Our Lady of the Wayside School – Arlington Heights, IL

Award Year 2015

Exemplary High Performing Schools

Our Lady of the Wayside School

432 South Mitchell Avenue
Arlington Heights, IL, 60005-1810

(847) 255-0050

Mr. David Wood, Principal at time of Nomination

Archdiocese of Chicago

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To provide a vital Catholic environment that enriches the mind and fosters the faith of each student.

Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 92%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 3%


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Third grade students actively engaged in literacy activities.

Third grade students actively engaged in literacy activities.


Our Lady of the Wayside School (OLW) has served the Catholic community of Arlington Heights since 1954. Throughout its history OLW has provided a strong Catholic environment where students are able to enrich their religious faith and develop a lifelong value system. A commitment to academic achievement begins with the early childhood preschool and kindergarten programs. These early childhood programs lay a foundation for education that lead to a child’s lifelong love of learning. From preschool through eighth grade, students are offered an atmosphere in which each child can develop his or her own identity and have many opportunities to succeed. Through support from Roosevelt University, OLW has updated much of its curriculum on its journey to becoming a Balanced Literacy School. These curriculum changes involved every member of the staff and have allowed OLW to remain competitive with the high performing public schools in the area. OLW has also been able to apply many of the principles learned through its partnership with Roosevelt University to other subject areas beyond reading and language arts. Since this partnership began, the faculty has engaged in more productive team meetings that are focused on student learning and growth. Academic programs are built on Best Practice to ensure the development of a well-rounded child. It is this foundation upon which all members of the community build as we pursue academic excellence and develop our students into leaders.