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Academics

Academics

St. Petronille Parish School consists of Kindergarten, the Lower school (grades 1-4) and the Middle school (grades 5-8). 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 St. Petronille School

Standardized Test Scores

  • Standardized test scores are between 25% and 45% above national average scores
  • Iowa Tests of Basic Skills Standardized Tests administered to students in grades 2-8

Technology

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

Academic Programs and Resources

  • 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 curricula
  • Physical Education program includes Health and Gym
  • Foreign Language program in Spanish for grades K-8

Faculty and Staff

Our exceptional faculty is comprised of 30 Certified Teachers, 20 of whom hold advanced degrees:

  • 18 Core Teachers K-8
  • Full-time Spanish teacher
  • Full-time Music teacher
  • Full-time Art teacher
  • Full-time Reading Specialist
  • Part-time Librarian
  • 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 - 2 Alexian Brothers interns 1 day a week

Our staff also includes:

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