AACA strives to ensure that both parents and students are well-informed about the many options for high school education that exist within the city of Chicago and nearby suburbs. To do this, AACA provides a program of instruction and support focused on early exposure for parents and students to these options as well as ways in which to begin fact-finding about schools of interest.
AACA also provides a planned program of student support to guide their decision-making process as they select high schools to explore. While AACA first and foremost supports Catholic high schools and actively promotes these; public, private and charter school options are also shared with families to encourage a full range of exploration of schools to find the right fit for individual students and families.

  1. Taking Personal Stock: This high school process is first and foremost parent and student driven. Parent and student high school data collection and decision-making should be based on many criteria - student's academics, social setting, finances, location, student's interests, etc.
  2. Academic Readiness: Classroom academic development and preparation of students for high school. (entrance exam preparation, time management/executive functioning, curriculum development, test scores/grades)
  3. AACA Support - High School Specialist to help guide parents and students through the process (application assistance, scheduling shadow dates, family meetings, etc.).

Mrs. Cathy Brennan, High School Specialist

Phone: 773-348-4629 x153

Email: cbrennan@alphonsusacademy.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Cathy Brennan, High School Specialist

I grew up in Boston, Mass (second oldest of four girls) and went to college at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.  I’ve lived in Chicago for 25 years.  After graduating college, I worked in the meeting and event planning industry for many years. Eventually, I started my own event planning company in 1999 (which I sold in 2005). I always enjoy planning a good party!  

I have been the high school specialist at AACA since August 2011.  I work with the middle school parents and students to ensure that they are well-informed about the many choices for high school education that exist within the Chicagoland area; as well as how to navigate the admissions process.  Unlike the suburbs, or other cities - there are many options for high schools in Chicago.

I have been a parent at AACA for 13 years.  My husband, Mike, and I have two children in high school and two that are still at AACA. We enjoy much of our family time together up in Hayward, WI.  I love movies, reading, exercising, traveling and spending time with family and friends.