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Welcome to Joliet Catholic Academy

When you enter JCA, you become a member of a “family of faith,” rich in tradition…strong in values. When you enter JCA, your educational journey will be filled with faculty, staff and administrators who will help you reach your greatest potential. When you enter JCA, you will create friendships that will last a lifetime. Joliet Catholic Academy – CENTERED IN FAITH…SURROUNDED BY FAMILY! A place to grow…a place you will soon call “home”. Come – YOU too can be part of a spirit that permeates your soul. YOU too can be an ANGEL or HILLMAN! Sr. Faith Szambelanczyk, O.S.F. President

At JCA, you will be presented with many opportunities to succeed in an array of venues. You will be challenged in the classroom, presented with time for community volunteerism, tested on the playing fields and embraced by the missions of the Carmelites and Franciscans. At JCA, we provide you with a solid, faith-filled curriculum that prepares young men and women for college and beyond. Our family warmly extends an invitation to you to experience JCA firsthand. It is our hope that we will be a part of your life in the near future. Mr. Jeffrey Budz Principal

History Joliet Catholic Academy is an institution proud of its heritage and tradition. In 1869, the Joliet Franciscans opened St. Francis Academy to young women in the Joliet area. Nearly 50 years later, DeLaSalle High School for boys was founded by the Christian Brothers. In 1933, the Carmelites assumed leadership of DeLaSalle changing the name to Joliet Catholic High School. These three schools are the cornerstones for Joliet Catholic Academy, established as such, on July 1, 1990. JCA is a Roman Catholic college preparatory co-educational high school, co-sponsored by the Joliet Franciscan Sisters and the Carmelites of the Most Pure Heart of Mary. With an enrollment of nearly 900 and a student-teacher ratio of 16:1, personal and individualized attention is afforded to students. Currently, JCA has graduated over 21,000 alumni in the United States and abroad.

Faculty & Staff Welcoming, dedicated, knowledgeable, and hardworking are qualities that describe the faculty and staff of Joliet Catholic Academy. Professional excellence is a hallmark on all levels with over 50% of the faculty holding a Master’s degree and beyond. The school is very proud that 48 of the faculty/staff are alumni, a fact which enriches family ties.

Students Enthusiastic, curious, ambitious, spirited and realistic are words that describe Joliet Catholic Academy students. After four years, students are prepared academically to attend a college or university of their choice. Admission to JCA is based on placement test scores, as well as previous academic records. The application form must be completed in order for a student to be considered for admission. In addition, any student hoping to attend JCA must take the placement exam administered at JCA.

Nurturing Minds Joliet Catholic Academy is a fully accredited college preparatory school offering a challenging curriculum that prepares students for continued education and life. To ensure students reach their maximum potential, we offer an individualized college preparatory program to promote critical thinking skills. JCA offers three academic programs. Depending on the strengths of the student, he/she can be placed in the College Prep, Upper College Prep or Honors/Accelerated Program to best meet their needs. Students needing special academic assistance may qualify for JCA’s Learning Resource Program, where students are tutored in small groups by our certified Learning Resource staff.

Curriculum Placement JCA students will be enrolled in one of three available curriculums of study: College Prep, Upper College Prep or Honors/Accelerated. Placement is determined by evidence of the student’s prior academic performance (grades), standardized test scores and teacher recommendations. Students are eligible to enroll in a course outside their designated curriculum based on academic needs, availability of courses needed to meet a graduation requirement, etc. Usually, by the completion of the sophomore year a student’s academic level of aptitude and achievement has been established. Therefore, movement between the curricula, College Prep, Upper College Prep or Honors/Accelerated, will be limited.

Learning Resource Program The Learning Resource Program is designed to meet the needs of students who have been diagnosed with mild to moderate learning disabilities. Students who enter this program will receive supplemental instruction one period a day in a small group setting. Instruction is centered around the materials and academic content of their college preparatory classes. Along with daily support for the LD population, the Learning Resource Program also recognizes and provides accommodation to those students diagnosed with ADD/ADHD.

Advanced Placement and Honors/Accelerated Courses Advanced Placement courses are offered to juniors and seniors in English IV, U.S. Government, Calculus, Biology, European History, U.S. History, and Chemistry. Students in a fourth year of a foreign language may request to take the A.P. Spanish, French, or Latin exam. Honors/Accelerated courses are offered on each level (freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior) in English, Math, Science and Social Studies. Honors courses are also offered for third and fourth year Foreign Language and Studio Art.

Honors Program The intent of the prestigious JCA Honors Program is to challenge academically gifted students and provide them with a demanding program to meet their needs and encourage them to reach their full academic potential. Enrollment in Honors courses and the Honors Program is not synonymous. Freshmen will be placed, based on their placement test scores, in an “Accelerated Prep” curriculum for their first year at JCA. At the end of their freshman year, the student’s performance will be evaluated. Upon the recommendation of the freshman teachers, the Administration will “officially” invite the students to join the Honors Program at the commencement of their sophomore year.

Weighted GPA Advanced Placement: 5.75 grade scale = A+ Honors/Accelerated: 5.25 grade scale = A+ Upper College Prep:

4.75 grade scale = A+

College Prep:

4.25 grade scale = A+

Graduation Requirements Students must earn 25.00 credits to be eligible to receive a JCA diploma. Students must earn 22.00 credits through required coursework. The balance (3.00 credits) must be earned by completing elective courses. Seniors must include one core course (Math, Science, Social Studies, etc.) in their daily schedule in lieu of one elective course. Each student must also complete a minimum of 60 hours of Christian service to an individual or group outside of JCA during their four years. Students often tutor, work at charity events or volunteer at nursing homes to earn their Christian service hours. The following minimum requirements must be met by all students wishing to graduate: 4.00 Credits in Religion

1.00 Credit in Physical Education

4.00 Credits in English

0.50 Credit in Computer Fundamentals

3.00 Credits in Mathematics

or Computer Applications

3.00 Credits in Science

0.50 Credit in Health

3.00 Credits in Social Studies*

0.50 Credit in Art

2.00 Credits in the Foreign Language**

0.50 Credit in Music

3.00 Credits in Electives Students must receive credit for the following specific courses to be eligible for graduation: English I, II, III, IV; Health; Economics; U.S. Government; and Religion I, II, III, IV. * A passing grade on the Constitution exam is required. **For College Prep there is an option for a two-year sequence in Reading or Fine Arts.

Students electing the Fine Arts sequence are expected to earn 2.0 credits in Fine Arts, plus an additional 0.50 credit in Music and Art to meet graduation requirements.

Technology Our state-of-the-art computer center will enable you to master the basics and beyond, and will keep you on the cutting edge of technology. New programs and courses are added every year to provide our students with what they will need to advance to the next level, beginning with word processing and continuing with how to design and create ads, brochures, newspapers, etc.

Fine Arts The Fine Arts program is an important part of the high school experience; students are encouraged to explore and share their talents. Music, band and art instruction are offered as a four-year program. Drama Club offers opportunities for students who are interested in theatrical productions, through two annual productions, a Fall Play and Spring Musical. The overall goal is to enrich the students academically, spiritually, creatively, and socially.

“It was only after I graduated from JCA that I realized how the excellent, dedicated teachers and coaches had prepared me for the academic rigors and challenges of college and beyond. The friends I made on and off the football field have and will continue to be important to me.” James Irby, JCA ’91 Fox News Anchor – Austin, TX

Achievements • In 2007, over 60 students were inducted into the National Honor Society. • The Math team received first place in the “AA” division at the Joliet Junior College Math Contest. • JCA Composite ACT score for the Class of 2007 was 23, the national average was 21.2, and the state average was 20.5. • The Class of 2007 earned over $4.6 million in scholarships.

“I am thankful for the legacy that JCA has provided to all of us who were afforded the opportunity to be part of this strong and dedicated tradition. As a parent in the 90’s and 2000’s, being able to see my children develop into strong confident people reflects the strength of our JCA experience.”

• 98% of the Class of 2007 went on to pursue higher education. • 2% of the Class of 2007 attended a vocational college or joined the military ranks. • JCA is proud that each year we have a 100% graduation rate. • JCA has over 21,000 alumni. • Since 1990, JCA has produced: 10 10 48 18 3 4 2 2 43 452

National Merit Finalists National Merit Semi-Finalists National Merit Commended Students National Merit Recognition Scholars National Merit Achievement Finalists National Merit Achievement Commended Students National Merit Hispanic Finalists National Merit Hispanic Recognition Scholars Illinois Merit Recognition Scholars Illinois State Scholars

Our graduates have attended hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the country including…

Mary F. Jaworski, SFA ’74 Joliet Chamber of Commerce

Arizona State University Augustana College Boston College Cornell College DePaul University Drake University Harvard University Illinois State University Indiana University Johns Hopkins University Lewis University Loras College Loyola University Marquette University Michigan State University Northwestern University Pennsylvania State

Pepperdine University Purdue University Saint Louis University St. Mary College, Minnesota Stanford University U.S. Air Force Academy U.S. Naval Academy University of Florida University of Illinois-Chicago University of Illinois-Urbana University of Iowa University of Michigan University of Notre Dame University of St. Francis University of Southern California University of Tennessee Yale University

Spirituality Joliet Catholic Academy strives to develop our students into men and women who will use their lives of faith in Jesus Christ, as manifested in our Carmelite and Franciscan traditions. We strive to empower students to offer their gifts in joyful and loving service to others. As companions with our students, we are committed to creating an environment where students can encounter God through a comprehensive four-year program of religious studies. Each course encourages our students to live Christian values, grow in their spirituality, and become moral and ethical persons.

Campus Ministry Our Campus Ministers work with students on a daily basis to foster their spiritual awareness through daily prayer, liturgical experience, Christian service, and retreats. Our students are challenged to bring a deeper meaning to all aspects of their lives by following the example and teachings of Jesus Christ.

Daily Prayer Each day before announcements and at the beginning of class, students and teachers participate in prayer. Students and families are encouraged to submit intentions for the school community to offer support.

Liturgical Experiences The JCA school community celebrates Mass together through an optional weekly morning Mass and all-school liturgies. Days of reflection and opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation are available to enhance each student’s spiritual life.

Christian Service Joliet Catholic Academy’s prime educational objective is to form men and women willing to transform the world through service to others. The life of St. Francis of Assisi, known for his compassion and service to those less fortunate, and Mary, the Mother of God and Mother of the Church, inspire JCA students to serve others compassionately. Our students must be men and women whose compassion is a paramount character trait, and who are divinely inspired to love God through service to the least of their brothers and sisters. All students are expected to fulfill Christian service requirements each year.

Retreats Freshmen, sophomores and juniors participate in an annual day of renewal. Juniors and seniors have the opportunity to attend an off-campus overnight retreat known as Kairos. The word Kairos means “the Lord’s time.” We offer Kairos as a four-day retreat that gives students an opportunity to explore their own hearts and also draws them closer to God and each other.

Athletics Kelly Murphy, JCA ‘07 2007 Chicago Sun-Times Preseason Top Player 2007 Chicago Tribune Player to Watch

Athletics plays an important role in developing the discipline and competitive spirit required for career success. Every student at JCA has excellent opportunities to compete at many levels in more than 20 interscholastic and intramural sports programs. The Angels and Hilltoppers are members of the East Suburban Catholic Conference (ESCC). This is one of the most competitive conferences in the state of Illinois. Team play, sportsmanship and the pursuit of excellence have always been the pledge of the JCA student-athlete. JCA’s teams consistently work hard to achieve national, state, district, regional, sectional and conference titles. Over 65% of the student body participates in at least one sport.

State & National Titles 12 Football state titles 1

Baseball state title


Boys’ Golf state title


Girls’ Volleyball state title


Pom-pons/Dance Team national championships


Cheerleading national championships


Boys’ Basketball national championship

12 2nd to 4th place state finishes Numerous district, regional, sectional and conference championships

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Track & Field





Dance Team

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• In 2006, the JCA Angels blazed an impressive trail: the girls’ volleyball team finished third in state; the softball team brought home a regional title and advanced to the sectional final for the first time in school history. The Angels’ tennis team scored a sectional championship and qualified a player for state competition. • Over 40 athletes were named ESCC All-Conference for the 2006-2007 school year. • JCA Hilltopper Volleyball placed third in their conference and presented JCA with a Regional Championship. This is the first boys’ volleyball regional title in the history of the school. The boys’ tennis team netted first place finishes in several area tournaments as well as a third place finish in sectional competition.

Defining Leaders Joliet Catholic Academy students participate in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities. We encourage all students to become involved in at least one extra-curricular activity; in fact, most students participate in several. Students meet new people, but also develop leadership, team work and organizational skills. Students are encouraged to get involved by taking risks, exploring their interests and expressing their unique and special talents.

“Ever since I came to JCA, I knew that I belonged to a family that would stay with me for the rest of my life.” Maggie Bessette Student Council President



Honor Societies

Band Book Club Chess Club Drama Club French Club KEY Club La Esperanza Latin Club Literary Magazine Magic Club Math Team Mock Trial Club Respect Life Club Scholastic Bowl Science Club Spanish Club Student Ambassadors Student Council Student Newspaper Tech Club Umoja Club Varsity Club Vocal Ensemble

Academic Awards Ceremonies Art Exhibits Blood Drives Christmas Dance Fall Play Food Drive Graduation Events Holiday Concerts Homecoming Kairos Lads-N-Ladies Mixers Mother’s Day Mass Pep Rallies Pops-N-Lollies Prom Retreats Scapular Ceremony Senior Installation Senior Night Sophomore Ring Ceremony Special Liturgies Spring Musical Troops Drive Turn-About Dance Tutoring

National Honor Society (NHS) Art NHS Latin NHS Math NHS (Mu Alpha Theta) French NHS Spanish NHS

Dress for Success At JCA...

Dress Code

Students are expected to dress in a manner that reflects self-respect at all times. Neatness, cleanliness and good grooming constitute the basic goals and norms of the JCA dress code. Though it is true that dress and grooming are a means of expressing individuality and self-respect, it must be realized that students are also responsible to the school community for their appearance. JCA expects that parents will offer the first and best counsel to their sons and/or daughters in this matter.

All students are to wear solid khaki/tan pants or shorts, plain or pleated, “Docker” style or corduroy, and a solid white JCA logo polo shirt, short or long-sleeved. These shirts can only be purchased through the JCA Spirit Shop. Seniors have the privilege of wearing any solid color short or long-sleeved polo shirt. During cool weather months, pullover or cardigan sweaters are permitted.

Each student must be in proper dress code for the entire day. Please call the Dean’s Office at (815) 741-0500, ext. 223 for information regarding the dress code policy. The following is only a portion of the official JCA dress code policy.

Spirit Shop Hours: Monday through Friday 7:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Check out new and popular items online at: (, or stop by the Spirit Shop and view more of our extensive stock.

For information call (815) 741-0500, ext. 231.

Tuition & Fees At JCA, we strive to provide a quality Catholic education for your tuition dollars. Tuition and fees cover only a portion to educate a student at Joliet Catholic Academy. Tuition for the 2007-2008 school year is $7,650. The overall cost to educate a student is $9,673 and the difference is made up by mandatory fundraising. Listed below are student fees:

“Teaching at JCA allows me the opportunity to not only teach history but to encourage young people to be proud of the faith and to stand up for it. I believe this is very important in a society that preaches values that are often greatly opposed to our own.”

Student Fees Athletic Fee:

$80 per participating family, per season (there are three athletic seasons: fall, winter, spring)

Band Fee:

$75 for participating family


$735/student (when applicable)

Daily Planner:

$6 per student


$400 fall raffle quota ($600 for families with more than one student)

Parent Association Dues:

$5 per family

Parking Permit:


Technology Fee:

$30 per student

Financial Aid

Dave Hostert, Social Studies Department Chair

JCA’s tuition is extremely competitive, attempting to be one of the most affordable for area private schools. The investment families make in their son or daughter is one that will not go unrewarded. Each year students reap the rewards of the education provided, and the experience is an invaluable one.

Bishop’s Tuition Grants JCA families may apply for aid directly from the Joliet Diocese. The Diocese will allocate all financial monies. The application deadline is March 1 of the previous school year. The Diocese awards between $500 - $750 per student. JCA Work Study Program JCA will provide up to 50% of the Bishop’s Tuition Grant in the form of work-study at the school. JCA Endowed Scholarships These scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and are in good academic standing.

Please fill out the enclosed scholarship application and submit along with the admission application for full consideration.

JCA Educational Grants These grants are awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and are in good academic standing. Brother/Sister Discount $800 discount for the second student; $1,600 for the third student; 100% discount for the fourth and fifth students currently in attendance for the 2007-2008 school year. Franciscan/Carmelite Top Scorer Scholarship $1,000 awarded to the top scorer(s) of the December Placement Exam. No application necessary. Franciscan/Carmelite General Scholarship Fifty scholarships of $500 each awarded to students who do well academically, are involved in extra-curricular activities and who project a positive image of their grade school. Applications are due December 8, 2007.

On the average, over four million dollars in college scholarships and funds are awarded to JCA graduates annually.

Transportation Joliet Catholic Academy, in a cooperative program with a local bus company, offers students transportation to and from JCA. The established routes for the 2007-2008 school year include the following areas: 1) Bolingbrook 2) Romeoville/Joliet 3) Naperville, Plainfield, Joliet

Kevin Cameron, JCA ‘98 San Diego Padres • Major League Debut

April 5 at San Francisco • First Major League Win

August 10 at Cincinnati • Did not allow a run

over the first 17.1 innings of his Major League career, a Padres record to begin a career.

Bus Service JCA’s goal is to accommodate all students that need transportation. Bus routes are re-evaluated annually, and we specifically attempt to provide busing for areas with at least five students who show interest. For the 2007-2008 school year, each student pays $735 for an entire year of bus transportation to and from Joliet Catholic Academy. It is important to note that this amount is only 30% of the total cost of busing per student. JCA subsidizes the remaining 70% of the transportation cost per student. JCA families who pay for transportation may complete a state reimbursement form, which will be available in JCA’s Main Office in the spring. Families may be eligible for partial reimbursement from the state for transportation expenses. Students may express interest in transportation services in March at Freshmen Registration. A transportation form is sent out to all families in June with the tuition statement. In early August, the bus company will then contact those families who have completed and submitted our transportation request form.

Other Transportation Options JCA is also accessible through the Joliet Mass Transit District (PACE) and family carpooling, coordinated through the Admissions and Financial Aid Office.

Admissions Choosing a high school is an important decision for students and their families. There are a variety of questions about visiting the school, the placement exam, and the application process. Moreover, a high school needs to feel right – a place where a student not only finds a challenging education, but a support system to guide them through their educational career. Grade school students, come and experience JCA for yourself and see why we are a family! • Visit JCA at Step-Up Day on November 2, 2007 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All 8th graders are welcome to spend the morning at JCA meeting students, faculty, club moderators, and coaches. Step-Up Day is the perfect opportunity to see everything that JCA has to offer. • Attend JCA’s Open House on December 2, 2007 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Your entire family can visit JCA during our annual Open House. You will hear from the JCA administration, department chairs, and our outstanding faculty. You can learn more about the curriculum, clubs, sports and more. Open House

“Through hard work, determination, and respect, JCA has taught me a valuable lesson in attaining my ultimate goal of becoming a chef.” Nicholas Dispenza, JCA ’06 Joliet Junior College Culinary Arts Student

is a terrific opportunity to experience JCA. • JCA Placement Exam is administered on December 8, 2007. Students may pre-register for this exam by contacting the JCA Admissions and Financial Aid Office at (815) 741-0500, ext. 274 or JCA application/placement exam fee is $25. • Schedule a Shadow Visit. You and a current Angel or Hilltopper will be paired together for the entire day. You will see how the students and teachers interact

For more information

in a classroom setting. You will walk the halls, sit in the lunchroom

about tuition, financial aid,

and stand by the lockers to get a “real” feeling of what goes on at JCA.

scholarship opportunities,

To schedule a Shadow Visit, contact our Admissions and Financial Aid Office

admission procedures,

at (815) 741-0500, ext. 274 or

transportation, and events,

• JCA offers junior high students many opportunities to become a part of the

call the Admissions and

JCA family. In addition to Shadow Visits, Step-Up Day and Open House, we

Financial Aid Office at

invite you to take part in Junior High Night at Memorial Stadium, the 7th and

(815) 741-0500, ext. 274

8th grade Scholastic Bowl, and the Annual Youth Leadership Conference for

or visit our website.

7th graders. Learn more about all events and activities for junior high students on our website,

School Day Hours 7:50 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.

JCA’s Application


1. Please print or type the answers to all questions as completely as possible. 2. 8th graders wishing to take the December 8, 2007 Placement Exam are required to submit this form with the $25 application fee to the office of JCA’s Admissions and Financial Aid Director. All entering freshmen must take JCA’s placement exam. 3. If you wish to enter JCA as a Sophomore, Junior or Senior, please attach copies of your academic records (current report card), achievement/IGAP test scores and the $25 application fee and submit to the office of JCA’s Assistant Principal for review.



Student's Name _________________________________________________________________________________ £ Male £ Female last



Home Address _________________________________________________________ Subdivision ________________________________ City ________________________________________________________ State ________________ Zip Code ______________________ Home Phone (

) _____________________________________________ Social Security No. _____________________________

Date of Birth _______________________________________________ Place of Birth __________________________________________ city


Please list the name and phone number of a person other than an immediate family member that knows your address and phone number:

_________________________________________________________________________________________________ How did you hear about JCA? £ School Visit / Event

£ Media (Newspaper / Radio) £ Current Student or Alum

£ Other

II. EDUCATIONAL STATUS What grade do you plan on entering into when you become a student at JCA? (check one)


£ 10

£ 11

£ 12

What is the name of the grade school you are currently attending? ______________________________________________________________ List the names of any high schools where you have already taken an entrance exam or placement test: ___________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ In what public high school district number do you live? ______________________________________ What high school in that district would you attend? (Example: Joliet 204. West Campus)_________________________________

III. TRANSFER INFORMATION (ONLY FOR STUDENTS APPLYING FOR A TRANSFER INTO 10TH, 11TH OR 12TH GRADE) From what grammar school/middle school/junior high did you graduate? __________________________________________________________ What is your current enrollment status? (check one)

£ Good Standing

In which term are you interested in enrolling? (check one)

£ Suspended

£ Expelled

£ Fall of ____________ £ Spring of ____________ year


Have you been enrolled in school under another name? (check one) £ Yes, under the following name: ______________________ £ No Have you completed the transfer student check list?

£ Yes

£ No

IV. SPECIAL EDUCATION INFORMATION Do you have a current IEP? (check one) £ Yes £ No If yes, from what district? _________________________________________

V. ACCOMMODATIONS/SERVICES Check the accommodations/services below that you are currently receiving or have been recommended to receive: £ Title I Reading £ Title I Math £ Learning Disabilities £ Behavior Disorders £ Speech Pathology £ Specialized Instruction £ Other (please specify) _____________________________________________________________________

VI. RELIGIOUS INFORMATION What is your religious affiliation?

£ Catholic £ Protestant (which branch, ie. Baptist, Lutheran, etc.) _______________________ £ Eastern Orthodox £ Jewish £ Other (please list) ___________________________________

List the name and address of your parish/church/synagogue: Name ____________________________________________________ Street Address _______________________________________________ City ________________________ State _______ Zip _____________

VII. ETHNIC BACKGROUND Please check the background with which you most closely identify: £ Caucasian £ Black (not of Hispanic origin) £ Hispanic £ American Indian or Alaskan Native

£ Asian or Pacific Islander (also known as Oriental)


Who do you live with? (check appropriate box)

£ Father only

£ Mother only

£ Guardian(s)

Father/Stepfather/Guardian (circle one) __________________________________________________________________________________ first

£ Living £ Deceased


social security number

Religion ________________________ Occupation ________________________________________________

Company Name _________________________________________________ Company Phone (

) _____________________

E-mail Address_____________________________________________________________________________________________________ DLS/JCHS Alum? (check appropriate box)

£ No

£ Yes, Class of ___________________________

Mother/Stepmother/Guardian (circle one) _________________________________________________________________________________ first

£ Living £ Deceased



social security number

Religion ________________________ Occupation ________________________________________________

Company Name _________________________________________________ Company Phone (

) _____________________

E-mail Address_____________________________________________________________________________________________________ SFA Alum? (check appropriate box)

£ No

£ Yes, Class of ___________________________

List the names of any brothers or sisters currently attending Joliet Catholic Academy: Name: ________________________________________

Current Year: ________________________________

Name: ________________________________________

Current Year: ________________________________

List the names of any younger brothers or sisters: Name ________________________________________

School Attending:________________________________

Current Grade _____

Name ________________________________________

School Attending ________________________________

Current Grade _____

Name ________________________________________

School Attending ________________________________

Current Grade _____

List the names of other family members who are alumni of DLS, JCHS, SFA or JCA: Name ________________________________________

Relationship ___________________________________

Grad Year _________

Name ________________________________________

Relationship ___________________________________

Grad Year _________

IX. ACTIVITY INFORMATION I would like information about the following activities (check all that apply): £ Baseball £ Dance Team

£ Basketball £ Soccer

£ Cheerleading £ Softball

£ Cross Country £ Tennis

£ Football £ Track & Field

£ Golf £ Volleyball

£ Hockey £ Wrestling

£ Artwork £ Band £ Chess Club £ Choir/Music £ Computers £ Drama Club £ French Club £ Guitar £ Instrumental Music £ JCA Ambassadors £ Literary Magazine £ Liturgy £ Math Team £ Mock Trial £ Photography £ Respect Life £ Scholastic Bowl £ Science Club £ School Newspaper £ Spanish Club £ Social Concerns £ Student Council £ Other __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ As a parent/legal guardian of the above named child, my permission is given to release to JCA my student's school records, including, but not limited to confidential academic, special education and disciplinary information and records concerning my child. Parent/Guardian Signature ________________________________________________ Date of Application ________ Student's Signature ____________________________________________________________ I certify that the information provided on this application is accurate and true. I understand that falsified or incomplete information may result in the denial of admission and/or termination of enrollment at Joliet Catholic Academy.

JCA does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex or national origin.

FOR OFFICE USE ONLY $25 Test Fee: Paid / Not Paid Payment: Cash / Check#_____ $300 Registration Fee Payment: Cash, Credit Card, Check#______

JCA Franciscan/Carmelite Scholarship What is a Franciscan/Carmelite Scholarship?

Joliet Catholic Academy is committed to educating young men and women who will be prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. It is out of this determination that scholarships are made available to eighth graders who are contemplating attending JCA. This year, Joliet Catholic Academy will offer two different kinds of Franciscan/Carmelite Scholarships: Top Scorer Scholarships and General Scholarships. Franciscan/Carmelite Top Scorer Scholarships

These scholarships of $1,000 towards the Freshman year tuition are awarded to the top scorers on the December 8th, 2007 Placement Test. Students must also be in the top 20% of their 8th grade class. Only students taking the December 8th, 2007 Placement Test will qualify for this scholarship. No application is needed if you wish to apply only for the Top Scorer Scholarship. If you wish to apply for the General Scholarship, you do need to complete this application and follow the directions below. Franciscan/Carmelite General Scholarships

These scholarships of $500 towards the Freshman year tuition are awarded to 50 individuals who took the December 8th, 2007 Placement Test, did not qualify for the Top Scorer Scholarship and who: • demonstrate sound moral values in daily life, • perform academically to the best of their ability, • actively participate in extra-curricular activities, • offer their time and talent to the religious and secular communities, and • project a positive image of their school. How do I apply for a Franciscan/Carmelite General Scholarship? (No application is needed for the Top Scorer Scholarship)

Step 1: Complete the application form below. Step 2: Ask your 8th grade teacher, advisor, or principal if he/she would be willing to write a letter of recommendation supporting you as a candidate for this scholarship. Indicate the name of this person on your application form. (JCA will mail a recommendation form to the person you name on your application.) Step 3: Obtain a copy of your most recent report card. If you do not have one available, your school’s office will be able to make you a copy. Step 4: Mail in your application. Make sure you include the name of your recommender and your report card. This information should be received by JCA no later than Saturday, December 8, 2007. You may drop off the application at the Placement Test on the 8th or mail to JCA, Attn: Ms. Callans, 1200 N. Larkin Avenue, Joliet, IL 60435. Late Applications / Reports Cards will not be accepted. Please complete all sections of this application and return to JCA along with a copy of your most recent report card by Saturday, December 8, 2007! Name: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ City: _______________________ State: _______ Zip Code: _______ Phone#: _________________________________________ What school do you presently attend? ________________________________________ City:_________________________________ Eighth Grade Teacher:_____________________________________ Principal: _____________________________________________ Activities and organizations that you are currently involved in: __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________

What happens after I turn in my Franciscan/Carmelite General Scholarship application?

(1) You will take the Joliet Catholic Academy Placement Test on Saturday, December 8, 2007. (2) JCA will send a request for a recommendation to the person you indicated on your application. (3) You will be mailed your Placement Test scores and will be notified if, based on these scores, you have been awarded a $1000 Franciscan/Carmelite Top Scorer Scholarship. If you are awarded a Top Scorer Scholarship, you are finished with the scholarship application process! (4) If you did not qualify for a Franciscan/Carmelite Top Scorer Scholarship, you will be contacted by mail requesting that you call JCA to set up an appointment to come to JCA to meet with the Scholarship Committee to complete the Franciscan/Carmelite General Scholarship application process. (5) You will come to JCA for your appointment. While at JCA, you will have a short, 5 minute interview with the Scholarship Committee and will also write a short, one page essay. (6) After all applicants have been interviewed and all materials have been reviewed and evaluated, you will be notified of the outcome of your application for the Franciscan/Carmelite General Scholarship.

How does JCA determine who receives the Franciscan/Carmelite General Scholarships?

Recipients will be chosen based on the completed applications, recommendations, interviews, essays, academics, and leadership qualities, plus the completion of JCA’s Placement Test on December 8, 2007. Awards may vary depending on the Scholarship Committee’s recommendations to the President and Principal of JCA.

Recommender Information Name of your recommender: ____________________________________________________________________________________ Title of your recommender (e.g., eighth grade teacher, principal): ________________________________________________________ School Address: ______________________________________________________________________________________________ City: ________________________________

State: ____________ Zip Code: _________________________________________

School Phone Number: ________________________________________________________________________________________

Thank you for your Franciscan/Carmelite Scholarship Application! Good luck!

Our Mission Joliet Catholic Academy is a Roman Catholic educational community sponsored by the Franciscans and Carmelites to prepare young people for college and life. We challenge students to grow intellectually, spiritually, morally, emotionally, physically, and socially.

Our Philosophy Joliet Catholic Academy, as an academic institution, is an important ministry of the Roman Catholic Church of Joliet. It provides an educational process that challenges every person in it to grow in knowledge, faith, understanding, and service. We believe that God is present in people and through their interaction. Faculty, staff and students, together with parents, friends and alumni, cooperatively share values, knowledge and skills so that all may continue to grow as persons and as members of community, sensitive to others and enriched by our Catholic, American heritage. We believe this educational process works best in an environment of respectful faith, high expectation, disciplined freedom, generous dedication and hopeful challenge. Our model is Mary, the Mother of God, Mother of the Church, who is the inspiration and patroness of both the Carmelites and Franciscans.

Our Hallmarks Open communication. Educating the whole person involves a continuous dialogue between the student, parents, faculty, administrators, Board of Directors, and Board of Members. Respect for all individuals. All persons, created in God’s image and likeness and called to become, as Saint Paul writes, “partakers of the divine nature,” are worthy of the highest respect and dignity as unique individuals and bearers of God’s presence in this world. Warmth and hospitality. The recognition of God’s presence in all persons is revealed through warm acceptance and genuine hospitality. Excellence in education. True intellectual excellence is found in the education of the whole person – academic, spiritual, moral, emotional, physical, and social. Trust that our work is God’s work. We have been called to share in the ongoing ministry of Jesus Christ in response to God’s will.

Joliet Catholic Academy 1200 North Larkin Avenue • Joliet, IL 60435 • (815) 741-0500 Co-Sponsored by the Order of the Carmelites and the Joliet Franciscan Sisters

2007 JCA Viewbook  

An overview of Joliet Catholic Academy for prospective students.

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