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High Schools

Is your student ready to enter high school? Our Catholic secondary schools offer an education that is personal; an environment where teachers value students as individuals with unique styles, strengths, motivations and limitations. The Diocese of Joliet offers several types of high schools: those that are sponsored by the diocese, those that are sponsored by religious congregations and independent high schools. 

Diocesan High Schools

Diocesan high schools are operated by the diocese. Each school has its own governance board. The diocese plays an important part of the operation of the school.

There are three diocesan high schools within the Diocese of Joliet. (Click on a school name to get contact information, a map and a link to the school’s website. Note that Open House dates are tentative, please check the school site for updated information including time and location.)

Bishop McNamara High School (Kankakee)

IC Catholic Prep (Elmhurst)

Providence Catholic High School (New Lenox)

Bishop McNamara High School IC Catholic Prep Providence Catholic High School


Sponsored High Schools

Sponsored high schools are operated by religious communities but are formally recognized and approved by the bishop as a Catholic school. The schools’ relationship with the Roman Catholic Church is overseen by the leader of the sponsoring religious community in matters of faith and religious education. Sponsored high schools are operated by a board of trustees which has jurisdiction in all other matters of the operation of the school.

There are three sponsored high schools within the Diocese of Joliet. (Click on a school name to get contact information, a map and a link to the school’s website. Note that Open House dates are tentative, please check the school site for updated information including time and location.)

Benet Academy (Lisle) - Benedictine

Joliet Catholic Academy (Joliet) - Carmelite and Franciscan

Montini Catholic High School (Lombard) - Lasallian

Benet Academy Joliet Catholic Academy Montini Catholic High School


Independent High School

Independent high schools are operated by an entity legally distinct from the diocese but are formally recognized and approved by the bishop as a Catholic school. The schools’ relationship with the Roman Catholic Church is overseen by the Bishop of Joliet only in matters of faith and religious education. The independent Catholic school is operated by a board of trustees which has jurisdiction in all other matters of the operation of the school.

There is one independent high school within the Diocese of Joliet. (Click on the school name to get contact information, a map and a link to the school’s website. Note that Open House dates are tentative, please check the school site for updated information including time and location.)

St. Francis High School (Wheaton)

St. Francis High School