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Who is Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati? 

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati was a handsome, charismatic, athletic young man from a wealthy family who lived in Italy in the early 1900's.  He enjoyed hiking, camping and going on retreats with his friends in the Alps.  His family was not devoutly religious, yet Pier Giorgio developed a love of the Eucharist and spent much time to worship and prayer.  His enthusiasm for the Lord was evident in all that he did as he passionately lived out his faith and embodies the Beatitudes in service to others. Frassati would routinely go into the streets of Turin to feed and care for his community's poor, sick and downtrodden.  He befriended those in need and gave them hope in Jesus as well as help for their bodily needs.  In 1925 Frassati contracted Polio and passed away at the young age of 24. 

Frassati eagerly shared his faith with all he met and encouraged them to "Verso l'alto", which translate to "Reach for the Heights".  His words have been adopted as our school slogan to inspire our students to do their personal best and follow in Frassati's footsteps of faith and service.  Our students learn about his life, study the Beatitudes and participate in worship and service opportunities.  

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Frassati Catholic Academy Today

Frassati Catholic Academy formerly known as the Catholic Consortium of Lake County, serves the greater Lake County area, with PreK-8th grade students coming from a dozen zip codes including Wauconda, Mundelein, Volo, Round Lake, Island Lake, Barrington and other neighboring communities. Frassati has been a model for regional Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of Chicago, mirroring the Renew My Church initiative.  Our three supporting parishes-St. Mary of the Annunciation of Mundelein, Santa Maria del Popolo of Mundelein, and Transfiguration Parish of Wauconda-bring together the collective strengths and resources of a larger Catholic community to provide the best possible experience for our students and families.


Previously educating students at two campus locations, at the start of the 2019-2020 school year all students came together in Wauconda on the grounds of Transfiguration Parish located at 316 W. Mill St., Wauconda, IL 60084. 

Frassati Catholic Academy has set the foundation for vitality and sustainability of Catholic education in our region. The school’s namesake, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, encouraged his friends to “Reach for the Heights,” so too does Frassati Catholic Academy encourage its students, teachers, and families to adopt a Christian service-minded focus and to always strive for their personal best in all that they do.​​

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