachers build upon the knowledge that students gain in earlier grades and tailor their teaching methods to meet the various academic needs of all students. The skills our students possess through traditional learning methods are augmented by practical applications employed both in and out of the classroom. The use of technology and a cutting edge science lab enable students to enhance their learning and creative thinking skills. St. Cornelius students extend the confidence and poise they learn in the classroom by adopting service-minded sensitivity and environmental stewardship into the local and global community. One of the first schools in the area to embrace the Common Core standards curriculum, St. Cornelius graduates carry their academic and global citizenship foundations into the top-ranked public and private selective-enrollment high schools throughout the Chicago area. Because of its family orientation and small class sizes, students embrace one another, as do their families. Parents and parishioners are an active part in the cultivation of our school community. Working in communion, St. Cornelius students are supported and nurtured as they grown in knowledge, faith, and service.