School Life

St. Irene School – we teach more!

More academics:

  • Spanish at every grade level
  • Science fair for grades 7-8
  • Outdoor education in grades 5-8
  • Differentiated learning for children with special needs, including resourcing and interventions in conjunction with District 200.
  • Annual Shakespeare production (grades 7-8)
  • Diocesan curriculum pilot school (first adopters)

More partnership learning experiences:

  • Junior Achievement at every grade level with partners at Navistar
  • Worm study program in 3rd grade through the U of I Extension Master Gardeners

More service-learning:

  • Altar servers for weekday Masses and funerals (grades 4-8)
  • Student ambassadors (grades 7-8) to develop leadership skills
  • Individual service hour commitments in grades 4-8
  • PADS lunch projects
  • Christmas Sharing, charity drives, food drives

More faith experiences:

  • Weekly student-led Masses and weekly adoration, daily prayer
  • Sacramental preparation (Reconciliation, Eucharist, Confirmation)
  • Vocation interview event (7th grade)

More arts and extracurriculars:

  • Band, music, children’s choir, boys choir, teen choir
  • Math club (grades 5-8)
  • Drama club (grades 6-8)
  • Student council (grades 5-8)
  • Cub Scouts (grades K-5) & Boy Scouts (grades 6-8)
  • Brownies (grades 2-4) & Girl Scouts (grades 5-8)
  • American Heritage Girls (all grades)

More opportunities for teamwork

  • Interscholastic¬†sports (cross-country, track, volleyball and basketball) for grades 5-8
  • Buddy program (all grades) max