Excelling In Academics

Our high-quality academics go beyond the Illinois State Standards to focus on the whole child, providing a nurturing atmosphere for intellectual, spiritual, social, emotional and physical growth. Our small class sizes led by an experienced faculty and staff create a collaborative environment to  help our students excel in the classroom. Our standardized test scores place us among the top schools in the nation in key subject areas and our school is fully accredited by the State of Illinois and the Diocese of Belleville.  Our Catholic faith is truly an integral part of our students’ lives as they grow in faith and develop a real understanding of what Jesus asks of us and what it means to be a Catholic in today’s world. They carry their faith lessons beyond the classroom to put them into action and “go and serve the Lord.”

With a strong foundation in all subject areas, good study habits, discipline and responsibility, our students are well prepared for high school and beyond. Consider that 49% of juniors who are St. Clare alumni were inducted into the National Honor Society last spring.

In addition, we work in close partnership with our parents and our parishes to prepare our students for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation.

Integrating Technology

Our state-of-art computer lab, SmartBoards and well-stocked library provide valuable resources for our students and teachers. We also have an incredible 1:1 iPad program for our fifth - eighth grade students. This allows them to have select textbooks in an electronic format and also learn using different types of classroom engagement.

Our Edline system allows our parents to easily track their children’s progress in their individual courses.

Tutoring and other special arrangements are available for students who need extra help or accommodations and are overseen by our resource specialist. Our junior high math classes are ability grouped to provide more individual attention. And high achieving students may begin algebra in seventh grade, allowing them most likely to progress directly into honors math courses in high school.


Our Curriculum

  • Religion, Reading and Literature (phonics-based in the lower grades)

  • Language Arts (an emphasis on writing and daily oral language)

  • Math, Pre-Algebra and Algebra

  • Science

  • Awesome Art

  • Music

  • Band (optional in grades 4-8)

  • Physical Education

  • Computers and Technology