JCA Parents,

The July Parent Pride Newsletter contains important information about back-to-school events for the 2019-2020 calendar year. Also included is an updated 2019-2020 JCA School Calendar. The most up-to-date version of the calendar can always be found online at the school's website (link included below).

As always, we can add important information throughout the month if it is past the Parent Pride submission deadline via our website, parent e-mails, or social media sites.


Ryan Quigley ’03
Joliet Catholic Academy – Director of Admissions and Communications
Office: 815.741.0500, ext. 214
Car Pool Interest Form

Many times, JCA families realize there are families in their neighborhood also traveling to JCA. We encourage families to connect and help one another out if possible. If you would like to be part of our carpool list, please complete the online link at JCA Carpool Interest Form  If you are needing help with transportation to and from JCA during the school year or have an extra seat in your car to help out, please complete this online form. Please complete by July 9. Once completed, a complete list will be emailed to you with a listing of those you can contact for possible carpool options.
JCA 2019-2020 Required Textbook
and Supplemental Items

Class schedules will be mailed to freshman today and e-mailed to upperclassmen. When purchasing textbooks from another source other than MBS Direct, it is the family's responsibility to ensure they have the correct edition, textbook, workbook, etc.
School Uniform and Lock Sale

In the JCA Spirit Shop

August 5 th – Monday - Noon – 7:00 p.m.
August 6 th - Tuesday - 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
August 7 th - Wednesday – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
August 8 th - Thursday - Noon – 7:00 p.m. 
Click below for the PDF Version of the Excel Driving School complete with course calendar, start dates, and times.

Visit www.exceldrivingschool.com for more information.

You can also call Excel at 630.983.9235 and reserve a spot with a credit card deposit.
Special Events Corner

The Hall of Champions - Athletics Induction will take place on Saturday, September 7, 2019. This year's honorees for the 6th Annual Hall of Champions are Sean Bergman '88 (Baseball), Mary (Will) Jaworski (Cheerleading), John Piazza '79 (Football), Mark Sopko '00 (Football & Baseball), Christine Toscas '85 (Basketball), and Wayne Vercelloti '53 (Legacy Tribute - Golf). The Annual Alumni Golf Outing will take place Friday, September 6, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club. The Induction Dinner and Ceremony will take place on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. in the JCA Student Activity Center.

For more information contact JCA Director of Special Events Mrs. Christine Voss at 815.741.0500, ext. 283 or cvoss@jca-online.org.
Senior Class Disney Trip

LOCATION(s): Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL
DATE OF EVENT: February 13 – 17, 2020

School Pictures

School Pictures- August 20, 21 and 22
School pictures and IDs will be taken the first week of school. 
Freshmen - Tuesday, August 20
Juniors - Wednesday, August 21
Sophomores - Thursday, August 22

ALL STUDENTS will take  pictures and get ids even if they do not have order forms. You may order pictures after picture day online. 
Picture Day Dress Code:   Any color or pattern polo with uniform pants/shorts and shoes. Students may also wear their uniform.

Students will receive an order form on the first day of school or can order online.

Follow the link >> https://www.vipis.com/
Type in -  Joliet Catholic Academy 
Click on - School portraits view and order
Fill out the form, you will need your students id number.
Learn more about the benefits of contributing to a Tax Credit Scholarship for students in our Diocese of Joliet​ Catholic Schools. You receive a 75% credit for the amount of your gift on your 2019 Illinois taxes. Attend a one-hour webinar July 9 at 2:00 p.m. to learn more about the program and walk through the process of applying for the scholarship tax credit. Register at >>   https://conta.cc/2MZGoxE .
Tax Credit Program Preserved
Local Catholic Schools among those benefiting from scholarships
By Alex Ortiz, Joliet Herald News
June 3, 2019

Officials and parents of students within the Diocese of Joliet actively voiced their support for a scholarship program that was at risk during the state budget talks in Springfield.

Amid the flurry of activity in the General Assembly over the weekend, the Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program was preserved in the state’s budget, pending Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s signature. According to advocates for the program, it was one of the few specific proposed cuts that Pritkzer floated on the campaign trail in 2018.

With the prospect of the program being scaled back, supporters of school choice, such as the organization Empower Illinois, started the #SaveMyScholarship campaign to persuade lawmakers not to cut it.

Mercy Robb, the Diocese of Joliet’s director of marketing and enrollment management, said the tax credit scholarship program gives families the financial support needed to send children to private school.

“One huge fear is not being able to allow families in Illinois to have a choice,” Robb said. “Public schools aren’t the right fit for every student.”

The program was enacted in 2017 with the passage of the Invest in Kids Act, which offers a 75% income tax credit to individuals and businesses that contribute to qualified scholarship-granting organizations such as Empower Illinois. Those SGOs then provide scholarships for students whose families meet the income requirement to attend qualified, nonpublic schools in Illinois. The program was originally capped at $100 million and would end after five years.

According to a report by Empower Illinois, the SGO the Diocese of Joliet mainly works with, the first year of the program saw more than $45 million raised and 5,459 scholarships granted out of 32,456 applicants across the state. The report said the average annual household income of scholarship recipients was a little more than $35,000 for a family of four.

The Diocese of Joliet said more than 300 of its students, out of 2,800 applicants, were helped by more than $2.5 million. Empower Illinois receives 5% of the money.

Robb said the Diocese of Joliet has seen a steady decline in student enrollment over the past several years. Still, the need for financial aid to attend Catholic school in the diocese is there. The majority of applicants qualify for 100% financial aid, according to Robb.

Ryan Quigley, the director of admissions and communications at Joliet Catholic Academy, said the high school’s enrollment has also decreased in part because the cost of educating students has risen over the past 15 years. He said annual tuition at JCA is $12,625, not counting fees.

Quigley called the success “good news out of Springfield.” He said he now wants to see the program expand past the initial five-year window and changed to provide a 100% tax credit to entice even more donors.

State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, D-Shorewood, said she felt it was ultimately fair to preserve the program as is, but that advocates need a plan for keeping the program past its initial timeline. While she thought there was an appetite to expand it, she said she would like to see a bipartisan discussion begin about making it viable past the five-year window.

Quigley said that the program is key to helping all families send their children to private schools. To him, because reforms such as property tax relief won’t come for a while, the program can help save local Catholic schools.

“Do we want to see these schools go away?” Quigley said. “Do we want to have an opportunity for families in Joliet to have access to our Catholic schools? Because right now they don’t, from a financial standpoint.”

Future Angels and Hilltoppers,

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.

JCA Summer Camps continue after the 4th of July holiday on Monday, July 8 with Baseball Advanced Hitting and Pitching camps, Girls Volleyball Camp (5th & 6th grade), and Co-Ed Golf Camp (for all incoming freshmen).

Camps are available to those of all ages, ranging from four-years-old all the way up to incoming freshmen. Some incoming freshman class camps are separate from youth camps, depending on the sport.

See below to view the complete listing of JCA’s 2019 Summer Camps. Both mail-in and secure online registration options are available.


Ryan Quigley ’03, M.B.A.
Joliet Catholic Academy – Director of Admissions and Communications
Office: 815.741.0500, ext. 214
JCA makes the area's top education more affordable through Leveraged Financial Aid!
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.

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