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Mission Statement and School Philosophy

Our mission is to teach as Jesus Christ taught by modeling His message of love, peace, social justice, and reverence for life as manifested through prayer, love, compassion, service, and forgiveness. We are dedicated to provide a child-centered environment and to instill in our students a lifelong commitment to learning, to Christian values, and to community service in keeping with the Gospels and the traditions of the Catholic Church. We strive to motivate each student to reach his or her spiritual, academic, social, and physical potential.

School Philosophy

We at St. Petronille School, a ministry of St. Petronille Parish, believe that the primary purpose of our Catholic School is to teach as Jesus Christ taught, taking an active part in the teaching mission of the Church. We seek to educate all who have been entrusted to us. We believe in uniting with the parents as the primary educators, the parish ministries, and the Diocese of Joliet in fostering a community of believers who manifest their faith in service to others. We believe in the goals of teaching and modeling the message of Christ (doctrine), developing community (family), encouraging service (involvement), and promoting worship, as directed in the National Catholic Directory.

We believe in the education of the whole child spiritually, intellectually, physically, socially, personally, and emotionally, through a planned, sequential, and integrated curriculum. The curriculum aims to accommodate and support the diverse learning styles of all students. We believe in academic excellence based on an individual’s potential. We foster respect for one’s self and others, and taking responsibility for one’s actions while promoting a sense of honesty and fairness. We strive to instill responsibility for good stewardship and service that encompasses home, school, parish, and community on both local and global levels. We at St. Petronille believe in preparing children to live lives rooted in the principles of peace and social justice. These principles are manifested in a reverence for life and a respect for the uniqueness of each individual.


Since 1926, St. Petronille Parish School has provided students with a strong foundation in faith, academics, and community service, while preparing them for the ever-changing world. We’re proud of our school’s rich heritage and the profound effect we’ve had on our alumni through the decades. You can almost feel the past as you walk around our campus and take note of it as an architectural gem. From the pillars to the founding stone on each building to the original stone crest above the Hillside entrance (that used to be the school’s main entrance by the way), St. Pets is steeped in tradition and well-known for being a cornerstone of the community.