Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart has announced a digital, personalized learning plan for students for the fall academic semester beginning August 24. Josephinum Academy, celebrating its 130-year anniversary this year, is Chicago’s longest standing all-girls Catholic high school.
Josephinum, part of the Sacred Heart Network of Schools, is located in Wicker Park and serves a population of girls representing 20 different nationalities and over 40 Chicago zip codes. The school is independent and relies on private donations and corporate funding to operate and to provide tuition assistance to more than 90% of students.
“The health and safety of our students and faculty is our highest priority and we have been watching health data and listening to the concerns of our constituents,” said Patti Tuomey, Ed.D, president of Josephinum. “We are confident with the supportive, robust learning program we will offer students this fall.”
A survey sent to faculty and student families this summer revealed that many are uncomfortable returning to school. Teachers and administrators from Josephinum faculty then spent several weeks further developing a digital curriculum to prepare for remote learning. Key learnings from the Spring semester have been implemented to enhance the digital format.
The school day will be split between scheduled time where teachers will meet their students in their online classroom and time when students will learn material at their own pace. At the start of each school day, an advisory period will enable each student to check in with their teachers individually and in small groups. There will also be lessons that focus on emotional health and building community.
Although students and teachers will not meet in person, Josephinum will support their social and emotional well-being. An online counseling program will assist those who are grappling with anxiety, depression, grief, fear of safety, and other matters. In addition, virtual opportunities for enrichment, sports/video game competitions, and occasions to connect with alumnae will be available throughout the semester.
The school building at 1501 N. Oakley Blvd. will be open on a modified schedule for students who need a safe place or reliable internet to study. There will be no in-person instruction.
Josephinum is accepting new student applications, including transfers, for the 2020-2021 school year. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office at 773-276-1261 ext 291.