Dear Prospective Student and Parent/Guardian,
I am very pleased to welcome you to St. Bruno School, and very excited that you chose to consider Catholic Education. When deciding to choose Catholic Education you are deciding to instill lifelong values and committing to a curriculum that educates the mind, body and spirit. Our faculty and staff of St. Bruno’s are dedicated to serving the families and children of the community.
A child’s education at St. Bruno’s starts in Prekindergarten, at three years old and goes through eighth grade. Through their career each student is exposed to multiple opportunities to learn and grow, including but not limited to the many clubs and athletics available to the student after school. The curriculum is based on the Archdiocesan GAINS Benchmarks, and our teachers strive to challenge our students by integrating technology on a regular basis and instituting data-driven initiatives. I am very excited with our partnership with The Museum of Science and Industry in establishing a strong STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Program.
In addition to our vigorous curriculum, faith is incorporated on a daily basis. Students attend mass weekly, are present at confession on a monthly basis, study religion and reflect every day. Each year our third grade class receives the Sacraments of Holy Communion and Reconciliation and every other year our seventh and eighth graders combine to form the Confirmation Class.
Our students take the Aspire test written by ACT every year from 3rd to 8th grade. After graduating eighth grade, students are well prepared to excel in school and have a good sense of self. Our students generally get placed in competitive high schools, such as St. Ignatius, St. Lawrence, Mother McAuley, Brother Rice, and the honors program at Curie High School.
When choosing St. Bruno, you are not only choosing a school, you are choosing to become a part of a family!
I look forward to seeing you at St. Bruno,
Founded in 1926, St. Bruno School is a Catholic elementary school dedicated to educating the youth of its diverse parish. As such, the school provides a foundation of academic excellence with a contemporary, Christ-centered curriculum in a positive, respectful atmosphere. We prepare our students for life-long learning and responsible citizenship in the Church and global community.
St. Bruno School is part of the St. Bruno Parish community which was founded in 1925. The school began in 1926 with the first graduating class, consisting of five girls, graduating in 1927.
The building the school is housed in was first a combination Church and school building. The multi-purpose building held the church on the first floor with the school located above. The building stayed this way until 1955 when the groundbreaking for the new church building took place.
Once the new church was completed, the school took over the first floor, expanding into much needed new space. The Pastor of the parish in 1962 realized that the school needed more classrooms and an addition was planned and built in 1963. With the completion of the addition, St. Bruno School had not only more classrooms, but also administrative space and a new school library. In 1977, as an improvement to the school and its expanding youth sports program, the St. Bruno hall expansion and school gym were completed; these also serve as a meeting place for the parish’s clubs and school and parish events. In the 1990’s, with the aid of city and federal money, the school underwent a Noise Abatement Project to soundproof and renovate the building to enhance the learning environment free of air traffic noise. Also in the 1990’s, the parish dedicated the St. Joseph’s Room. a previously unused portion of the school building, as the parish’s new community meeting facility, unused classrooms were converted to a computer lab and science lab. In the past few years, a phone system throughout the building has been installed with security cameras at every door. A playground was built in the south courtyard and a landscaped memorial garden graces an entrance way.
Enrollment has remained stable over the years. The school population consists of a diverse group of Hispanic, Polish, Asian and African American children. We were once only a parish school, but are now receiving students from a broader geographic area.
St. Bruno School is operated under the auspices of the Catholic Bishop of Chicago, a corporation sole, in the Archdiocese of Chicago. St. Bruno School admits students of any race, color, sex, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded
or made available to students in this school. St. Bruno School does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, or national and ethnic origin in administration of educational policies and school-administered programs.
St. Bruno School offers a rigorous academic curriculum within a caring Catholic community and school environment. We follow the core curriculum established by the Archdiocese of Chicago, which is aligned with the state and national learning standards. St. Bruno School is certified by the State of Illinois. All teachers are also certified and hold a Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degrees. St. Bruno teachers exemplify Christian values and demonstrate their commitment to their students and respect for the dignity for all.