Pope Francis Global Academy is an exciting, faith-filled center of academic excellence delivering a strong core curriculum presented through a global lens. Our students are highly valued and feel at home at Pope Francis. Our teachers are inspired by their faith and truly care for their students as their own.
As a dynamic and diverse community driven by our shared Catholic faith and values, Pope Francis Global Academy engages all students, faculty and parents in a calling to the common goal of fostering the whole student. Read More...
NORTH CAMPUS - 6040 WEST ARDMORE
Sunday, January 27 from 10:30am-12:30pm - OPEN HOUSE
Tuesday, January 29 from 6-7pm - Admissions Tour
SOUTH CAMPUS - 6143 WEST IRVING PARK
Sunday, January 27 from 11:30am-1:30pm - OPEN HOUSE
Wednesday, January 30 from 6-7pm - Admissions Tour
Please RSVP HERE for any of the admissions events listed above. Contact our Director of Admissions, Jodi Thyen, to arrange an individual tour of either our North or South Campus. If you have already decided on Pope Francis Global Academy, you can simply APPLY TODAY!
The most recent HOWLER NEWSLETTER can be found HERE.
ONLINE RE-ENROLLMENT FOR 2019-20 IS OPEN!
Please enroll ASAP so that we can determine how many seats will be available for our new families.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR OPEN HOUSE, ON AND BEFORE JANUARY 27!
Catholic Schools Week is coming up and that means our annual Open House event which is our biggest marketing opportunity of the year for bringing in new families! We could use your help! And, many of the spots we need help with do NOT require Virtus Training.
VOLUNTEER TOUR GUIDE TRAINING - We will hold 2 training sessions to help parents gear up for giving tours during the Open Houses. The first is tonight at the North Campus from 6-7, immediately preceding the Parents’ Club meeting. The second will be on Thursday, January 24 from 6-7 at the South Campus. Parents from each campus can attend either session.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK will begin on Sunday, January 27 with Mass at all four of our founding parishes and Open House at both Campus sites. We hope you will be able to join in the fun we have planned together with our teachers, our Student Council and our Parents’ Club! HERE IS THE SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK.
Our school’s CULVER’S NIGHT OUT FUNDRAISER (At the 6-corners Culvers!) has been rescheduled for the Wednesday night of Catholic Schools Week, January 30! Please help us spread the word and invite your friends! INFO IS HERE.
We’re up to $28,500 in our QUEEN OF HEARTS 50/50 RAFFLE! YOU could be the winner of half of that pot if you get into Trattoria Porretta or either of our campus offices to purchase your tickets. The next drawing is Tuesday, December 18 at 7:30 pm. Updates and information are HERE.
PARENTS’ CLUB NEWS
ILLINOIS INVEST IN KIDS ACT - TAX CREDIT SCHOLARSHIPS
BIG SHOULDERS FUND SGO SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION
Even if you received a TCS through Empower Illinois last year, and if you completed step 1 for the Empower Illinois application this week, you must ALSO submit an application through the Big Shoulders Fund SGO. This will increase your odds of being awarded a scholarship for next year.
On Tuesday, January 22 at 8 am the Big Shoulders Fund SGO will open its application online, which is a one step process. You must have all of your information ready to input and upload right when you begin at 8 am on January 22.
WATCH THIS VIDEO NOW for specific instructions on how to apply for the TCS through the Big Shoulders Fund SGO on Tuesday morning at 8 am.
Go to https://www.bigshouldersfundsgo.org to learn more.
To submit your documents during the application process you will need to either scan and save as PDFs or take a photo and save as jpegs ahead of time. If you need help with this part, contact Jodi Thyen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EMPOWER ILLINOIS STEP 2
If you completed Step 1 of the Empower Illinois application on Tuesday evening, you will be receiving an email on Friday with a link to set up a new log in and to begin Step 2 of your family’s Empower Illinois application.
If you didn’t complete Step 1 of the Empower Illinois application, please do so now. Go to https://www.empowerillinois.org.
More information is also available on our TCS link HERE.
Contact Mrs. Thyen if you need help with the second step of the application or to scan documents.
BIG OPPORTUNITY FOR DONORS INTO THE STATE TAX CREDIT SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Did you know that a donation into the Illinois State Tax Credit Scholarship Program (AKA, Invest in Kids Act) allows you a tax credit (this means you no longer owe it to the state) of 75% of your donation? You still pay 25% of your tax burden to the state, but 75% is credited! For example, if you donate $1,000 toward scholarships, $750 of your Illinois tax burden is credited! That means you no longer owe that $750 to the state of Illinois!
AND, RIGHT NOW, through February 23, there is a very generous 2-for-1 MATCHING GRANT which will TRIPLE the value of your donation! This means that a $1,000 donation turns into $3,000 in Tax Credit Scholarships for our Pope Francis students! And, $750 of that $1,000 was going to be paid to the state in taxes anyway, so you’re really only out $250 and you have provided $3,000 in scholarships!
HERE IS A VERY HELPFUL VIDEO WITH INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW EXACTLY TO DONATE INTO THE FUND. And, Jodi Thyen would be happy to sit down with you at the school to walk you through the donation process step-by-step if you would like help setting it up. Email her at email@example.com.