Saint Bede Academy

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Basic Information

Address: 24 W. US Highway 6, Peru, IL 61354
County: LaSalle
Phone Number: 815-250-0285
Fax Number: 815-223-8580
President: Dr. Ted Struck
School Type: College-Prep Boarding & Day School

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Additional Information

Founded: 1890
Ages/Grades: Grades 9-12
School Setting:

Saint Bede Academy is a catholic high school in the Benedictine tradition which endeavors to prepare students for college and for life by welcoming them into a community of learning permeated by Christian values. For over 125 years, our goal has been to provide students with an education that will not only develop their minds, but also strengthen their character while preparing them for life’s challenges.

We are dedicated to developing well-rounded, well-prepared citizens who leave Saint Bede with a lifelong commitment to learning. Through our tri-level academic program, all students are continually challenged to extend their skills and perform to the peak of their abilities. The program consists of an Honors Level, College Prep Level and an Academic level to best fit the needs of the individual student. Our newly built science center gives students university-level classrooms to learn in and prepares them for life at university.

Our goal is to provide students with an education that will not only develop their minds, but also strengthen their character while preparing them for life’s challenges. An amazing 97% of students participate in extra-curricular activities. Our objective is to get students involved. The more they do, the more they learn. The academic environment at Saint Bede encourages students to excel both in and out of the classroom. With over 25 extra-curricular activities for students to choose from, practically every student joins a club or team and not only learns a new skill but gains lifelong friends and confidence.

100% of our students attend some type of post-secondary schooling. Our ACT scores traditionally rank #1 in the surrounding area and many of our Top Ten students graduate with a GPA above a 4.0. St. Bede graduates are recruited by universities through the United States. Class of 2018 graduates attended 36 different universities and boast an average ACT score of 28.

Our park-like campus sits on 700 acres with fresh, clean air located in Peru, Illinois - 100 miles southwest of Chicago. This beautiful and safe midwestern community is ideally situated to allow students easy access to state parks and shopping.

School Size: 290
Classroom Size: 16
Student/Teacher Ratio: 10:1

$25,000 Domestic/$49,800 International

Financial Aid:



English, Science & Technology, Mathematics, Computer Science, Art, Religion, Physical Education


The following courses are offered at St. Bede Academy:

Accounting and Economics
Introduction to Computer Science, Computer Science Principles
Driver Education
½ semester with behind the wheel training
Fine Arts
Band (4 years); Chorus (4 years) Introduction to Art, Art II, Advanced Art, Dual Credit Advanced Art/Art 1000 & 1010, and Photography
Foreign Language
Chinese and Spanish (4 years)
English I, English II: American Literature & Writing, English III: British Literature & Essay, English IV: World Literature & Essay, Dual Credit English IV/Eng 1001 & 1002, Speech, Study Skills
Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Applied Math, Pre-Calculus, Advanced Placement Calculus, AP Statistics
Religion I: Revelation
Religion II: Church and Sacraments
Religion III: Faith and Morals
Religion IV: Life and Justice
Biology, Chemistry, Advanced Placement Chemistry, Physics, Advanced Placement Physics, Biology II, Environmental Science, Human Anatomy & Physiology
Social Studies
U.S. History, World History, Sociology, Economics, 20th Century History, Advanced Placement European History, AP U.S. History, Civics
During senior year, a student may enroll in vocational courses at the LaSalle-Peru Area Career Center.

Percentage of Graduating Class: 100%
Support Services:

Peer-tutoring, guidance, counseling, college counseling

Camp Programs: Yes
Summer School: No
After School Programs: No
Computer Capabilities:

Students are assigned Chromebooks

School Championships:

Scholastic Bowl IHSA Regional Championship 5 years in a row; 1st Place, Worldwide Youth in Science & Engineering Team Regional Champions; 12 of 15 varsity sports teams earned recognition from IHSA with the Team Academic Achievement Award; Girls Varsity Softball 2019 3rd Place in State Championship;

School Clubs:

Baseball, Basketball (boys/girls), Bowling (boys/girls), Football, Golf (boys/girls), Tennis (boys/girls), Track (boys/girls), Weightlifting (boys/girls), Wrestling, Cheerleading, Softball, Volleyball, Gymnastics, Cross Country (boys/girls), Swimming (boys/girls). Abby Mass Servers, Ambassadors, Band, Bass Fishing, Caedmon Literary Magazine, Chorus, Eucharistic Ministers, Homecoming Variety Show, Last Supper Club, Lectio Divina, Lectors, Musical, Peer Tutors, Pep Club, Photography, Prom Committee, Retreat Leaders, Rocket Club, Scholastic Bowl, Spanish Club, Stage Crew, Student Government, Science Club, Yearbook Staff, Technology Club, Ultimate Frisbee Club, Genesius Project, Interact Club, Venturing Group.

Notable Graduates:

Dr. Lyle Micheli, Class of 1958, Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School; Dr. Michael Stuart, Class of 1975, Director Sports Medicine, Mayo Clinic Physician, USA Men's Olympic Hockey Team Chief Medical Officer, USA Hockey; Angelo Perino, Class of 1980, Vice President, IBM North America Enterprise; Atty. Jennifer Narog Sucher, Class of 1981, Executive Counsel GE Corporation; John Levisay, Class of 1985, Founder and CO Craftsy; Kathleen McCullough, Class of 1999, Producer MSNBC; JA Harp, Class of 2001, MLB Pitcher Toronto Blue Jays; Ross Kenseth, Class of 2011, Professional NASCAR Driver.

Parking Spaces/Availability:


Uniform Guidelines:

DENNIS Uniforms

Admissions Requirements:

Interest & Inquiry

Send an email to our Dean of Residential Programs, Marcia Wagner at

Complete and boarding application and two teacher recommendations to Dean of Residential Programs, Marcia Wagner.

Face to Face Interview

Online Skype interview to be scheduled by Mrs. Wagner.


Submit with a copy of your Passport page that states your name to: Marcia Wagner.

Transcripts & ITEP/TOEFL Scores

Submit by email to Marcia Wagner then present original when you arrive at St. Bede Academy
(Official Transcripts from 7th grade to current must be presented)

Mission Statement:

“Saint Bede Academy is a Catholic high school in the Benedictine tradition which endeavors to prepare students for college and for life by welcoming them into a community of learning permeated by Christian values.”

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

The academic environment at St. Bede encourages students to excel, both in and outside of the classroom. We commit to having graduates leave the Academy ready, both spiritually and academically, for life in the real world.

School History:

In 1890 St. Bede Academy was founded to provide a Catholic education for young men. Over the years there have been many changes but in the midst of change the monastic community has remained true to its vow of stability and has continued to offer a quality catholic education to prepare young people for further education and their future role in the world and the church.

Notes/School Information:

As a college preparatory school, we ensure our students will be ready to continue their education. Currently, 98% of the Class of 2017 report plans to attend post-secondary education. Our average A.C.T. score for the Class of 2015 is 23.9, Class of 2016 is 23.6 and for the Class of 2017 is 24.7. 13 out of 88 or 14% of the senior class of 2017 were selected as Illinois State Scholars. The class of 2017 also had two National Merit Scholar participants. An amazing 98% of St. Bede students participate in extra-curricular activities. Our objective is to keep students busy! Every experience is a life lesson. The more they do, the more they learn.