Academics

Core Curriculum Fosters Growth and Development
  • The Right Start
    Makes All the Difference

    At Cardinal Joseph Bernardin School, we provide an excellent education where character, personal development, and academic achievement inspire a world of possibilities.

    Taking guidance from our faith-based background, our teaching engages all students while maintaining a high level of academics. We are committed to serving, preparing, and connecting with students and families entrusted to our care. 

    Our faculty and staff are passionate about providing a safe, supportive school that challenges and nurtures students to become productive citizens in an ever-changing world.

  • The school curriculum is designed to foster the growth and development of the whole person.
    • Religion
    • Reading
    • Math
    • Language Arts
    • Social Studies
    • Science
    • Spelling
    • Spanish
    • Computer
    • Music
    • Art
    • Physical Education
  • Schooling Overview

    We offer exceptional academics.
  • The Pre-K curriculum at Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Catholic School provides an important balance of introducing students to academics while still allowing time for imaginative play. Beginning on the first day of school a sense of “family” can be felt and throughout the year friendships grow stronger.

    The curriculum goals of the Pre-K Programs are designed in conjunction with the Illinois State Board of Education Early Learning and Development Standards (IELDS) and the Office of Catholic Schools Early Childhood Learning Standards. Some of the goals in the Pre-K Programs already align with the new Common Core Curriculum Standards.

    Time in Pre-K is also spent working on socialization skills including but not limited to working and playing with others, sharing, following simple rules and routines, and listening to the teacher. Students are encouraged to become more independent as they carry out simple tasks.

    Our primary classrooms are a place where children are treasured, where eager learners are encouraged to take the next step, to ask the next question, and to discover the next truth. Our students participate in read-a-thons, celebrate school liturgies together, and work on community service projects, all while building the educational foundation that will prepare them for the rest of their lives.

    Our primary level teachers are extensively trained in elementary education. Our teachers use a team approach, gathering input from parents and on-staff learning resource specialists—as well as their own close observations—to customize their teaching methods and content to address each child’s strengths and interests.

    The years during 4th and 5th grade are an important time for self-discovery. They are a time when students develop their interests, learn new talents, and face challenges that are unique to their age group.

    At CJB, middle school students are introduced to a world of new concepts and ideas. But learning doesn’t stop there. Our goal is to develop the skills, critical thinking and understanding that come from interacting with new information.

    Our curriculum covers all the traditional core subject areas—math, science, English and language arts, social studies and foreign language—but we use a range of innovative, creative ways to present the material. Middle school students learn best when they are engaged with the subject matter through concrete experiences like role playing and lab work.

    The faculty works closely with the lower and upper level faculties to ensure that the curriculum progresses smoothly—and without redundancy—across grade levels and divisions.

    During the Junior High years, our students make connections with their teachers and their peers. They become part of a tight-knit community continuing to learn and develop their talents and passions. The Junior High classroom becomes a home away from home.

    CJB 7th and 8th grade students are encouraged to interact and actively participate in the classroom. Junior High teachers are passionate about their subject areas and strive to establish a real rapport with students. These relationships prepare the 7th and 8th students for their transition to high school, both academically and socially.

  • Extended Day Program

    CJB provides an Extended Day Program (EDP) offered each school day for families who need a consistent, supervised and safe haven for their children before and/or after school.   EDP offers supervised activities, a quiet Homework Room and an Arts and Crafts Room.  There is also a Play Room for Grades K-2 and a separate Pre-K Room for 3- and 4-year old children.

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