• Founded in 1961

·         Accredited by the State of Illinois and Archdiocese of Chicago

·         National Blue Ribbon School, 2011

·         Co-educational facility, 3 Year Preschool to 8th grade

·         3 networked computers/classroom on the primary wing

·         Every teacher has a PC to use on a daily basis with the students

·         A comprehensive curriculum including Music, Art, Technology, and Physical Education

·         Extracurricular activities: Altar Servers, Cheerleading, Choir, Athletics, Scouts, National Junior Honor Society, Student Council  and More!

·         Athletic program recognized for excellence throughout the Northwest suburbs

·         Academic assistance available after school for extra help, paid tutoring also available

·         Instruction, service and worship in the Catholic faith

·         PreK – 8th grade students attend Mass weekly

·         Before and After School Extended Care Program

·         A Dedicated Parent Organization (Family School Association)


The parish school provides programs for children from 3 year old pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Classes run August through June.

Registration information is published in the parish bulletin each November; registration begins in January. Further information may be obtained by calling the school (847-296-3490) on regular school days from 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM.

School Philosophy 
As members of the St. Emily Parish School community, we believe in Catholic education as a vital part of the evangelizing mission of the Church. Through a Christian environment, we believe Gospel values will be fostered within the development of the individual’s full potential.

We are committed to maintaining a climate of respect in which all can learn and apply the skills that will allow them to be successful and productive members of society. In a collaborative spirit, we share with the parent/guardian, the first educators of the child, in developing an atmosphere wherein respect, support and the modeling of positive behaviors is primary.

We accept responsibility for providing a safe environment wherein a student has the opportunity to reach his/her full potential. With an emphasis on literacy and problem-solving skills, the school provides varied learning experiences, addressing the uniqueness of each student.

We believe the teacher facilitates learning and models a positive learning attitude, which encourages students to continually strive for personal success throughout life.

Mission Statement

St. Emily Catholic School accepts the Church’s challenge to create a religious, educational and evangelizing community, enlightened by the gift of faith, which parents, as primary educators, have nurtured.  We strive to foster a sense of independence in each student so that he/she may be responsible, respectful, and make right choices.  In pursuit of academic excellence, curriculum is implemented to foster and develop the talents of each student.

School History

In May of 1960, Father John McLoraine was appointed by Albert Cardinal Meyer to organize a new parish in the vicinity of Wolf Road and Central Road. The nucleus of the parish was 900 families previously belonging to other area parishes. Masses were held at Maryville Academy until a church could be built.

Ground for the new school was broken on March 12, 1961. The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth opened the parish school on September 6, 1961 with an enrollment of 345 children. Six classrooms were converted into a temporary church and Mass celebrations were moved from Maryville to the new school building.

Enrollment continued to grow and plans for new building space were prepared. A new parish hall (the current gym) was constructed by August 1964, which was then used as a temporary church allowing the previously used rooms to be changed back into classrooms.

The parish hall was soon too small to accommodate the large groups who came for Masses, necessitating the use of three various locations for Sunday Masses: the parish hall, the school basement (Sullivan Hall), a neighboring public school (Euclid). A total of 12 Masses were celebrated each Sunday. When the parish debt was fully paid, permission was given for the building of a permanent church structure. The new church was dedicated on May 9, 1971.