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Academics

Academics

St. Petronille Parish School consists of Preschool 4 year old program, Kindergarten, the Lower school (grades 1-4) and the Middle school (grades 5-8). There is a strong emphasis on a rigorous but appropriate learning level for each and every child through all academic subjects: 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, also used to enrich the learning experience. The curriculum is tied to Common Core State Standards and Joliet Diocesan Standards, with an overall focus on God's truth, beauty and goodness.  We beleive that this faith foundation will allow students to truly understand how and why we are all on-going learners, which leads to personalizing each core subject.

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.  We work to help students experience a personal relationship with Jesus, while understanding gosple values and virtue based leadership. They come to learn in the larger framework of a deeper faith life, and further knowledge sacred tradition and eternal salvation. 

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
  • MAP Testing which guides teachers in creating authentic, individual learning expereinces

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
  • K-2 grade iPads and 3rd-5th grade Chromebooks which supports our differentiated learning curriculum

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
  • STEAM lab that encorporates the NICERC Curriculum, Robotics and Coding

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 Brother counselor/ social worker

Our staff also includes:

  • Teacher Assistants that support academic teaming with their core grade level team
  • On-going job embedded professional development