Academic excellence is one of the hallmarks of Joliet Catholic Academy. After moving through our education program, students are well prepared to attend the college of their choice. JCA’s diverse curriculum offers students an individualized education based on their strengths, providing them with the opportunity to achieve their maximum intellectual potential. Students are placed in the academic program that best meets their needs based on their academic strengths.

Accelerated/Honors Prep – Directed at the highly academically gifted and talented students who enjoy the challenges of a demanding program of studies.

Upper College Prep – Provides students with a fundamental understanding of the basic skills and discipline they need to achieve success in college.

College Prep – Furnishes students with the understanding of basic skills and the ability to master these skills to better prepare them for further academic study.

Advanced Placement – Advanced Placement courses are offered to juniors and seniors in English IV, U.S. Government, Calculus, Biology, European History, U.S. History, Chemistry, and Statistics. Students in a fourth year of a foreign language may request to take the A.P. Spanish, French or Latin exam.

Degree-in-Three Program – Qualified JCA juniors and seniors with GPA of 3.4 (on a 4-point scale) who are deemed eligible by the Counseling Department can participate in the University of St. Francis’ “Degree in Three” Program.

Dual-Credit Courses – Dual-credit courses are college courses taught at JCA. Students earn college credit and high school credit for the course. JCA works together with Joliet Junior College to determine the appropriate high school credit to be awarded upon successful completion of the course. For more information on the new Dual-Credit Application form, please click here.

Honors Program – The intent of the Honors program is to challenge academically gifted and talented students, provide them with a rigorous program to meet their needs, and encourage them to reach their full academic potential. Honors courses and membership in the Honors program are not synonymous. Membership is based on the following: Freshmen will be placed, based on their placement exam scores, in an “Accelerated” curriculum for their freshman year at JCA. At the end of their freshman year, the student’s performance will be evaluated. Upon the recommendation of their teachers, the Administration will “officially” invite the student to join the Honors program. Students can participate in Honors classes without membership in the Honors program.

Academic Resource Center – Students needing special academic assistance may qualify for JCA’s Academic Resource Center, where students are tutored in small groups by our certified Learning Resource staff.

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