Kingswood’s Beginnings

Our story…
In 1996, three enterprising families with high ideals set out to start a school that would help us educate
our children. We wanted a school that would assist parents in their fundamental role as the primary
educators of their children, to help form them intellectually, morally, and spiritually, with the ultimate
end of getting to heaven.
We noticed that most schools focused primarily on the education of children, but very few schools
focused on the education of parents. So we designed a school that would provide parent formation and
would partner with us as parents to help us carry out our mission. We wanted a school where the same
message that was heard in the home would also be echoed at school. This is central to the mission of
Kingswood Academy – the partnership between the home and the school, as well as ongoing parent
In order to fulfill this aim, we provide regular parent formation in a variety of ways, including family
conferences, mothers exchanges addressing particular parenting topics, etc. We place high priority on
parent education because we understand how difficult it is to raise a family. Parallel to parent
formation is teacher formation. We hold weekly in-services for teachers, helping them grow
professionally as well as personally, so they are well equipped to work with parents in helping them
implement the school’s mission. This strengthens the partnership in education between the parents and
We also noticed that some schools provided good academics and good spiritual formation, but not many
emphasized character and the moral development of the child. Kingswood Academy was designed with
all three in mind – aiming to educate the whole person intellectually, morally, and spiritually.
So we established a school that had outstanding academics with a classical curriculum where children are taught critical thinking skills, coupled with a virtue- based character education program, and provided spiritual formation that is solid lead based on the teachings of the Catholic faith. We emphasize the philosophy of the laity, where our students are taught
to do their work with love, for God, as perfectly and professionally as they can. They learn to remember
that they are always in the presence of God, and learn to do their work for His glory. This aspect of the
mission filters through the whole curriculum.
The first year we started, we had 19 students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. Currently, we
host a full staff from a Montessori pre-school through eighth grade, with the junior high being
departmentalized where teachers teach their areas of expertise. Our families come from the entire
Chicagoland area.
The profile of a Kingswood graduate is a person that is both successful and virtuous. We aim to form
responsible men and women who live by Christian principles. Our graduates are accepted to and excel
at top high schools and universities. After 22 years since it’s inception, we are seeing the fruits of a
Kingswood education as our alumni return wanting to give to the younger generations what they
received years back.
It is with great joy and pleasure that I welcome you to the Kingswood family!
Lilliam Civantos, MA
Co-Founder and Former Principal

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