St. Edward School – Chicago, IL

Award Year 2017

Exemplary High Performing Schools

St. Edward School

4343 W. Sunnyside Avenue
Chicago, IL, 60630-4198

(773) 736-9133

Sister Marie Michelle Hackett, OP, Principal at time of Nomination

Archdiocese of Chicago

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Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 65%
  • Hispanic: 12%
  • Asian: 7%
  • Two or more races: 15%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 5%


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Students, faculty, and parents celebrate the closing school liturgy.

Students, faculty, and parents celebrate the closing school liturgy.


St. Edward School in Chicago, Illinois, was founded in 1910 by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois. "Academic Excellence, Christian Values, and a Caring Community" succinctly describe our Mission Statement. We emphasize educating the whole child: socially, emotionally, intellectually, physically, artistically, and spiritually. We provide a full spectrum of classes in which every student is instilled with life-long learning skills in order to serve one another and the global community. We hold the students to high academic standards, striving for excellence, while preparing them for college and career readiness.

Our school strives to achieve academic excellence by implementing required benchmarks set by the Archdiocese of Chicago and by incorporating Common Core practices. We encourage our children to be active learners and to apply their education by accepting responsibility to change their communities for the better. Our extremely competent staff focuses upon the core curriculum subjects while incorporating technology and the fine arts into everyday teaching strategies. We create a learning environment that is both academically cultivating and emotionally safe for our students. The classrooms create atmospheres of peace and tranquility, while allowing students to identify and express their emotions.

We believe in a collaborative style of leadership and learning. Each year, the school chooses a theme that is used as a community focus, thus incorporating all grade levels. The principal, teachers, and parents strive to create a happy, safe, and positive environment for all students. We are a school that prides itself on encouraging and being supportive of one another.