Students graduating from eighth grade are facing a fun but demanding four-year high school career beginning this fall. It’s important to have a strong educational foundation in order to be prepared for that challenging next step.
At St. Joan of Arc Catholic School, students are very well prepared for the rigorous coursework that will be required of them in high school. “A Catholic education at SJA offers our students a strong academic preparation that is rooted in faith,” said Michael Sweeney, Principal of SJA. “Of our 59 graduating eighth graders, 31 will attend Catholic high schools this fall. One graduate earned a partial scholarship to St. Francis for scoring one of the ten highest scores on the entrance exam.”
SJA students benefit from excellent instruction in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). They routinely excel on the ITBS test in mathematics, with this year’s eighth grade team placing 10th in the state and 3rd in DuPage county, out of 70 participating schools. “Eighth grader Patrick Beranek was recognized for finishing second overall in the state,” added Sweeney.
SJA also offers extracurricular activities as part of their STEM instruction. Principal Sweeney is the Science Fair sponsor, and meets with students weekly throughout the school year. “Our students who participate in the local, regional and state Science Fairs are very self-motivated,” said Sweeney. “They do it because of an interest in science, not to earn a grade. Six SJA students competed in the Regional Science Fair at St. Francis, where each won a ribbon. Jake Clements and Aras Daulys, both eighth graders, went on to the State competition and won gold medals. Their complex entries required an experiment and a paper; the challenging aspect is that with an experiment, as opposed to a demonstration, you don’t know in advance how it will turn out.” For more information about how a Catholic education prepares students for high school, please contact:
St. Joan of Arc Catholic School and Church
Pre K-8th grade
820 Division Street, Lisle, IL