Test Scores & Acceptance Stats

Standardized Test Scores

Northside Catholic Academy students consistently exceed the national average in standardized test scores in every subject. We are among the few area schools that test every student grades 3 - 8 each year.

In April 2016, elementary schools across the Archdiocese of Chicago administered the ACT Aspire summative test for the first time to all students in grades 3-8. The ACT Aspire test assesses students’ academic proficiency in five academic areas: English, Reading, Math, Science and Writing. The test is aligned to the rigorous curriculum standards that inform classroom instruction in all classrooms across the Archdiocese. The ACT Aspire test evaluates student understanding of concepts and asks students to demonstrate their proficiency with grade-level skills. Additionally, ACT Aspire engages all students in a written response to a grade-appropriate prompt. Assessment of writing has high value for college bound students.

NCA students scored above the National averages in grades 3-8 in all subjects tested (Reading, Math, English, Writing, and Science). Comparing our scores to the Archdiocesan averages, NCA again scored above the averages, except in fourth and sixth grade Writing, where we matched those averages. (Test scores are available upon request by calling 773-743-6277.)


Our Graduates

At NCA, we prepare our graduates with the skills and education necessary to succeed in high school and beyond. Our students place into Chicago’s top public and private high schools, including Jones, Northside College Prep, Von Steuben, Walter Payton, Lane Tech, Senn, DePaul College Prep, Loyola Academy, and St. Ignatius College Prep. Once in high school, many of our graduates place into honor classes and achieve honor roll status.

NCA’s Class of 2017 was honored to have 6 recipients of the President’s Award for Educational Excellence. This award is given to students who attain a GPA of at least 3.8, and place in the 90th percentile or higher on their standardized achievement test. In addition, 93% of our graduates were accepted to the Catholic High School of their choice, and 37% were accepted to CPS Selective Enrollment High Schools. Congratulations Class of 2017!

Not only do our graduates get into top high schools, but they go on to prestigious colleges and universities nationwide, including University of Notre Dame, Georgetown University, Marquette University, University of Illinois, University of Arizona, Northwestern University.

We love to hear about our graduates as they continue on life’s journey, and we encourage them to return here to share their experiences with our current students. Many alumni come back and visit us to share their exciting stories! If you are an alumni, please visit our Alumni Page.

Our graduates know they will always be connected to us, their NCA Family.