School Details

St. John of the Cross

708 51st St, Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 246-4454

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-8 649 students 18 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

About this school

St. John of the Cross is a private middle school in Western Springs. The principal of St. John of the Cross is Kathleen Gorman. 649 children attend St. John of the Cross and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. The ratio of students to teachers at St. John of the Cross is 18:1. Mcclure Jr High School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 93% %
Multiracial 4% %
Hispanic 2% %
Asian 0.6% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    As a parent of SJC and my husband who is an alumni we cannot say enough positive about our children's experience at SJC. We recently had our oldest child graduate from 8th grade she started going to SJC since 4yr. old pre-school. My children are all different types of students. Some struggle with learning while others have it "easy". St. John's has accommodated and helped my children succeed at all levels. The teachers work closely with each other to provide a team effort in helping children succeed where they may be deficient and excell when learning comes easy. It is a unique environment where parents come together with teachers to help our school thrive! We cannot be more fortunate to have our children attend SJC! The school spirit and the faith filled curriculum make me proud as a parent that we have made a great decision to choose St. John's!

  • (1 year ago)

    St. John of the Cross Parish School fosters positive behavior academic excellence and a solid faith foundation. The teachers not only have a firm knowledge of their subject matter but they are caring individuals who look at each child as an individual and tailor their daily lessons to meet the needs of the students. The parents provide a strong support system to the teachers and staff as they all have chosen St. John's for the same reason a solid faith based education.

  • (2 years ago)

    St John of the Cross is a terrific school. The school does an outstanding job integrating strong values and religious education into a superb academic curriciculum. SJC has excellent teachers and strong leadership an active parent association an engaged board and a close faith community. We are particularly pleased with the focus on the strong core value of respect and the strong connection to our faith. We had a tough choice to make between SJC and the Hinsdale schools. Either choice would have been good. SJC has exceeded our expectations and we are happy with our choice.

  • (2 years ago)

    I can't say enough about our experience at St. John of the Cross. We transferred from another local catholic school in 2008 looking for a larger population and a school that was able to educate all types of learners. We definitely found what we were looking for at St. Johns. On top of the excellent teachers we have wonderful core teachers and aids that help give our students extra help or more challenging work depending on their needs. The teachers go above and beyond to make sure every student excels and is challenged. At the time it was a very difficult decision for our family to make. We are both thrilled and grateful for our experiences at St. Johns. It is truly a "Blue Ribbon" school and we are so fortunate to be part of this faith filled community...

  • (2 years ago)

    I have found St. John of the Cross to be such a welcoming place where it is easy to get involved if you are a working parent or stay at home parent. My three children are very happy to go to school everyday and excited to learn.

  • (2 years ago)

    St John of the Cross has been a great place to raise our young children and educate them in a faith based environment. We are constantly amazed by the loving community of parents faculty staff and students that create a warm yet challenging academic setting for our families foundational years. We recommend St John of the Cross highly to anyone considering it for their family. You will be welcomed and loved yet push to reach your highest potential. A great combination for the grade school years.

  • (2 years ago)

    We moved here in 2008 from Arizona and were thrilled with the choices - so many great public and Catholic schools that impressed us it made it hard to pick one. Now I am thrilled again - thrilled that we did choose St. John's. The warmth of the families the quality of the teachers the rigor of the curriculum and the generosity of the parish have made our children feel welcome valued and challenged to be better students and citizens. And now it's a blue ribbon school to boot! SJC is definitely worth the investment.

  • (2 years ago)

    My husband and I are fortunate to live in a fabulous public school district however we both come from Catholic education experience. When it was time to send our oldest to school we struggled with the decision between public v. private schools. The struggle immediatiely ended when we toured SJC. We found the school to be a welcoming community full of character and values that we wanted to instill in our children. Coincidentally I am an alumna of SJC and it was encouraging to see so many familiar faces still involved at school either as administration staff or fellow parents! SJC offers a challenging curriculum with an understanding an nurturing faculty that teach for the subject not for the test. We have one child that struggles academically and the faculty and adminstration have worked with us to identify specific academic goals and some compromises that make our child feel successful. SJC really does educate the whole child inside and out!

  • (2 years ago)

    A great "Blue Ribbon" school where students don't only learn their faith but live it as well! My former SJC students (my daughters) had a wonderful educational base from SJC and are now a successful music teacher and civlil engineer. We love SJC!

  • (5 years ago)

    I think SJC does a tremendous job balancing education and faith. There are sports band clubs (Science math speech etc) to join. There is a play at the end of the school year. An overall wondreful experience

  • (5 years ago)

    SJC balances the spiritual emotional and education needs of its students to create confident Christian leaders. They offer extracurricular activities that range from sports to service and reinforce the ideal that we are part of a greater spiritual world.

  • (11 years ago)

    If you are looking for aan outstanding balance of education and a strong Catholic environment I would have to say SJC is the palce to send your children. The children are well prepared for High School and the staff has much concern for the children's well being.

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