Sullivan Program of Studies

The Sullivan Program is for students who need assistance in building their academic skills in order to succeed in Guerin’s college prep curriculum and post-secondary education. Sullivan Program courses are designed for the student who requires help in developing his/her knowledge base and cultivation of essential skills in a given subject area in order to be successful in post-secondary educational opportunities. At the freshman level, enrollment in the program is based on the student’s entrance exam scores and elementary school record and recommendations. Once accepted into the program, the student is required to complete the Freshman Experience during the summer prior to his/her freshman year at Guerin Prep and to enroll in two or more Sullivan courses for the freshman year. At the sophomore level a student’s enrollment in the Sullivan Program is based on the student’s academic performance during the previous academic year as well as referral by teachers. The goal of the Sullivan Program is to support students so that by Junior year they are enrolled in all Providence courses. Assistance offered through the Sullivan Program may include: learning/strengthening study skills; structured study halls; test preparation skills; help with organizational and learning styles, and academic counseling based on course performance.

An Individualized Education

Guerin Prep provides a college preparatory curriculum which is tailored to each student’s needs. Our three academic programs of study are: Sullivan, Providence, and Nolan Scholars Programs. All programs prepare the student for postsecondary education and each is aligned with Illinois State Standards. The uniqueness of the curriculum is that students may take classes across the programs and benefit from a truly individualized approach to learning. Students are not tracked, they can move among the three programs as their skills and accomplishments allow. Programs at Guerin Prep are personalized to individual students so that they can realize their unique potential. By recognizing and respecting a student's talents and needs, Guerin challenges students to not only to achieve their goals but also to surpass them.

Entrance requirements

•7th and 8th grade test scores
•7th and 8th grade report cards
• Entrance exam results
•Recommendations from 8th grade Math and/or English teachers·
•Birth Certificate
•State required Health and Immunization form (dated the year of enrollment)
•Completion of the Summer Experience (for Sullivan Program only)

Soar Study Skills

During Freshman year, students in the Sullivan Program learn study skills through the research-based program SOAR® Study Skills. The program uses student-friendly strategies that:

•are “aligned to the biology of the brain,” and provide the “most efficient path towards their goal.”
•are efficient. “Students prefer the shortest, most efficient path towards their goal. By aligning strategies to the biology of the brain, we literally make the learning and organizing process as efficient as humanly possible!”
•apply across the curriculum. “As a result, students can experience a BIG difference with only a few strategies. Also, unlike other “study skills” programs, there will be no confusion over when to use strategies.“

Naviance - Connecting Learning to Life

Naviance is comprehensive K-12 college and career readiness solution that helps districts and schools align student strengths and interests to postsecondary goals, improving student outcomes and connecting learning to life. Each student’s path is unique. The program helps students reach their unique goals by connecting their passion to their future. Naviance allows students to create a personalized plan that helps them make the right decisions throughout their academic journey. Connecting students' interests to their potential career paths early ensures active participation in their own academic success and opens their eyes to the wide world of career opportunities. The career planning tools in Naviance allow students to understand how their strengths, goals, skills, and interests can lead to exciting careers. Naviance provides test preparation solutions for ACT, ACT WorkKeys, SAT, and AP tests. Naviance Test Prep provides proven, game-based courses that help students to perform their best on test day. Naviance Test Prep is also seamlessly integrated with Naviance to help students be college and career ready, all from one place. A study of 18,000 students showed that students who use Naviance Test Prep results in a 16% average score improvement when used regularly.


Students are involved in a service project each year which can be counted towards the service hours graduation requirement. In the words of the National Service Learning Clearinghouse, it is “a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.” The class researches the project background, such as Feed My Starving Children, organizes a fundraiser, participates in community service, and then reflects on the experience.


Welch Learning and Enrichment Center - tutoring or quiet study time
Special Education Teacher assigned for individual students' needs
Homework Club after school
School Counselor
Google Classroom including parent summaries (daily or weekly)

The Sullivan Program Honors

Sr. Marie Ellen Sullivan, SP, Principal of Mother Theodore Guerin High School, 1975-1987, for her commitment to all students, especially those needing academic support. Her reminder, “Be where you should be, when you should be, doing what you should be doing,” continues to guide us today. Her reminder
                  "Be where you should be,
                  when you should be,
                  doing what you should be doing"
continues to guide us today. The crest is a visual explanation of Sister Marie Ellen's reminder. "Be where you should be,..." X marks the spot, "...when you should be,..." the outer ring mimics the markings on a clock, "...doing what you should be doing," the feather pens symbolize scholastics while the cross serves as a reminder of our faith that guides us through it all.

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