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Affording private education
pre-k through college
By Gwenda Conner
Special to Pioneer Press
As the country reverberates from
the collapse of Wall Street giants,
some might expect private
schools to be struggling to support
themselves in the shaky wake. However,
surprisingly many Chicago suburban private
schools find themselves standing
strong in the rubble of the economy,
often boasting record enrollment numbers
higher than any seen in recent years.
Though none denies the tighter eco-
Though none denies the tighter
economic times or dismisses the
mounting financial concern of
students and their families, many
private schools are holding their
own and even growing in a
nomic times or dismisses the mounting
financial concern of students and their
families, the fact
remains that many
private schools are
holding their own
and even growing
in a shrinking
The exact reason
is hard to fully
explain. Laurie Konicek, principal
of St. Catherine Laboure, a K-8
school in Glenview, speculates that her
school’s enrollment is, ironically, higher
than it has been in the last
eight years as a result of the
More stay-at-home parents,
she suspects, have
returned to work out of
necessity, thus requiring
them to find alternate care for
their children. St. Catherine’s
offers extended care before and
after school to its enrolled students.
It could also be that parents interested
in private education are learning it can be
a more feasible option for their child than
suspected as the schools will work tenaciously
to provide the necessary financial
assistance for a committed family.
Rebecca Garrett, director of marketing
at Hinsdale Adventist Academy, says her
school, too, which offers grades K
through 12, has seen a record number of
new students. She is quick to add that
the school has simultaneously received
and met a greater number of requests for
“We say all our students are on financial
aid, for tuition does not match the
actual cost of educating each student,”
reports Sister Michelle Germanson,
president of Trinity High School in
The same is true at St. Catherine’s
where the parent pays only 80 percent of
the cost and the parish subsidizes the
remaining 20 percent. In addition to this
automatically assessed discount, many
parochial schools offer further tuition
remission for those students who are also
members of the church.
If it seems as though parents are still
shouldering the worst of the burden,
don’t be fooled by the numbers.
The task of finding
new and creative
most heavily on
the schools, which
often allot as little
as 10 percent
of the operating
budget for discretionary
remainder is reserved for
funding teachers and benefits.
Schools enjoy, of course,
the traditional sources of
assistance. A church, its
members and associates
schools with religious
affiliations. Those with
long established histories
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can often rely on their
directories full of alumni
for support. Some are
lucky enough to be the
beneficiaries of loyal private
donors with a soft
spot for the school. Still
others depend on the support
and participation of
an active board.
When that’s not
enough, they must devise
new means of revenue,
such as the golf classic
Trinity introduced four
years ago. Some of the
proceeds benefited ten
while the remainder is
dispersed for other financial
aid needs. The golf
classic supplements an
already impressive array of
fundraising initiatives at
Trinity, including its
annual gala, mothers and
fathers club scholarships
and premiere and honor
Despite financial pressures
to expand its applicant
pool by going co-ed,
Trinity has remained
staunchly committed to
its mission of nurturing
the minds of young
women. Instead of allowing
men into the classrooms,
expanded its admission
pool geographically. It
now draws from all over
the city and suburbs
through an extensive outreach
program. This program
is, in effect, a
fundraising effort, as well;
keeping enrollment up
helps keep student costs
In the event a family
does not qualify for needbased
aid, a school can
help in other ways.
St. Catherine’s, for
instance, keeps tuition low
(under $4,000) to try to
make a Catholic school
education an accessible
option for all those who
seek it. When that’s not
enough, the school will
work with parents to
devise personalized payment
plans or allow
deferred payment options.
Schools strongly urge
that parents and applicants
inform them of the
specific needs and circumstances
in an effort to give
the most comprehensive
fiscal picture possible.
In addition to clearly
communicating need, an
applicant should absolutely
observe deadlines and,
whenever possible, apply
early for fullest consideration,
Cebrzynski, director of
financial aid at Lake
Forest College (LFC).
Similar to other private
schools, LFC saw an
increase in numbers of
applications this year.
For those students, the
good news is that money
is out there for them. The
sources are somewhat different.
Sure, alumni support
their alma maters
and sometimes even
sponsor current students
through endowment gifts
or scholarship donations.
However, on average 41
percent of those daunting
tuition, room and board
expenses are covered by
federally subsidized loans
with low fixed repayment
Better news yet, the
remaining 59 percent are
met by state and federal
grants and scholarships,
which are outright gifts
requiring no repayment.
Parents interested in private education are
learning it can be a more feasible option for
their child than suspected, as the schools will
work tenaciously to provide the necessary
Those state and federal
monies have regrettably
not grown in this sluggish
economy, with the exception
of the Pell Grant,
which saw a modest
increase. However, neither
have they receded,
says Jerry, which is helpful
for LFC and all private college students.
The upshot is a private college
education often costs no more
and sometimes even less than a public
College students still have out-ofpocket
expenses, such as student
transportation home for the holidays,
books and recreational
allowances. The private loans once
used by some families to offset these
costs are much harder to come by
these days due to the bank crisis.
In response to this and the general
heightened anxiety expressed by
families, schools again are responding
with novel means of support.
LFC, for example, compiled an onsite
database of outside scholarships
for students to search and determine
if they meet the necessary criteria to
apply. In addition, the college has
enhanced the work-study program by
which students earn dollars for school
while still attending. The college has
lined up more jobs on campus and
even involved the surrounding community
to provide additional opportunities
Indeed, a growing trend is to
engage students in the financing of
their educations at even the secondary
Hinsdale Adventist requires its
financial aid recipients older than 14
to work, often finding jobs for them
at the school. Trinity students participate
in at least two low impact
fundraisers, such as walk-a-thons and
car washes. These events do more
than earn much needed money for
the school. They become part of the
students’ education. It teaches them
that if you want something, you work
for it, says Sister Michelle.
In the end, of course, despite all the
schools do to ease the difficulty of
providing for a private education, it is
inevitably a challenge “even in a
healthy economy,” observes Christine
Bollettino, vice president of institutional
advancement at Trinity.
Completing an International
Baccalaureate program such as the
one Trinity can sometimes enable a
Private education comes at a cost. Yet, that may not be enough to deter parents even in tough times.
As money grows scarcer for all, some conclude that there is no better investment than the education
of their youth. For families willing to make the financial commitment, the schools pledge to do their
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student to skip a costly year of college
and enter as a sophomore.
Other Trinity grads go on to enjoy a
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The fact of the matter is a private
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Education Supplement special report:
Keeping your child healthy from before preschool until post high school
By Erica Wort
Special to Pioneer Press
Parents want to give their children
the best of everything — nutritious
foods, a stellar education,
ample fun time. Protecting your children’s
health is just as important.
Especially now that school is back
in session, the quantity of germs
and sicknesses a child may stumble
upon has increased tenfold.
By taking a few preventative
measures and staying on top of
potential issues, you can
thwart some serious, and
not as serious although
bothersome, health problems.
make the best parents, and
keeping your kids healthy
requires a little know-how.
Beginning with prenatal
visits, regular visits to a
physician allow you to follow
the progress of your
child’s growth and monitor
any changes or symptoms
that may indicate a larger
problem. Dr. Judy Knight of
Glencoe Pediatrics follows
patients from infancy through
their late teens and recommends a schedule
of frequent check-ups early.
“I like to see someone a lot when
they’re little,” Knight says.
She advises infants be seen in their
first, second and fourth weeks, then at
Dr. Judy Knight of Glencoe
Pediatrics follows patients from
infancy through their late teens. She
recommends annual check-ups for
all children and teenagers.
two, four and six months. Scheduled
check-ups continue at nine, 12, 15, 18,
24 and 36 months and at three and four
“Then you can go every other year at
that point until age 11,” Knight says,
when visits need to occur annually.
“You need to see teenagers every year
because there are so many changes in the
teen years,” she says.
She emphasizes the importance of
establishing a rapport with teenagers to
be able to ask questions about depression,
anxiety, eating behaviors, drug and alcohol
use, sexuality and other risk behaviors.
“These annual visits create a connec-
tion between the child and their health
professional,” Knight adds.
Physicians can also notice symptoms a
parent may miss.
“It’s not infrequent that you will find
something that a parent wouldn’t know
was going on at all,” Knight says.
Doctors may see something seemingly
slight as a precursor to a much more serious
Vaccines are designed to protect children
from potentially harmful or deadly
According to the Center for Disease
Control, vaccines are responsible for the
control of many infectious diseases that
were once common in the United States.
The only way for this control to continue
is for parents to be vigilant about vaccinating
their children. The United States
currently has record, or near-record, lows
for cases of vaccine-preventable diseases.
However, the bacteria and viruses that
cause them remain in existence, so
unvaccinated children are at risk of contracting
something that is avoidable.
Recommendations for vaccines may
change, and pediatricians can notify par-
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ents that something new may be needed at a regular
“For example, the chicken pox vaccine is now being
given twice instead of once,” Knight says. “There are
The chicken pox vaccine is now given twice.
many people who haven’t gotten this second vaccination,
so they would only know that another is needed if
they came in for a check-up.”
Pediatricians may recommend new
vaccines at these annual visits, such
as the HPV vaccine, given to girls
ages 11 or older to prevent the cervical-cancer
causing strains. The
DTaP vaccine, which protects
against tetanus, diphtheria and
pertussis or whopping
cough, is incredibly
infants, who are at
high risk of damage
from the diseases,
who act as reservoirs
The flu shot may
for certain individuals,
by seeing a
parents know what vaccines their child should receive.
Serious reactions to vaccines are extremely rare. The
Center for Disease Control contends that the risks of
serious disease and illness from not vaccinating are far
greater than the risks of vaccine reactions. Call (800)
CDC-INFO for more information, and discuss any
reservations with a health care professional.
Regular visits to a dentist protect your children’s teeth
and insure their mouths are healthy. Beyond cavity pro-
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tection and prevention, children need to be seen by
orthodontists as well.
Dr. Ara Goshgarian, orthodontist and past president
of the Illinois Society of Orthodontists, believes that
frequent visits can prevent future problems.
“AAO [the American Association of Orthodontists]
recommends that the child’s first visit to an orthodontist
should be at the age of 7,” Goshgarian says.
This visit is a screening and usually does not warrant
treatment. Typically, Goshgarian says, probably less
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The students’ perspective:
Should I stay or should I go?
The great college debate: to commute or to live on campus
By Brett Marlow
Special to Pioneer Press
As students enter their senior
year of high school, they
begin planning for college,
filling out applications and waiting
to see where they might be accepted.
Those planning to attend college
in downtown Chicago have another
decision to make on top of it all —
should they live on campus or commute
For some students and parents,
the decision is easy. For others, factors
such as finances, time and distance
are taken into deeper consideration.
To live on campus:
“The only frustrations I would mention are primarily
it is more difficult to meet new people
on campus because so many of the people
get to know each other through living
together and not through classes.”
Amanda Coughlin is an 18-yearold
freshman at DePaul University.
Coughlin says when deciding
whether to commute the one-anda-half
hour trip to her hometown
of south suburban Matteson or to
live on campus, her mom wanted
her to have what she didn’t at college:
the dorm life experience.
Coughlin just moved into the
dorms in the Lincoln Park neighborhood
of Chicago only a few
weeks ago, but she says she loves
every minute of it.
“I wanted to be in the city; to be
in the suburbs your whole life gets
boring,” Coughlin says. “[The
city] is a change of pace and somewhere
new and more exciting.”
Since being at college, Coughlin
says she’s met many people, especially
through her roommates at the
“You spend so much time commuting;
it’s hard to get involved. I’ve
made friends just because of my
dorm mates,” Coughlin says. “You’re
kind of forced into meeting people,
and for people like me, I’m kind of
quiet and shy. It’s such an easier way
to get involved in the school experience
instead of just going to class
and going home.”
For others who do commute, it’s a
give-and-take relationship. They
may sacrifice some aspects of college
life, but it’s worth it to save money.
After attending college in
Scotland, 25-year-old Anders
Milton, who lives in Lake Bluff,
moved back to the states to attend
the University of Illinois-Chicago
as a political science major.
Although his original plan was to
eventually live downtown and go to
school, Milton says commuting
wasn’t so bad.
“The original plan was to start off
as a commuter and once had figured
everything out [and] gotten situated,
I would find a place downtown
to live,” Milton says. “Once I actual-
since it was so
easy. I decided
to save some
money and keep
is 45 minutes
On the train
ride, he says he
works on homework.
in atypical fashion, missing
dorm life is no big deal. He does
admit it’s hard planning around the
Metra train schedules and meeting
“The only frustrations I would
mention are primarily it is more difficult
to meet new people on campus
because so many of the people
get to know each other through living
together and not through classes,”
Milton says. “It requires more
After attending the College of
DuPage before transferring to
Columbia College Chicago, senior
Mandy Treccia commutes daily
from Naperville. Treccia, who previously
only came into Chicago three
days per week, now has a job that
requires her to be in the city five
days. Although Treccia says she now
has to pay the $126 monthly Metra
pass to accommodate her work
schedule, she says it’s still cheaper
than living in the city.
She says one downfall is that
parking at her Metra station is limited.
Therefore, her parents drive
her there and pick her up, which
requires a lot of scheduling. While
she is in the city, Treccia says that
not having the luxuries the students
“As long as you make an effort to get to know
people, you can have just as much fun and
probably save some money by doing so.”
– Anders Milton, 25, Lake Bluff resident,
University of Illinois-Chicago student, commuter
who live in the dorms or live in the
city have – that nearby convenience
– can also be frustrating.
“It would be nice to run home
and take a nap in the middle of the
day,” Treccia says.
With only one more semester to
go at Columbia, Treccia says she’ll
continue to commute back-andforth.
Hinsdale resident Konrad Biegaj,
a senior at Columbia, made the
decision to commute early on to
save money in the long run.
Biegaj says he plans to leave
Chicago after graduation. He didn’t
want to rack up student loans to pay
for rent and utilities. Additionally,
he has a great relationship with his
“Some people don’t, and need to
get out,” Biegaj says. “I’m not one of
Katrina Alfarao, a senior at
Columbia who transferred from the
University of Illinois-Chicago, did
the same as Treccia until the commute
became too difficult. At first,
she drove from her home in
Downers Grove to the University of
Illinois-Chicago. After transferring
to Columbia, she had a two-hour
commute: driving to the Metra sta-
COMMUTE continued on page 7
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tion, taking the train and then taking a CTA bus to
Last semester, she decided to get an apartment in
Lincoln Park. Since, she says, she only wishes that she had
done it sooner. Now, Alfaro no longer needs to wait an
hour-and-a-half between Metra trains if she misses one.
Kaila Sanabria, a sophomore at Columbia, says she
would tell anyone coming to college to live in the dorms
for at least a year.
“[The dorms] is where I met all my friends and my
roommate now,” Sanabria says. “It would be hard to
move into the city and not know anyone and be on your
own because you don’t meet anyone, you don’t know
where you’re going.”
Sanabria now shares a place in the Pilsen neighborhood
of Chicago, but she took a lot away from her dorm
“It was nice to have a place that was structured and
[to be around] people who knew the city and could
show you around,” she says.
For now, Sanabria enjoys that she no longer is
required to hang up decorations with sticky tack.
“It’s the simple things; having your own place and
feeling independent,” she says.
For commuters, it’s just the same.
“As long as you make an effort to get to know people,
you can have just as much fun and probably save some
money by doing so,” Milton says. • PP
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than 20 percent of children evaluated
are appropriate for some kind of
interceptive orthodontic care.
However, by visiting an orthodontist,
those 20 percent may avoid
needing braces or having teethed
Regular visits to physicians can
alert parents of developing issues
that may require treatment.
Pediatricians can identify allergies
or asthma, diabetes, weight gain
and autism, all of which can be
managed with prescribed care.
Kristine Lonsway, board member
of The Autism Society of Illinois
and mother to two children affected
by the spectrum disorder, knows the
importance of regular check-ups.
“It is absolutely important for
well-visits,” Lonsway says. “It is
highly recommended for lots of reasons:
to catch health issues, disorders
Autism and its forms, including
Asperger’s, have symptoms that can
be identified by a physician when a
child is young. This early identification
can give parents the opportunity
to get involved in their child’s
development in a proactive way.
“There is a huge window of
opportunity to almost rewire the
brain and intervene,” Lonsway says.
“A child who may require special ed
The American Association of
Orthodontists recommends a
child’s first visit to an orthodontist
should be at the age of 7.
and special services for a lifetime
may not warrant that if you get it
(autism) early enough.”
The red flags for autism include
little to no response to the child’s
name, lack of eye contact, problems
imitating and interacting actively
and a general absence of engagement.
Bring any concerns to your
“Parents fear the label, but there
are so many reasons to get the diagnosis,”
Lonsway says. “It insures
that you’re going to have more
appropriate treatment to address it.”
Check-ups: Pediatricians check for anemia and offer referrals to eye
doctors, allergists and other specialists. They may identify sleep apnea,
which can cause ADHD and poor performance in school as well as
vitamin deficiencies. Check-ups are critical in identifying these issues.
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displaying symptoms, contact the
Child and Family Connections
Office in your county or ASI at
(866) 691-1270. If your child is
over the age of three, contact the
school district in your area and
request an evaluation.
Regular doctor visits can catch
and rectify growth and weight
issues as well. BMI, or body mass
index, charts accurately measure a
child’s weight versus height and can
notify doctors to potential growth
“The BMI chart can be a very
important early warning sign,” says
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“Age, gender and ethnicity-specific,
the BMI charts discourage obesity,
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By identifying a child on the
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