Focusing on test scores has changed the way many schools teach students these days. In the Catholic schools, we take tests seriously, but we know they are only one measure of success.
Students in Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago achieve higher than average scores on stardardized tests like the TerraNova or ACT. Our daily attendance rates are higher than other schools in the same neighborhoods. Our seniors graduate at a rate of 98% and of those who graduate, 95% go on to college. It’s no wonder the Archdiocese of Chicago has more U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award schools than any other school system in the nation.
We realize that test scores and awards are important measures of performance, but they can only tell part of the story. We are interested in how individual children are doing, and helping them succeed to the best of their abilities. In order to make sure every child has a chance of success, children have to learn more than facts and figures or how to do the kinds of problems that will appear on the next standardized test. They need to understand the underlying concepts in science and math. They need to be able to read, write, and discuss the ideas in literature and history texts. They need to be able to think about what they’re studying and how it connects to the things they’ve already learned and the world around them so they are prepared to meet the challenges of both today and tomorrow.
In order to make this possible, we have to create the right kind of academic environment. It takes individual attention from caring teachers, the involvement of engaged parents, and the example of other motivated students. If you want your child to learn more than the minimum required to score well on a standardized test, consider our approach to learning and find out more about the academic programs we have in place.