Many students who are challenged early in their academic careers develop confidence and a will to succeed. At St. Joseph School in Downers Grove, introduction to real-life situations, support from peers, teachers, and staff, and aggressive use of technology, including iPads and ChromeBooks, combine to prepare students for successful academic careers.
St. Joseph School is an award-winning Catholic School that offers students a superior, challenging education in a faith-filled, nurturing environment. 82% of 2017 SJS graduates made their respective high school’s Honor Roll, and 50% of those students made the High Honor Roll. Several SJS students also received scholarships to Catholic High Schools.
In addition to high academic achievement, SJS students are taught appropriate life skills to prepare them for real-world situations. The second graders’ Christmas Cafe program teaches them to create a résumé, apply and interview for a job in the Cafe, and then perform their job. Middle School students participate annually in Career Day to learn about a variety of jobs, courtesy of parent volunteers.
“St. Joe’s teaching staff was always supportive of me, at every age,” said Krissy Knightly, alum and current second grade teacher at SJS. “They encouraged me to be the best student I could be. In third grade, I told Miss Gaffud I wanted to be a teacher, and she encouraged me to reach my goal. I returned to SJS during grad school to be her aide, and all the teachers I worked with taught me skills I continue to use today.”
Mary LaMarche Ouska, another SJS alum, also felt very prepared for future success. “I learned how to study and stay organized, all skills that held me in good stead at Nazareth Academy and at Loyola University,” she explained. “SJS gave me a love of learning, something I carried through high school and college, but also through my career in teaching, editing, writing, and project management.”
4832 Highland Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515