This is a very good option in our area since the majority of the public schools in McHenry cannot compete with the education your child will receive here. My child will be attending this school for the 3rd year and I cannot say enough good things about the education he has received thus far. They were teaching sign language and Spanish in pre-K and K. They put a great deal of focus on reading in kindergarten while getting into math science some history art music and religious education. They even did cooking with the kids once a week. Another huge advantage is the teacher/student ratio. There is a good deal of parent involvement here and it makes for a family friendly atmosphere. Since the school is relatively small it doesn't have a typical administration or some of the services and technology the public schools offer which would be the only disadvantage. However it seems like they are working on making many improvements such as trying to bring more technology to the classrooms etc. I would recommend this school if you are looking for a better option in McHenry.
Zion Lutheran School and Preschool is a private elementary school in McHenry. The principal of Zion Lutheran School and Preschool is Carrie L Coats. 75 students go to Zion Lutheran School and Preschool and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. The ratio of students to teachers at Zion Lutheran School and Preschool is 11:1. Landmark Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.
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I'm not as enthused as I was when I interviewed the school. The tuition is significatly lower than neighboring schools and overall they are a pretty good school. The teachers are very nice as well. But I also find that they lack the administrative staff needed to run this school and it's often the teacher's job to do these tasks which then causes last minute announcements. There isn't a principal to oversee potential issues that are typically beyond the scope of a teacher. And they do fundraisers weekly which if that be the case you could just as easily go to one of the pricier schools minus the headache. Again they know what they are doing they just lack the 'know how' when it comes to beinig organizational leadership skills.
I can't say enough good things about Zion. The grade school teachers there are super responsive and willing to work with you on an individual plan for your student. The preschool teachers are very patient and can handle all ranges of children. My daughter has excelled ever since she started preschool there- is in 2nd grade now and reading at a 6th grade level. My son begs to go to preschool every day. We can't wait to put him in the FULL-DAY kindergarten next year! Would love to see more afterschool programs or sports but they have gym and now art so they are responding to the parents wishes!