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Celebrating 20 years of academic

excellence in a Catholic community

Noonan Elementary Academy

is a private, independent school

with a classical, Catholic curriculum.

Faith formation was the inspiration

for, and continues to

be, the purpose of the school.

Founded in 1995 by Roberta and

Joseph Noonan, the academy has

grown from a few dozen families

to nearly 400 students enrolled in

preschool through eighth grade.

“As the founder of Noonan

Academy, I found it my vocation

to help guide children

spiritually and provide the best

educational experience,” said

Dr. Roberta “Bobbie” Noonan.

“It is here, in this school, where

students will develop a foundation

needed to lead a successful

and fulfilling life. It is

a privilege to open the minds

and hearts of children to the

love of Christ. And I am proud

to say Noonan Academy offers

students both a superior education

and the support of a warm

Catholic community.”

The academy, located in Mokena,

recognizes that each child

is unique. The school is committed

to providing each student

with an individualized plan

for educational success and the

structure for development of the

complete person — mind, body

and spirit.

Noonan Academy maintains

an environment that is a catalyst

to learning. They have a

teacher-to-student ratio and

various resources that allow

the gifted, average and at-risk

students to maximize their potential.

Noonan distinguishes

itself by providing the most

classroom time, smaller class

sizes, the broadest curriculum,

extensive extracurricular activities

and a culture that fosters

strong character formation and

spiritual growth.

Students at Noonan Academy,

on average, attend school 185

full days per year. This combined

with an extended school

day translates into as much as 30

more days per year or 20 percent

more classroom time than that of

other local schools. By the time

students graduate, they will have

benefitted from nearly two additional

years of instruction. Also,

Noonan offers before- and afterschool


Noonan Academy’s dedication

to the overall well-being of

children is evident in its rigorous

health and safety programs,

which include a reverse osmosis

water system, HEPA filters

in the furnaces, high-shock

absorption flooring in the gymnasium

and a very detailed nutrition

policy that encourages

healthy choices by disallowing

foods containing excessive

sugar, artificial sweeteners,

colors and flavors or any other

chemical additives.

Noonan Academy will be

hosting an open house on Sunday,

Jan. 28, 2018 from noon-2

p.m. All potential and interested

families are encouraged

to visit.

Submitted by Noonan Elementary

Academy, 19131 Henry Drive in

Mokena. For more information,

call (708) 479-8988 or visit www.

St. Mary’s students rank above national average

St. Mary Catholic School, located at

11409 195th St. in Mokena, invites families

to an Open House on Sunday, Jan. 28

from noon to 2 p.m. Visitors will experience

a welcoming community, view the

exceptional facilities, meet the dedicated

faculty and staff, and witness testimonials

from school families regarding faith

infused curriculum, academic successes

and lasting friendships.

Benefits of a learning community focused

on academics, faith and family

St. Mary School is a vibrant and welcoming

Catholic school, serving students

in preschool through grade eight. Since

1949, teachers have been providing an

extraordinary, personalized learning environment,

allowing each student to achieve

their full potential. As a result, St. Mary

students continue to consistently perform

above the national average on standardized

tests. Eighth-grade students receive

academic scholarships to Catholic high

schools based upon their high performance

on entrance exams.

“As parents, we have an obligation to

provide our children with education, love

and support,” stated Don Gardiner, St.

Mary School Board president and Mokena

resident. “Since we enrolled our

children in St. Mary’s, they have been academically

challenged in ways that continue

to impress us. It is the faith-based,

family culture that we believe have been

critically important to their development.

The St. Mary’s family is everything we

wanted in a school community.”

See the exceptional learning environment

St. Mary’s offers 3-year-old preschool

through eighth grade. Visitors are always

impressed with the school’s facilities,

which include a music room, library,

computer lab, science lab, spacious gymnasium

and the new STEAM (science,

technology, engineering, art, mathematics


The new STEAM classroom allows

teachers to bring a unique approach of

teaching to enhance student learning and

understanding of how all things relate

to each other, in school and in life. Unlike

other STEM programs, St. Mary’s

program also emphasizes the integration

of the arts and offers more creativity

to students in the learning process. The

STEAM program and open classroom

setting allow teachers to become more

of a facilitator than just a lecturer. As a

result, students are given greater choice

and learning becomes about the process

instead of the product.

St. Mary’s also offers a 1:1 technology

program that provides each student in

grades 6-8 with an individual iPad; a class

set of iPads for grades 3-5; and grades

K-2 have designated classroom iPads and

SMART Boards for educational use. Primary

students also benefit from a certified

reading specialist and teacher aides.

Learn about numerous extracurricular

opportunities and more

Students can enjoy many after-school

programs, including band, chess, bell

choir, youth choir, drama club, STEM,

yearbook, scout groups, Student Council,

social events and an extensive athletic

program. Before and after-school care is

available for a fee from 6:45-7:50 a.m.

and 2:40-6 p.m. Bus service is an option

for those families who reside in the Mokena

Public School District 159 for a fee.

Learn about tuition assistance

St. Mary’s offers a special Tuition

Transfer Grant for up to $1,500 per family

($1,000 in Year 1, $500 in Year 2) for

students entering grades 1-7 who transfer

from any private, public, charter or home

school. Students transferring from another

Catholic school in the Diocese of Joliet

or neighboring dioceses are not eligible.

Submitted by St. Mary Catholic School, 11409

195th St. in Mokena. For more information,

call (708) 326-9330 or visit www. education Guide

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We invite you to experience the vibrant, warm and welcoming environment at St. Mary Catholic School.

See why students succeed. Feel our sense of community. Meet faculty, teachers, families,

and students in Preschool through 8th grade.

Come see the difference.

Open House

SUNDAY, JANUARY 28 | 12 - 2 p.m.

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Marian Catholic High School prepares students for the real world

The high school years are a

pivotal time in a student’s education

and development, and

finding the right fit and the best

opportunities for your child are

critical at this important stage in

his or her life.

Marian Catholic High School

in Chicago Heights is the ideal

choice for providing each facet

of the educational puzzle to not

just meet the needs of its students,

but to provide an environment

that fosters excellence and

helps them to rise above and beyond

expectations. The school’s

motto this year is “Real School.

Real World,” and with a combination

of academic, spiritual and

athletic focus, it produces wellrounded,

intellectual individuals

who are well-prepared for success

in their higher education

and career endeavors.

Founded in 1958, Marian

Catholic High School enjoys a

rich cultural and geographical diversity,

drawing outstanding students

from 71 different zip codes

in Illinois and Northwest Indiana.

Twice named a Blue Ribbon

School and one of America’s

Most Challenging High Schools

by The Washington Post, Marian

Catholic has a strong reputation

for excellence in academics, athletics

and fine arts.

Offering a rigorous collegepreparatory

curriculum that includes

24 honors classes and 22

Advanced Placement classes,

Marian Catholic graduated 97

AP Scholars in 2016 with 42

named as Illinois State Scholars.

More than 90 percent of Marian

Catholic’s staff holds advanced

degrees and have an average

of 20 years of teaching experience.

Among them are vowed

religious, published authors, experiences

professionals, world

travelers and lifelong devotees

of Catholic education. Many are

alumni, and all are dedicated to

encouraging students to explore

their professional and personal


Spiritual guidance through

the values of Marian Catholic’s

founding congregation, the Dominican

Sisters of Springfield,

inspires students to serve in multiple

ways – from feeding the

homeless to assisting with Special

Olympics events to rehabbing

homes in Appalachia.

Marian Catholic’s 25 sports

teams have a strong history of

competitive excellence. Whether

a rookie or accomplished player,

there’s a spot on the field, court,

course or track for each one.

Each year, Marian Catholic celebrates

championship teams and

individuals at the state level, including

baseball in 2012, women’s

basketball in 2014, men’s

diving in 2014-2015, women’s

volleyball in 2016 and wrestling

in 2016. Marian is the proud

home of several NCAA Division

I athletes, four NFL players and

a 2016 Phoenix Suns NBA Draft


Fine Arts are a particular point

of pride at Marian Catholic.

Since 1980, the school’s nationally

renowned marching band

has won the Illinois State Championship

in its class every single

year and possesses an unprecedented

seven Grand National

Championships. The band has

marched in the Macy’s Thanksgiving

Day Parade and Rose

Bowl Parade in recent years. The

award-winning speech team has

amassed 14 state championships

in the past 10 years in Group

Interpretation, Performance in

the Round and other categories.

Theatre and choir productions

highlight the talents of exceptional

performers. The choir has

performed at the Illinois State

Capital and Carnegie Hall in

New York City. With more than

40 clubs and organizations, Marian

Catholic is a welcoming environment

where students can

explore interests and find their


Marian Catholic is the only

high school in the country with

a four-year leadership program

in which all students participate.

Students engage in leadership

throughout the Marian experience

in academics, athletics, fine

arts, band and student government.

Marian Catholic’s oneto-one

iPad initiative and new

STEM program provide students

with the skills they will need to

succeed in the future.

“At Marian Catholic, we are

fully committed to making sure

students are prepared for their

next challenge.” said Tony De-

Carlo, director of admissions.

Submitted by Marian Catholic

High School, 700 Ashland Ave. in

Chicago Heights. For more information,

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A new STEM initiative in Orland Park arrives

From outside the classroom

doors, the sounds of rhythmic

clunking and whirring filter past

the door.

As you draw closer, the sound

of excited chatter and insistent

questioning become more prominent.

The door opens to reveal

rows of white desks covered in

felt with tools scattered over it.

Some students are crouched over

their desks, peering at circuits

taped to the inside of a plastic

cup. Others are watching as an

older assistant shows them how

to solder parts together. The

overall effect is very noisy, and

one might think they are simply

playing at arts and crafts,

but look closer. This is a STEM

module of the recently concluded

summer STEM workshop by

Eye Level Learning Center of

Orland Park.

The philosophy behind the

STEM workshops comes from

the center’s director, Dr. Johnson

Thomas. As a man who did research

for 12 years in molecular

biology in UIC’s laboratories, he

made a career move to mentoring

and educating today’s youth

in his role as college professor

and as the director of Orland

Park’s first Eye Level Learning

Center — a franchised afterschool

tutoring center imported

from Korea focused on foundational

math and English learning

from pre-K to high school.

As he has observed the children

who have studied at his center

for the past four years, he realized

that many of them lacked

college preparedness.

“The children who walk

through the doors of our learning

center will become tomorrow’s

leaders,” Dr. Thomas said. “In

order to fill these roles, our students

must be better prepared to

take on these challenges.”

He is right. It is alarming

that the U.S. ranks 39th among

countries with STEM (Science,

Technology Engineering, Math)

graduates. Korea is first — no

wonder Eye Level is a household

name in Korea!

Back by popular demand from

the summer, Eye Level’s STEM

Workshop, which is aligned with

the “Next Generation Science

Standard,” exposes students to

hands-on STEM learning. Some

of this experience includes working

with hot glue guns, mechanical

tools, electrical circuits, and,

yes, even soldering.

From learning the difference

between machines and robots to

using teamwork to design and

test robots, participants learn

new skills in programming and a

new appreciation for the technology

used all around us. Students

in the Introduction to Robotics

program take home machines

and robots that were built in

class. This STEM initiative is in

collaboration with faculties from

University of Chicago (UChicago)

and Columbia College


In addition to these STEM

classes, Eye Level offers a twopart

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and critical thinking math skills,

spanning 32 levels. Their English

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grammar, fluency, vocabulary

and more. Enrollment is simple

— Eye Level is determined to

meet students exactly where

they are and will first give your

child a personalized diagnostic

test and analysis of their skills in

math and English.

Submitted by Eye Level Learning

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Chicago Christian High School

Chicago Christian

High School focuses

on faith, achievement

Chicago Christian High School has

been serving families for 100 years.

The school is part of the Southwest

Chicago Christian School Association offering

preschool through grade 12. The

school’s vision is to be a Christ-centered

learning community intent on restoring

God’s world. CCHS serves students with

a wide range of abilities.

CCHS offers the only fully-certified

“Project Lead the Way” STEM courses

in the area. ACT scores rank as one of

the highest in the area, a true predictor of

college readiness. Advanced Placement

classes allow CCHS students the opportunity

to receive college credit for classes

taken in high school.

More than 70 percent of the students

who took an Advanced Placement exam

last year at CCHS received a passing

score of 3 or higher. Chicago Christian

also offers dual enrollment courses with

Moraine Valley Community College. The

CCHS Guidance Department provides a

wealth of information regarding college

choices and also offers specific programs,

including diversity training.

CCHS has a wide variety of fine arts

and elective classes including Art, Ceramics,

Photography, Foreign Language,

Concert Band, Concert Choir, Drama and

Industrial and Applied Technology courses.

Co-curricular activities are integral

parts of student life: Yearbook, Theater,

Scholastic Bowl, Mock Trial, Science

Club, Worldwide Youth in Science and

Engineering, Jazz Band, National Honors

Society, Art Club, Rube Goldberg and

Distributive Education Club of America.

The Mock Trial team has placed in the

Top 3 in state on several occasions; the

Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering

team placed at sectionals; the

Scholastic Bowl team won regionals; the

Rube Goldberg team won the People’s

Choice Award; and DECA has sent several

students to the national competition.

Chicago Christian also has a strong

tradition of athletic success, offering 17

IHSA sports to male and female athletes.

CCHS sports programs have earned more

than 50 championships in the last six

years, including state championships in

volleyball, girls track, girls basketball;

this past year, its baseball team finished

third in state and became only the ninth

team in Illinois history to win 40 games.

Building character and strengthening

faith are vital ingredients of the student

life at CCHS. Chapel is held multiple

times each week, and students are required

to complete 10 service hours per

year. Many students are involved with

annual serve projects, including canned

food drives, blood drives, Special Olympics,

mission trips and a Kingdom Building

Day, where students and staff spend

an entire day serving the community.

Submitted by Chicago Christian High School,

12001 S. Oak Park Ave. in Palos Heights.

For more information, call (708) 388-7656 or

visit education Guide

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The path toward independence

Parents have a lot of important

responsibilities in

life. One of which is the

tremendous task of preparing

their children to handle

life so they can deal with

anything that comes along.

In order to trust in their

own abilities, children

need to weigh choices,

make their own decisions

and take action to meet

their own needs.

The first tip to make

your child self-reliant is to

start building it when he or

she is still young. Parents

can foster self-reliance by

finding tasks appropriate

for children that are new

and challenging. For toddlers,

try starting with potty

training, drinking and

GT Golf Learning Center helps lower strokes

As of Nov. 1, 2016, GT Golf Learning

center moved to T-Time Range in Homer

Glen after 31 years at a local course and

has opened up an indoor golf learning facility

to complement the all-grass teaching

area, which is used for outdoor lessons.

Gregg Tengerstrom, a PGA professional,

has more than 38 years teaching

experience and many hours spent attending

PGA seminars on teaching, coaching,

playing and club fitting and repair. Tengerstrom

is the owner and lead instructor for

GT Golf Learning Center.

The heated, climate-controlled indoor

learning center has three hitting bays featuring

P3ProSwing computer swing analyzers

for teaching. They show students

their swing path, club face angle at impact,

club head speed and more. The immediate

feedback makes learning faster

and easier.

The P3ProSwing analyzers are used

along with SportsCad computer video

analysis and other tablet based swing

analysis programs. Students can see their

swings side by side with the best players

in the world. GT Golf Learning Center

offers private, semi-private and group

instruction. Golfers of all skill levels, beginners,

as well as highly skilled players

of all ages are welcome. There are classes

for peewees (5-8 years old), juniors (9-13

pouring, and even putting

on coats and shoes.

As they reach their preschool

years, you can offer

more challenging tasks,

such as bathing, picking

out clothes and getting


You can also provide

opportunities for problem

solving and making. Puzzles

and memory games

are a great place to start

for any age group. Let

your children do as much

for themselves as possible.

Resist the urge to swoop in

and help if you see them

struggle a bit. It’s all a part

of the learning process!

No matter what, encourage

safe risk-taking and

reassure children you are

there to support them. Kiddie

Academy of Frankfort

is committed to fostering

independence in each

child that walks through

our doors, to prepare them

for school and beyond.

Submitted by Kiddie Academy

of Frankfort, 9473 W. St.

Francis Road in Frankfort.

For more information, call

(815) 277-2506 or visit www.

years old) and adults (14 and older).

The indoor group lessons start the week

of Jan. 9 and run the same day and time

for five weeks. The second session starts

the week of March 6, 2018. Private and

semi-private lessons can be booked by

contacting Tengerstrom directly.

The indoor group golf lessons are perfect

for golfers of all levels — beginners

to highly skilled. The lessons start with

the basics and a proper pre-shot routine,

including grip, alignment and ball position.

The lessons cover full swing irons

and woods, as well as the short game, putting

and chipping.

Submitted by GT Golf Learning Center at

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Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Catholic

School dedicated to student success

Cardinal Joseph Bernardin

Catholic School,

recognized by the U.S.

Department of Education

as a Blue Ribbon School

of Excellence since 2008,

is proud of its commitment

to provide a top-rated academic

experience, as well

as a safe learning environment

centered in faith.

CJB welcomes students in

3-year-old pre-K through

eighth-grade with a focus

on developing each student’s

spiritual, intellectual,

emotional, creative,

physical and social needs.

As an academic institution,

CJB School is dedicated

to designing an individual

program of success

for each child. These learning

experiences include

opportunities to challenge

and enrich talents, strategies

to compensate for

weaknesses and programs

designed to give children

the skills to succeed in the

21st century. Additionally,

through fair, firm and consistent

discipline, children

grow in responsible decision-making,


and self-respect. We believe

that the focus of the

Cardinal Joseph Bernardin

Catholic School experience

is to motivate students

to become self confident

life-long learners. Our

goal is to prepare students

to be responsible members

of their community, able to

interact with people of all

races and nationalities as

they go out into the world.

Through the example

of our staff and the daily

experiences of the curriculum,

children learn the

truths of our faith, participate

in parish life, experience

a variety of liturgies

and prayer services, and

respond to the call of service

to those in need.

Cardinal Bernardin students

develop their own

personal identities while

maximizing their Godgiven

talents. They are

expected to be respectful,

accepting and cooperative

with each other and with

their teachers. Our hope is

that the Cardinal Bernardin

student approaches learning

with openness and eagerness,

while remaining

joyful in their endeavors,

St. Joseph offers students an ideal

blend of faith, academics

Faith and academics are the

foundation of St. Joseph School.

St. Joseph School students take

their education very seriously

and take pride in advancing their

knowledge. The culture at St. Joseph

is rich in faith and academic

excellence. With a long history of

national awards, students at St.

Joseph demonstrate success in all

areas of academics at St. Joseph,

local high schools and college.

Our students are always striving to

do their personal best, which will

serve them well in their futures.

The high standards evident in

the curriculum at St. Joseph set

the stage for student success in

high school and beyond. The SJS

Class of 2017 received numerous

awards, and 65 percent of St. Joseph

graduates received placement

in honors or advance placement

classes at Benet Academy, Joliet

Catholic, Lockport Township High

School and Providence Catholic

High School. In the past two years,

our graduates have received over

$40,000 in scholarships to Joliet

Please see St. Joseph, 10

appreciative of their opportunities

and willing to

share with others as they

grow in faith and wisdom.

Recognizing that parents

are the primary educators

of their children, our staff

supports, supplements and

enriches all experiences of

family. Parents play a critical

role in the support and

enhancement of the educational

and faith development

of their child.

From academics to

athletics, from faculty to

facilities, from before-toafter-school

care, CJB is

the Blue Ribbon school of


See us in action at our

Open House on Jan. 28,

2018 from 1-3 p.m. The

pre-K presentation is at

1:15 p.m., and the kindergarten

presentation is at 2


Submitted by Cardinal

Joseph Bernardin Catholic

School, 9250 W. 167th St. in

Orland Hills. For more information,

call Cynthia Devlin

at (708) 403-6525, ext. 127

or visit education Guide

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9250W.167 th Street

Orland Hills,Illinois 60487

708-403-6525 •



Sunday, January 28, 2018


Pre-K Presentation at 1:15pm

Kindergarten Presentation at 2:00pm

• Nationally-recognized Blue Ribbon School of

Excellence since 2008

• Committed to the highest standards of education and

grounded in the Catholic faith

• PK3 and PK4 (full day and half day)

• K (full day) through 8th Grade

• Before/After School Care (6:30-7:15am & 2:00-6:00pm)

• Cutting-edge technology including ChromeBooks,

interactive whiteboards, iPads and 1:1 devices (3rd-8th)

• Differentiated Instructional Approaches/NWEA MAP


• Inclusive Education Center/Special Education Director

• Career and College Ready Aspire Assessment Results

• On average, 35% of CJB graduates have been recognized

as Illinois State Scholars each year

• Since 2007, 10 CJB Alumni have been named high school

Valedictorian or Salutatorian

• CJB’s Class of 2017 graduates received more than

$65,000 in scholarships for high school

• Spanish, Fine Arts Program and Physical Education (Pre-K

through 8th Grade)

• Library/Media Center for Student Broadcasts and Media


• Weekly Masses

• Parent-led Virtue Program

• STEM, Robotics and Technology Programs

• 6-Sport Athletic Program / IESA Chess and Cheerleading

(6-time State Champions!)

• Extra-curricular activities

• Hot Lunch Program

• Full-time Nurse

Online Registration can be accessed through our website at


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School. The foundation

for success in high school

and college begins at St.

Joseph, and students enjoy

the results throughout their

academic careers.

Each year, our students

show their academic talents

in a variety of ways.

During the 2016-2017

school year, our junior

high students had numerous

achievements. From

“Best in Category” awards

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score at Regional Science

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Almost 50 students enjoy

participating in academic

challenges that include

math competitions, Battle

of the Book competitions

and chess tournaments.

The students absolutely

love to put their academic

abilities to good use and

represent St. Joseph.

St. Joseph School is

proud to recognize and

honor our students for

their academic achievements.

After receiving

the NAESP Distinguished

Principal Award in Washington,

D.C. last October,

principal Lynne Scheffler

was asked to nominate

students for the President’s

Education Awards.

The PEAP honored the

most academically highachieving

students. Isabelle

Egizio, graduate of

the Class of 2017, said

upon receiving this award

that “… It means that my

dedication to my education

all of these years has

been recognized by the

finest people in our country.”

St. Joseph presented

the President’s Award for

Educational Excellence

to five students from the

St. Joseph Class of 2018

and four graduates of the

Class of 2017 who had a

GPA of 4.0 or higher. Lily

Ray, SJS Class of 2018,

made the statement, “I am

honored not only to have

received this prestigious

award, but to be among

the first St. Joseph School

students to do so.” Many

of the younger students

cannot wait until they are

eligible for this prestigious

award. The President’s

Education Award has provided

students with yet

another incentive to work

hard and excel academically.

Sean Svoboda, SJS

Class of 2018, stated that,

“This award is about way

more than just academics.

Hard work is put in daily

by teachers and students to

plant the seed of success.

This award shows that the

seed has sprouted.”

St. Joseph teachers use

every possible advantage

to develop the children’s

talents with a state-of-theart

technology lab, interactive

technology-rich classrooms,

a 1:1 laptop/iPad

program for grades 1–8

and the advanced curriculum

that is the foundation

for longtime success and a

love of learning. Elizabeth

Boba, assistant principal

and junior high teacher,

utilizes the advanced technology

skills of her students

daily. She remarked,

“The 1:1 laptop program

that St. Joseph offers for

our students provides

countless enriching educational

experiences both

inside the classroom, as

well as at home. It is truly

a blessing to teach in such

an innovative environment.”

As the first school

in the area to offer a 1:1

program to all students in

grades 1-8, St. Joseph once

again demonstrates its forward

thinking and technology

advanced curriculum.

Scheffler shared, “While

I am so proud of our techie

team, it is the wellrounded

and personalized

education that each child

receives that makes the

difference. There is no better

measure of our success

than to see our current and

alumni students thrive in

their educational journey.

We make it a top priority

to provide a rich learning

experience, and from that

learning experience, we

are developing leaders of

the future. I couldn’t be

prouder of the dedicated

staff, supportive parents

and fantastic students we

have. Each year, we are

impressed with our students.

Knowing they are

academically prepared

for their future and young

people full of faith, our

mission is alive and at


Admission and scholarship

opportunities will

be available in January of

2018. New scholarships

for transfer students will

begin at $1,000 and range

to $4,000 per family — the

time to join St. Joseph is


Submitted by St. Joseph

School, 529 Madison St. in

Lockport. For more information,

contact school

principal Lynne Scheffler at

(815) 838-8173 or visit www. education Guide

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St. Joseph School

School of Excellence inthe Area

The Providence Catholic

High School advantage

Providence Catholic

High School welcomes all

grade school students and

their families to visit their

annual Open House on

Sunday, Nov. 19, from 10

a.m. to 2 p.m. Providence

Catholic High School is

a college prep school and

challenges every student

academically. Whether

you are AP Honors, College

Prep or need a little

assistance in the classroom,

there is a place for

every student! Providence

Catholic ACT scores are

the best of any school in

Will County.

Providence Catholic students

go on to excel at top

tier colleges/universities.

Students receive personalized

college counseling

to make the right choice.

Graduates receive more

scholarship dollars than

any other high school in

the area. It is quite clear

that there is an advantage

to attending Providence

Catholic, often dubbed The

Providence Advantage!

“Our demanding co-educational,

college preparatory

curriculum is evidenced

by the success of our most

recent graduates, who

earned scholarships valued

at nearly $40 million. We

offer inclusive service programs;

in fact, our recent

graduates performed in

excess of 25,000 hours of

community service during

their high school careers,”

added The Rev. Richard

McGrath, president.

“We will also be showcasing

the school’s latest

‘BYOD’ (Bring Your Own

Device) program.” This

includes our four mobile

language labs, as well as

our Dual Credit Program.

This program allows our

students to receive college

credit for all technology

courses taken at PCHS,”

said Rachel Ellingson, director

of enrollment.

Not only do the Celtics

experience excellence in

the classroom, but PCHS

students also succeed in

the athletic/extracurricular

arenas. The Celtics are

home to 30 state championships,

67 state trophies,

hundreds of regional titles,

sectional titles and conference

championships. The

outcomes of the graduates

from the Class of 2017

demonstrate our elite and

premier education at Providence




assistance to Providence

Catholic families is a top

priority for the school.

Twenty-five percent of our

families receive some type

of financial assistance. In

fact, this year the school

has invested $1.6 million

that was awarded to our

families in need-based

scholarships and grants,

work programs, discounts

and subsidized lunches,”

said Ed Barrett, director of

Need-Based Aid.

“At Open House, our

teachers, students and parents

will be on-hand to tell

the Providence story to our

guests. Academic, spiritual,

athletic and extracurricular

programs will be

highlighted throughout the

day,” Ellingson said.

Continue the tradition

... become a part of excellence!

Submitted by Providence

Catholic High School, 1800

W. Lincoln Highway in New

Lenox. For more information,

call (815) 717-3160 for

any questions concerning the

Open House. For more information

about PCHS, visit

Call 815-838-8173

for aTour a Today

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The Providence Advantage

• 100% of Graduates Attend College

• $40 Million in College Scholarships Awarded

• 29.3 ACT Composite Average (Honors)

• 36 Advanced Placement and Honors Courses

• 30 State Team Championships

• 25,000 Service Hours Volunteered Annually





1800 W. Lincoln Highway • New Lenox, Illinois 60451 •

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