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man is accepted, recognized, valued, and challenged to grow, while Acting Manfully in Christ Jesus. Our success is a result of many components: a student’s hard work; parental involvement; a dedicated, caring faculty and coaching staff; and a nurturing, supportive atmosphere. Studies show that students in a single-gender setting perform better academically. They study harder, concentrate more, and are more willing to participate in classroom discussions. The dynamic learning environment at Brother Rice creates a positive attitude that remains with our students for life.
Brother Rice by the numbers
$10 million+ 98 92
% of the graduates that are attending their first or second college choice (75% for first)
College scholarship money received by the class of 2012
Number of universities that visit us annually
% of applicants to University of Illinois that were admitted
Number of high schools in the city of Chicago that met the ACT’s exacting criteria for rigorous core courses
Number of 2012–13 Illinois state scholars: More boys than any other southside Catholic school
% of 2012 graduates that will be attending a college or university
Number of AP Scholars (students that passed 3 or more AP exams)
Number of AP level courses
Number of dual credit courses
38 30.6 / 95%
Average ACT score (30.6) for the class of 2012’s top 40 students was in the top 95% nationally Brother Rice Illinois United States
The average AP passing percentages
Something for everyone 18 varsity sports / 30+ activities & clubs
At Brother Rice, learning is hands-on.
Research has proven that boys learn best through hands-on activities. As an all-boy environment, Brother Rice High School is able to tailor its instruction to provide visual and kinesthetic lessons that will enhance your student’s learning experience. Our science classes are 1½ periods long to allow for more lab time. It is very common for Brother Hayes (pictured) and his physics class to use that time to learn through fun, exciting lessons like calculating trajectory on the football field with water balloons, etc.
Athletics are all about passion.
At Brother Rice, our students, coaches, and alumni have passion for “what they do.” Whether that passion is baseball (All Catholic League baseball player junior Kevin Biondic and Coach John McCarthy pictured) or any of our 18 varsity sports that are offered at the school, you are sure to find a support staff of coaches, parents, and alumni passionate about Brother Rice and its success. With our outstanding facilities, dedicated coaches, and motivated student athletes, you will get an opportunity to play and compete at the highest level.
Music at Brother Rice is where learning and fun meet.
Boys from Brother Rice and girls from Mother McAuley are given the opportunity to take a wide variety of classes in the performing arts. Through music, you have a chance to see the world. The music department travels throughout the United States and Europe. What really makes our music department special is the people, like our Band Director Mr. Dan Briggs (pictured). Students of Brother Rice Music are a family. Whether playing in an ensemble, working on a solo, or just hanging out, they are a tight knit community that truly cares for one another.
At Brother Rice, you have so many people helping you towards your next step.
Teachers and coaches play an important role in developing character in our students. Our counseling department, headed up by Dan Panfil ’95 (pictured), actively plans with our students, not only to make their experience at Brother Rice as memorable as possible, but more importantly, as they help navigate the college selection process. It is with the help of skilled and caring counselors that our graduating class of 2012 received well over ten million dollars in scholarships!
Brother Rice commits itself to preparing each of our students for college and beyond. Our school offers three levels of curriculum to challenge and inspire our young men: APEX/Honors, PREP, and FOCUS. Each student’s schedule is customized to challenge and strengthen the skills of that student. Brother Rice is “clearly a leader in preparing all high school students for postsecondary education.”
JON ERICKSON, VICE PRESIDENT OF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES FOR ACT.
Placement At Brother Rice, we take student placement very seriously. As an incoming freshmen, a student’s placement is based on much more than simply his entrance exam score. A Brother Rice representative will meet with an administrator or 8th grade teacher at that student’s school to discuss the academic ability, achievement, and study habits of each student. Junior high grades are also considered when placing a student. In addition, a student’s placement is continually evaluated while at Brother Rice to ensure the “best fit” for each student. Academic Support Brother Rice offers a “Resource Center” located in the Pilon Library. The Resource Center, open to all students, features two certified teachers available for tutoring in math, science, and English during extended school hours. In addition, upperclassmen National Honors Society members offer a tutoring service in all subject areas. Accommodation Plans There are 88 students at Brother Rice that have Individual Catholic Education Plans (ICEP). We aim to accommodate as many students as possible with previous IEP’s and 401 plans. At the beginning of each school year, the student and family have meetings with the counselor and all teachers on the student’s schedule to ensure accommodations. These students range from APEX level to FOCUS level students at Brother Rice.
College Credit Opportunities Program for Advanced College Credit (PACC) The PACC program consists of 8 junior and senior level courses which are accredited as college level courses. This program is done in conjunction with St. Xavier University and St. Mary’s University (MN). AP Courses In 2012, Brother Rice had 104 different students sit for AP exams. 79% of students received a score of 3 or higher, thus yielding college credit for that class. The class of 2012 featured 38 AP Scholars (students who passed 3 or more AP Exams). Between the PACC program and AP exams, it is very common for Brother Rice grads to enter college with AT LEAST one semester worth of college credit hours. This makes our students much more attractive to colleges and passes along significant savings to their families.
PACC Courses Accounting Cisco 1 Cisco 2 English III AP Courses AB Calculus BC Calculus Chemistry Economics— Micro Economics— Macro U.S. Government U.S. History
APEX/Honors APEX is an elite level honors program designed to guide the truly academically gifted student to his full potential. • APEX students take all honors level courses, as well as a number of Advanced Placement courses, over their sophomore to senior years • The average ACT score in 2012 for APEX students was 32 • Every APEX student, as well as some students in the PREP program, was an Illinois state scholar • It is common for APEX students to enter college with 20+ hours of college credit from Brother Rice classes
PREP Personalized Response to Educational Potential (PREP) provides individual scheduling for each student after the placement exam and department review. A mixture of different level classes is available. Each course is collegepreparatory and designed specifically for ACT and SAT examinations. FOCUS Our FOCUS program is offered for students that may experience difficulty in completing the PREP program. FOCUS attempts to instill better study habits and provide academic growth in order to progress to PREP level.
Highlights include: • Smaller classroom settings • Specialized teachers • Bimonthly progress reports and frequent parent contact • 3-year program in which many students move into PREP program after 2 years
Counseling Services In addition to helping students transition to Brother Rice and deal with the many issues of high school life, our counselors are heavily involved in guiding your sons to fulfill their college dream. Our four counselors assist students/families in the college exploration process with the use of the web-based Naviance/ Family Connection. Our staff helps students select a college and a major/ career that are in line with their academic strengths, talents, and personal interests. This process begins freshman year and develops over the students’ four years at Brother Rice. Counselors will also guide families through the financial aid and scholarship application process.
English IV IT Essentials Physics Psychology
European History English— Composition English— Literature German French Spanish Music Theory
Brother Rice graduates continue their education at some of the most respected colleges and universities in the country.
Arizona State University Augustana College Ave Maria University Benedictine University Boston College Boston University Bradley University Butler University Chicago State University Clarke University Columbia College Cornell University Creighton University DePaul University Drake University Eastern Illinois University Fordham University Georgetown University Harvard Illinois Institute of Technology Illinois State University Illinois Wesleyan Indiana State University Indiana University Iona College Iowa State University John Carroll University Lake Forest College Loyola University Chicago Marquette University Miami University of Ohio Michigan State University Monmouth College North Central College Northern Illinois Northwestern University Ohio State University Olivet Nazarene Pepperdine University Purdue University Saint Joseph’s College Saint Louis University Saint Xavier University St. Ambrose University St. John’s University (NY) St. Mary’s University (TX) St. Norbert College St. Olaf College The Citadel Tulane University U.S. Air Force Academy U.S. Naval Academy U.S. Military Academy— West Point University of Chicago University of Colorado University of Dayton University of Illinois at Chicago University of Illinois at Springfield University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Iowa University of Indianapolis University of Kansas University of Minnesota University of Missouri University of Notre Dame University of Oklahoma University of Oregon University of Pittsburgh University of St. Francis University of Wisconsin Villanova University Western Michigan Wright State University Xavier University Yale University
Brother Rice High School, established by the Christian Brothers, has successfully educated young men living out the Essential Elements of a Christian Brothers’ Education for over 50 years. A Christian Brothers’ education seeks to create a community of faith where each young man is accepted, recognized, valued, and challenged to grow. Our school’s motto, “Act Manfully in Christ Jesus,” is practiced every day in the classrooms and on the athletic fields.
Christian Service Students learn about their peers and themselves by interacting with different groups through service projects. Freshmen and sophomores are required to complete 10 hours of Christian service within the school year. Juniors and seniors must complete 20 hours, 10 in each semester. There are a number of service project opportunities available throughout the school year and summer. Many students take part in a variety of projects, more than satisfying the minimum service requirement. Retreats Retreat programs are integrated into the freshman/sophomore curriculum. In addition, juniors and seniors may participate in the popular KAIROS retreat.
School Masses As a Catholic high school, Brother Rice provides a wide range of spiritual activities for the entire community. The student body gathers twice a month for liturgical services, including the “First Friday” liturgical series. In addition to daily classroom prayer,
one of our peer ministers leads the entire school in prayer each day during announcements. Brother Rice Outreach and Service (BROS) In the spirit of Blessed Edmund Rice, all students are required to participate in our BROS program as a portion of their semester grade in theology. St. Martin Homeless Shelter Outreach Twice a week for over fifteen years, Br. Thomas Collins, CFC, has taken groups of students to the shelter after school to deliver food, clothing, and toys; to tutor the residents in preparation for their GED exam; and to work with the children of the residents.
Excellence on the playing field and in the classroom is evident at Brother Rice. As a member of the famed Chicago Catholic League, Brother Rice has built a proud tradition of outstanding athletic achievement with 20 state championships, 130 varsity league titles, and 41 Tony Lawless Award-winners. Along with this impressive record, our students are taught to play with a strong Catholic, ethical, and moral compass.
A Variety of Sports Baseball Basketball Bass Fishing Bowling Cross Country Diving Football Golf Hockey Lacrosse Rugby Soccer Swimming Tennis Track and Field Volleyball Water Polo Wrestling
AT H L E T I C S
Dedicated Coaches Our coaches are dedicated to success built on hard work and discipline, both on and off the playing field. Coaches encourage participation in multiple sports and activities and never pressure a student-athlete to specialize in just one sport.
Athletic Facilities Our well-known Gary Little Stadium has new, modern “FieldTurf” that is easier to maintain and reduces injuries to our athletes. Our athletic facilities also include an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a large, stateof-the-art weight room that is open to all students after school. Rice Pride For our students, “Rice Pride” means supporting our teams by attending not only home games, but road games as well. It is not uncommon for our fans to outnumber the opposition’s fans at away games! Our home athletic events are among the school’s most popular attractions. Gary Little Stadium and our main gym are always packed with the renowned “Crusader Crazies” .
Brother Rice offers its students a variety of different ways to get involved. As we like to say, “Rice Pride Never Dies.” That pride is instilled not only on the athletic fields and in the student section for football and basketball games, but also in our activities, clubs, and societies. Clubs and activities also offer an opportunity for students to interact with Mother McAuley students, as a number of our clubs are shared with them.
Academic Math Team National Honor Society Robotics School Newspaper Scholastic Bowl Intramural Sports Floor Hockey Basketball Sand Volleyball Service Key Club ECOsaders Edmund Rice Society SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Student Council Social Astronomy Club Dance Committee Diversity Club Drama Club Fishing Club Sailing Club Theatre/Drama Club Video Game Club Spiritual Kairos Peer Ministry Liturgy Group
Endless Opportunities Brother Rice encourages students to get involved, participate, and belong. We are proud of the fact that 93% of the student body participates in co-curricular activities. Involvement in these programs helps develop leadership, cooperation, and self-direction. With 30+ clubs being offered at Brother Rice, it’s not hard to find something to be involved in. Marching Band The Brother Rice Music Program, in conjunction with Mother McAuley, offers a challenging and diverse range of music courses to students. Students are offered instruction in the following classes: Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Beginning Band, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Music Appreciation, and coming very
soon, Vocal Ensembles. This year, the band will be performing in Walt Disney World. In coming years, members of the music program will be offered opportunities to travel abroad to learn about music’s origin in Austria and the Czech Republic. The Crusader “Crazies” While the “Crazies” are not an official club at Rice, it is without question the most popular experience for a student. Whether it’s home or away football, basketball, hockey, and even baseball and volleyball games, you can always count on the Brother Rice student body to be in attendance to help give the Crusaders an edge. All students are welcome and encouraged to take part in this most unique experience, where all of our students join in support of their school and friends.
Entrance Requirements and Placement All incoming freshmen are required to take the High School Placement Exam on January 12, 2013. Doors open at 7:15 am; the test begins at 8:00 am and lasts until noon. The date and fee ($25) is set by the Chicago Archdiocese for all Catholic high schools. No pre-registration is necessary. Acceptance to Brother Rice and placement in academic programs are based on the exam, completion of grade school, and recommendations by grade school teachers and administrators. In order to qualify for scholarships and financial aid, students must test at Brother Rice. Tuition Tuition for the 2012–2013 school year is $9,650. There is an additional $300 lab fee. Brother Rice offers a $750 discount for a second son in attendance, and a $500 discount is given for any additional siblings beyond that. Siblings at Mother McAuley receive a credit for $250 from each school ($500 total). Tuition may be paid in full at the beginning of the school year with a $250 discount, or families may enroll in a 10 month payment plan (July–April).
Scholarships and Financial Assistance Programs Brother Rice offers a vast array of memorial and academic scholarships for both incoming and current students. Currently, over 30% of the student body receives some form of financial assistance from Brother Rice. Incoming freshmen that score in the 90th percentile and above on the entrance exam will receive the “Edmund Rice Scholarship” . The scholarship carries with it a $1,500 discount for freshman year. Brother Rice is proud to offer over 25 different memorial scholarships, some based on need, and some on merit. A few are highlighted below:
Knight, Valadez, Wortham Scholarship Scholarship in the name of three fallen Crusader Chicago police officers. Award for sons of Chicago police officers. Ranges from $500–$2,000. Christian Brothers Service Award Given to incoming freshman students displaying outstanding service/ leadership in their parish. Award ranges from $1,000–$2,000. Tom Mikrut Scholarship Given to graduates of St. Catherine’s of Alexandria School. Award ranges from $2,000–full tuition. Recipients are students that demonstrate financial need and have a strong academic background. Brendan Murrihy Scholarship Given to boys from Evergreen Park. Award ranges from $500–$2,500.
In addition to the scholarships offered, Brother Rice offers financial aid to its families. All families are encouraged to apply (applications available at registration and in the main office) through the PSAS service. Financial aid is based on financial need, number of students in Catholic school, and ability to pay tuition. Over $250,000 is awarded through the financial aid in amounts varying from $750–$3,000. Brother Rice also works very closely with a number of outside scholarship organizations such as LINK UNLIMITED, HighSight, Daniel Murphy Scholarship, and Standing Tall. To receive more information on all offered scholarships please visit our website at brotherrice.org/admissions or contact our finance office. Graduation Requirements Brother Rice requires that all students have 24 credits for graduation. The majority of our students graduate with more than 24 credits. In addition, freshmen and sophomores must complete 10 hours of Christian Service each year; juniors and seniors must complete 20 hours of Christian Service.
Transportation Brother Rice is fortunate to be located in a safe and convenient location on the corner of 99th Street and Pulaski Road. As a result, we are on multiple bus routes from the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and Pace bus systems. Students receive reduced fares with student ID. Metra—Shuttle Brother Rice provides a shuttle bus between Metra’s 95th and Tulley train station in Oak Lawn and the school. The shuttle picks up the students from the train at 7:20 am and they are at school by 7:30 am. The shuttle takes the students back to the train at 3:00 pm. Registration is required. This option has become very popular with students from Orland Park, Homer Glen, and Lockport, as Metra’s Southwest line offers convenient stops in those areas. Private Bus Service: Two Routes SW Suburb Route We offer private bus service through Positive Connections Bus Company. Students are picked up at a couple of different locations in the Orland (St. Michaels), Tinley Park (St. George), and Palos (St. Alexander) areas in the morning. After school, students on this service have the option of taking the 3:30 pm bus home or the 6:15 pm activity bus home. Routes are determined annually on ridership.
Western Suburb/Midway Route The bus currently starts in the La Grange area and makes stops at St. Daniel and St. Symphorosa. After school, students on this service have the option of taking the 3:30 pm bus home or the 6:15 pm activity bus home. Routes are determined annually on ridership. Diverse Student Body Brother Rice embraces its roots as a “neighborhood school”; a number of our students walk or ride their bikes to school. However, we do have many families who travel from several towns away:
Alsip Blue Island Burbank Calumet City Chicago Crestwood Dolton Evergreen Park Flossmoor Hickory Hills Hinsdale Homer Glen La Grange Lansing Lemont Matteson Midlothian Mokena Oak Forest Oak Lawn Olympia Fields Orland Park Palos Heights Palos Hills Plainfield South Holland Summit Robbins Riverside Tinley Park
Dress Code Brother Rice students are allowed to wear the official “uniform polo” (adidas brand), found in the Brother Rice bookstore all year long. Students are always expected to be in dress slacks (black, grey or khaki) and dress shoes. A solid color dress shirt and tie are expected for days when the student body gathers for Mass. 23-Acre Campus State of the art science wing • 2 chemistry labs • 2 biology labs • 1 physics lab • 2 computer centers 5 full classroom-style computer labs and one mobile lab featuring over 300 new computers New parking lot/entrance New FieldTurf athletic field Remodeled baseball field Completely renovated band room Remodeled cafeteria Indoor Olympic-sized pool Edmund Rice chapel Theology center/lecture hall Two gymnasiums Weight/fitness room
“Many student sections have tried, but none have duplicated the creativity, enthusiasm, and loyalty of the Crusader Crazies. They are the constant in an otherwise unpredictable world of high school sports. Home or away, year in, year out, the Crazies are in attendance for all Brother Rice football and basketball games. The faces change with graduation, but there’s always another class ready to keep the tradition alive.”
Pat Disabato, SouthtownStar
BEGIN YOUR CRUSADE
OPEN HOUSES Sunday, November 4 Sunday, December 2 11:00 am–1:00 pm ENTRANCE EXAM Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 8:00 am SHADOW DAY/CAMPUS TOUR To schedule a shadow day or campus tour on a convenient day, please visit www.brotherrice.org/admissions or contact Tim O’Connell ’03 at email@example.com Crusader Day (7th and 8th grades) Monday, October 8 Crusader Day (7th grade only) Monday, February 18 7th and 8th GRADE EVENTS Homecoming Football Game vs Providence Catholic Friday, September 28 at 7:30 pm Crusader Clash Tuesday, November 20 at 6:00 pm 7th Grade 3 on 3 March Madness Tournament Friday, April 5
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10001 South Pulaski Road Chicago, Illinois 60655 773-429-4300
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