Academics

Departments

Saint Viator High School offers a challenging, college preparatory program that prepares each student to enter higher education. Our curriculum, rooted in Catholic values, empowers students to become lifelong learners making sound choices in a changing world.
Catholic values permeate the curriculum. It includes courses designed to meet a variety of abilities with Honors classes and Advanced Placement courses that can be taken for college credit, as well as regular college preparatory courses and some personalized coursework with our Scanlan Center for students with unique learning needs.

Department Chairs and Overview

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  • Business Technology

    • Enhancing students' computer literacy
    • Developing critical 21st-century skills for college and life
    • Intro to Entrepreneurship is a year-long elective course for 10th-12th-grade students to develop a product or service startup, assisted by volunteer coaches and mentors in the business world, working towards a shark-tank style pitch event for funding
    • College credit may be obtained by taking AP Computer Science Principles and AP Computer Science A
  • Counseling

    • Chairperson: Mrs. Stephanie Spiewak
    • Advocating for the needs of students as they navigate through high school and prepare for college
    • Counselors provide individualized counseling, supportive school-wide programs and an extensive social-emotional and college-readiness curriculum so students reach their highest potential
    • Learn more about the Counseling department
  • English

    • Chairperson: Mrs. Jennifer Kottra
    • Developing each student's individual potential through critical thinking, clear writing, articulate speech, throughtful decision-making, intellectual risk-taking, and respect for others
    • Students are challenged through the core skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking
    • Curriculum follows the 6+1 Traits model of writing, which is endorsed by the National Council of Teachers of English
    • The Writing Lab helps students with one-on-one conferencing on writing assignments for all academic classes
  • Faith Life

    • Chairperson: Mrs. Nancy Devroy
    • Proclaiming Jesus Christ and His Gospel, and raising up our community where faith is lived, deepened, and celebrated
    • Fueled by the Gospel and nourished by the Eucharist, Saint Viator is ignited to express our Catholic, Viatorian faith through study, prayer, and action
    • Learn more about Faith Life at Saint Viator High School
  • Fine Arts

    • Chairperson: Mr. Bill Faltinoski
    • Providing an opportunity to explore music, theater, and visual arts both inside and outside of the classroom
    • Saint Viator offers a full complement of Fine Arts courses in Performing Arts (choir and band); Theater; and Art, Design, and Technology
    • Winter and Spring Arts Festivals give academic classes and co-curricular programs the opportunity to showcase their talents to the community
  • Mathematics

    • Chairperson: Mrs. Cheryl Nowak
    • Preparing students for their futures by providing a solid foundation in math
    • Multiple levels of classes, including five at the freshman level, allow students to advance
    • College credit may be obtained by taking AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC or AP Statistics
    • The Math Lab is equipped with computers and staffed by the math department to provide assistance to students outside of the classroom
  • Modern World Languages

    • Chairperson: Mrs. Mirella Rullo
    • Preparing students to become successful communicators in an increasingly global community.
    • The curriculum emphasizes learning in all four areas of language acquisition: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
    • Five levels (including AP) are offered in French, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish. AP Italian is offered as dual credit course through Loyola University Chicago.
    • Classes and Language Lab are equipped and use the latest technology.
    • Opportunities for enrichment include clubs, National Honor Language Societies, field trips, and trips abroad during spring break.
  • Physical Education

    • Chairperson: Mr. Dan Edminster
    • Fostering students' sense of health and fitness, while promoting active lifestyles
    • Courses incorporate wellness training, as well as participation in individual and team sports
    • Physical education classes keep students moving with sports and activities
    • Students need to earn two credits in Physical Education to meet the graduation requirement, and one half-credit in Health
    • The Health class covers topics affecting teens during high school years including alcohol, drugs, sex, and stress
    • A Fitness Center gives students the opportunity to develop their own programs to meet their fitness needs for toning, strength, and weight loss 
  • Scanlan Program

    • Chairperson: Mrs. Erica Fuja
    • The Scanlan Center is for students with diagnosed learning differences
    • The program assists students who may require support with the demands of a college preparatory curriculum
    • Learn more about the Scanlan Center
  • Science

    • Chairperson: Mrs. Paula Nicolau
    • Science classes are driven by an inquiry approach to exploring the world, inspiring critical thinking and lifelong learning
    • Students participate in collaborative lab work
    • College credit may be obtained by taking AP courses in chemistry, biology, and physics
    • A STEM curriculum is offered to those interested in science, technology, engineering, and math fields
  • Social Studies

    • Chairperson: Mrs. Maureen Martin
    • Fostering students' understanding of the past to equip them for the world of tomorrow
    • The Social Studies department prepares students to participate in an increasingly global society, one which embraces diverse cultures
    • AP courses are offered in World, U.S. History, and European History, as well as in Human Geography
    • Students are encouraged to explore topics in depth and develop their critical thinking skills
  • Theology

    • Chairperson: Mr. Patrick McGarry
    • Challenging students to be more informed members of the Catholic Church and actively participate in ministry
    • Classes are balanced between faith formation and guided academic exploration, and emphasize Sacramental life
    • Students are challenged to know and live out the Gospel message, and inspired to explore and practice Catholic Social Teaching
    • Theology classes are rooted in the Gospels, the mission of the Clerics of St. Viator and their founder Fr. Lous Querbes, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and curriculum mandated by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

About Our Teachers

  • We uphold the values of the Viatorian Educator, a philosophy based on the Viatorian, Catholic tradition of quality education. There are seven clergy and associates at Saint Viator High School.
  • In our college preparatory environment, teachers focus on collaboration, inquiry, leadership and innovation.
  • Over 75 percent of our faculty members hold advanced degrees. 
  • Many of our students return to Saint Viator to share their knowledge and experience, with 24 alumni serving as teachers and staff.

Department Faculty and Detail

Saint Viator High School

Located in Arlington Heights, IL, Saint Viator High School is a private, co-ed, Catholic school for grades 9-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.