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PK-8
Private
Lisle, IL
Students enrolled: 526

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4913 Columbia Avenue
Lisle, IL 60532

(630) 969-1732
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May 27, 2014
I RECOMMEND THIS SCHOO THE TEACHERS,PRINCIPLE,AND STAFF ALL HELP KIDS AND WANT THEM TO SUCCED AND THEY WANT THEM TO GO TO A GOOD HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE THE SLP PROGRAM WAS A HELP TO ME AND IM SURE IT WILL TO YOUR KIDS IM A STUDENT HERE AND ITS THE BEST SCHOOL IVE BEEN TO

- submitted by a community member
December 30, 2013
I would like to comment on the clique comments. The parents who state the clique problem is not a problem are the parents that are trying to live their childs life for them. There is a clique problem and the parents, teachers or principal are not trying to level the playing field for all. This is sad. You should coach your children yes, but you shouldn't be so involved in their lives that they are not making decisions. Remember they will grow up to be adults; they need to make decisions then without you.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
We transferred here from another school three years ago, when my child began junior high, and have been very happy here. There are some cliques, but not as bad as I've experienced at other private (and even public) schools! My child's grades improved as he was much happier here and he found it easier to make friends because there is a bigger diversity of students than at some other parochial schools in the area. I have recommended the school to others. This summer, a group of SJA teachers were invited to participate in a NASA zero gravity experiment -- an experience they have been sharing with the students both in prepping for the trip and after the trip. It was a unique experience for the kids to be involved in.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2012
This is an excellent school if you want your child to receive an excellent academic education. This year, the school was the receipient of the National Blue Ribbon for Academic Excellence in Education award. It was 1 of only 305 schools in the country to receive this honor and the ONLY private school in DuPage County. My children have been at this school for 5 years now and they LOVE it. There are Smart Boards in every grade, they teach Spanish starting in first grade and they break out the children into small groups for learning. This is why it won the Blue Ribbon award. Plus, the SJA community is caring, compasionate and always there when you need them. Every school has flaws but this schools positives FAR outway any negatives.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2011
Excellent school where your child will excel and get the attention they deserve! A family-oriented environment that has made our experience outstanding. We feel that our children are given all the necessary academic tools and skills that are necessary in this fast-paced world. The administration, teacher and parents are always working to improve all aspects of the school and continuously provide challenging academic opportunities. As far as "cliques", I truly believe that people who complain of this have major confidence problems and do not take initiative to be involved with the very people they are referring to. I think they would be surprised at how friendly and warm people are around here! Personally, I feel happy when I see parents making friends and helping/supporting each other. I have witnessed all types of people working together and supporting each other. I believe the main focus (kids) keeps everybody focused, despite personal feelings/relationships. We're extremely proud to be a part of a diverse Catholic Community that has truly helped shape our children and we work very hard to pay the tuition because our children are happy, challenged and deserve it!

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2011
Don't waste your money! The public schools in the area are far superior. This is a country club with weak leadership and declining education. The parents are great fun, but full of DRAMA. Religion may be taught but not practiced. At a conference we noticed black mold in a classroom. Our daughter got great grades doing cross word puzzles all year. Nothing like the education or expectations I had as a student there 40+ years ago. Sad to see my neighbors kids who go to the public school are far more advanced, even though my kids get great grades and have plenty friends. Great time with the parents, but I've seen a lot of cruel things said and done that really hurt those not in the right circles. Basically if you can't pay, you don't pay and this school is really more about playing than anything else. Maybe with stronger leadership and a much needed replacement of the weak teachers, along with some remodeling SJA could compete like they use to.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
Believe the reviewers who said it. Very cliquey. The parents are the ones who are the worst. If the children are also like this, are you shocked??? More of a social club for the parents than a school for the children. Overcrowded classrooms. Little or no recess/phys. ed./playtime. 'Benet-prep' mentality. What is so good about Benet anyway??? Much of the hype about the quality of the education might be 'smoke and mirrors', but who knows for sure? Many of the parents are way too involved. At any one time, there seem to be more parents ('volunteers') walking the halls than actual staff. Bad news. These people and their families do get preferential treatment. On the plus side, it is a Catholic education. That's what we're paying for. It's too bad so much baggage has to go along with it...

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
SJA has incredible diversity in education. The school leadership puts core subjects first and excels in those, but also teaches through so many other areas such as sports, reading activities, science, music, drama, and so much more. The school does a great job of harnessing the energy, talents and experiences of the parents to enrich there educational programs. We truly feel blessed to have SJA as the school for our children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Saint Joan of Arc pulls together a large student body that spans many cultures and economic diversties to create a safe, equal, cutting edge academic environment that the children themselves demand more of.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
The teachers and parents are the best!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
St. Joan of Arc does a wonderful job balancing great academics with traditional Catholic teachings,the children learn the tools to succeed in life and be a shining light to others.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
The children get a great education as well as spiritual enrichment. The staff is fabulous!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
The teachers are caring, giving people for the amount of pay they receive. The kids are respectful and learn responsibility and hard work and are prepared for high school. Very caring community of parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Our principal has the vision and compassion to keep our school top-notch and nurturing. Our kids are a part of an amazing community.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
There is no school that is more about family than St. Joan. In good times and difficult times people are always there for each other.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 28, 2009
An okay school if your child is in the 'in-crowd'. Good training for the workload in high school. School lacks diversity. My child was miserable in junior high and was the victim of racism and overall lousy treatment my classmates. Sister Carolyn means well but is not aware of many of the goings on with the junior high students. If I had to do it over again, I would have moved my child after 6th grade.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 09, 2009
A good old fashion school, like it was for me in the 60s. Actually a little more open but they teach true Catholic teaching and high moral standards. That doesn't guarantee there won't be troublesome kids or ignorant, arrogant parents.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2009
SJA is the best school I have evr attended. The teachers are very helpful and will always help a student when they need it. Sister Carolyn is pleased to get to know every student and is very kind-hearted. And, by the way, the school offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities and are spread out so students will not have conflicts and can enjoy playing their favorite sports.

- submitted by a student
February 09, 2009
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January 25, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
no rating January 15, 2009
Okay academically, but if you want solid Catholic formation the junior high program may fall short of expectations. Student population is cliquish and lacks diversity, so if your child is not in the 'in crowd' he or she may feel left out. Sister Carolyn loves her students, but may be unaware of some issues that need to be addressed.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2008
All these parents who are so negative about SJA in Lisle need to double check thier facts. Yes there are parent clicks, but good luck finding a public school without them as well. Most of the students are working well above thier grade level. Parochial education is not meant to be for every child. It is perfectly alright for it to be a wrong fit for you, but don't go around bad mouthing it to everyone else. A quality education is not about the glamor of the facility, it is all about the people who are guiding the child's future, and my three kids futures couldn't look to be brighter thanks to the awesome and dedicated staff, faculty, and clergy at SJA Lisle. I choose

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2008
I think St. Joan of Arc is a great school. All the teachers are great and go out of their way to help you with your work. The sports are great, too. Everyone really works together and cooperates, which I think is great. The only complaint I have about SJA is that a couple of the students are rather rude and distruptive and some of the teachers have a hard time controlling them.

- submitted by a student
July 23, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 23, 2008
I am excited about the recent changes at St Joan of Arc. Our new principal has implemented many changes to improve the curriculum, increase technology and build the skills of our students. I have 3 children in the lower elementary grades and I would highly recommend St Joan of Arc. The small class size, supportive community and dedicated teacher make for a safe and engaging learning environment for my children.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2007
Large classrooms and very competitive. If you are part of the crowd, I'm sure it's great. We were not so we left. We have found our new school a much warmer place.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2007
Great school if your kid is in the middle of the bell curve, but if they are on either end, forget it - they just don't have the resources. We pulled our child after three years at St. Joan because, as a gifted student, he was bored and held back from his full academic potential. He is now thriving in the public system. Also agree with previous reviews that the strong parental-driven cliques make one feel like the consistant outsider.

- submitted by a student
June 24, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
April 24, 2007
Educationally it is average. Socially run by clicks while not supported by the people in charge.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2007
St. Joan is an old-fashioned Catholic school that does a good job in some areas, but lacks much of the computer technology of the area public schools in Naperville and Lisle. The religious instruction is nice, but some newer ideas in terms of academic curriculum are needed. St. Joan also does a good job in developing study habits, but some parents complain with the amount of homework and lack of classroom resources. A good, but not great school.

- submitted by a student
March 10, 2007
St. Joan is not a bad school, but not exactly the school they think they are. Aside from a Catholic environment, St. Joan is not on the same academic level as the local public schools in Lisle, Naperville, Downers Grove, or Glen Ellyn. Parent clicks control the school, and facilities are mediocre at best. The staff is dedicated, but that can only go so far.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
November 11, 2006
The school is overrated. It does offer a typical Catholic education, but programs are limited, there is a lot of competition between parents (and the 'in group'), and while teachers do care, they are no better than those in public schools. I feel there is an emphasis on social status that children often can see, and it is hurtful. St. Joan is a good school, but no better than the public schools (or most other Catholic schools in the county). It is not worth the money, if your focus is academics (the Lisle and Naperville public schools may be better in academics and certainly in resources like computer labs, technology, and extracurricular events), but if a Catholic environment is critical, it is a good choice.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2006
I agree the teachers and Sister Carolyn are great, but things are definitely run by parent clicks, including sports. So if you want your child to have a fair share in making a team, this is not the place. Sister Carolyn aspires her children to great things, but doesn't seem to want her classrooms held back by children with learning disabilities. She makes a point of getting to know each one of students. The school buildings are dated and so are the classrooms and they haven't put much effort in updating them. It would be nice if those parent clicks put more effort into making the school better for every child instead of just their own.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2006
Awesome school. Sr. Carolyn is wonderful and cares deeply for all the children. I have 4 children at this school and and so impressed!

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2004
I have 2 children in the school. The teachers are the best! I feel that special needs children do not get the help that they need and a disservice is being done by keeping them at SJA. I love to volunteer in the class room, but find that this can be somewhat difficult. There is a group of women who seem to have the inside scoop, and pretty much call the shots. It is not so much what you know, but who you know. It makes many of us feel left out. It is what I would call for lack of a better word, a click. Sister is wonderful and the kids love her. If only us 'outsiders' could feel more welcomed and 'allowed to be more involved in the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
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St Joan Of Arc
4913 Columbia Avenue, Lisle, IL  60532
(630) 969-1732
Last modified St Joan Of Arc is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St Joan Of Arc Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top