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Kellogg School Open House
Kate Starr Kellogg Elementary School, 9241 S. Leavitt St., will hold an informational open house Sat., Jan. 21, 1 to 3 p.m. All are welcome to tour the school, meet the principal and teachers, ask questions of current students and fami-lies, and learn more about school offerings. Kellogg is a Level 1+ neighborhood Chicago Public School serving students in kindergarten through 8th grade, and offering the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. Kellogg has a technology lab, library and learning garden; after-school clubs and sports; before- and after-school care; an active PTA and Friends of Kellogg group; and a small, family-like environment. Kellogg accepts students from within its neighborhood boundaries, and others can apply to attend through the CPS Options for Knowledge program. For more information or to schedule a tour, visit or email Principal Corey Overstreet,

Multi-Level Learning at PLAID Academy
PLAID Academy, 2017 W. 110th Pl., educates students in pre-kindergarten through 8th grade in a multi-level learning environment that nurtures academics, compassion and citizenship. In PLAID’s intimate and dynamic atmosphere, each student is guided to follow their innate curiosities, launching from the nucleus of their individual strengths and developing points of view. The teaching staff strives to make learning challenging and meaningful. PLAID Academy’s learning modules cover a wide array of subject matter and students are tasked with exercising dis-cipline in listening, time management and project completion. Older students help, inspire and mentor younger stu-dents, learning patience, and cooperation.
PLAID graduates have historically performed exceptionally well on entrance exams and have been accepted into the high schools of their choice throughout Chicagoland. For more information, visit or call 773-238-2603.

MPA Students Names Illinois Scholars
Beverly/Morgan Park resident Hannah Branit is among eight Morgan Park Academy seniors to be named 2017 Illinois State Scholars. Branit, Anastasia Stanley, Divya Avul, Aariel Batchelor, Savi Rathi, Berat Gulecyuz, Daniel Jesuthasan and Cecilia Teppema were recognized for outstanding academic achievement by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top 10 percent of high school seniors, hailing from 765 schools across the state. Selection is based on exemplary ACT or SAT scores and/or class rank at the end of the junior year.

Mother McAuley High School State Scholars
Beverly/Morgan Park residents Brigid Carroll, Susan Devane, Mary Kate McMahon, Madeline Moody, Mikayla Murphy and Caitlin Sullivan are among 40 Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School seniors who have been recognized as 2017 Illinois State Scholars. The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), the state agency committed to helping make college accessible and affordable for Illinois families, confers this prestigious recognition to top Illinois high school students. This year, approximately 19,300 exceptional honorees join the other top state students honored for their academic achieve-ments since the designation was first introduced in 1958. “I am excited to see 40 of our students receive the Illinois State Scholar distinction this year,” shared principal Eileen O’Reilly ’03. “These girls are wonderful representatives of Mother McAuley. They are not only our top students aca-demically, but among them, you can find our student council officers, our athletic stars, our theatre and music lead-ers, our award-winning artists, and so much more. I’m proud and happy to see their hard work being recognized.” Founded in 1956 by the Sisters of Mercy, Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School currently educates nearly 1,000 young women grades 9 through 12 and is the largest all-girls high school in the country.

De La Salle to Go Co-ed in Fall
In the fall, De La Salle Institute High School located at 35th and Michigan since 1889, will become co-educational as the young women enrolled at De La Salle’s Lourdes Hall Campus in Bridgeport will join the young men at the Insti-tute Campus. The new strategic vision for the future of the school features a transition to co-education as well as a number of modern initiatives in educational programs, campus expansion and facility renovation, and ambitious goals for growth. Also contributing to the bright future at De La Salle is the expansion of the school’s STREAM (science, technology, religion, engineering, arts and mathematics) program. De La Salle has evolved from being a two-year commercial school in 1889 into its current position as a college-preparatory high school that is consistently on the cutting edge of technology and has sent its graduates to prestig-ious colleges and universities such as Notre Dame, Stanford, the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the United States Service Academies, among others. De La Salle draws students from a wide variety of neighborhoods across the city of Chicago as well as the south and southwest suburbs and Northwest Indiana. The De La Salle entrance exam for young men and women interested in becoming members of the Class of 2021 is Sat., Jan. 14, 8 a.m. at the Institute Campus, 3434 S. Michigan Ave. Info: Director of Admissions, John Brogan, 312-842-7355 ext. 147 or


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