Through a dynamic and rigorous college-preparatory curriculum and a commitment to the Goals and Criteria of the Sacred Heart Network, Josephinum Academy seeks to educate young women to be creative thinkers, problem solvers, effective communicators, self-regulated learners, collaborators, responsible citizens, committed to justice, and spiritual and ethical persons.
While all Josephinum courses are college-preparatory courses, we recognize that our students possess personal talents and strengths, as well as individual areas for growth. Josephinum offers a flexible tracking system to meet the unique needs of our students. Currently, students have the opportunity to take a variety of Honors courses, offered in all of the major content areas, as well as Advanced Placement Courses, including: AP Spanish Language, AP Biology, AP US History, AP Calculus AB, AP Literature, and AP Composition. Additionally, the class of 2017 will be the first Josephinum class to be enrolled in the IB Diploma Program, giving them the opportunity to earn an IB Diploma as well as a Josephinum Academy diploma.
Josephinum’s vibrant faculty takes a student-centered approach to education. They utilize a variety of teaching strategies to foster an engaging classroom environment that promotes inquiry based learning and self-discovery. In addition, they challenge students to critically analyze the world in which they live, while emphasizing the importance of cross-cultural perspectives, thus further developing their students as global citizens. Josephinum’s faculty members understand the importance of reflection, and they encourage students to reflect on their own learning, as well as the learning process.
Upon graduation, every Josephinum student successfully completes four years of English and Math, three years of Lab Science, Religion, History, and Foreign Language, one full year of Physical Education and Fine Arts, as well as a variety of electives, and Josephinum Academy specific courses aimed to better prepare them for college. Furthermore, every student successfully completes Josephinum’s internal assessment requirements: the Portfolio Project and Capstone Project. The aim of these projects is to evaluate college-preparatory skills that are not easily measured by standardized assessments. Such skills include, but are not limited to, research skills, the development of a sound argument, and public speaking skills.
Josephinum’s academic program not only offers the young women of Chicago an opportunity to strengthen the skills needed to be successful in college, but also provides them with many opportunities to grow in faith and service. This holistic approach to education helps distinguish Josephinum’s young women as confident, faith-filled leaders in their communities and the world beyond.