Our Philosophy

Founded in 2016, Grace Holistic Center for Education (GHCFE) is a non-public school registered with the State of Illinois and the Illinois State Board of Education.

GHCFE’s mission is to further the illumination of the human spirit. This endeavor is pursued by interweaving mind, body, spirit, and academics as an interconnected, interdependent system.

One of the ways we achieve this objective is by cultivating active parent involvement, along with expanding global citizenship through service.

We have mixed age classrooms and small class sizes. Students begin their day with daily yoga and meditation, have weekly mindfulness groups with a social worker and spend as much time outdoors as possible


Why Grace Holistic?

We are changing the way students experience school.

At Grace Holistic Center for Education, students receive so much more than an ordinary education. We pride ourselves on creating a unique, exciting environment that embraces all types of learners and promotes growth in the mind, body, spirit and academics. Students and families are also welcomed into a dynamic and supportive community.

Whether students need an interactive, hands-on, learning method that deviates from the traditional classroom format or the freedom to pursue their true selves, innovative schools like GHCFE create a safe place for all types of students.

GHCFE not only focuses on academics but provides students with essential life skills, holistic health, homemade lunches, mindfulness, and self-awareness.

Cultural Diversity

Here at Grace Holistic Center for Education, we want students to feel comfortable in our classrooms while learning the reality of our world. This means subjects such as social studies are taught with an eye for the honest teaching of history. Our Language Arts curriculum seeks to expose students to authors of color while also giving them exposure to what would be considered classic literature. Even when we are reading a book such as The Great Gatsby, we do so with an honest eye toward history in this country, recognizing, for example, that the Harlem Renaissance was a part of the history of the time that is ignored in the “Great American Novel.” We take time in class to recognize and discuss this.

Our staff members have attended classes to increase our social justice awareness, including one teacher who graduated from the Will County Multicultural Awareness Academy last year and her capstone project was on race in police violence.

Our curriculum in general is on two or three year cycles (depending on the class) and seeks to give students exposure to content they would not find in public school, including mindfulness, philosophy and world religions, just to name a few. Our selections of reading materials are chosen with grade and reading levels in mind and a desire to expose students to cultures not like their own as well as authors of color. 

Anti-Bullying Campaign

Revised on 3/3/2022

Anti-Bullying Policy

We do not accept or allow any form of bullying at Grace. We want to provide a warm, welcoming, and safe environment for all students, teachers, and staff to learn and have fun. Any form of bullying can be reported to teachers, staff, and social work interns. Reporting to the main office can be done through the school’s email or phone.

Grace Holistic Center for Education

Grace Holistic Center for Education follows the Bullying Prevention Law as stated by Illinois School Code (105 ILCS 5/27-23.7):

Bullying on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status, sexual orientation, gender-related identity or expression, unfavorable discharge from military service, association with a person or group with one or more of the aforementioned actual or perceived characteristics, or any other distinguishing characteristic is prohibited in all school districts, charter schools, and non-public, non-sectarian elementary and secondary schools. No student shall be subjected to bullying:

  1. (1)  During any school-sponsored education program or activity;

  2. (2)  While in school, on school property, on school buses or other school vehicles, at

    designated school bus stops waiting for the school bus, or at school-sponsored or

    school-sanctioned events or activities;

  3. (3)  Through the transmission of information from a school computer, a school network, or

    other similar electronic school equipment; or

  4. (4)  Throughthetransmissionofinformationfromacomputerthatisaccessedata

    non-school-related location, activity, function, or program or from the use of technology or an electronic device that is not owned, leased, or used by a school district or school if the bullying causes a substantial disruption to the educational process or orderly operation of a school. This item (4) applies only in cases in which a school administrator or teacher receives a report that bullying through this means has occurred and does not require a district or school to staff or monitor any nonschool-related activity, function, or program.

“Bullying” includes “cyber-bullying” and means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student or students that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:

  1. (1)  Placing the student or students in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s or students’ person or property;

  2. (2)  Causing a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s or students’ physical or mental health;

  3. (3)  Substantially interfering with the student’s or students’ academic performance; or

  4. (4)  Substantially interfering with the student’s or students’ ability to participate in or benefit

    from the services, activities, or privileges by a school.
    Bullying, as defined in this subsection (b), may take various forms, including without

limitation one or more of the following: harassment, threats, intimidation, stalking, physical violence, sexual harassment, sexual violence, theft, public humiliation, destruction of property, or retaliation for asserting or alleging an act of bullying. This list is meant to be illustrative and non-exhaustive.

“Cyber-bullying” means bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication, including without limitation any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data, or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, electromagnetic system, photoelectric system, or photo-optical system, including without limitation electronic mail, Internet communications, instant messages, or facsimile communications.

Kindness Contract

At GHCFE we value KINDNESS above all else. It is of the highest importance that all students and staff feel safe and respected at all times. As such, words or actions that are deliberately mean, hurtful, or violent are NOT TOLERATED. When someone uses that kind of negative language they will be given ONE verbal warning. After that verbal warning or immediately following violent actions (there are no warnings for violent actions), students will be sent to the office for a 30-minute mindful suspension during lunch. A second incident will result in a 60 minute mindful suspension during lunch/recess. A third incident will result in a half-day mindful suspension and a half-day home suspension.

When these negative incidents occur, we will ask “Is this in violation of our KINDNESS contract?” If after clarification anyone involved feels that the contract has been breached, the above steps will be taken.