As it continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic that has seemingly interrupted life, St. Rita of Cascia High School, 7740 S. Western Ave., marches on with its 116th school year, and it is enjoying a successful year to date.

Current eighth-grade families are encouraged to register their students for the Saturday, Dec. 5, entrance exam at St. Rita.

Niche.com, an organization with comprehensive data on U.S. schools, ranks schools and colleges across the country. It recently published updated rankings for the 2020-21 academic year. Niche.com compiles an exhaustive list of numerous data points and analytics to determine the best schools. St. Rita came out at or near the top in rankings for many key categories.

Research concluded that St. Rita was the number-one ranked all-boys school in the city of Chicago. St. Rita earned an overall grade of “A,” according to the niche.com rankings.

Additionally, St. Rita was rated the number-three overall Catholic high school behind St. Ignatius College Prep, a co-ed institution, and Mother McAuley High School, an all-girls school.

Finally, St. Rita ranked as a top-10 school for high school student-athletes in the state of Illinois (among 1,037 schools). St. Rita holds an “A+” athletics ranking.

St. Rita was also given an “A+” ranking for clubs and activities and an “A” mark for academics.

St. Rita’s leadership team of President James Quaid Ph.D. and Principal Sante Iacovelli has developed and implemented new, flexible systems to deal with current challenges, and they are excited to announce the new Fr. James Green, OSA Academic Support Program, designed to ensure all types of learners will thrive. St. Rita has opportunities for everyone.

St. Rita also has a tuition freeze in place. Tuition will not rise from the current amount. Tuition for the 2020-21 school year will remain the same. Additionally, tuition caps are in place for the next few years so families are not surprised by large tuition increases during their time at St. Rita.

Another exciting development at St. Rita is the LoMaglio Family Network Scholarship. These new scholarships, first available to the Class of 2025, are named in honor of the LoMaglio Family, and they recognize academic performance, leadership and community involvement. 

Successful applicants can receive $8,000 to $16,000 ($2,000-$4,000 per year). Grades, test scores and discipline records are considered when awarding these scholarships to incoming freshmen living in Chicago and its neighboring communities.

Awardees will also receive access to an exclusive network of mentors who will help the students prepare for college, internships and full-time employment.

To be eligible for a LoMaglio scholarship, students must take St. Rita’s entrance exam and write an essay about why they want to attend St. Rita.

This new scholarship joins the already long list of scholarship and financial-aid opportunities available for St. Rita students. Visit the school’s website for complete details.

After the entrance exam, each student who tested at St. Rita will be given materials with additional instructions about applying for all forms of financial aid. The selection committee will notify those who are granted awards by Feb. 5, 2021.

For more information or to register, visit stritahs.com.