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Our Programs

At the Cathedral of St. Raymond School, all children find success.  Our core curriculum, aligned to the Diocese of Joliet curriculum, is rigorous and challenging.  We have support programs for students who benefit from additional enrichment, as well as students who may need extra academic tutoring or interventions.  

Please read through our programs and do not hesitate to contact us should you have specific questions. 


Early Childhood Program (three and four year old)

The Cathedral of St. Raymond School is home to a caring and nurturing Early Childhood Program (ECP).  Children who have turned three or four by September 1st are eligible to enroll in the ECP.  The ECP is taught by four caring and nurturing certified teachers.  In addition to our ECP teaching staff, we have seven loving teaching assistants who work with our three and four year olds.   This program has several options to best meet the needs of our children and their families.

Our ECP has a half day option for three year olds and four year olds.  This program meets three mornings a week (M,W,F) for our three year olds and five mornings a week (M-F) for our four year olds.  Students enrolled in these programs are taught by a certified teacher and teaching assistant and are limited to 15 – 18 students. The focus of these programs centers on socialization and academic skills that prepare the children to enter kindergarten.  The children enrolled in these programs attend gym class, art class, music class and technology class one time a week. 

Our ECP has a full day option for three and four year olds.  This program meets during regular school hours.  Our four year olds attend five days a week and our three year olds have the option of attending all five days or three days (M,W,F).  Students enrolled in these programs are taught by a certified teacher and teaching assistant and are limited to 15 - 18 students.  The focus of these programs centers on socialization and academic skills that prepare the children to enter kindergarten.  The children enrolled in these programs attend gym class, art class, music class and technology class one time a week.  In addition, children in the full day program also eat lunch in our cafeteria, have a rest time and go outside for recess (weather permitting). 

Elementary Program (Kindergarten – 5th grade)

The Cathedral of St. Raymond School has a wonderful elementary program for students in kindergarten – 5th grade.  Children that have turned five by September 1stare eligible to enroll in the full day kindergarten program at the Cathedral.  The elementary program is led by Mrs. Ginny Baltz, 2010 Joliet Great Teacher Award Winner and Mrs. Stephanie Kaput, 2015 Joliet Great Teacher Award Winner.  At the Cathedral of St. Raymond School, each grade level has two homerooms with a class limit set at 30 students (25 in kindergarten) per homeroom.

Children enrolled in the elementary program at the Cathedral of St.  Raymond School are taught by certified teachers with teaching assistants in Kindergarten – 1st grade.  Our curriculum follows the Diocesan Curriculum for each grade level.    Children have daily religion, reading and language arts, mathematics, social studies and science lessons.   Children also attend gym class and music class two days a week and technology class, art class and library class one day a week.   All of our specials classes are taught by certified teachers.  Beginning in kindergarten grade, children attend weekly Mass in the Cathedral. 

Junior High (6th – 8th grade)

Sixth – Eighth grade students, at the Cathedral of St. Raymond School, participate in a student centered program in our junior high.  The junior high is led by Mrs. Aimee Schertz, 2014 Joliet Great Teacher Award Winner.  Each grade level in junior high has two homerooms with a class limit set at 30 students per homeroom. 

Each day, our departmentalized junior high begins with homeroom and ends with homeroom, allowing our teachers the opportunity to connect with children as they arrive and before they go home.  Junior High students have daily religion, language arts, math, science and social studies.  All curriculum is aligned to the Diocesan Curriculum.  Junior high students go to gym class two days a week and art class, music class and technology class one day a week.  All junior high students attend weekly Mass in the Cathedral.

Specials 

All students at St. Raymond School attend "specials".  This starts with our earliest learners in ECP all the way through 8th grade.  The students in our school attend music class and physical education class twice a week and art class, technology class, and library (K - 5th) each week.  

In addition to the times that students attend specials, our dedicated specials teachers work closely with the classroom teachers to bring art, music and technology alive within the classrooms as well.  All of our homeroom teachers incorporate art and music into the general curriculum, as well as daily technology lessons.  

Enrichment (2nd - 8th grade)

Students identified as high level learners, using standardized testing, teacher recommendation and classroom performance, are included in our Enrichment Program.  We currently have two certified teachers working with our enrichment students in reading and math.  These teachers push into the classrooms and extend the general curriculum to meet the unique needs of these high-level learners, as well as pull them out for small group work.  

Response to Intervention (RtI) and Special Education (Kindergarten - 8th grade)

We are fortunate to have a certified special education teacher on staff, as well as support from a District 86 special education teacher.  Together, these teachers work directly with students and teachers to provide reading and math interventions for students identified as needing additional academic support.  

In addition to our special education teachers, we have a full-time Wilson Reading Interventionist who works with our kindergarten - 3rd grade students providing Wilson Reading Tutoring.  

This team approach assures that all students at the Cathedral of St. Raymond School find academic success in the classroom.