Catholic Education Benefits are Plentiful


The benefits of a Catholic education have been studied and well-documented. Results show that students who attend Catholic school receive a challenging, high-quality academic experience in a supportive environment, with an emphasis on Catholic values and college preparation. The self-discipline developed by students, along with learning to accept responsibility and to respect others, work together to create excellent life-long learners.

At St. Joseph School in Downers Grove, teachers and staff strive to develop the whole student: mind, body, and spirit. “We prepare our students for academic and personal success,” said Rita Stasi, Principal of SJS. “St. Joseph School has provided excellence in Catholic education for nearly 110 years.”

SJS students score in the top quartile nationally on standardized tests, and 80% of graduates make their high school’s Honor Roll their freshman year. “We offer advanced technology, all-day academic Kindergarten, and STEM curriculum and immersion-style Spanish instruction in every grade,” added Stasi. “We also provide no-cut sports programs, extended and holiday care, and a hot lunch program. Tuition grants and assistance are available for qualifying students.”

National Catholic Schools Week has celebrated Catholic education in the U.S. since 1974. From January 28th to February 3rd, St. Joseph School will offer a variety of activities, including an All-School Open House on January 28th (10:00 am - 1:00 pm) at SJS and an All-School Mass on January 30th (8:15 am) at St. Joseph Church. A Fun Fair takes place February 3rd from 12:00 - 3:00 pm in the SJS Hall.

Open Houses for parents interested in learning about or enrolling their children in Catholic school will be held January 21st (10:00 am - 1:00 pm for Pre-K and Kindergarten only) and on January 28th from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm for Pre-K through 8th grade. For more information, and to learn about SJS’s expansion and renovation plans, please contact:

St. Joseph School

4832 Highland Avenue

Downers Grove, IL 60515

  1. 969-4306