Costa Catholic Academy is a great place to learn and grow!

Come and see our beautiful campus and let us show you what an exciting place Costa is to learn and grown.  We offer a truly loving and caring environment in which your child can flourish in academics, technology, athletics, and the arts.  Children are free to express their love of God and participate in Christian values everyday.   A Costa education will give your child the strong foundation needed to succeed in high school, college and beyond.

View the results of our 2017-2018 Illinois State Board of Education Nonpublic School Evaluation.


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For Prospective Parents

If you are considering sending your child to Costa, please read our prospective parent letter. This personal note from our Development Director, Jamie L. Dunker, and Principal Buresh may answer some of your questions. We also provide a "Brighter Futures" brochure, which you can download here. If you are still unsure about the benefits of a Catholic education, this brochure explains the many ways in which a Catholic education prepares students for lifelong success.

Please call Mr. Buresh, Principal, at Costa Catholic Academy at 309-344-3151 or email to schedule an appointment to tour or campus today or answer any enrollment questions you may have.

Preschool & Pre-K Enrollment

3 & 4 Year Old Preschool Options:

Costa Preschool quick facts:

  • Costa Catholic Academy Preschool is open to all 3 year olds. (Must turn 3 prior to September 1st.)

  • Bridges (Before/After Care) is available starting at 6:30 a.m. until classes begin and after school from 2:25 p.m. -5:30 p.m.

  • All children must be toilet trained prior to attending Costa Preschool.


3 year old/4 year old Preschool Flex Schedule Program:
For students requiring a flex-schedule.  Families can pick either 1/2 day 7:50 am-11:00 am or full day 7:50 am - 2:25 pm and which days of the week 

Monday- Friday:

  • Fees: $200 enrollment fee for new families, $100 enrollment fee for returning families, plus first month payment based on how many days you plan for student to be in attendance. Rates will be figured on pro-rated schedule.

Please contact Mark Tressel at the Costa Office (344-3151) for the most current rate information or view the tuition rates for the entire school on our Tuition and Finance page.  

  • Modified Uniform

Pieces do not have to be approved brands that the K-8 students are required to wear.  Pieces may be obtained from places like Old Navy, Target and Walmart.

  • Bottoms: Khaki & Navy (shorts, pants, dresses, jumper)

  • Tops: Red, White, or Navy

  • Feet: Socks must be worn. Back strap on sandals. Tennis & other closed shoes.

  • Shorts worn from beginning of school - 31 Oct. & Apr. 1 - end of year.

4 Year Old Pre-K:

Costa 4 Year-old Preschool quick facts:

  • Costa 4 year-old PreK is a full day program from 7:50 am - 2:25 pm, Monday - Friday

  • PreK students can bring lunch or have hot lunch.

  • Costa PreK students follow the Costa Catholic Academy dress code

  • PreK full day students have several special classes including: Library, Music, Art & Religion. They also use Jolly Phonics to introduce letters and sounds.

  • Bridges (Before/After Care) is available

  • Students must turn 4 prior to September 1st

  • Costa PreK prepares your student for that big step into Kindergarten

  • 5 day, all day program tuition - Catholic- $3,370, Non-Catholic- $4000

  • Fees: $2oo enrollment fee for new families, or $100 enrollment fee for returning families, book fees of $250, Option C fee of $50, and first month payment

The most current rate information is on our Tuition and Finance page.  


  • Costa Catholic Academy PreK provides a loving environment where families of all faiths are welcome. It is a wonderful place for each child to gain confidence, develop social skills, and enjoy the journey of a life long love of learning.

  • We offer an all day Pre-Kindergarten program for 4 year olds and follow the same schedule as K-8, which is 7:50 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. Doors open at 7:35 a.m. The students wear Costa uniforms and have the option of bringing lunch from home or ordering a hot lunch.

  • The Pre-K program offers a warm and fun environment where the children learn through play and socialization. We also offer a few structured times of the day to help children prepare for the big step into Kindergarten. Our day begins with prayer, school announcements and Pledge of Allegiance. Calendar time comes next with days of the week, months of the year, and counting.

  • Center time is a favorite time of day in PreK. Centers include Blocks, Sand Table, Play-dough, Art, Housekeeping, Dollhouse, Puppets, Library Corner, Puzzles and table top manipulatives, such as legos and pattern shapes.

  • We are fortunate to have the Scholastic Big Day for PreK. There are 8 themes to explore, from Nature to imagining and Creating. We also use Jolly Phonics which is an important part of the pre-reading skills. The kids love to sing the songs and act out the motions for each sound. Later in the year, the children take home a Mystery Box and we have fun guessing the item based on the beginning sound.

  • Each child has a turn to be the “Star of the Week”. During their special week, they bring in pictures of their family and we ask questions to get to know details about each friend. It’s fun to learn how we are alike and how we are all unique, and students have an opportunity to build self esteem as they speak to the class.

  • PreK students participate in “Specials”. These include: Art, Music, Computer and Library. We are fortunate to have wonderful teachers leading each of these classes and the children enjoy the variety!

  • When weather permits, we enjoy outside activity on the wonderful playground equipment, prairie, forest, or fields at Costa. Each day we have a quiet rest time and the children enjoy bringing a stuffed animal or blanket from home for their “resting buddy.”

  • We attend Friday Morning Prayer Assembly, School Mass as well as many other school-wide assemblies and activities. Costa students learn about Respect, Truthfulness, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship with our Character Counts Books.

    Costa Catholic Academy PreK is a wonderful place to grow!
    Please call for a personal tour today!