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St. Benedict Preparatory School Facts

St. Benedict Preparatory School is a parochial, Catholic, co-educational school that provides a liberal arts, college preparatory education for students in Preschool through Grade 12.  St. Benedict Preparatory School operates under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Our charming, historic, urban campus is located in the North Center area of Chicago near the intersection of Western Avenue and Irving Park Road.  St. Benedict Parish and School’s legacy and impact is important to the history of this community so that it is often referred to as the “St. Ben’s” area.  Currently, our school community is nestled in a vibrant, family-friendly neighborhood that attracts new families from all over the country and the world who seek to live in the city of Chicago.


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A century ago, a small group of people had a dream, a spiritual birth grounded in the cornerstone ministry of education.  The realization of that dream continues today in the education and faith - formation of more than 915 students at St. Benedict Preparatory School, from preschool through high school, and in the numerous other vital ministries of St. Benedict Parish.  Since 1902, the faith, generosity, and commitment of the people of St. Benedict Parish have inspired involvement in organizations, ministries, and activities within the parish whose reach extends far beyond the boundaries of the neighborhood.  Today, St. Benedict Parish is a community of nearly 1300households which reflect the diversity of heritage, age and economics that befit a large urban parish—a strong faith community which is as much a part of our legacy as the buildings on our block.


St. Benedict Preparatory School is governed by a 20 member school advisory board as per the guidelines set forth by the Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Catholic Schools.

St. Benedict Preparatory School is the parish school for St. Benedict Parish.  The parish and school are operated under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Accreditation and Membership
St. Benedict Preparatory School is accredited through the State of Illinois and AdvancED.  SBPS is also a member of the National Catholic Education Association.

Academic Program
SBPS offers a challenging college preparatory, liberal arts curriculum with Advanced Placement and Dual College Credit courses, honors courses, fine arts, performing arts, and athletics. SBPS is an inclusive education school that understands each student learns differently, yet should be offered an enriching educational experience.

Preschool through Grade 12:
Early Childhood (Preschool, Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten);
Elementary School (Grades 1-5);
Secondary School (Grades 6-12).

Total enrollment for the 2015-16 school year is 960.
Early Childhood: 328 students
Elementary School:  467 students
Secondary School:  281 students

Of the 960 students, 465 are boys and 495 are girls.

Thirty-three percent (317 students) of the student body come from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds.  Eighty five percent of our student body is Catholic.

St. Benedict Preparatory School utilizes a trimester calendar.  The school year typically begins around the third week of August and concludes the first week in June.

School Hours
The school instructional day begins 8:00 AM and ends at 3:15 PM.  Extended care is available beginning at 7AM in the morning and ends at 6PM in the evening.

Class Size Average
Early Childhood: 21 students/2 teachers
Elementary School Grades 1-5: 18 students/1 teacher  
Secondary School Grades 6-12: 17 students/1 teacher

The faculty (not including administration or staff) consists of 65 full and part time teachers with over 50% holding advanced degrees.  SBPS also has an inclusion facilitator team of five talented and certified teachers trained in inclusion education.

St. Benedict Preparatory School offers a full array of individual, team and recreational sports.  Please see the athletics tab for full listing.