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Here you will find helpful resources that you can use at home with your children.

Illinois Tax Credit Scholarships


The applications for the “Invest in Kids” Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship will open soon!  Big Shoulders Fund will be a Scholarship Granting Organization and has been approved to award Tax Credit Scholarships in our area.  Their application process will open on January 22nd at 8:00 a.m. Before April 1, 2018, priority will be given to families who earn less than 185% of the federal poverty level or reside in a focus group.  After April 1, 2018, scholarships will be awarded on a first-com, first serve basis to all eligible families.  Scholarships could cover between 50 to 100 percent of tuition.  For more information about required documentation and the application process please visit the following websites.

UPDATE (2/23):  Below is new updated information about the Empower Illinois application process and granting of scholarships.

Tax Credit Scholarship Application Process

Tax Credit Scholarship Application Spanish

Below are screenshots of the reservation process and the information required.


Tax Credit Scholarship Fact Sheet_English

Tax Credit Scholarship Fact Sheet_Spanish

Big Shoulders Fund Scholarship:

Big Shoulders Fund Tax Credit Scholarship Video

Materials in Spanish –

Empower Illinois (Another scholarship granting organization):

Video that review application process.

Flyer explaining required documentation and support events available. 

Spanish flyer explaining required documentation and support events available.

Archdiocese Information Page:


Comcast Internet Essentials

If your child receives free or reduced school lunches, your family may be eligible for Comcast’s Internet Essentials program. This program offers home internet service for just $9.95 a month! This is an excellent opportunity to provide internet access for your child for a very low cost. If you do not have a computer, Comcast is offering low-cost computers for just $149.99! You can also receive free internet training with your purchase. Call 1-855-8-INTERNET or click here to sign up for this amazing service!

ACT Aspire – Understanding Your ACT Aspire Results

The following document outlines in detail how to read your child’s ACT Aspire results.  The document is also available in Spanish.  It gives an overview of what the numbers and indicators represent so that you can more accurately interpret your child’s results.

Test Prep Resources has a series of online practice tests for Reading/Language Arts and Math.

Scholastic has a variety of articles that discuss how to help students mentally and emotionally prepare for standardized tests.  They provide tips for reducing anxiety and test-taking strategies.

Math Online Resources
Khan Academy has a variety of lessons with video tutorials about math concepts. Students have an opportunity to practice these concepts with instant feedback.

ck12 is a website that has a variety of math concepts that students can practice.  There are also adaptive practice activities that can be used to check for understanding.
IXL has limited free trials you can use to practice specific math concepts.


Common Sense Media is dedicated and designed to help students thrive in a world of technology and media. Using this link you can check out ways you can stay involved with rapidly changing technology and media.