Excellence in Academics

St. Rita of Cascia High School is completely committed to a College Preparatory curriculum. All students are placed in an academic program that is tailored to meet their needs. Our course of studies will challenge each student to fully develop his intellectual talents.

We are proud of our students and honored that the United States Board of Education has cited St. Rita as an Exemplary Secondary school. On average 98% of our students continue on to college. The senior class of 2018, totaling 116 young men, earned $17.3 million dollars in scholarships, and are currently enrolled in prestigious universities across the country. Virtually all of these scholarships were academic or leadership awards.



College Preparatory Curriculum

Advanced Placement and Honors Courses

St. Rita High School offers AP and honors level courses to qualifying students in the following subject areas:

English, Fine Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Technology, Theology and World Languages.

Student Success Center

Tutoring is available for all students every day during lunch and Monday through Thursday after school until 4:00pm in the Student Success Center. Math teachers tutor on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school and Liberal Arts teachers tutor on Wednesdays.

Academic Honor Roll

St. Rita High School has three levels of distinction for academic excellence, which are:

Superior Honors: 4.4 Semester GPA and Higher

High Honors: Semester GPA of 4.2-4.399

Honors: Semester GPA of 4.0-4.199


Diploma Requirements

All students must meet the following college preparatory graduation requirements of St. Rita High School:

  • 4 Years Theology

  • 4 Years English

  • 3 Years Math

  • 3 years Science (Biology Required)

  • 3 Years Social Science (US History and American Government required)

  • 2 Years World Languages (same language)

  • 1 Semester Health

  • 7 Semesters Electives (minimum)

  • Pass a comprehensive exam on the United States and Illinois Constitutions

In addition to the academic diploma requirements, students are required to complete service hours and write a reflection paper in each of the freshman, sophomore and junior years. Rising juniors begin their Caritas Service Project to be completed and presented during the senior year.

Class Rank

St. Rita does not rank students by GPA or percentile.

Transcript Information

St. Rita High School’s academic year is divided into two semesters with official grades reported in January and June.

Abbreviations used on the transcripts include: 
H: Honors Course, AP: Advanced Placement Course, SS: Summer School Course, P: Pass, I: Incomplete, W: Withdrawal, F-WD: Failure-Withdrawal

Summer school or other credit recovery grades are not averaged into the GPA.

Counseling Calendar of Events

Sept. 28 October ACT Registration Deadline (sign up at actstudent.org)
Oct. 3 PSAT Registration due (Juniors Only)
Oct. 4 FAFSA Workshop in the VLC at 7:00pm
Oct. 10 PSAT Test
Oct. 11 Parent/Teacher Conferences
Oct. 26 Real Life Friday (Watch for registration)
Oct. 27 ACT Test
Nov. 2 December ACT Registration Deadline
Dec. 8 ACT Test
Dec. 18-21 Final Semester Exams
Jan. 11 ACT registration deadline for February test
Jan. 18 Freshmen & Sophomores, PreACT / Juniors ACT test preparation
Feb. 9 ACT Test
Feb. 14 Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00pm - 6:00pm / College Planning Night 6:00pm
March 8 ACT registration deadline for April test
March 20 College Fair 6:00pm - 7:30pm / College Financial Presentation 7:45pm
April 13 ACT test
May 13-15 Senior Second Semester Exams
May 19 Graduation
May 22 - 24 Final Semester Exams

A comprehensive program of counseling services are available to the student body. The philosophy of our counseling program is the recognition of the personal worth, Christian dignity, and uniqueness of each individual student. At St. Rita, counseling services are an integral and significant part of the total educational program.

ACT Test
Information and registration available at www.actstudent.org

Links for Students and Parents

Counseling Office Staff

Wes Benak ’81    Vice President of Academics     wbenak@stritahs.com

Wes Benak ’81
Vice President of Academics

[email protected]

Jill Nagel   Director of Guidance     jnagel@stritahs.com

Jill Nagel
Director of Guidance

[email protected]

Beth McGlynn   Counselor     bmcglynn@stritahs.com

Beth McGlynn

[email protected]

Brian Hagen ’04

[email protected]

Noreen Kelliher                                     Administrative Assistant     nkelliher@stritahs.com

Noreen Kelliher Administrative Assistant

[email protected]

The philosophy of our counseling program is the recognition of the personal worth, Christian dignity, and uniqueness of each individual student.