Message from our Head of School

Dear parents, prospective parents, students and friends,

I would like to extend a personal invitation to enrich your child’s formative growth through the Catholic faith and an unparalleled education offered by Pope Francis Global Academy.

The very heart of a school is its children.  It is hallways filled with chatter and laughter among new and old friends.  It is a science lab with room for big discoveries and even bigger questions.  It is an art project that was inspired by a great book or a field trip to a performance.  It is a partnership with families to make school and home feel connected.  The very heart of our work is for our children – expanding minds, shaping their values, inspiring their hearts and transforming their understanding of the world.   When a school is committed to these goals, futures become full of hope and the possibilities are endless.

Our school is guided by a Spiritual Charter of six core tenets, where character, integrity, faith and service to others are ideals that are woven into every dimension of our school.  We not only want our students to be capable and well-prepared learners, but we want them to be compassionate global citizens, generous of heart and willing to serve their communities.

We are preparing students to be agents of positive change. Pope Francis Global Academy is a place where tradition and innovation intersect.

Pope Francis Global Academy is equipped to prepare our students to know God, be confident in their abilities, and demonstrate excellence and leadership in all that they do. We have a highly qualified and seasoned group of educators focused on providing a welcoming environment with challenging academic opportunities.

Our vision is based on extensive planning that will be validated through measured metrics and actualized in the achievements our graduates will carry into adulthood. It will remind us that each day brings new prospects to grow, embrace our faith, become more self-aware, and ultimately create a foundation for success.

Selecting a school and making a commitment to private education is one of the biggest decisions that a family will make.   Therefore, we feel privileged that you are considering Pope Francis Global Academy for your family. 

Please take a look around, meet our teachers, current students, parents and staff, and ask lots of questions.  An application can be found in the pocket of this folder and you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to ensure a seat at
Pope Francis Global Academy!

Terrence O’Rourke
Head of School

 

A little about Mr. O'Rourke

Mr. O’Rourke brings a vast array of expertise to the Head of School position, including principal leadership, curriculum and instruction, high school teaching and coaching, as well as strategic business planning inclusive of financial and real estate analysis.

During Mr. O’Rourke’s tenure as principal at St. Albert the Great in Burbank, there was a 53% increase in enrollment to the school’s highest level in 7 years. Additionally, he oversaw an expansion of the library, renovations of the early childhood classrooms and computer lab, incorporation of wireless capability throughout the school, and a rebranding campaign including logo, website and marketing materials. Prior to becoming principal at St. Albert, he worked at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, initially as an English teacher and track, wrestling and soccer coach, transitioning to Dean of Students and eventually Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction.  

Mr. O’Rourke is a Marist alum with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Northern Illinois University, a Master of Arts in English from DePaul University, and a Type 09 teaching certificate and Master of Arts in Education Administration/Strategic Planning from Dominican University.