St. Rita Begins its 107th Year

It is once again back-to-school time and St. Rita of Cascia High School is ready to kick off the 2011-2012 Academic Year.  Since 1905, St. Rita has been successfully educating young men in the Augustinian and Catholic tradition on the Southside of Chicago.

While embracing core values of Truth, Unity, and Love, St. Rita forms each student as a whole person: spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, physically, and socially, providing young men with the necessary skills to succeed in college and in life, leading to life-long learning and personal awareness.

St. Rita is committed to a College Preparatory curriculum. All students are placed in an academic program tailored to meet their needs.  The Augustinian Academy allows qualified students the opportunity of accelerated course work.  The Mendel Academic Program provides students all the essential tools for success at the college level.  The program structured through the Villanova Academic Study Center provides individual attention, small group work, and advice regarding study and organizational skills to those who need some assistance. All students, regardless of their academic program, may avail themselves of the services offered by the Villanova Academic Study Center.

The academic excellence present at St. Rita is visible in the achievements of the Class of 2011.  St. Rita’s most recent graduates earned over $9.6 million in merit-based scholarships, and had 53  members in the National Honor Society, and 20 Illinois State Scholars.

To prepare its students even more for the competitive college admissions process and more importantly, for success in college, St. Rita has added an additional period to its class schedule for the 2011–2012 Academic Year.  Students are now required to take eight semesters of Theology and have the opportunity to take a wide range of elective classes, including over fifteen new course offerings.

St. Rita students have been excelling athletically as well, as their many athletic accomplishments during the past year prove: in football (Catholic League Champions – all three levels), hockey (4th consecutive Kennedy Cup Championships), basketball (Varsity Regional Finalists), wrestling (Sophomore Catholic League Championship) and baseball (Varsity Regional Championship, Freshman and Sophomore Catholic League Champions), Volleyball (Varsity Regional and Sections Championships & Elite 8 Finalists.)  It was another great and momentous year to add to St. Rita’s rich tradition and St. Rita plans to achieve even more success this upcoming year.

Service to others also continues to be an integral part of student life at St. Rita.  Students take part in numerous service opportunities throughout the year, and this summer St. Rita offered two chances for young Ritamen to step away from their daily routines and participate in weeklong service trips.  A group of students traveled to Kentucky for the 3rd Annual Service Trip.

St. Rita students also travelled to Australia this summer to participate in the fourth International Exchange Student Program.  These St. Rita students and their families will host a group of young men from St. Augustine’s College in Sydney, Australia this September.

St. Rita wishes to provide the wonderful opportunities it offers to all qualified young men.  Over $1 million in scholarships and financial aid is awarded to St. Rita students each year.  Various efficient and affordable methods of transportation are also made available, including Metra rail options and private bus service.

Success is truly evident in every aspect of life at St. Rita as it commits itself to being the premier all-boy Catholic high school on the Southside of Chicago.