HFCA is Illinois' First Middle School STEM Program Certified by Cognia (formerly AdvancED)  

Holy Family Catholic Academy recognizes the significant role that Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) plays in the workforce of the future. We are committed to preparing our learners for the careers of tomorrow by fostering an enthusiasm for STEM disciplines today.  

In 2017, HFCA’s middle school program became the first middle school in Illinois to earn Cognia STEM Certification. Cognia, a multinational, non-profit, non-partisan organization conducts rigorous, on-site reviews of educational institutions. The Cognia team:
  • Spent over two days analyzing HFCA’s STEM program as measured against 11 rigorous standards.
  • Met with 58 students, including students who eagerly presented their STEM knowledge, with no advance preparation.
  • Observed both middle school and elementary school learning environments to measure student engagement.
  • Interviewed key stakeholders including parents and community members to verify HFCA’s commitment to connecting students’ STEM experiences to the world at large.
The AdvancED report concluded that HFCA’s achievement across all of the indicators certified that students are equipped and trained to be innovative, creative and systematic problem-solvers across disciplines.  See Press Release below.