Maria High School (Chicago, Illinois)
|Maria High School|
|6727 South California Avenue
Chicago, Illinois, 60629
|Motto||Maria Women Make a Difference in the World.|
|Opened||1952 (current building)|
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold|
|Athletics conference||Girls Catholic Athletic Conference (GCAC)|
|Accreditation(s)||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
Maria High School is a private, Roman Catholic, all-girls high school in Chicago, Illinois. It is located near Marquette Park and Holy Cross Hospital and is within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago.
Maria High School was established as St. Casimir Academy in 1911 by the Sisters of Saint Casimir in Chicago Lawn. Due to increased demand, a bigger school was built and opened in 1952 as Maria High School.
Casimira Kaupas, who would be the future Mother Maria (prioress of the order), was born in January 6, 1880 in Lithuania. At the age of 17 she went to Pennsylvania and worked as a housekeeper. She met Sisters of St. Casimir and became a teacher of religion. In 1907, the Sister of St. Casimir purchased about ten acres of prairie at Marquette Road and Rockwell Avenue in Chicago. The sisters arranged everything for the construction of the school. Construction was completed in 1911. St. Casimir Academy opened with 21 students. They renamed the school for their foundress Mother Maria, and the Blessed Mother. Maria High School officially opened on September 8, 1952. Last year, Maria High School celebrated their centennial anniversary. About 14 thousand girls graduated from the school throughout this operation. “These young women live their lives according to Mother Maria's mantra: Always more, always better, always with love.”
Students at Maria High School are required to wear uniforms.
Holy Cross Hospital
Holy Cross Hospital was sponsored by the Sisters of St. Casimir in 1928. The hospital began providing quality health care. Holy Cross Hospital has been expanded throughout the years and has served many people in need. More than eighty years ago, the Sisters of St. Casimir built Holy Cross Hospital for one purpose; healing. By the time Holy Cross Hospital was built, there were many immigrated families, there were tough economic times, and there were not enough resources for health care. Mother Maria Kaupas and the Sisters of St. Casimir expanded the hospital, and it grew to care for others. To this day, the hospital treats many people who struggle at times to make ends meet. There mission stays true to Mother Maria’s commitment to treat all people with respect and love.
Conversion to a Charter School
Maria High School closed because of financial problems. The Sister of St. Casimir collected $10 million from 2006-2011 but it was not enough to continue the operation. Sister M. Immacula Wendt said, “We really believe in the mission to educate young women.” Since the Sisters of St. Casimir did not want to close Maria high school, it was transformed into a charter school. Students might continue to take mandatory religion classes. Sisters of St. Casimir are going to teach the high school part of the school and the teachers will teach Kindergarten through eighth grade. It is going to be a kindergarten through senior year learning center. If approved by Chicago Public Schools, Maria High School will be renamed as Catalyst-Maria and will open in the fall of 2013.
- School Website
- Reason for converting to charter school
- Closing of Maria High School
- Closing of Maria High School
- Maria becoming a Catalyst school
- Holy Cross Hospital
- Changes of Maria
- NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-07-28.[dead link]