Our School

Welcome Budz_Jeffrey

The Joliet Catholic Academy community welcomes you to our website! We hope that you will find your virtual visit to be helpful and engaging, giving you just a glimpse of what it is like to be an Angel or a Hilltopper.

Joliet Catholic Academy is a Roman Catholic college preparatory high school for boys and girls co-sponsored by the Joliet Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate and the Carmelites of the Most Pure Heart of Mary. With an enrollment nearly 600 and a student-teacher ratio of 11:1, personal and individualized academic attention is given to each student.

Our athletic programs and activities are second to none and currently, JCA has over 22,700 alumni in the United States and abroad. Welcoming, hard-working, dedicated and knowledgeable are the adjectives used to describe our faculty and staff. Professional excellence is a standard in each subject area, with over 37 percent of the faculty holding a Master’s degree or better. We are very proud of the fact that 32 faculty or staff members are alumni, bolstering the belief that “You never leave JCA.”

As you continue to explore JCA, I invite you to come and see us in person. We are always eager to welcome prospective students, families, alumni and friends to our building, and my door is always open as well.

We look forward to seeing you at JCA.

Dr. Jeffrey Budz, President/Principal

Our Mission Statement

“Inspiring growth in knowledge and faith since 1869, the Joliet Catholic Academy family creates an environment that cultivates opportunities for academic excellence, meaningful service, Christian respect and Catholic values in the traditions of the Carmelites and Franciscans.”


  • North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (Cognia).
  • Illinois State Board of Education.
  • National Catholic Educational Association.
  • National Honor Society of Secondary Schools.
  • Illinois High School Association.
  • Affiliated with Joliet Junior College and the “Dual Credit” program.


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