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St Joan Of Arc

Private | PK-8 | 526 students


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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $150,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,050.

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Posted May 27, 2014


Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted September 17, 2009

The teachers and parents are the best!
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Posted 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

Posted September 17, 2009

The children get a great education as well as spiritual enrichment. The staff is fabulous!
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Posted 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.
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Posted 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.
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Posted 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.
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Posted 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

Posted April 9, 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.
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Posted March 9, 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

Posted 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

Posted November 9, 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

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 87% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 4%
Hispanic 3% 24%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Black 1% 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4913 Columbia Avenue
Lisle, IL 60532
Phone: (630) 969-1732


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