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Holy Cross School Mission Statement

Catholic Schools are governed in accordance with the policies of the Archdiocese of Chicago. CSIM Administration and Governance
Holy Cross School is a Catholic educational community committed to
academic excellence, deepening of Christian values, and fostering of service to society.
Supported by Holy Cross Parish, dedicated parents, and devoted faculty,
the school actively participates in the Catholic mission of evangelization.
The school provides a quality education to ensure that the students become lifelong learners.
Students grow spiritually through faith, witness, and prayer by being called to live out the Gospel message. Emphasis is placed on social responsibility and exemplary citizenship.
Holy Cross School develops and nurtures the whole person:  spirit, mind, and body.



2015-2016 School Goals

Based upon the analysis of our 2014-2015 Continuous School Improvement Plan and our historica Terra Nova achievement test scores in grades 3, 5 and 7, we will continue to focus on student achievement in the areas of Reading and Mathematics during the 2015-2016 school year.

One major difference for us will be that in April of 2016, all students in grades 3-8 will be required to take the ASPIRE summative assessments. We anticipate that these assessments will be more rigorous than the Terra Nova tests and while we cannot make a 1-1 comparison between Terra Nova scores in 2015 and ASPIRE scores in 2016, we will learn more about how well our students are achieving.

More information on the assessments can be found at act We will be utilizing the paper and pencil edition of these tests in April.

Our goal is that all students in grades 3-8 will achieve at the 90th percentile in both Reading and Mathematics. In order to monitor our progress throughout the 2015-2016 school year, we will also be utilizing some interim assessments that are being developed for use by all Archdiocesan schools by the GAINS group.  They will be creating assessments for grades 3-8 that focus on the Common Core goals in English Language Arts and Mathematics.  You will be learning more about these assessments when we return to school in August.

Until then, have a great summer and remember to have your child read and write daily, and practice solving and writing about how they derived solutions to real-life mathematics problems.



2014-2015 School Goals

In keeping with the Strategic Plan for Catholic Schools 2013-2016, the Archdiocese embarked on a new accreditation process, called Advanced Ed.

Strategic Plan for Catholic Schools

A wealth of information is available on the OCS Resource portal concerning the Advanced Ed process.


Based on the work of our Advanced Ed team, Holy Cross School developed a Continuous School Improvement Plan which is based on two archdiocesan goals:

1.  All students in grades 3, 5 and 7 will perform at the 90th percentile in reading.

2.  All students in grades 3, 5 and 7 will perform at the 90th percentile in mathematics.

Thanks for your support of our school and the wonderful work of our talented staff.



2013-2014 School Goals

We have three major school-wide goals for the 2013-2014 school year.  

1.  To implement the Advanced Education process for school improvement planning at Holy Cross School. This is an archdiocesan process and implementation is required of all of our schools.  

Our Building Team

Internal Chair: Ann Binkley

Team Members: Father Vince Costello, Janice DiVincenzo, Ardith Shea, Vera Eisen, Ann Monaghan, Jean Bormes and Robin McAfee

2.  To implement the Response to Intervention Process at Holy Cross School.  Resonse to Intervention is a student-centered problem-solving process that is utilized to create, implement and monitor academic and behavioral interventions for recommended students.

3.  To increase positive public relations through a variety of media and hence increase our enrollment.