Award Year: 2018

Saint Therese Chinese Catholic School

247 W. 23rd Street
Chicago, IL, 60616-1903

(312) 326-2837

Ms. Phyllis Cavallone-Jurek, Principal at time of Nomination

Ms. Lisa Deborah Oi, Current Principal

Archdiocese of Chicago

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Dedicated to offering each child an exceptional educational experience centered around Catholic values, enabling each to become an informed, productive, and responsible citizen. Committed to diversity in its enrollment with an advanced, Chinese-influenced curriculum focused on educating the whole person, preparing students for a lifetime of learning, leadership, and service with an emphasis on technology integration and an individualized approach to learning.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 6%
  • White: 2%
  • Hispanic: 6%
  • Asian: 79%
  • Two or more races: 7%
  • ELL: 10%
Students work in the state-of-the-art Learning Lab

Students work in the state-of-the-art Learning Lab

St. Therese Chinese Catholic School is a PK-8 school in the heart of Chicago, serving the Chinatown community for over 75 years. This is St. Therese's second National Blue Ribbon in 7 years. STCCS families are long-time residents of the Chinatown area as well as immigrants from many different countries around the world bringing different languages and varied economic circumstances to our community.

St. Therese is a "transformative" school - it accepts all students with the belief all children can learn and reach their greatest potential. The school centers on Catholic values, a growth mindset, resilience and compassion for others. St. Therese continually innovates to better meet students' needs. Students meet challenges, develop leadership skills and contribute to their community through service experiences. Technology is integrated throughout the entire PK-8 curriculum. Instruction focuses on college and career readiness by meeting individual needs and different learning styles, supporting collaborative learning and critical thinking. All students learn Mandarin and Spanish. Kindergarten-8th students learn coding. Students complete two years of high school math before they graduate. Enrichment and extracurricular programming have expanded significantly, providing a rich array of academic, cultural and personal development experiences, including: Saturday and summer academic programs, traditional Chinese dance, art, choir, athletic programs and more. Students participate in and win national, state and regional competitions in math, science, history, spelling and handwriting. Graduates are admitted into academically advanced high schools, often receiving academic scholarships. Graduates perform well in high school and continue their successful academic careers at leading universities.