Academics

 
St. Petronille Parish School consists of Kindergarten, the Lower school (grades 1st-4th) and the Middle school (Grades 5th-8th). There is a strong emphasis on basic academics: religion, reading, language arts, mathematics, science, foreign language and social studies. The curriculum is enhanced with enrichment in art, music, and physical education.  Technology is integrated into all areas of the curriculum. The curriculum is tied to Common Core State Standards and Joliet Diocesan Standards.

Our Catholic faith is interwoven throughout the entire fabric of the school and its programs. Students plan and participate in class liturgies, all school masses, and daily prayer. As part of the larger faith community, students take part in parish as well as classroom sacramental preparation. Altar servers add a spiritual service to the parish.


Key differentiators for our school include:

  • Standardized test scores are between 25% and 45% above national average scores
    • Iowa Tests of Basic Skills Standardized Tests given to students in grades 2-8
    • Explore Tests given to students in grade 8
  • Technology plan approved by Illinois State Board of Education and the Diocese of Joliet includes:
    • 1:1 tablet program for all students 6th-8th grade
    • Media Center consists of 32 PCs, networked to the classrooms with internet access
  • Library utilizes an automated card catalog and circulation system - Alexandria Companion
  • Science program strengthened with emphasis on AIMS program involving integration of Math and Science curriculums
  • Physical Education program includes Health and Gym
  • Foreign Language program in Spanish

Our exceptional faculty is comprised of 32 Certified Teachers, 16 of which hold Advanced Degrees:

  • 18 Core Teachers K-8
  • Full time Spanish teacher
  • Full time Music teacher
  • Full time Art teacher
  • Full time Math Resource teacher
  • Full time Reading Specialist
  • Full time Librarian
  • Full time Health teacher
  • Full time Physical Education teacher
  • Full time Director of Technology
  • Part time Computer Teacher
  • Two Full-Time Learning Specialists
  • Part time Alexian Brothers social worker - 1 Alexian Brothers intern 1 day a week

Our staff also includes:

  • 10 Teacher Assistants and 5 additional staff
  • Job embedded professional development