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Schools in Flossmor

My family is looking to move to Flossmor this spring. Our daughter will be starting Kindergarden in the fall. When looking at homes, I'm narrowing our search by school districts and wanted to get to know more about Western Elementary and Infant Jesus of Prague. Are there any facebook groups or parent groups I should know about? What have your experiences been with these schools? Thanks. Julie
clueless joe January 18, 2014 at 12:33 AM
https://www.facebook.com/IJPschool
Deb Hartung January 18, 2014 at 12:17 PM
Julie, My husband and I moved to Flossmoor 25 years ago. All four of our kids went to the public schools, Western Ave., Parker and H-F. We are thrilled with the education they received. All four graduated from H-F with AP credit. They were accepted to great colleges and thrived there. They all stated that college was easier than the tough curriculum at H-F. Of course kids only get out of school what they put into it. So many people think just moving into a great school district insures that their kids will succeed. There is much more to it than that. Since you are taking the time to research your decision I'd say you are taking the steps to help your daughter succeed. Good luck to you and if you decide to move here, welcome to the neighborhood! The schools aren't the only great thing about Flossmoor. We love the downtown, the library and the parks!
Deb Hartung January 18, 2014 at 12:26 PM
A comment to Morsk8z regarding the high school graduation ceremony - I don't know when the last one you attended was but my youngest graduated from H-F last year and it was impressive. They asked everyone to hold their applause until the end and there was only one instance where a sibling yelled out.
Deb Hartung January 18, 2014 at 12:33 PM
A question for Juvenal - What do you base your comment on that "white" Western Avenue gets all the educational resources? Each school in District 161 has highly qualified, dedicated teachers. They all receive the same curriculum and resources. The District even redistributed teachers from Western Ave. to the other schools. Just curious what exactly you're talking about?
NJB January 18, 2014 at 08:30 PM
Juvenal, you should take a look at the Illinois Report Card which reports demographics before you make racial comments which are inappropriate. Western Avenue has an African American demographic of almost 38% percent and a 48% Caucasian demographic. So I'm not even quite sure how you can call it "White Western" when it has almost an equal makeup of both cultures. The reason many of us love this area is because of the diversity which many other Chicagoland suburbs lack. As for grade centers, they will never happen because it doesn't make sense financially. Aside from that, our community takes pride in offering our families the opportunity of living near their neighborhood schools where kids and parents can enjoy walking to school with their siblings and friends. I'm a Flossmoor native, and that's how this town has always been. If you aren't happy with it then you should move, but don't share your negative opinions with people who are actually looking for a great, diverse and academically strong school system and community.

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