At A Glance
Augustus Tolton Catholic Academy, a new Catholic school located in the Park Manor community on the south side of Chicago, is an innovative and forward thinking learning community. Streaming the traditions of St. Columbanus and St. Dorothy Schools into one, the Tolton Academy will create bright futures for our children. The Tolton Academy is a merger of the historic St. Columbanus and St. Dorothy Schools. The merger of the two historic schools is the result of a pastor led initiative to respond to the low enrollments of both schools and the Archdiocese of Chicago’s requirement to be more fiscally responsible. Both schools hold students to high academic standards, and the academic excellence of St. Columbanus and St. Dorothy Schools will be a foundation for the Tolton Academy.
The Tolton Academy is the first elementary school in the Archdiocese of Chicago to implement a STREAM curriculum. A focus on Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, and Math sets us apart as an academically strong and spiritually rooted learning community. Today, the Tolton Academy is forming an innovative curriculum that will merge these disciplines into a comprehensive program. The STREAM curriculum will allow our school to be religiously, educationally, and technologically advanced. The Tolton Academy will maintain and further the high academic standards for which our students are accustomed to, while recognizing the needs of individual learners. The life and legacy of Fr. Augustus Tolton teaches our students that God has a purpose for them, and the Tolton Academy will help foster this realization.
The Tolton Academy is primarily an African American school whose students come from across the city of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. The Tolton Academy encourages academic achievement while instilling religious and moral values to promote the development of the entire person.