Dear Parents and Guardians,

We'd like to welcome the parents of the Class of 2023 to our monthly Parent Pride Newsletter. Each month, the Parent Pride Newsletter is your one-stop-shop for all the upcoming events, lunch menus, news headlines, and more around the JCA community.

We also urge all of our parents to follow JCA's social media pages, particularly Twitter: @JCAOnline and Facebook: @jolietcatholic. If an event or news item does not make it into the Parent Pride Newsletter on time, you can be sure to find it on social media, or under the news headlines at Submissions to the Parent Pride are received from the faculty and staff, board of directors, and JCA Parent Board Members.

If we've missed something, don't hesitate to e-mail JCA Director of Admissions and Communications Mr. Ryan Quigley at or

Also, online registration is now available for the 2019 JCA Summer Camps. Each summer Joliet Catholic Academy welcomes over 900 grade school students to the home of the Angels and Hilltoppers. JCA offers 21 different camps to accommodate campers’ individual interests via Academic, Athletic, Activity, and Fine Art Camps. Our accomplished teachers and coaches enjoy working with campers so they can have fun, learn something new, and improve their skills.

Depending on the camp, some camps for the Class of 2023 are separate from the grade school camps (at the discretion of individual coaches). Please browse both our online camps and the provided PDF version of camps specifically for the Class of 2023. We appreciate our current parents spreading the word about JCA Summer Camps as well to friends and family members.


Ryan Quigley ’03
Joliet Catholic Academy – Director of Admissions and Communications
Office: 815.741.0500, ext. 214
Upcoming Events

May 2

May 9
May 10 @ 12:00 pm
May 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
May 19 @ 3:00 pm
May 20 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
News from the Vice Principal's Office

May Exam Schedule

AP Exams

DATE                                                    TIME                                                   EXAM
Tuesday, May 7                                  8 a.m.                                                 Spanish Language and Culture
Tuesday, May 7                                  12 p.m.                                              Physics I: Algebra-Based
Wednesday, May 8                           8 a.m.                                                 English Literature and Composition (AP English IV)
Wednesday, May 8                           12 p.m.                                              French Language and Culture
Thursday, May 9                                8 a.m.                                                 Chemistry
Friday, May 10                                    8 a.m.                                                 U.S. History
Monday, May 13                               8 a.m.                                                 Biology
Tuesday, May 14                               8 a.m.                                                 Calculus AB
Wednesday, May 15                         8 a.m.                                                 English Language and Composition (AP English III)
Thursday, May 16                              12 p.m.                                              Statistics
Friday, May 17                                    8 a.m.                                                 Microeconomics
Friday, May 17                                    12 p.m.                                              Computer Science A
Semester Exams for Seniors

Wednesday, May 8
Regular Classes Periods A-E (1-5)
Exams – Periods F, G and H (6, 7 and 8)
Thursday, May 9
Regular Classes Periods A -B (1 and 2)
Exams – Periods C and D (3 and 4)
Friday, May 10
Exams – Periods A and B (1 and 2)
Semester Exams for Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors

Tuesday, May 21
Period A (1) Classes
7:50 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.
Period B (2) Classes
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Period C (3) Classes
10:10 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
11:10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Wednesday, May 22
Period D or E (4 or 5) Classes
7:50 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.
Period F (6) Classes
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.
Makeup Exams
10:10 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
Thursday, May 23
Period G (7) Classes
7:50 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.
Period H (8) Classes
7:50 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.
10:00 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.
Makeup Exams
10:10 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
Friday, May 24
Makeup Exams
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Semester Exam Bus Schedule
Tuesday, May 21
Buses schedule to depart JCA at 11:25 a.m.
Wednesday, May 22
Buses schedule to depart JCA at 10:15 a.m.
Thursday, May 23
Buses schedule to depart JCA at 10:15 a.m.

Book Buy Back

MBS Direct will conduct JCA’s Book Buy Back. Current students will have the opportunity to sell their books to MBS Director on Wednesday and Thursday, May 22-23 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the cafeteria at JCA.
Please note: MBS Direct will only buy back the number of books they need. MBS Direct does not buy back novels. Also, some textbooks may be replaced for the following school year and consequently will not be bought back unless MBS Direct agrees to purchase them providing there is a need elsewhere.
Summer Assignments

Summer assignments will be distributed to current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in their respective classes. Incoming freshmen received their summer assignment through the mail. Summer assignments will also be available on the JCA website,, under the Student tab.

Student Schedules

Student schedules for sophomores, juniors and seniors will be e-mailed in July. Incoming freshmen will receive their schedule through the mail in July.

Booklists and Supplemental
Book lists and supplemental items information will be e-mailed to sophomores, juniors, and seniors along with their schedule in July. Incoming freshmen will receive information on books and supplemental items through the mail along with their schedule in July. A detailed booklist including ISBN numbers and supplemental items information will be available on the JCA website,, under the “Parents” tab.

JCA Annual Summer Mission Trip

Parents, is your JCA student looking for a great way to serve an give back to the community this summer? If so, please consider going on JCA’s annual summer mission trip. JCA has partnered with Catholic Heart Workcamp for the last several years to provide our students with a chance to experience a bit of service and a little “roughing it” to help people truly in need. This summer we will be going to Mishawaka, Indiana from June 9 – 14, 2019. The cost of trip is $300 per person, all meals and lodging while at camp are included. Please check out Catholic Heart’s webpage at Since this is a week long intensive experience it will fulfill all of a student’s required Christian Service hours for the upcoming school year.  Announcements will be made in school starting in January your child is interested please have him/her contact Campus Ministry. 

JCA Work Service Program

Requirement: Students in need of financial assistance to attend JCA may apply to work the JCA Summer Work Service Program. Students with the greatest financial need along with this completed application will take priority. Students should have applied for FACTS to qualify for the JCA Work Program.

Click Here  to view the 2019-2020 Work Service Application. Please complete both sides of this application. Please PRINT or TYPE. You may type your answers on a separate sheet of paper and attach.

  • One letter/note of recommendation is required. A Teacher, Coach, Principal, or Pastor may complete your recommendation.
  • Academic Profile: Please attach your most recent report card.
  • Please return the COMPLETED application by Friday, May 3rd , 2019.
  • Ways to submit: JCA Main Office- Attn: Mrs. Bush, directly to Mrs. Bush (Room 109), or email:
  • Late applications will not be accepted.
  • Applications must be complete (Application, Letter of Rec. & Report Card)
Nurses Corner

Parents, teachers, employee organizations, and other relevant groups: Please be advised that the State of Illinois Student Health Data for JCA, as required by law, is available for inspection during normal business hours by the public -including teachers, other school personnel, representatives, and parents at 1200 N. Larkin Avenue, Joliet, Illinois 60435 within five working days after receipt of a written request for inspection. The school may charge the reasonable cost of making any copies requested.

Also we are full swing into flu season. Call your provider to schedule your flu shot or you can visit most local pharmacies to get your flu shot now. Please remember: Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory illness that can give you symptoms of a high fever, headache, sore throat, stuffy nose and achy muscles. A few tips to avoid getting the flu: Get your flu shot. Good handwashing, cover your mouth when you cough/sneeze and don’t share drinks. 

Thank you,

Jill Batusich, R.N.
Joliet Catholic Academy
Health Office
815-741-0500 ext 275
JCA Respect Life Week

May 6-10, 2019

Daily Pro-Life Trivia and Info on Morning Announcements

Monday, 5/6:
         Pro-Life DISPLAY at 6:00am

Tuesday, 5/7:
         Pro-Life T-shirt Day
Wednesday, 5/8:
         Life Rally before school from 7:00-7:30am
Thursday, 5/9:
Baby Shower for Birthright of Joliet and Final Respect Life Club Meeting of the year (party)
                  at 7:15am in room 219
Friday, 5/10:
         Special Speaker:
Sarah Minnich from Students for Life of America
          Illinois Regional Coordinator
         7:15am in the Chapel
Lunch Menus

The lunch menu for May will consist of the regular station options. Daily specials will be announced through the main office.
Spirit Shop News

Looking for some Joliet Catholic Academy Gear - Stop in our Spirit Shop!! We have items for ALL.. Fidget spinners, JCA bracelets, Baseball Key Chains, Softball Key Chains, Cell Phone card holders and more! We are carrying a nice variety of t-shirts and sweatshirts - hoodies, ¼ zip sweatshirts and crew necks. Favorite “NEW” items in the Spirit Shop include our Exclusive Brown Under Amrour ¼ Zip Cage Jacket, Brown Coffee Mugs, Brown Sherpa Embroidered Blankets, and our Joliet Catholic 2x4 House Flag!!  In early March, look for our Baseball , Softball, Hilltopper Volleyball and Angel Soccer t-shirts.

The Spirit Shop Hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays 7:15am - 3:00pm and Thursdays 7:15am – 2:00pm.
When school is in session *

Come on in and take a look at all we have to offer to you and your students. Summer hours for the Spirit Shop will be announced shortly.
#SaveMyScholarship Campaign  

Earlier this year, Governor JB Pritzker announced in his state budget proposal to phase out the Tax Credit Scholarship Program. This budget proposal threatens more than 42,000 kids in line for a scholarship, jeopardizes all 7,178 recipients, and immediately denies at least 742 current recipients the chance at a better future.

To protect Tax Credit Scholarships, Empower Illinois has organized the #SaveMyScholarship campaign, which invites parents and school leaders from across the state to travel to Springfield to meet with legislators and put names and faces to the families who benefit from Tax Credit Scholarships.

Through your grassroots advocacy, the Tax Credit Scholarship coalition will bring the fight to Springfield and ensure state leadership is responsive to their constituents’ concerns and not allow the Governor to kill the scholarship program.

JCA will be traveling to Springfield on Monday, May 13 in conjunction with the Joliet Diocese and Empower Illinois. We are looking for 4-5 parent volunteers willing to make the trip with the JCA Admissions Office . Empower Illinois will organize the groups, provided training in Springfield, provide breakfast/lunch, and help guide our school leaders. Please RSVP to JCA Director of Admissions Mr. Ryan Quigley if you have interest in attending.

Mr. Ryan Quigley '03
815.741.0500, ext. 214
2019-2020 Sports Physicals May 6-9
(During Theology Class)

  • All forms due April 1 (Turned in during Theology Class).
  • Click Here to view the sports physicals parent permission form.
  • IHSA Pre-participation Examination Form (to be completed and signed by athlete and parent prior to physical examination).
Please listen to the school reach message sent out by Mr. Pender concerning these important dates.
or call 815.741.0500, ext. 270

On Friday, April 26, 2019  Joliet Catholic Academy Hilltopper baseball hosted its second annual Step Up to the Plate and Strike Out ALS fundraiser game against St. Patrick High School at Joliet Route 66 Stadium in downtown Joliet. The night and the game were a complete success, as funds were raised and the Hilltoppers defeated the Shamrocks 10-4.

This year, the teams honored Jack Lausch whose five children are JCA alumni. Fundraisers included raffle baskets, including Cubs tickets, 50/50’s, bake sale, concessions, and a great baseball game. Sophomore and freshman games played on Saturday at St. Patrick High School. Also, on Wednesday, May 1 JCA students participated in a $2 ALS Awareness "dress down day", with all proceeds going towards the ALS Greater Chicago Chapter. 

Those who could not make it to the game and would still like to participate, the below donation page will stay open throughout the month of May

All proceeds will be donated to ALS Greater Chicago Chapter in honor of Team Lausch. 
JCA makes Will County's top high school education affordable
JCA saw a 16% increase in freshmen enrollment and a 30% increase in applications for the 2018-2019 school year thanks in large part to our Leveraged Financial Aid program.

Why JCA?

  • “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.

  • The Class of 2018 earned over $12 million in college scholarships, averaging over $92,000 per student through four years of college.

  • The mean ACT score was 30.1 for Honors Program students and 27.1 for the top 50% of the Class of 2018, well above Illinois’ public school state average ACT of 21.2 from 2017.

  • Angels and Hilltoppers can earn Advanced Placement and Junior College credits while attending JCA. 70% of the Class of 2018 scored a “3” or higher on A.P. Examinations earning college credit, well above the state and local public school averages (65.6% and 37.6%) from 2017.

  • 100% of 2018 graduates accepted into college, 99% pursuing higher education.

  • 32 State or National Championships in Athletics; 24 varsity sports offered: 62 former/current professional athletes; 65 student-athletes currently competing in college athletics.

  • 93% of students participate in extra-curricular activities; 40+ clubs and after-school programs offered.

  • The Class of 2018 completed over 15,000 hours of community service; weekly/monthly Masses and Retreat programs also offered.

Want to see how we make the Will County area's top high school education affordable?

For more information visit >>
JCA announces April
Students of the Month

Joliet Catholic Academy President/Principal Dr. Jeffrey Budz is pleased to announce the April Students of the Month: Joshua Bolek (Kiwanis Club), Matthew Trizna (Rotary Club), and Kylie Weis (Lions Club). JCA is proud of the success these students have exhibited both in the classroom and out in the community.

We will have in depth profiles available on each honoree at the end of the month.
Latest News Headlines

Written by  Ryan Quigley  on April 17, 2019 —  Leave a Comment  [ edit ]
Congratulations to the following JCA student-athletes who participated in today’s National Letter of Intent Signing Day. We will have complete video and more photos from the event shortly. BASEBALL: Maxwell Cullen – Loras College John McGinnis – Elmhurst College FOOTBALL: Raymond Meyer, IV – College of the Holy Cross (MA) John Nash …  Read More
Also posted in  Athletic News

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Joliet Catholic Academy athletic director Mr. Dan Sharp is proud to announce the following inductees into the East Suburban Catholic Conference Hall of Fame: head volleyball coach Christine Scheibe, head baseball coach Jared Voss, the 2008 and 2009 State Championship Girls Volleyball teams and the 2009 State Championship Baseball team. The individuals and teams were …  Read More
Also posted in  Athletic News

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Thank you to Young Hearts for Life, Team Podz, and all of the volunteers at the April 11th Young Hearts for Life screening. 549 JCA students received free EKG heart screenings. A special thanks to Jill Batusich and Doug Giaudrone ‘81 for all your efforts in bringing this important day of heart screenings to our JCA …  Read More

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Congratulations to the 25 JCA students honored at the Joliet Chamber of Commerce 12th Annual Top Student Recognition Banquet for Joliet Township High School and Joliet Catholic Academy members of the graduating Class of 2019, which took place this past Monday. JCA president/principal Dr. Jeffrey Budz said, “it was another great night for the Joliet …  Read More

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Each summer Joliet Catholic Academy welcomes over 900 grade school students to the home of the Angels and Hilltoppers. JCA offers 21 different camps to accommodate campers’ individual interests via Academic, Athletic, Activity, and Fine Art Camps. Our accomplished teachers and coaches enjoy working with campers so they can have fun, learn something new, and …  Read More

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On Wednesday, April 3, 2019 Joliet Catholic Academy welcomed 34 alumni into junior classrooms so they could hear stories of career successes, failures and life lessons. The JCA community is truly grateful to each person that took the time to attend, giving back to current students and the community at the 2019 JCA Alumni Career …  Read More

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Academic excellence, service to others, and leadership are hallmarks of a Joliet Catholic Academy education. Membership to JCA’s National Honor Society is an honor bestowed on Angels and Hilltoppers. Selection for membership is based on outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Selection is limited to junior and senior students but is based in large measure …  Read More