From the Principal

Dear McAuley Community,

What a joy this past year has been as I stepped into the role of Principal at Mother McAuley. I have had the opportunity to work alongside a team who is dedicated to continuing the mission and vision of Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy, and have been inspired by the creativity and drive of our students, our faculty and staff, and the wider McAuley community.

There have been many notable moments and accomplishments this year that reflect the idea that McAuley builds champions, which you can read about in the following pages. These outcomes are impressive, and I would like to take a moment to recognize all of the ways in which our students are set up for success - because champions are built over time, with practice and with a strong support system. This system includes their peers, and the many faculty and staff members who help guide them along the way.

Thank you to our faculty, who not only bring boundless energy and enthusiasm to the classroom, but devote their free time to helping students succeed and continually show up for them as advocates and cheerleaders both in and out of the classroom.

Thank you to our coaches, who not only hone our student athletes’ skills, but teach them the importance of sportsmanship and the power of teamwork.

Thank you to our club and organization moderators, who provide leadership and learning opportunities to our students, and who spend countless hours planning for and providing students with events, activities, valuable meetings and experiences, and time for our students to foster connections and friendships with their peers.

Thank you to the entire McAuley community for showing our students that they are valued.

I am thrilled, too, about the programs and services we have been able to enhance over the past year, and that we are working on over the summer of 2023, that offer students a supportive and welcoming environment:

  • In 2022, we modernized our Learning Resource Center and renamed the space the Sr. Brian Costello Center, in honor of Sr. Mary Brian Costello, RSM. This center is now fully handicapped accessible, more convenient for individualized instruction for students with learning obstacles, and provides a comfortable, updated learning space for our students. •
  • The counseling department works diligently to provide support, services and events for students and their families, including resource assistance and college and career planning. 100% of the Class of 2023 was accepted to a college or university and collectively awarded $90.1 million in college scholarships.
  • This summer, two STEAM labs in the Science department are being renovated to provide advanced technology and functionality for our students.
  • Our Math Lab space, along with the Media Center, will be enhanced.

WIth these supports in place, and our ongoing commitment to providing an unparalleled educational experience to the young women of Chicagoland, I know we will continue to build champions for years to come!

Thank you for welcoming me into the McAuley family. I look forward to all of the excitement to come in the 2023-24 school year!


Kathryn M. Baal, PhD

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