Academics

Catholic academic excellence from preschool through eighth grade

St. Joan of Arc School is a fully accredited school located in Lisle meeting the needs of students ranging from preschool to eighth grade. We utilize Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) and Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing as our standardized assessment tools. The rigor and accomplishments of our academic program at SJA is demonstrated in consistent achievement on standardized assessments. We consistently score above- local and national standards.

 

A Faith Based Education

The religion program is the core of the curriculum at St. Joan of Arc Catholic School. Daily religion classes are directed toward instilling in students an understanding and appreciation for Catholic belief and practice. All students participate in classes and all religious events.

Each week students attend Mass (Fridays – 8:15 am.) Students also attend special liturgies and prayer services for holy days of obligation, special feast days and other celebrations.  Parents are encouraged to join the students and staff for Masses and prayer.

Prayer is a part of the daily routine at the beginning of the day. A variety of prayer experiences are offered for students during each liturgical season throughout the school year.

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math)

In seeking to engage students at all levels in active, relevant learning and prepare students for an ever changing global community, St. Joan of Arc Catholic School is implementing a STEAM curriculum.

STEAM is the intentional integration of the disciplines of science, technology,  engineering, and math in order to assist students in the development of communications skills, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration.

STEAM sets the stage for student problem solving and includes hands-on exploration, demonstration, and experimentation. It moves  from teacher-centered instruction to inquiry-based learning. Integrating the Arts into the curriculum, STEAM allows schools to build on their traditional liberal arts foundation, bringing a variety of visual, classical, and performing arts.

NASA INTEGRATION

St. Joan of Arc School continually looks for ways to bring real world science into the classroom. In 2013, SJA was fortunate to be one of seven schools in the country to be chosen to have a team of teachers participate in NASA’s Reduced Gravity Educational Flight Program.  During this school wide project students designed and tested a science experiment that was flown by the team of teachers on one of NASA’s zero gravity aircraft.

In 2014, St Joan of Arc School partnered with the DuPage Amateur Radio Club to participate in an ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station). During this project students were able to talk directly with astronaut Alexander Gurst, who was aboard the International Space Station.

Last school year St. Joan was again fortunate to be chosen to participate in NASA’s Microgravity University for Educators program.  This program allowed the student body to learn about satellites and satellite launching systems.  The school built a satellite launcher which was tested by a team of teachers on NASA’s precision air bearing floor at Johnson Space Center.

The start of the 2017-2018 school year brought the Great American Eclipse.  During this nationwide event SJA held a NASA registered eclipse viewing party where over 250 members of our parish and school community gathered together to watch and celebrate this amazing phenomenon.   Going forward St. Joan of Arc’s science department will continue to look for opportunities to bring real world science experiences to our student body.

 

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