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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

shrinking economy.

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

for this

unexpected turn

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

poor economy.

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

financial assistance.

“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

River Forest.

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

means of

fundraising falls

most heavily on

the schools, which

often allot as little

as 10 percent

of the operating

budget for discretionary

spending. The

remainder is reserved for

funding teachers and benefits.

Schools enjoy, of course,

the traditional sources of

assistance. A church, its

members and associates

typically sponsor

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

students demonstrating

leadership capabilities,

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,

Trinity has

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,

says Jerry

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

financial assistance.

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

state school.

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

school level.

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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A growing trend is to engage

students in the financing of

their educations at even the

secondary school level.

student to skip a costly year of college

and enter as a sophomore.

Other Trinity grads go on to enjoy a

discounted tuition at Dominican

University, thanks to an agreement

between the two institutions.

The fact of the matter is a private

education comes at a cost. Yet, as

current enrollment numbers reveal,

that may not be enough to deter

parents from making what one parent

calls “the best sacrifice I make,”

even in tough times. For as money

grows scarcer for all, some seem to

be concluding that there is no better

investment of their limited resources

than in the education of their youth.

For those families willing to make

that financial commitment, the

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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.

Informed parents

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

childhood diseases.

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

important for

infants, who are at

high risk of damage

or death

from the diseases,

and teens,

who act as reservoirs

for pertussis.

The flu shot may

be recommended

for certain individuals,

but only

by seeing a

physician can

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

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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

HEALTH continued on page 7

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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

from home?

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-

ly started

though, I



mind commuting

since it was so

easy. I decided

to save some

money and keep


Milton’s commute

is 45 minutes

each way.

On the train

ride, he says he

works on homework.

For him,

after already

experiencing college

in atypical fashion, missing

dorm life is no big deal. He does

admit it’s hard planning around the

Metra train schedules and meeting

new people.

“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

To commute:

“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

those people.”

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-

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COMMUTE continued from page 6

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

pulled later.


Regular visits to physicians can

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Pediatricians can identify allergies

or asthma, diabetes, weight gain

and autism, all of which can be

managed with prescribed care.

Kristine Lonsway, board member

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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

and disabilities.”

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

pediatrician immediately.

“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

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which can cause ADHD and poor performance in school as well as

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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

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child’s weight versus height and can

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“The BMI chart can be a very

important early warning sign,” says

Stephen Duck, pediatric endocrinologist

with ENH Hospitals.

“Age, gender and ethnicity-specific,

the BMI charts discourage obesity,

Type II diabetes and high cholesterol.”

By identifying a child on the

threshold of being overweight,

pediatricians can empower parents

to actively change their child’s

nutrition and avoid potential health


Your child’s health is a precious

thing. By taking precautions and

scheduling regular visits to health

professionals, you can protect it. • PP


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