About Us

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Christa McAuliffe Elementary School serves kindergarten through fifth grade students in Tinley Park, IL. Our school strives to provide a dynamic and supportive learning environment that encourages a lifelong love of learning, a commitment to good character, and a dedication to service.

Mascot:  Challengers
School Colors: Blue, White, and Silver
First Opened: 1987

School Hours

School Year Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Summer Office Hours:

7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
(During the summer, we are closed for lunch from 12:00 -1:00 pm. Our offices are also closed on all Fridays in July and the first Friday in August.)

Teaching Staff: 7:40 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Student Hours: 7:45 a.m. - Student Arrival
7:50 a.m. - Enter Building
7:55 a.m. - Classes Begin
2:15 p.m. - Bus Riders Begin Loading
2:25 p.m. - Walkers Dismissed
Half-Day Kindergarten 7:55 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.
AM Early Childhood 7:55 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
PM Early Childhood 11:50 a.m. - 2:25 p.m.

Lunch/Recess Schedule:

K, 1st, 2nd Lunch/Recess 11:15 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.
3rd, 4th, 5th Lunch/Recess 12:00 p.m. - 12:40 p.m.

Half-Day Schedule:

All K-5 (Including Half-Day Kindergarten) 7:55 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.
AM Early Childhood 7:55 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. 
PM Early Childhood 9:45 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.

Important Phone Numbers

McAuliffe School: 708-429-4565
District Office: 708-532-6462
Special Services: 708-532-8537
Transportation: 708-532-8539

Entrance/Exit Procedures

We urge you to review and discuss the following entrance and exit procedures with your child. Each child is a precious gift. We will not jeopardize their safety for convenience. As always, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. STUDENTS SHOULD ARRIVE NO EARLIER THAN 7:45 a.m.

Rooms K-1, K-2, K-3, K-4, EC-1
Enter - Front Door
Exit - Southwest Gym Door
(Indoor Line-up for entire year)

Rooms 1-1, 1-2, 1-3 and 2-1, 2-2, 2-3, 2-4
Enter - Southeast Front Door
Exit - Southeast Front Door
(Indoor Line-up for entire year)

Rooms 3-1, 3-2, 3-3, 5-1, 5-2, 5-3
Enter - Northwest Back Door

Rooms 4-1, 4-2, 4-3
Enter - West Center Door

EXIT for 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade
Students should exit at either Mulberry (west) or Chestnut (east) back doors, whichever is appropriate for their home location.