While much is expected of our staff to foster academic excellence, students are expected to take responsibility for their academic success as well. In fact, our student culture can best be described in one word: ownership.
As a community of learners, teachers and students work collaboratively to empower students to feel a sense of pride and ownership in all facets of their education. Students are well aware of their teachers' goals and expectations for their learning.
To strengthen this culture, conferences at AACA are inclusive of and led by students. Students must articulate their work and demonstrate their progress to their parents. These student-led conferences facilitate great communication and reflection within families, and allow students to see concretely where they excel and where they need to improve.
The various facets of our academic program have produced results. Recent test scores indicate that students are mastering the Illinois state standards at high levels across all grades and subject area, with the majority of students scoring well above the national average as well as above median scores in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
In alignment with our Catholic beliefs and values, and our mission to educate the whole child, we define academic excellence as:
Teaching to clear learning goals for every student
Building curriculum that is rooted in rigorous standards
Developing social and emotional skills necessary for academic growth
Challenging all learners to move forward on their own learning continuum.