South Elementary School
601 Golf Road
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Attendance line: 815.788.5405
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South is a cozy elementary building with about 440 students serving Kindergarten through 5th grade, one Transitional Kindergarten classroom and four ASPIRE classrooms.
Built in 1952, on 11 acres of property adjacent to St. Mary’s Minor School for Boys (today’s Dole Mansion) South had space for seven classrooms. The first principal was John Husmann.
Our Mission Statement
South is proud of our tradition and dedication to the academic, social, and emotional growth of each child. Special emphasis is placed on building self-esteem and on achieving one's personal best. We stress a challenging curriculum with flexibility to meet the needs of each student and emphasize making good choices, accepting personal responsibility, and encouraging concern for others. We strive for individual academic excellence and seek to provide a curriculum that is challenging and flexible. We believe education must be founded on mastery of basic skills, taught not only in isolation but also through curriculum integration. We place strong emphasis on reading and promote physical well-being and personal expression in the areas of art, music, dance and drama. We recognize the importance of technology in our ever-changing global community and strive to incorporate these advances into our curriculum. In every area we stress higher-level thinking along with teamwork and acceptance of the ideas of others.
Our school atmosphere is safe, warm, and inviting. Although the styles of teaching vary, we recognize and respect different learning styles and are united in our commitment to educate every child. Our faculty is excited about education and committed to lifelong learning. We show students a caring community by working together and respecting each other. We strive to reach consensus on issues that affect South.