Joliet Catholic Academy 2020-2021 Admissions Viewbook

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Co-sponsored by the Carmelites and Joliet Franciscan Sisters

Co-sponsored by the Carmelites and Joliet Franciscan Sisters

WELCOME TO JCA! THE JCA FAMILY HAS BEEN GROUNDED IN TRADITION AND INSPIRED BY FAITH FOR 150 YEARS AT THE CENTER OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION IN WILL COUNTY. An educational journey at Joliet Catholic Academy is filled with experienced faculty and dedicated staff committed to helping every student reach his or her greatest potential. Students at Joliet Catholic Academy have many opportunities to succeed. Angels and Hilltoppers are challenged in the classroom, expected to serve within the community, tested on the playing field, and embraced by the missions of the Carmelites and Franciscans. JCA’s holistic approach to education, centered in the school’s faith-filled curriculum, creates an educational experience that encourages success. The goal of the Joliet Catholic Academy family is to prepare young men and women for college and for life. Join the JCA family and become part of A TRADITION that is second to none!



Academic excellence is one of the hallmarks of Joliet Catholic Academy. After moving through our educational program, students are well prepared to attend the college of their choice. JCA’s diverse curriculum offers students an individualized education based on their strengths, providing them with the opportunity to achieve their maximum intellectual potential. Students are placed in the academic program that best meets their needs based on their academic strengths.

ACADEMIC DISTINCTION • The Class of 2020 earned over $13.5 million in college scholarships, averaging over $59,000 per student through four years of college. • 19 students in the Class of 2020 were named Illinois State Scholars. • Two current JCA seniors were named semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. • The mean ACT score was 28.9 for Honors Program students and 26.3 for the top 50% of the Class of 2020. • Angels and Hilltoppers can earn Advanced Placement and Junior College credits while attending JCA. Over the past five years, 64.3% of students scored a “3” or higher on A.P. Examinations earning college credit.





Accelerated/Honors Prep Directed at the highly academically gifted and talented students who enjoy the challenges of a demanding program of studies.

The Academic Resource Center complements the Joliet Catholic Academy college preparatory curriculum by creating an environment of equal access for students with documented learning challenges.

Upper College Prep Provides students with a fundamental understanding of the basic skills and discipline they need to achieve success in college. College Prep Furnishes students with the understanding of basic skills and the ability to master these skills to better prepare them for further academic study. Advanced Placement and Dual Credit Advanced Placement courses are offered to juniors and seniors in English III, English IV, Spanish, French, U.S. Government, Calculus, Biology, Physics, Microeconomics, European History, U.S. History, Chemistry, and Statistics. Dual Credit courses are offered in Calculus, Education 101, English 101 and 102, Precalculus, Psychology II, and Statistics.


Students entering this program will be receiving supplemental instruction one period per day in a small group setting with an emphasis on the academic content of their college preparatory classes.


Department Overview Counseling


The Counseling Department provides a student focused program that is developmental, comprehensive, and preventative, providing an educational process that cultivates and challenges all students to be lifelong learners growing in faith, knowledge, understanding, and service. The Counseling Department is comprised of three guidance counselors and a college/career counselor.

The mission of the English Department is to teach a philosophy that exceeds a high academic level, one that challenges students to examine and interpret the human condition and the inter-relatedness and responsibility of all people. The goal is to help students connect literature to the human experience by strengthening problem solving and critical thinking skills so that students have superb decision making abilities and a sense of self-worth. The department also offers courses in AP English Literature as well as a Writing Lab for students during advisory period for oneon-one consultation regarding essays and research papers.

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JCA’s Theology Department is staffed with knowledgeable religious faculty members. JCA students take Theology classes all four years of high school, and the department is the first high school in the Diocese of Joliet to track student cognition and affect development using the NCEA’s IFG standardized testing, developed with the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The Math Department boasts a team of excellent faculty members eager to share their knowledge and challenge students in their studies. The department’s “Formula for Success” includes an Eighth Grade Math Program for accelerated learning, a Math Lab designed to provide supplemental tutoring from JCA math teachers, Dual Credit courses offered for college credit, and Advanced Placement courses in Calculus and Statistics.

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Fine Arts

World Language

JCA believes the arts are an important part of the high school experience. The arts make a real contribution to the intellectual, expressive, emotional, and creative growth of a person. Angels and Hilltoppers are required to earn credits for graduation in both Art and Music. Students are also given the opportunity to become involved outside the classroom setting with extracurricular activities such as exhibits, field trips, and musical performances.

JCA students are challenged to think differently, broaden their learning spectrum, and become exposed to new cultures, expanding their worldview. French and Spanish courses are offered to students. Different approaches to learning such as opportunities to travel abroad and National French and Spanish contests will entice students to continue their foreign language studies throughout all four years of high school. Advanced Placement courses in Spanish and French are offered.

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Social Studies

JCA’s Science Department is staffed with accomplished faculty members who have experience at both the high school and collegiate level. Multiple subject labs provide hands on learning to help students understand phenomena in the world of science. The department utilizes technology in the classroom through virtual dissections and labs. The department also offers Advanced Placement courses in Chemistry, Biology, and Physics.

Students taking social studies classes have a unique opportunity to expand their worldview and learn from outstanding faculty who have more than 150 years of teaching experience combined. Courses are offered in Business, Government and International Relations, U.S. History, AP European History, AP U.S. Government, AP U.S. History, and AP Microeconomics. To learn more, visit:

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Academics in Technology JCA Technology – Where Tradition Meets Tomorrow At Joliet Catholic Academy we understand the importance of education and technology working hand in hand to enhance the learning experience, preparing students for a successful future. JCA seeks to challenge all students with a rigorous curriculum, utilizing state of the art technology and the most current trends in curriculum integration.

1:1 INITIATIVE We strongly believe that the 1:1 environment supports our mission, “to cultivate opportunities for academic excellence.” JCA is 1:1 during the 2020-2021 school year with all students using approved laptop devices. Our teachers have been trained and are prepared and excited to work with all students using the latest technology available to provide new and unique learning opportunities. The benefits of being 1:1 are limitless and include opportunities such as: • Increased student-centered learning • Enhanced student and teacher collaboration • Increased student engagement, accountability, and creativity • Efficient feedback on formative and summative assessments • Organization of notes, homework, tests, and projects all in one device





JCA’s 1:1 environment is based on the Microsoft/Windows 10 Platform. All student computers have Office 365 and each student has a JCA email account through Microsoft Outlook. With the Office 365 accounts, students have access to the complete Office Suite of programs, including OneNote, One Drive, Teams, Skype, Yammer, Sway, Mix and all other free Microsoft applications.

JCA broke ground on a state of the art facility in the summer of 2019, where students will have access to cutting edge tools only seen in the finest universities. The IRC will encompass the entire second floor northeast section on campus. It includes Virtual Reality labs, interactive walls, movable furniture for introduction and instruction, a robotics lab, and the “powerhouse lab.” This lab will allow students to experience cutting edge programming in AP Computer Science, Engineering, and Graphic Design. Students will also have access to charging stations, 3D printers, robotics, drones, and more. This is JCA, “where tradition meets tomorrow.” JCA will continue the tradition of the JCA Tech Club, which will meet in the newly renovated Innovation Research Center one day each week to broaden the minds of those students interested in technology.

TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM All classrooms are equipped with the latest technology needed to ensure an education that prepares students to be ready for a future filled with endless possibilities. With Microsoft for Education, teachers and students have a wide variety of programs available to them to aid in doing everything from organization and collaboration to innovation and creativity.

REMOTE AND HYBRID LEARNING The tradition of academic excellence continues as JCA embarks on hybrid and remote learning. Utilizing Microsoft 365, the industry standard for universities and Fortune 500 companies, JCA continues to keep students engaged and progressing academically despite unprecedented circumstances. Every student, whether at home or at school, receives LIVE instruction for every class every day. From virtual labs to LIVE streamed sculpture demonstrations, distance does not keep JCA from pursuing innovative and engaging ways to educate students. The tradition of academic excellence at JCA has always been remarkable; the technology at JCA is enabling us to thrive, succeed, and uphold that tradition in this new tomorrow.


College Acceptances College Matriculation in the Past Five Years The University of Alabama Amherst College Arizona State University The University of Arizona University of Arkansas Auburn University Augustana College Augustana University (South Dakota) Aurora University Ave Maria University Ball State University Baylor University Beloit College Belmont University Bemidji State University Benedictine College Benedictine University (IL) Bethany Lutheran College Bowling Green State University Bradley University Butler University Carroll University Carthage College The Catholic University of America Central Michigan University University of Chicago Clarke University Clemson University Coastal Carolina University University of Colorado at Boulder Colorado School of Mines Colorado State University Columbia College Chicago Concordia University Chicago Concordia University Wisconsin Cornell College Creighton University University of Dayton Denison University University of Denver DePaul University Dominican University Drake University Drexel University University of Dubuque College of DuPage Duquesne University Eastern Michigan University Elmhurst College Eureka College Fashion Institute of Technology Ferris State University Florida SouthWestern State College Florida State University Fordham University Franciscan University of Steubenville Georgia Southern University Grand Canyon University Grand Valley State University Grand View University Heartland Community College Hobart and William Smith Colleges Hocking College College of the Holy Cross University of Illinois at Chicago University of Illinois at Springfield University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Illinois College The Illinois Institute of Art Illinois Institute of Technology Illinois State University Illinois Wesleyan University Indiana Institute of Technology Indiana University at Bloomington Indiana University South Bend Iowa State University Iowa Western Community College The University of Iowa Ivy Tech Community College Johnson County Community College Joliet Junior College Judson University Kalamazoo College Kansas State University University of Kansas University of Kentucky Kirkwood Community College Knox College La Salle University Lake Forest College Lake Land College Lander University Lawrence University Lewis University Lincoln University Lindenwood University Loras College University of Louisville Loyola University Chicago Manchester University Marian University Marquette University Maryville University Miami University, Oxford University of Miami Michigan State University Michigan Technological University University of Michigan Millikin University Milwaukee School of Engineering University of Minnesota, Twin Cities University of Mississippi Missouri State University Missouri University of Science and Technology University of Missouri Columbia Montana State University, Bozeman Moraine Valley Community College Mount Mercy University Murray State University University of Nebraska at Lincoln New Mexico Military Institute University of New Mexico North Central College University of North Dakota Northeastern University Northern Illinois University Northern Michigan University Northwestern Michigan College Northwestern University University of Notre Dame Oakland University Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences Oklahoma State University The University of Oklahoma


of the Class of 2020 was accepted into college Olivet Nazarene University Pittsburg State University Purdue University Purdue University Northwest Quincy University University of Redlands Reed College Robert Morris University Illinois Roosevelt University Rutgers University - New Brunswick College of Saint Benedict Saint John’s University (with College of Saint Benedict) Saint Louis University Saint Mary’s College Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Saint Xavier University University of San Diego South Dakota State University Southeast Community College, Milford Southeast Missouri State University University of Southern California Southern Illinois University, Carbondale Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville Southern Methodist University St. Ambrose University St. Catherine University - St. Paul St. Edward’s University University of St. Francis St. Louis College of Pharmacy Stanford University Stony Brook University SUNY Fredonia The University of Tampa University of Tennessee, Knoxville Texas A&M University Texas Christian University Texas Tech University The Ohio State University Trine University Trinity University Truman State University United States Coast Guard Academy Valparaiso University Vanderbilt University Villanova University Walsh University Webster University Western Illinois University Western Kentucky University Western Michigan University Wichita State University William Woods University University of Wisconsin, La Crosse University of Wisconsin, Madison University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh University of Wisconsin, Platteville University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point University of Wisconsin, Whitewater Xavier University Yale University




15,000+ service hours completed by the Class of 2020 in their time at JCA.

The spiritual atmosphere at Joliet Catholic Academy is what sets it apart from other area high schools. In support of JCA’s mission, four years of religious studies are required and a comprehensive spiritual life program is provided by a vibrant Campus Ministry department. Campus Ministry implements programs that contribute to the spiritual welfare of the entire JCA community in developing a Roman Catholic environment that fosters a deep, personal relationship with God and Jesus Christ through the charisms of the Carmelites and Franciscans. JCA offers students a variety of ministries and formative programs to enrich their faith and character development.



LITURGICAL EXPERIENCES • The Mary, Our Sister Chapel was dedicated during the fall of 2018 thanks to the generous donation from Laverne and Dorothy Brown. It contains seating for 450 and is the center of JCA’s spiritual community. The additional renovation of the Adoration Chapel allows The Mary, Our Sister Chapel to host multiple functions including guest speakers, extra-curriculars, meetings, and more. • Weekly Mass is offered after school in the chapel. All are welcome. • Individual class masses are held throughout the year for freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes to celebrate together. • The Mary, Our Sister Chapel and the Adoration Chapel are open throughout the day for private prayer and reflection. • All-school Masses are once per month and/or on Holy Days of Obligation. • The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered throughout the year and on retreats. *Some masses have shifted to a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CHRISTIAN SERVICE JCA students complete a minimum of 60 hours of Christian Service throughout their four-year careers, working both within the school and the Joliet community to directly impact the lives of others.

RETREATS • Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and the JCA faculty and staff all participate together in an annual day of renewal. • Kairos will be offered to students during their senior year.




JCA has a tradition of winning state titles, national championships and sportsmanship awards. The 2019-2020 campaign was a banner year for the athletic department with numerous team and individual accomplishments. Athletics plays an important role in developing the discipline and competitive spirit required for academic success while cultivating future leaders. There is no greater feeling than running on the field, taking the court, walking on the course or cheering in the HillZone as an Angel or Hilltopper.

ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENTS • 32 State/National Championships • 62 Former/Current Professional Athletes • 7 Hall of Fame Coaches Currently on Staff • 2019-2020 IHSA Individual State Championship in Wrestling (D.J. Hamiti) • 2019-2020 IHSA State Finalists in Girls Tennis (Mia Bertino), Wrestling (Gylon Sims, Terrance Snapp), Dance • The 2020 spring athletic season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic • 25% of the Class of 2020 is continuing their athletic careers at the collegiate level


varsity sports are offered at Joliet Catholic Academy


Boys’ Sports Baseball Basketball Cross Country Football Golf Hockey Lacrosse Soccer Swimming Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Wrestling

Girls’ Sports Basketball Cheerleading Cross Country Dance Team Golf Soccer Softball Swimming Tennis Track & Field Volleyball



current professional athletes (MLB, WNBA, NFL, FIVB)

FALL HIGHLIGHTS • The Hilltopper football program competed in the IHSA Class 5A State Quarterfinals. • The boys soccer team captured the IHSA Class 1A Sectional Championship. • The JCA girls volleyball team captured a 3rd place trophy at the IHSA Class 3A State Finals. It marks the 10th state trophy since 2003 under Hall of Fame head coach Christine Scheibe. • Senior Marcus Porchia qualified for the IHSA State Finals in boys cross country. • Senior Mia Bertino placed 5th at the IHSA Class 1A State Finals in girls tennis.

WINTER HIGHLIGHTS • The JCA varsity girls dance team captured a 3rd place trophy at the IHSA Class 1A State Championship. The program’s illustrious history includes a state championship in 2018-2019 and six previous National Championships in various divisions and national organizations. • Junior Dean Hamiti, Jr. won his third consecutive IHSA State Championship in Class 2A Wrestling. Also placing were Gylon Sims, State Runner Up, and Terrance Snapp, 5th Place. • Boys Basketball - Regional Champions • Girls Basketball - Regional Champions • Angel basketball junior, Emma Jay, won the Class 2A Three-Point Shootout state title.

SPRING HIGHLIGHTS • The 2020 spring athletic season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



and service


of students participate in extra-curricular activities

The JCA family consists of over 600 current students, their parents and families, faculty and staff, and over 23,000 alumni, led by the Franciscan Sisters and Carmelite Priests. Our most recent capital campaign, “Honoring our Past, Building our Future,” raised over $1.5 million, furnishing the school with new windows, updated Wi-Fi infrastructure, the creation of the beautiful new Heritage Quad, and the Mary, Our Sister Chapel. Heritage Quad brought the iconic “Victory Light” back to campus, and coupled with the new chapel provides areas for all within the JCA community to gather and celebrate our rich traditions. Our upcoming capital campaign “Onward Together” began with the groundbreaking for a state-of-the-art Innovation Research Center, thanks to the school’s largest single campaign gift ever from the Warning family. The 2018-2023 Strategic Plan includes updates such as an on campus multi-purpose turf field/stadium, improvements to the outdoor athletic complex, and a fine arts center.



Clubs, Organizations and Activities Accepting Cultural Diversity Club Art & Literary Magazine Bass Fishing Club Color Guard Drama Club Fall Play French Club French National Honor Society German Club Habitat for Humanity Hillzone History Club Improv Troupe International Thespian Troupe 1046 Intramural Sports Jazz Ensemble Key Club Latin Club Leo Club Math National Honor Society Math Team Medical Science Club Movie Club Musical Theatre Troupe National Art Honor Society National Honor Society Percussion Ensemble Photography Club Ping Pong Club Psychology Club Respect Life Club Scholastic Bowl Science Club Sign Language Club Spanish Club Spanish National Honor Society Spring Musical Student Ambassadors Student Council Student Newspaper Tech Club Tri-M Music Honor Society Varsity Club Vocal Ensemble Weather Club Weight Room


Leveraged Financial Aid

Think you can’t afford a quality Catholic education? THINK AGAIN! With Leveraged Financial Aid at Joliet Catholic Academy, an excellent Catholic education has never been more accessible. Increases in financial aid opportunities have led to increases in enrollment and freshman applications in two of the past three school years.

Granting access to a high-quality, Catholic education to more families

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Merit Based Aid


Tuition Payment Options Payments can be made via credit card or automatic bank transfers. Other options are available and arranged through the Business Office. JCA offers a variety of payment options:


Incoming freshmen must take the entrance exam at JCA on December 5, 2020 and score above the 90th percentile to earn scholarships up to $2,000 off freshman year tuition.

Full payment Bi-annual payments Quarterly payments Monthly installments *Additional fees apply including fundraising, athletic participation, books, and laptop. A complete list of fees can be found online at


Leadership scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000 off tuition, renewable for all four years of high school. Requires submission of a 500-word essay and interview process. Students must register to attend JCA before the spring Online Freshman Registration Deadline.


JCA Endowed Scholarships and scholarships from the Joliet Diocese’s Catholic Education Foundation range from $500 to $9,705 based on financial need. Tax Credit Scholarships through the Invest in Kids Act range from $6,881.75 to $13,763.50 based on household size and annual income.

JCA Students Come From Many Places

Bus Route/Information Joliet Catholic Academy is located on the west side of Joliet, near the communities of Shorewood, Plainfield and Minooka/ Channahon. Because of the easy accessibility to Will, DuPage, Grundy and Kendall counties, JCA pulls students from a wide variety of neighboring towns.

Hillside Downers Grove 294




Clarendon Hills Woodridge


Darien 55

Burr Ridge

As a result, JCA provides transportation options for students according to interest. The most common methods of commuting to JCA are buses and car pools. Many students ride one of three bus routes with round-trip service through Naperville, Plainfield, Shorewood, Bolingbrook, Romeoville and Joliet. Bus routes are determined annually based on ridership. For a School Bus Transportation Agreement, contact JCA’s Business Office.


Bolingbrook Oswego




Romeoville Crest Hill

Orland Park Homer Glen

Lockport 355

Country Club Hills




Mokena New Lenox Frankfort

Rockdale 80

Minooka Elwood






Wilmington Coal City




A good number of JCA students also are a part of car pools or drive themselves to school each day. The JCA Admissions Office works with families to connect car pools and the JCA Administration contracts with First Student Bus Company to run three routes (based on interest and family usage): • Naperville/Plainfield route: Round-trip service for students with stops as far north as 75th Street traveling east and west of Route 59 to various subdivisions, south down Route 59 through Plainfield into Joliet. • Bolingbrook/Romeoville route: Round-trip service for students with stops as far west as Naperville/Plainfield Road and as far north as Boughton Road before traveling south on Weber Road into Joliet. • Shorewood/Joliet route: Round-trip service for students as far west as County Line Road and as far south as Interstate 80 through various subdivisions in Shorewood and Joliet. • Frankfort/New Lenox route: Round-trip service for students from as far south as Cedar Road and Illinois Highway to route 30 in New Lenox through various subdivisions or drop-off points.

School Bus Transportation Cost $1,100 one time or two installments of $550 (September and December)

2020-2021 Admissions Calendar of Events Practice High School Placement Test (HSPT) Monday, October 12, 2020 (Columbus Day) 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. For current 8th graders only


Sunday, November 1, 2020 Thursday, November 12, 2020 “Competitive Advantage Night” Placement Exam Saturday, December 5, 2020 8:00 a.m. Heritage Award Applications Deadline December 5, 2020 Incoming Freshman JCA Leveraged Financial Aid Application Deadline December 31, 2020 Financial Aid deadlines will differ for JCA, the Catholic Education Foundation, and Empower Illinois.

To come

7th Grade Step Up Day Thursday, March 4, 2021 Please know that as restrictions change, JCA will host other opportunities for junior high students to visit. Please watch for emails or visit our website at

Contact the Admissions Office to schedule a private family tour or discuss tuition and financial aid options. To request more information visit Contact: Ryan Quigley JCA Director of Admissions 815.741.0500 ext. 214 Mary Ragusa JCA Assistant Admissions Director 815.741.0500, ext. 274

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