Joliet Catholic Academy, celebrating 150 years of Catholic education in the Will County area during the 2018-2019 school year, is built on the belief that Angels and Hilltoppers are champions of their faith in the classroom, after school and on the playing field. JCA is a family of 645 current students and over 23,100 alumni. JCA is the number one choice for Catholic education in the Joliet, Shorewood, and Plainfield communities.

JCA’s alumni are lawyers, doctors, politicians, teachers, coaches, police officers, firefighters, and more. JCA graduates continually thrive in leadership positions in the Joliet community and beyond; three out of the last four mayors in Joliet, four current Illinois state legislators in Springfield, eight current professional athletes, Olympic medalists, Fortune 500 company CEO’s, Hollywood producers, and box office stars are counted among its graduates.

JCA was founded on the principles that drive the missions of the Carmelites and Franciscans. Students experience opportunities to foster their spiritual awareness through daily prayer, liturgical experiences, Christian service within the community, and retreats. Angels and Hilltoppers are challenged to bring a deeper meaning to all aspects of their lives by following the example and teachings of Jesus Christ.

JCA offers three curricula of study, Advanced Placement courses, and Junior College duel credit options. Student schedules are built to meet their individual needs. JCA offers 31 Honors and 14 AP classes, with JCA students passing AP exams at a higher rate (70%) than the state and national averages. The Class of 2018 carried on the school’s legacy by recording an average ACT score of 30.03 for honors program students and 27.1 for the top 50% of the class; 27 students were named Illinois State Scholars; 68% of students earned college scholarships and Advanced Placement and Junior College dual-credits were attained. Students are challenged with technology through JCA’s one-to-one program and broaden their horizons with exciting new electives such as Computer Science/Coding, Robotics and Engineering. JCA students attended 69 different colleges in 25 states in the past year alone.

Angels and Hilltoppers are successful in and out of the classroom. JCA believes athletics play an important role in developing the discipline and competitive spirit required for academic success. Every student at JCA has excellent opportunities to compete at many levels in 25 interscholastic and intramural sports programs. JCA boasts 32 overall state or national championships (the most of any private high school in the state of Illinois). The 2018-2019 school year has been a banner year, the Hilltoppers captured their IHSA-record 14th state football championship, the JCA varsity dance team won the IHSA Class 1A state championship, sophomore Dean Hamiti Jr. won his second consecutive IHSA Class 2A wrestling state championship, and the girls and boys cross country programs qualified for the IHSA state finals for the first time in program history. In addition, the Angels and Hilltoppers boast three girls volleyball state championships, three baseball state championships, several IHSA Sportsmanship Awards, and numerous National, Regional, Sectional, and Super-Sectional Championships. Individually, JCA students have captured state titles in wrestling, track-and-field, tennis, and swimming.

Joliet Catholic Academy encourages all students to make their voice be heard with over 40 extra-curricular activities. All students have the opportunity to be creative, to be unique, to build confidence, and to be their best self. The award-winning JCA Drama Department annually puts on a Fall Play, Winter Radio Show, and Spring Musical. The March 21-23 performance of “My Fair Lady” at Joliet’s Bicentennial Park Theatre is one of the hottest tickets in town, with all performances expected to sell out.

Come see for yourself what JCA is all about. Contact JCA’s Admissions Office for more information, fill out the request for admissions information for below, or schedule a visit at 815.741.0500 or The 2019 Joliet Catholic Academy Summer Camps are also now available online. Families can register and pay online at, or download the flyer and register through the mail. This year JCA is offering over 20 different camps in athletics and academics/activities. Participants will get to see JCA’s remarkable facilities up close under the guidance of JCA’s award winning faculty and experienced coaching staff.

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Admissions Office Staff

  • Ryan Quigley, Director of Admissions 815.741.0500, ext. 214
  • Mary Ragusa, Assistant Director of Admissions 815.741.0500, ext. 274
  • Joe Gura, Assistant Director of Admissions 815.741.0500, ext. 284


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