Award Year: 2020

Saint Clement School

2524 N Orchard Street
Chicago, IL, 60614-2538

(773) 348-8212

Mrs. Mari Jo Hanson, Principal at time of Nomination

Archdiocese of Chicago - Office of Catholic Schools

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Anchored in the Catholic tradition, we engage every child in a challenging academic environment that empowers and inspires our students to recognize their unique gifts.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 78%
  • Hispanic: 6%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 8%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 5%
SCS students engaged in learning cooperatively.

SCS students engaged in learning cooperatively.

Saint Clement School is a Catholic PreK through 8th-grade school on the Northside of Chicago. We educate children to be compassionate, respectful, and responsive leaders that confidently and graciously respond to their daily challenges. The parish anchors of pray, serve, give, learn, and belong are at the core of how we prepare each child for the rigors of life beyond our doors. Our school has several unique characteristics, one that truly sets us apart is the deep attention to social-emotional learning. Our goal requires students to feel safe, supported, and empowered. Student social and emotional growth is supported by a variety of teams and external programs to help meet students where they are and maximize student growth and development.

Programs such as the Notre Dame University STEM Teaching Fellowship, Kagan Cooperative Learning, and the Positive Discipline Approach help students recognize how capable they are. Each curricular and extracurricular endeavor helps foster equity, maximizes empathy, and builds a loving, connected community of engaged, motivated, and confident learners.

Through Positive Discipline and Responsive Classroom, our student-led class meetings provide the practice of the skills necessary to cultivate citizens who are responsible, respectful, and resourceful members of our community. Students learn to use their voice, look at issues from multiple points of view, learn that mistakes are opportunities, and witness that they have influence in a socially useful way. Building these lifelong skills will help create the next generation of leaders able to respond to the challenges of the 21st century.