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Our Lady of Tepeyac High School

POI: 41.851600, -87.702000
Our Lady of Tepeyac High School, previously known as St. Casimir High School, is a private, American all-girls school. The school is located in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois and operates within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. The Roman Catholic school is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Background
In 1890, Roman Catholic bishop, Patrick Feehan, established a new parish church in the South Lawndale area of Chicago. Primarily settled by Polish Catholics, the church was named in honor of St. Casimir, the patron saint of Poland. The following year, St. Ludmilla Parish was established adjacent to St. Casimir, in order to serve an influx of Czech Catholics moving into the area. In 1927, St. Casimir Parish established St. Casimir High School, located at Cermak Road and Whipple Street. The school offered a variety of college preparatory classes exclusively for young women. At the school's centennial in 1990, St. Casimir Parish restructured and merged with St. Ludmilla Parish. While St. Casimir Parish retained oversight of the high school located at Cermak and Whipple, the name of the school was changed to Our Lady of Tepeyac High School, in recognition of the growing Hispanic culture, which had long absorbed the Polish community. The name of the new school was made in honor of the appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the slopes of the Hill of Tepeyac in Mexico City. Our Lady of Guadalupe is one of the most popular religious and cultural icons in Mexico.
Demographics
Our Lady of Tepeyac High School provides educational opportunities exclusively for female students in the Chicago area. As of 2012, there are 143 students attending the school, with 80.4 percent Latina, 16.1 percent African American, 2.8 percent multiracial, and .7 percent Caucasian. Eighty-six percent of the students families fall below the poverty line. Our Lady of Tepeyac High School is an integral part of the Little Village community. Once home to Eastern European immigrants, Little Village is now considered one of the largest Mexican American communities in the country. The two public high schools in the neighborhood average a 45 percent graduation rate, while Our Lady of Tepeyac graduates 95 percent of our students. For the past three years, 100 percent of our graduates have enrolled in college.
Accreditation
Our Lady of Tepeyac High School is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education and by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Curriculum
Honors classes are offered in English, Algebra, Biology, Geometry, History, Chemistry, and Algebra II. Physics and PreCalculus encompass the honors-level science and math courses for seniors. In 2007, the school began offering an AP English Literature course for honors-level seniors, and in the fall of 2011, they began offering an AP Spanish Literature course to juniors and seniors.
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