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  The Joliet Catholic Academy Class of 2023 graduated on Sunday, May 21 in the JCA Student Activity Center. Earlier in the week on Tuesday, JCA graduates took part in a Baccalaureate Liturgy led by Principal Celebrant the Most Reverend Carl Markelz, O.Carm., at the Cathedral of St. Raymond. The Class of 2023 received awards … Read More

Joliet Catholic Academy names Madeleine Smietanski as the new Head Dance Team Coach

    Joliet Catholic Academy Athletic Director Jim O’Brien is proud to announce Madeleine Smietanski as the new Head Dance Team Coach of the Angels. Smietanski is an All-American Dancer who has spent the last eighteen years as a competitive dancer. She has choreographed and taught various technique master classes to several High School Dance … Read More


UNDERCLASSMAN EXAMS Wednesday, May 24 7:50 a.m. – 7:55 a.m. Announcements 7:55 a.m. – 8:55 a.m. Period A/1 Exam 9:05 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. Period B/2 Exam 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Period C/3 Exam Thursday, May 25 7:50 a.m. – 7:55 a.m. Announcements 7:55 a.m. – 8:55 a.m. Period D/4 Exam (juniors) 7:55 a.m. … Read More

URGENT – Contact your legislators to Remove the Sunset of the Invest in Kids Tax Credit Scholarship Program

  JCA Alumni, Families, and Friends,   The end of the legislative session is this week Friday, May 19. We must keep the pressure on lawmakers to #RemoveTheSunset and save the Tax Credit Scholarship Program. Your voice matters, NOW more than ever!   Hundreds of families and school leaders from our statewide coalition have been … Read More

JCA Announces May Students of the Month

Joliet Catholic Academy President/Principal Dr. Jeffrey Budz is pleased to announce the May Students of the Month: Danny Kelley (Kiwanis Club), Zuzana Huynhova (Rotary Club) and Brett Mouw (Lions Club).   JCA is proud of the success these students have exhibited both in the classroom and out in the community. Danny Kelley, son of Kristin and … Read More

Jack Moberg ’24 participates in La Journée Intensive en Français

  JCA President/Principal Dr. Jeff Budz would like to congratulate Jack Moberg ’24 for participating in La Journée Intensive en Français, a French Immersion Day program for high school students, which was on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at The University of Chicago. “On behalf of the Chicago / Northern Illinois Chapter of the American Association … Read More

Costa Rica Trip: “All right, you beautiful people” by Cassidy Gray

  “All right, you beautiful people.” The time was 10:30 p.m. and Joliet Catholic Academy’s students had just landed in San Jose’s international airport. Our annual Spanish trip had begun in the beautiful country of Costa Rica, a small, peaceful country located between Nicaragua and Panama, right in the heart of Central America. While many … Read More

EXTRA! EXTRA! The May Edition of Victory View Is Out!

The Victory View is JCA’s Newspaper Club. They meet weekly and try to cover topics that the students are passionate about: whether it be about the school community, local community, nationally, or globally! Their goal is to produce two physical papers a semester. Click below to read the most recent edition! May 2023 … Read More

The East Suburban Catholic Conference (ESCC) 2023 Hall of Fame Inductees

Joliet Catholic Academy President/Principal Dr. Jeff Budz is proud to announce that Dave Douglas (’75), Samantha Quigley-Smith (’06), and the 2013 Hilltopper Baseball State Championship Team have been inducted into the ESCC 2023 Hall of Fame. The East Suburban Catholic Conference honored its 16th Hall of Fame Class on Thursday, April 20, 2023 at Abbington Banquet … Read More


2023-2024 School Year Click here to view an updated PDF version of the At-A-Glance. This is a PDF version is subject to change. *Please note: 12/5 Christmas Concert is TBD and has been removed from this calendar. For changes and real time updates please see link below: For real time updates please visit the online events … Read More

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