Dear Parents, Grandparents, Guardians, and Cougars,
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! We are excited to have students back in our classrooms and hallways, filling them with energy, excitement, and enthusiasm for learning! At Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart, it is our goal to ensure that each student is educated to reach her highest academic potential, empowered to discover her unique place in the world, and inspired to become a confident faith-filled leader. We believe our students are the future leaders who will make this world a better place. Due to our sincere commitment to provide our students with an environment and curriculum that will nurture, support, and challenge them, I am proud that Josephinum Academy is the first all-girls high school in the Midwest to offer the world-renowned International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) wall-to-wall, to all of our students. This means every student entering this school will participate in this transformative program. Traditionally, Chicago high schools offer very selective Diploma Programmes, akin to Advanced Placement (AP) courses. However, as Chicago’s longest-standing Catholic high school for women, Josephinum has a tradition of extending the boundaries of educational opportunity for the young women of Chicago, and Josephinum’s decision to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) program wall-to-wall, is yet another example of our commitment to providing a quality education for all of our students.
Josephinum’s faculty and staff is a group of bright, dedicated, and forward-thinking professionals, who have spent many years ensuring that our new curriculum is dynamic, rigorous, and relevant. At the core of the IBDP is the desire to teach students how to think, not what to think, and as a result, the curriculum is structured around the development of core competencies and skills, rather than heavy content knowledge. In addition, IBDP lessons take a hands-on approach, positioning the learner as a “doer,” engaging her more fully in her own learning. Because the IB’s approach to education is innovative, our faculty has engaged in over 200 hours of IB-sponsored professional development, certifying their deep understanding of best practices inside of the IBDP classroom. I am certain that their hard work has laid the foundation for what will be an unforgettable school year.
Our Student/Family Handbook includes a listing of Josephinum’s leadership, a description of our Portrait of a Graduate, our academic policies, guidelines on the use of technology, our philosophy of discipline, our student conduct expectations, our athletic code, and more. As educators, administrators and staff, we partner with parents and guardians in the development of holistic young women, who are committed to a personal and active faith in God, a deep respect for intellectual values, a social awareness which impels to action, the building of community as a Christian value, and a personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom. Our Parent/Student Handbook ensures that we are aligned with Cougar families on the expectations that will allow us to reach this goal.
I am honored to serve as the Principal of Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart. It is truly a privilege to lead such a supportive and caring community of learners. Together, let’s make the 2019-2020 school year a great success!
Colleen Schrantz, Principal