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updated: 6/21/2013 1:04 PM

Saint Alphonsus Catholic School Announces Strong TerraNova Test Scores

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  • Saint Alphonsus fourth grade student Marianna Maslanka displays her State Project at the school. The State Project is just one of the many pieces of the Saint Alphonsus curriculum that helps students perform well on their Terra Nova tests.

      Saint Alphonsus fourth grade student Marianna Maslanka displays her State Project at the school. The State Project is just one of the many pieces of the Saint Alphonsus curriculum that helps students perform well on their Terra Nova tests.
    Linda Bromer, Saint Alphonsus Teacher Aide

 
Tina Haisman, APR, CPRC

Saint Alphonsus Liguori Catholic School students posted their highest test scores since 2002 on this year's TerraNova standardized exams. This means Saint Alphonsus students are scoring well above the national levels in all areas tested. Saint Alphonsus Liguori is a Nationally Certified Blue Ribbon School.

"Overall, Saint Alphonsus students are achieving at a grade level significantly above their current grade and are poised for continued success in the future," said Principal Fred Muehleman.

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The TerraNova exam is a series of standardized achievement tests designed to assess student achievement in reading, language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. All Saint Alphonsus School students in grades three through seven completed the annual testing cycle in March with very strong results overall.

In nearly all subject areas tested, Saint Alphonsus average scores were significantly higher than the TerraNova national norm and the norm of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Of special note were the exceptional scores achieved by Saint Alphonsus fourth and seventh grade students. The fourth grade class' Total score, which combines math, reading and language, was higher than 86 percent of students nationally, and the seventh grade class's Total score was higher than 87 percent of students nationally.

The faculty and staff of Saint Alphonsus are continually working to enhance the learning experience for their students and made several significant improvements during the 2012-2013 school year, including:

• The purchase of 30 iPads for use in all classrooms.

• Creation of a Primary School Learning and Enrichment Laboratory with 5 academic centers in one room.

• Integrated curriculum for Kindergarten through third grade.

More positive changes are on the horizon for 2013-2014 school year, including:

• Sister Agnes Scholars' Program to enable highly motivated middle-school students to excel in academics, extra-curricular activities and personal enrichment.

• New, updated math program with emphasis placed on progressive enrichment for grades three through five.

• Dedicated science teacher for grades three through eight.

Saint Alphonsus eighth grade graduates continue to excel after leaving Saint Alphonsus. More than 90 percent place into honors or advanced placement programs and all are accepted into the school of their choice, including Loyola Academy and Saint Viator.

Families interested in learning more about Saint Alphonsus School are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office as soon as possible. Currently, there are still openings in all grades for the Fall 2013 semester. Before- and after-school care is available, as well as tuition assistance opportunities.

For over 50 years St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic School has celebrated its Catholic values with a strong math, science and technology curriculum. For more information, call 847-255-5538 or visit http://www.saintalphonsusschool.com.

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