The goal in junior high is to work in cooperation with parents to assist students as they develop spiritually, academically, physically, socially, and morally. We seek to achieve this goal through departmentalization, each teacher being responsible for a particular area of the curriculum. Religion, Science, Social Studies, English, Literature, Mathematics and Spanish, are the core of the junior high academic curriculum. Students study and demonstrate competency of United States and Illinois history. Eighth grade students must pass the United States and Illinois Constitution test as required for graduation.
Religion is more than an academic subject; it is a way of life. The religion program in junior high has two goals: to contribute to the spiritual growth of each teen and to invite each one into responsible participation in the life and work of the faith community. Through such educational techniques as small-group projects and discussions, shared study, reflection, journaling, and prayer, students experience themselves as a small faith community within the larger Church community.
The two-year study and preparation for Confirmation is designed to have candidates experience a parish community that welcomes and supports its young confirmands in their process of preparation. Junior High students show their commitment by their willingness to study, to learn, to serve others, and to pray.
The Spanish program at St. Raymond School begins in the 6th grade and continues in the Junior High grades. The students are challenged to speak, read, and write Spanish through a variety of modalities. St. Raymond students have been very successful in high school Spanish programs, most students achieving a second year placement in their freshman year.
The junior high faculty is dedicated to helping students recognize and appreciate their own academic talents and the academic talents of others. Approximately seventy to eighty minutes a day is a reasonable allotment of time for homework. This includes review and enrichment as well as long-range assignments.
Classes in Physical Education, Music, Art, and Technology complement the core curriculum and contribute to the development and well-being of the student.The ultimate goal of the junior high program is to send students to high school who have a solid moral foundation, are academically prepared, and are life-long learners.