27 W. Stephenson Street Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-233-1356 Fax: 815-235-4038

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Aquin Catholic Schools

Aquin Catholic Schools LogoSuperintendent:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
1419 South Galena Avenue
Freeport, IL 61032

School Details

The Aquin Catholic School System operates under the policies and procedures of the Office of Catholic Education and the Ordinary of the Diocese of Rockford. Catholic schools originated in Freeport in the 1860's. Aquin High School was built in 1926 and in 1969 all the Freeport Catholic schools were consolidated into one school system. Today, the system includes preschool through Grade 12 and prepares students for success in the present and the future. Graduates of Aquin Catholic Schools fill a number of civic, legal, vocational, and service roles in Freeport, Illinois, which is a return on the investment of support continuously supplied by our local community.

Its mission statement is: "The Aquin Catholic School System is a faith community founded in Christ where all individuals are given the opportunity to develop both their moral character and learning potential"

Accreditations and Achievements

  • Recipient of the National Boards of Education highest award for outstanding contributions to Catholic education.
  • Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools; recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education; and is a member of the National Catholic Education Association.
  • Currently, a junior has won a prestigious national award for a video he produced depicting the numerous service projects implemented by Aquin students.
  • High school girls recently won the IHSA 1A basketball state championship.
  • 100% of graduates go to college or some form of higher education.

Curriculum and Academics

  • Preschool through Grade 6 students attend Aquin Catholic Elementary School at the St. Joseph campus.
  • The curriculum is broad based and focuses on fundamentals and critical thinking.
  • An extended care program provides supervision for students both before and after regular school hours.
  • Students enrolled in grades 7-12 attend Aquin Catholic Junior/Senior High School and follow a college prep curriculum based on the Common Core State Standards.
  • Technology enhances the curriculum.
  • Daily religion classes instill Christian values in students.
  • Students enrolled in Aquin Catholic Schools pursue academic excellence by following a curriculum stressing critical thinking and problem solving.
  • In addition to the core subjects, they study Spanish, fine arts, and utilization of electronic devices as learning tools.
  • A number of seniors attend Highland Community College during their school day to take courses for college credit. 100% of Aquin graduates are prepared for and attend college.
  • The ratio of teachers to students in grades preschool through 12 is 1:9 (full and part time teachers).
  • The ACT composite scores for the Class of 2011: 24.1; Illinois composite score: 20.9.

Student Body

The system provides a complete, faith-centered academic program for a population of 330 students. Over thirteen religious denominations are represented in the student body. International students comprise approximately 6% of the high school.

Extra-curricular Activities

  • A full range of athletic and fine arts activities are also available to students.
  • The school encourages participation in a wide range of extracurricular activities including student council, yearbook, National Honor Society, speech team, and academic team.
  • Most students belong to the Rotary-sponsored Interact Service Club, which implements frequent and ongoing service projects throughout the community.

Related Links

For more information, visit the Aquin Catholic Schools web site; www.aquinschools.org.

Workforce Ready Statistics


The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is an industry-recognized, portable, evidence-based credential that certifies essential skills needed for workplace success. With the NCRC earned prior to graduation, the student is able to work with educators toward career readiness preparation programs with the confidence they have met the job applicant requirements many employers are looking for. The NCRC provides the individual a differentiator in the job applicant process allowing them to stand out from candidates not having this credential. They will be able to gain employment and begin developing their career path sooner. Over 76 businesses in the area support NCRC.


Students have qualified to receive Certificate of Employability recognition, have met criteria in the areas of Academic Achievement (including Grade Point Average and Work Keys scores), Attendance, and Attitude. The Certificate has been developed in partnership with the Freeport Area Mid-Sized Manufacturers Council and has been endorsed by several business and industry organizations. The recipients will be able to refer to the Certificate in seeking employment region wide.



Contact Us

27 W. Stephenson Street
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-233-1356
Fax: 815-235-4038
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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