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 181 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.

 

 


Curriculum

St. Rita of Cascia High School’s Curriculum will:

  • Enhance the rigor of our Augustinian, college prep program by requiring all students to take 7 classes each semester;
  • Offer 8 semesters of Theology classes for all students;
  • Offer 17 exciting elective and Advanced Placement (AP) courses in Theology, English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science and Physical Education/Health;
  • Require credit in Fine Arts for graduation;
  • Assist juniors and seniors to take control of their own course of studies while still meeting or exceeding all graduation requirements;
  • Help juniors and seniors to target their course choices toward areas of strength, interest and need;
  • Offer seniors a competitive advantage in college selection and admissions;
  • Offer faculty professional time to work on curriculum development, grading and teaching techniques; and
  • Use our time more efficiently for the benefit of students and faculty.

*Click here for a comprehensive listing of elective courses and their descriptions

*Click here for a Course Description Guide for the Class of 2021/Class of 2022 only.

Diploma Requirements

All Students, including those involved in the Villanova Academic Study Center, must meet the same college preparatory graduation requirements of St. Rita High School:

  • 4 Years Theology
  • 4 Years English
  • 3 Years Math
    • (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II required)
  • 3 Years Science (Biology required)
  • 3 Years Social Studies
    • (U.S. History and American Government required)
  • 2 Years Foreign Language (Same language)
  • 1 Semester Health
  • 7 Semesters of 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.

Faculty

St. Rita High School employs 49 faculty members, 23 of whom hold advanced degrees. The Student-Teacher ratio is 15:1.

Honors Courses

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

English, Mathematics, Social Science, World Languages, Science, Technology, Theology

 

Advanced Placement Courses

St. Rita High School offers advanced placement level courses to qualifying students in the following subject areas:

Art: 2D Design, Chemistry, Latin, Spanish, Art: Studio Drawing, English, Music, U.S. History,  Calculus,  French,  Psychology,  World History,  English,  Mathematics,  Social Sciences,  World Languages,  Science


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 semester 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, W: Withdrawal, F-WD: Failure-Withdrawl

Summer school grades are not averaged into the GPA. Physical education courses are taken for credit, however, grade points are not awarded.

 

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


Classroom Testing and Accommodation Information

A student may be eligible to receive classroom and testing accommodations by providing the school with a current educational evaluation, not older than three years, that includes a clear diagnosis and relevant educational recommendations. St. Rita High School Accommodation Plans will be developed for students who, with limited accommodations, can be academically successful in the traditional classroom. All accommodations are granted based upon the student’s evaluation recommendations. It is important to note that St. Rita High School may or may not be able to grant every recommendation made on a student’s educational evaluation.

Acceptable documentation includes:

  • A Public school Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
  • An Individualized Catholic School Education Plan (ICEP) – must include supportive documentation: a current psycho-educational evaluation or a current neuropsychological evaluation that includes a clear diagnosis and relevant educational recommendations
  • A current psycho-educational evaluation that includes a clear diagnosis and relevant educational recommendations
  • A current neuropsychological evaluation that includes a clear diagnosis and relevant educational recommendations  
  • A current 504 Plan with supportive documentation

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    Dean of Academics     wbenak@stritahs.com    

Wes Benak ’81
Dean of Academics

wbenak@stritahs.com
 

  Jill Nagel   Director of Guidance     jnagel@stritahs.com    

Jill Nagel
Director of Guidance

jnagel@stritahs.com
 

  Beth McGlynn   Counselor     bmcglynn@stritahs.com

Beth McGlynn
Counselor

bmcglynn@stritahs.com

Brian Hagen ’04
Counselor

bhagen@stritahs.com

  Noreen Kelliher    Administrative Assistant     nkelliher@stritahs.com

Noreen Kelliher  Administrative Assistant

nkelliher@stritahs.com

 

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