Despite the many challenges our students face, they make remarkable progress over their four years at CJA. Though they enter as fifth graders testing, on average, at the mid-third grade level, CJA students graduate as eighth-graders testing, on average, between the tenth and eleventh grade level – nearly seven grade-levels of progress over four years.

Terra Nova Grade Level Equivalents of CJA Eighth Graders

Subject Class of 2012 Class of 2013 Class of 2014 Class of 2015 Class of 2016 Average
Language 9.9 10.9 6.8 11.1 8.0 9.9
Math 11.1 11.6 10.3 10.9 8.9 10.9
Reading 10.2 11.1 8.7 11.7 8.9 10.5


2015 to 2016 TerraNova Testing Growth

The gentlemen of Chicago Jesuit Academy made impressive gains on the TerraNova test between the spring of 2015 and the spring of 2016. Each grade grew by at least one grade-level in each subject, closing the gap with — and in some cases surpassing — their peers nation-wide. On average, students entered CJA in fifth grade testing at the mid-third-grade level in Reading, Language and Mathematics.



High School Graduation Rates

Of CJA’s oldest alumni, 97% have graduated from high school in five years, compared to 69% for all students in Chicago Public Schools, roughly 50% for African-American males city-wide and less than 50% for students attending neighborhood high schools in CJA’s service area.