Ascension Catholic School
Though it was founded in 1912 and has undergone many renovations, Ascension Catholic School hasn't changed its mission — to excel at Catholic education.
Today, Ascension's students take classes in foreign language, history, social studies, science, math, visual arts, music, physical education and music instruction. The school also provides for a range of extracurricular activites, from orchestras to volleyball teams.
Ascension's school board act as advisors to Ascension Parish pastor and the school's principal. The board meets once a month, typically on the second Monday of the month.
- Fax: 708-524-4796
- Hours: General office hours: Mon - Fri, 8am - 4pm; Sat, Sun, closed. Summer office hours: Mon - Thu, 8:30am - 3pm; Fri, 8am - noon; Sat, Sun, closed
- Handicap Accessible: No
- Number of students: 500
- Public/Private: Private
- Financial aid: Yes
- Religious affiliation: Catholic
- Graduation rate (%): 100
- Student-to-teacher ratio: 28:1
- Parking: On-street: free
- Number of faculty: 28
- How engaged is the school with the community?: Ascension's historical roots in Oak Park have paved the way for strong local alumni base — 5,800 people have graduated since the school's founding in 1912.
- What makes this community special?: Ascension received national recognition in 2007 as a Blue Ribbon School, a designation bestowed to schools by the federal government for high test scores and a commitments to arts education.
- Montessori: No
- Grade levels: Pre-K through 8th grade
- Features: Auditorium/stage, Cafeteria, Computer lab, Library, Science lab, Sports facilities
- Extracurricular activities available: Music program includes three orchestras, a band and two student choirs for the adjacent parish, an interscholastic program for fifth- to eighth-grade students, athletics, student council
- Sports teams: Soccer, cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls volleyball
- Uniforms: Yes