Every child at St. Joan of Arc is encouraged to achieve individual academic excellence. Our dynamic team of professional educators implements a systematic, research-based curriculum that supports learning, challenges thinking, and prepares students for their future. From the earliest grades, each child benefits from the use of best practices, individual attention, and a wide range of resources, including Chromebook computers for every child in third through eighth grade.
As children develop and progress, teachers make use of a variety of assessments to enhance student achievement and develop the most effective instructional programs. Collaborative and project-based learning, coupled with the latest technology, ensure that SJA graduates receive the education they need to grow as leaders in today’s world.
St. Joan of Arc is committed to developing our students into 21st century learners. We employ cutting-edge technology to provide access to the latest learning tools. Students have access to Chromebook computers with wireless internet access. Document cameras and LCD projectors are used regularly in each classroom.
Our teachers are trained to use online resources, such as Discovery Education programs and streaming technology, to appeal to each child’s unique learning style. SJA is committed to our teachers’ continuing education to ensure they are able to adopt the latest tools available.
Special Learning Events
The opportunities to expand the walls of the classroom are plentiful at every grade. Field trips are planned to bring the treasures of our city and surrounding areas together with the learning in our classrooms. Special guests are invited into our school to share their stories and talents.
Our students participate in many programs designed to enrich their problem solving abilities and to challenge their thinking. Science and technology are the starring subjects as our students participated in Science Olympiad and took first place honors in TechXplore in 2007 – 2008. The whole school turns out to cheer on our participants in the National Geographic Geography Bee and our finalists in the Knights of Columbus Spelling Bee.
As part of our goal that each child will achieve individual excellence, we provide both enrichment and remediation in our classrooms. We have a reading specialist on staff to perform testing and to give students and teachers an extra level of support.
The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Inclusion and District 65’s special services provide resources to our school children. Even with these options, there are children whose needs may not be able to be met by our staff or programs. Our priority is to provide the best educational setting for each child.