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Welcome and thank you for visiting our website!


At St Symphorosa School we believe:

All things are possible with God

A Community of kindness, love, and support = success

Our children are stewards of God’s gifts


St. Symphorosa School, the parish school of St. Symphorosa Catholic Church, has been an integral part of the Clearing community since 1928. We provide a rich faith-centered education for grades Preschool-thru 8th grade. At St. Symphorosa, we recognize the importance that the right school can make for a child. While strong academic performance is emphasized, equally valued is the spiritual, social, physical and moral development of each child. We are a family celebrating faith.  St. Symphorosa students embrace the values and traditions of our Catholic faith as they pursue academic excellence and prepare for a successful high school experience.


Our teachers, all of whom are state certified and highly educated, utilize a rigorous standards based curriculum. Our website provides an overview of St. Symphorosa School and highlights some of the benefits an education at St. Syms provides students and their families.  Great families deserve a great education!


Based on a comparison of 2018 state tests, we are outperforming our local Public Schools- Hale, Dore, and Kinzie.   In Reading, 12% more of our students are meeting or exceeding state standards and in Math 33% more students are meeting or exceeding standards.  This data is based on an average of the 3 local public school’s Math and Reading scores on the PARCC compared to our ACT Aspire scores.



TOP FIVE Reasons why St. Symphorosa is the best Catholic School in the Area


#5          Driven by our mission to teach the gospel message of Jesus, pursue academic excellence, encourage service and prepare students to be responsible Catholic adults. Weekly Art, Music,Computers, Spanish, Library and Gym. Activities-Basketball, Bowling, Volleyball, Book Club, Band, Student Council, Chess, Coding and STEM.


#4          Rigorous Common Core curriculum grounded in Catholic values. 100% of our 8th grade graduates accepted to their first choice High School.


#3          Financial assistance offered through Tax Credit Scholarships, Opportunity Scholarships, CARITAS, RISE, Big Shoulders and other scholarship opportunities.


#2          Well-educated, experienced and committed teachers and staff. Supportive pastor, staff and parish community spiritually and financially.  Small class sizes help us understand the students academically, socially and emotionally.


#1           Supportive and involved families who volunteer their time. We are a Family Celebrating Faith!

One way to experience St. Symphorosa is to schedule a tour while school is in session. This will provide you with an opportunity to observe the various teaching techniques our faculty employs and the visible Catholic identity of our school.  Another way to experience St. Syms is to schedule a shadow day for your child.  Shadow days can be full or half day for any grade.  During a shadow day your child will experience what it is truly like to be a student at St. Symphorosa by participating in all the classes and activities with children in their current grade.  Please call the school office at 773-585-6888 or email our Marketing Director, Richard Banden at  to schedule a personal tour, shadow day or for further information.


Thank you, again, for your interest in St. Symphorosa School.


Mrs. Kathy Berry

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