St. Scholastica Academy


                                "Here's to Seniors Evermore"

                             Congratulations St. Scholastica Senior Academy Class of 2013!


Senior Academy Students College-bound!

Senior Academy students have been accepted to the following colleges and universities:

Arizona State Univeristy, Beloit College, Benedictine College, Boston College, Bradley University, Butler University, Case Western, Columbia College, DePaul University, Fordham University, Hope College, Illinois Institute of Art, Indiana State University, Knox College, Loyola Univeristy (Chicago), Monmouth College, Northeastern Illinois University, Notre Dame University, Pace University, Robert Morris, St. Ambrose University, St. John's University (New York), St. Louis University, St. Mary's College (Notre Dame), St. Mary's Univeristy (Winona), Southern Illinois University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois (Champaign), University of Illinois (Chicago), University of Illinois (Springfield), Viterbo Univeristy, Wagner College, Western Michigan.

Congratulations to our Seniors as they "begin again" their college careers. 

"Always We Begin Again"

With this title from John McQuiston's book on a Benedictine way of living, Dr. Lynne Farmer (Head of School) opened the Saint Scholastica Senior Academy school year in August 2012 for 26 members of the Class of 2013 and 8 faculty/staff members. It was a busy beginning as all worked together to adapt to the new 3rd floor space, schedule and rhythm.  Along with the routine of daily classes, the Senior Academy community held the traditional activities of Community Day, Back-to-School Night, "Let It Growl" retreat, Christmas banquet, Celebration Day, Senior retreat and the end of the year school picnic.  Off-campus trips included visits to Loyola University's Cudahy Library (where students had borrowing privileges for the year,) Theology of Park Ridge (for a presentation by CTU president Fr. Don Senior,) National Museum of Mexican Art, Adler Planetarium, Field Museum of Natural History and Great America Physics trip.  

The former SSA curriculum and graduation requirements were still intact for the Senior Academy, including the rigorous International Baccalaureate programme.  In addition, online courses were included in order to accomodate 2011 transfer students' needs.  With both faculty and student input, rules and guidelines were revised as needed to adapt to the smaller school community and instructional space.  The St. Scholastica Academy Mission and Philosophy remained the guiding force of the Senior Academy.  Seniors completing all graduation requirements received a St. Scholastica Academy diploma during commencement ceremonies on May 23, 2013.

A variety of co-curricular activities kept Senior Academy students occupied, including National Honor Society, Student Council, Campus Ministry, Socieded Honoraria Hispanica, yearbook, co-op athletics with St. Gregory's volleyball, basketball and soccer teams, Big-Little Sisters, a theatrical production with UNO Rogers Park, and a cupcake decorating class provided by an SSA alumna .    

Faculty members leading instruction included: Ms. Melissa Arkin (Spanish, IB Spanish); Ms. Elizabeth Corinth (World History, IB History, Pre-calculus); Mr. John Denman (Physics, IB Mathematics, Astronomy); Sr. Susan Quaintance (English, IB English, Theology); Mrs. Alice Schmeelk (IB Biology); and Ms. Virginia Hamill (IB Philosophy).  Former SSA Principal, Sr. Judith Zonsius, coordinated the International Baccalaureate program. Dr. Lynne Farmer served as Head of School. Support services were offered to students by Ms. Suzanne LoSasso (guidance, college counseling) and Ms. Judy Alexander (writing lab).

Tuition for the Senior Academy in 2012-13 was $10,000.  More than half of the students attending the Senior Academy were in need of some amount of financial aid.  Thanks to generous donors and good stewardship, St. Scholastica Senior Academy met the income goals for its balanced budget. 

Thank you for your good wishes and support of this unique educational experience for the final class of Scholasticans.  


St. Scholastica Academy transcripts are now housed at the Archdiocese of Chicago Archives and Records Center.  To request a transcript, visit their webpage at or call (312) 534-4410.

St. Scholastica Academy
7430 N Ridge Blvd
Chicago, IL 60645

St. Scholastica Academy is a Benedictine Catholic girls high school in Chicago, Illinois.

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