The Everest Difference


E verest Academy is an independent Roman Catholic school of academic excellence located in Lemont, Illinois. Everest offers a Pre-kindergarten Program for 3's and 4's, Kindergarten, and Grades 1 - 8. Founded in 1995 as White Pines Academy, Everest currently has an enrollment of approximately 270 students from Pre-kindergarten to 8th Grade.

Our goal is to offer each child the highest quality education through Integral Formation®, the pedagogical method developed by the Legionaries of Christ. Through Integral Formation®, each student benefits from a personalized approach that develops the whole person, from intellect and character to spiritual life and apostolic responsibility. The result: intelligent, responsible, and positive leaders who will transform society with the Gospel values.

Everest Academy operates as a Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Chicago with the full support and approval of Archbishop Blase Cupich. Everest Academy is also recognized by the Illinois School Board of Education. All our our teachers are certified in their respective areas of teaching. Located in Lemont, Everest draws families from many of the surrounding communities including Lemont, Homer Glen, Burr Ridge, Palos Park, Orland Park, Willow Springs, Willowbrook, Darien, Hinsdale, and even Romeoville and Frankfort.

Here, at Everest Academy, we are poised for growth, and ready to give our students a Catholic educational experience that will last them a lifetime.

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Why Everest?


At the very heart of our mission, as a private, independent Catholic school, is the process of Integral Formation®. In essence, Integral Formation® is the method by which the faculty and staff at Everest apply the teachings of the Catholic Church to the everyday lives of its students as we help them form into the unique individuals God intends. It was created by the Legionaries of Christ in support of their mission to form leaders for Christ. We focus our efforts on helping students excel in four main areas: Academics, Spiritual Formation, Character Development, and Service to Others. Everest students are not only exceptional academically but also willing to contribute their time, talents, and treasure in service to God and others. They hold the Gospel principles of truth, justice, and compassion in high regard. Their thoughts and actions are influenced by a Catholic Christian view of the human person and of the world.

Everest Academy operates as a Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Chicago with the full support and approval of Archbishop Blase Cupich. Everest Academy is also recognized by the Illinois Board of Education. Located in Lemont, Everest draws families from many of the surrounding communities including Lemont, Homer Glen, Burr Ridge, Palos Park, Orland Park, Willow Springs, Willowbrook, Darien, Hinsdale, and even Romeoville and Frankfort.

Here, at Everest Academy, we are poised for growth, and ready to give our students a Catholic educational experience that will last them a lifetime. Find out more by taking a tour of our campus.