Mount Assisi Academy

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Mount Assisi Academy
Address
13860 Main Street
Lemont, Illinois 60439
United States
Coordinates 41°41′0″N 87°57′35″W / 41.68333°N 87.95972°W / 41.68333; -87.95972Coordinates: 41°41′0″N 87°57′35″W / 41.68333°N 87.95972°W / 41.68333; -87.95972
Information
Type private
Denomination Roman Catholic
Established 1951
Closed 2014
Authority Archdiocese of Chicago
President Kimberly Johnson Quinn
Principal Sr. Mary Francis Werner
Grades 912
Gender all-female
Campus type suburban
Color(s) Royal Blue and White         
Team name Eagles
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Publication Invision (literary magazine)
Newspaper ECHO
Yearbook Assisian
Tuition $6,800
Affiliation School Sisters of St. Francis of Christ the King
Website

Mount Assisi Academy was a private, Roman Catholic, all-girls high school in Lemont, Illinois that closed in 2014. It was located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago.

History[edit]

Mount Assisi Academy was established in 1951 by the School Sisters of St. Francis of Christ the King. It has been located at its present address since 1955.[2]

Mount Assisi Academy, a comprehensive, Catholic high school for young women, was founded in 1951 at the present provincial center of the School Sisters of St. Francis of Christ the King in Lemont Illinois. As enrollment increased, it was necessary to provide larger facilities and construction of the present building began in 1954.

The year 1955 marked the official opening of the new Academy building and Samuel Cardinal Stritch dedicated the new school in 1956. Along with the baby boom of the late 1950s into the 1960s, Mount Assisi continued to grow and thrive, necessitating the addition of three modular classrooms in 1969, and two in 1971, three more in 1981.

The 2010-2011 school year marked the beginning of the 2 year Celebration of the Academy's 60-year mission to the young women of the Chicago metropolitan area. There are in the region of 6,200 Mount Assisi Academy alumnae.

On January 30, 2014, Mount Assisi Academy announced that the school would close in May, citing falling enrollment and funding deficits over the past several years. "We deeply regret the heartache that this causes and promise to support our current students and families in any way that is possible as they seek other educational settings and work through this closing and the transition that it calls for in their lives," Sister Therese Ann Quigney, provincial superior, said in a statement on the school's website.

Academics[edit]

Daily classes consisted of eight periods lasting 43 minutes each, and a 21-minute homeroom. Opportunities for independent study, as well as participation in co-curricular activities and athletics were also offered.

As a college preparatory, all-girl Catholic high school, Mount Assisi Academy attempted, in the spirit of St. Francis, to provide a holistic education for each young woman who met the criteria of willingness to work and to become a Christian leader of the future.[2]

Faculty[edit]

Mount Assisi Academy, accredited by the State of Illinois and the North Central Association, was staffed by dedicated Sisters and lay faculty. Mount Assisi Academy was sponsored by the School Sisters of St. Francis of Christ the King who collaborate in the Church’s mission of education, and recognizes the moral and ecclesial authority of the Cardinal and the Archdiocese of Chicago.

The Academy Today[edit]

Mount Assisi Academy still holds some of the annual events such as the Turkey bowl Flag football game, Christmas Mass, and a 5 kilometer run. To receive emails about upcoming events and keep Mount Assisi's traditions alive, there is information on the School Sisters Of St. Francis of Christ the King website

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  2. ^ a b MAA. "History of Mount Assisi Academy". Retrieved 2010-10-22.