Nazareth Academy is a private, Catholic, coeducational college preparatory high school located in La Grange Park, Illinois. It is sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Joseph.
Founded in 1900, Nazareth Academy is among the oldest educational institutions in Chicago's western suburbs. It was established by a pioneering group of Sisters of St. Joseph who came to the La Grange area in 1899. Their first school, with an enrollment of fourteen, was in a remodeled six-room house. A school building was constructed in 1901 and an addition to it in 1949. Until 1963, the school enrolled both resident and day students. In 1974, Nazareth moved its operations to existing buildings at 1209 West Ogden Avenue and sold its buildings to the public school district to begin a junior high school. Nazareth became coeducational in 1977.
The campus was further developed with the completion of the Rooney Student Center in 1984, the locker room / weight training facility in 1995 and the R.J. Sanders baseball field, John W. "Jack" Oremus library, SIster Ellen Springer Hall and the pedestrian bridge in 2003. A new west wing including a new main entrance, reception area and student walkway was completed in the fall of 2005. Building were given a new facade; windows were replaced in the K building; heating and electrical systems were updated when the 2005-2006 school year began.
Construction of a new multipurpose dining hall, servery, a new classroom and two new meeting areas was completed for the opening of the 2006-2007 school year. Groundbreaking for a new 400 seat auditiorium was held on March 18, 2007 andwas completed in the spring of 2008. An athletic field renovation took place during the summer of 2007 with the installation of state of the art field turf.
It is our wish to provide the students of Nazareth Academy with facilities commensurate with the exceptional academic, spiritual, athletic and co-curricular experience they merit.
Today, Nazareth Academy serves an area approximately 25 miles long and 10 miles wide in Cook and DuPage counties.