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Christ the King School

Preschool | 33 students


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Posted February 1, 2012

Christ the King Early Learning Academy has met and exceeded our expectations. My daughter began her education in a Bright Horizon s program at 2 months (exceptional) and we moved her to a small church based program. We quickly found that the small church based program was more of a day care then an educational/developmental program (as indicated). One of Mrs. Placey s first statements to me was that We are not a day care. As a parent you only want your child to be safe and secure when s/he is in the care of others. The school has a secure entry and because the building is small it is much easier to monitor. Educationally my daughter has made leaps forward, her growth through the program has caught both my wife and I by surprise as she has made statements or counted beyond where we thought she was. If you are looking for an educational based program (more then Learn by Play) with a professional staff led by a Director with focus and vision for her program you need to look into CTK Early Learning Academy. The building is small, lunch is not provided and the school day is short (there is extended care) but the program is exceptional with the current staff in place.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 13, 2012

We are so glad we chose Christ the King Early Learning Academy for our child. He is receiving individualized, exceptional, and unique academic opportunities while gaining a very special beginning in his journey of Catholic faith formation. He enjoys being at CKELA and is continuously challenged with an exciting curriculum and fun activities. CKELA has provided a caring and nurturing environment for our child. We also enjoy the strong sense of community among the families and faculty at CKELA.s, which I believe is quite important in our society today. The teachers and staff under the direction of their admirable and energetic, Mrs. Placey, were all efficient, knowledgeable, perceptive and caring to the learning and affectional needs of the children. And the children were never bored. They were always either busy doing some Science, Geography or Art projects, or having fun playing together, socializing with one another, or going out on Field Trips or Nature trips, exploring the world.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 1, 2011

This school has transformed from a PK-8 school to an early learning academy in the past few years. To put stock in ANY of the reviews older than that would be foolhardy. Entirely different school; different staff. Rating it a five since I have to rate it to submit this comment

Posted February 18, 2009

I put my heart into teaching! I take pride in my students work and efforts.Thank you for all your kind words! I do believe that Christ shines through our words and deeds. I feel bad that there are some who have not had a 'christ centered' experience at C.K.S .That is what our staff tries to instill in our children....A Christ centered life! God bless you and help you in your choice of school, everyone!
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted January 17, 2009

You know what, im a student at christ the king school and yes its small and yes theres no band. But ive had the best times of my life there. Your just making a fool out of your self by cutting the school down because you left. Also poor math and science? youve got to be kidding me. My science and math teacher is teaching us advanced high school math and science. I ask my friends at other schools what there learning, and there at least 8 chapters behind us. So stop crying about how bad the school is.
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 12, 2008

Our child goes to this school and we are very pleased of her learning process. The small class size encourages more participation, active learning, and good interrelationship among students. The teachers are competent as translated by good performances of students in competetions like science fairs. Kids are well-mannered and behaved as Christian values are instilled to these kids as they learn and grow. Everytime our child goes home, she's always happy and excited to go back to school. So come and visit the school and see for yourselves what Christ the King School-Lombard is doing to the kids and discover other blessed things it has to offer.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 11, 2008

We find this school the best for our child. The teachers and school staff are very competent, hardworking, and bringing out the best from our child. We find the kids well behaved and this is accredited to good Christian values being instilled in the curriculum, added to their good academic performance. The small class size is conducive for more participation, active learning, and good interrelation among students of all ages. Every parent is entitled to his or her opinion regarding the school, and mind you, there is not only one or two parents from this school. It is rather recommeded to come and see the school and discover for yourselves what Christ the King-Lombard can offer.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 8, 2008

My child thrives at this school. There is a real sense of community. It bothers me that a few bitter people wrote such nasty comments here. They are entitled to their opinion. However, I find there comments shocking and completely untrue. As with several other small Catholic schools, the numbers per classroom are small. I find this to be great academically. This is a school where remarkably your see abundent amounts of respect among the students. They really care for each other. The upper and lower grade levels support and help one another. Spanish is taught even at the lower grade levels. The technology teacher is phenominal. He really teaches the children to think outside the box. The faculty is passionate about teaching the children well. If you are looking for knuckle-breaking strict, this is not the school for you. This school nurtures the children and is scholastically strong.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 22, 2008

This is an awful school. The school itself is falling apart, lacks airconditioning (gets extremely hot!!), library, and playground equipment. The church has been updated, but nothing done to the school. The principle is a joke, good luck getting ang phone calls returned or any concerns answered. And definatly becareful what you say to her, she loves to gossip and talk badly about parents to other parents and faculty. The small class sizes do nothing to provide better education to your child, so don't expect one-on-one help. The school is abound with bullies and clique, which the faculty does nothing to adress. My child is finishing out the year and after going there for a couple years and with nothing improving will be leaving next year. I suggest that anyone considering this school looks elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 1, 2008

This is a wonderful school! I am extremely pleased with the teachers and especially, the principal. This school has changed for the better over the last few years! My children are being taught an advanced curriculum. It is way above their cousins public school curriculum. I couldn't be happier with this school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 14, 2007

I love this school. I went 2 this school for 4 years and i miss it so much. this school has amazing teachers that you cna't find any where else. they just started a band program. a cks tv program and a lot more. i loved it there!!!
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 12, 2007

Two years ago I transferred my child to CKS. Having raised two adult children I have a greater insight into what children ultimately need to be successful in life: Love and discipline. 'School' is not a building or a class size. CKS has a principal of vision and integrity. I appreciate that her long term goals are in the best interest of the students and not the convenience of their parents.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 11, 2007

This school has drastically changed in the past 3 years. My child has attended this school since 2001 and the present principal has totally different views from the last principal. The thoughts and tatics of her views, coupled with the main Priest are sometimes quite stringent, unrelalistic, and not reasonable. In the past the school has boasted and prided itself on being 'small by choice' however in the recent years, this has come back to bite the enrollment. The school hasn't been updated in years yet the church has a new addition to it. The ONLY real reason why my children still attends this school is because of its location. One more year and we are done! Not sure if I would recommend it for others, just because of the leadership for sure.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 23, 2007

I love this school! In today's world it is so important to return to the values and princples that form a strong foundation for each individual and Christ the King knows that! The dedication of the staff is unrivaled! Every student is treated as an individual and their unique leaaarning styles are embraced. This is an amazing school where a parent can trust that community, moral code, friendships, respect and character are at the forefront of their child's education. Not only does CTK do a great job nourishing a child's educational goals, they also nourish a child's soul!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 1, 2007

Our children are flourishing at CKS. They love their teachers and our interactions are favorable, too. Had the pleasure of attending the school under current & past administration. Common qualities in these two principals are (1) concern for children s education and well-being and (2) teacher/staff loyalty. CKS HSA is fantastic; full of ideas that benefit the school, particularly the children. Parents give countless hours as volunteer coaches, working on non-fundraising/fundraising activities and/or serving on the School Board. Beginning last year, the children participate in Faith families which we think will help them grow spiritually while getting to know children from other grades. They have role models and can be ones themselves. We think we have realistic expectations of what schools can/cannot do for our children. We want a quality Catholic education for our children and we have found that at CKS.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 11, 2007

Class size (single digit in some) does not translate into personal or individualized attention. My child s math skills have backslid in the past 2 years. Cliques run amok: students, parents and administration. Parent involvement is nil. Parent meetings sparsely attended. Phone calls not returned by administration; concerns about bullying go unaddressed. If you have an average student, fine; if gifted or a child who needs a little extra , no accommodations are made. Everyone was considered family , you are a number now. If my child didn t have only 1 more year til graduation, we d be elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 9, 2007

Poor Math and Science. There was no music program - band/orchestra/choir when we attended. Class sizes are too small, prone to cliques. Diocese should audit their bookkeeping as well.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 12, 2006

I love this school, it's like a family away from home. My son has been going to this school since he was in second grade. He is in eighth and just about to graduate. He loves it. He has learned so much there. There is a music program, art and sports. Volleyball, track, basketball, cross country. Also they teach spanish. Parents are very involved, otherwise alot of these programs wouldn't happen. Academic programs are the top of the line. My son it very smart, and he has been challenged throughout this time he has been there.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 57% 4%
White 29% 51%
Hispanic 14% 24%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 18%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mrs. Jill Placey
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115 East 15 Street
Lombard, IL 60148
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