The Catholic School Advantage
The Catholic School advantage is reflected in the philosophy that permeates the total education program and the lives of the faculty and students. This philosophy challenges students to improve the world by sharing Gospel values and living Christ's message of salvation. They grow to understand the roots of their faith and their responsibilities as Christians.
- Students explore their faith through classes and activities in Scripture, Sacraments, Church, and morality.
- Catholic Schools stress the value of self-discipline and commitment.
- Faculty and staff are role models who share their faith, their talents, and their time.
- While not all students who come to the Catholic Schools are Catholic, all share experiences of faith and values.
- Catholic Schools encourage each student to accept the challenges of being a Christian in tomorrow's world.
Values which promote understanding and service to the elderly and the handicapped, the poor and the ill, are an important part of the Catholic School experience. As a faith community, we emphasize those values which encourage students to accept others rather than exclude them, to understand the difference between right and wrong, and to commit themselves to serve God by serving others.
EXCELLENCE IN ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
A Catholic education is a challenging education. High standards, strong motivation, effective discipline and an atmosphere of caring combine to foster excellence, and, a high quality of student performance is supported by the evidence.
- Catholic School students score significantly above the national averages on standardized testing.
- Research shows that because of a greater emphasis on homework and study, Catholic School students develop more effective writing skills.
- Catholic High School students attend post-secondary education at a rate in excess of 95% and are more likely to complete their program of studies.
- Catholic Schools have an excellent success rate in educating minority students.
While providing a stimulating and demanding education, Catholic Schools give students a high level of individualized attention and personal sharing. This commitment is reinforced by participation in programs for advanced students and also for those experiencing difficulties in reading, writing, and math.
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY
A Catholic School recognizes the parents and family as primary educators and joins with them to form a living community of shared visions.
- Catholic Schools help students understand that each person is unique and valuable.
- Catholic Schools join with the family to help students understand their special place in the family, the Church, and society.
- Catholic Schools encourage family input and involvement in the ongoing education of their children. Research shows that such a partnership results in higher attendance rates and lower dropout rates.
- Catholic Schools strive to create a special bond among the students, the home, the school, and the church, so that all share the strong sense of community.
Every child shares in an educational environment filled with love and concern -- a community joining together to help create a better world.
MAINTAINING HIGH STANDARDS
Catholic Schools engage in an ongoing process of evaluation, certification, and accreditation of both teachers and programs. Their accountability guarantees the maintenance of Catholic School's traditionally high standards.
- The Catholic School curriculum meets all state regulations and guidelines. In addition, diocesan guidelines require a strong religious education curriculum.
- Catholic School faculty members are fully qualified professionals committed to bringing out the best in their students as they grow in knowledge, skills, and values.
Association with agencies such as the Middle States Association and the National Catholic Education Association, as well as with Diocesan Education Offices, helps provide programs and instruments for internal and external evaluations on an ongoing basis.
EXTRA- CURRICULAR PROGRAMS
Catholic Schools are committed to the development of the whole student. Extra-curricular activities are regarded as an important part of the total learning experience. A variety of choices is offered to reflect the uniqueness of each student, to generate a healthy sense of competition, to create a spirit of cooperation, and to foster both leadership and creativity.
- The emphasis is on participation by all students.
- Drama, forensics, and community service programs are integral parts of the educational process.
- Appropriate social and cultural activities, under school sponsorship, provide relaxation and creative outlets.
Athletics may include football, soccer, track, basketball, cheerleading, bowling, and volleyball.
A Catholic School education is worth the cost. It's money wisely spent. Your child's tuition is an investment which pays lifelong tangible and intangible dividends.
- Catholic Schools represent affordable excellence; there is an emphasis on efficiency and accountability.
- Tuition cost is often supplemented by the parish, so the Catholic community shares the cost of education.
- In addition to a strong program in the "basics," as well as challenging programs for gifted students, Catholic Schools add the significant "plus" of religious, moral, and spiritual development.
- Standardized test scores and a college acceptance rate of 97% reflect that our students are self-disciplined, self-motivated, responsible, and creative.
In Catholic Schools there is a mutual respect which exists among students, faculty, and administrators which generates an atmosphere of care and concern.
WHY PAY MORE?
Since you get more than your money's worth, it's a wise investment in your child's future.
COMMENTS ON CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
"And so the purpose of Catholic Education is to communicate Christ to you, so that your attitude toward others will be that of Christ."
- John Paul II
"The opportunity to celebrate a cornerstone of our faith - our commitment to faith-based education, centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and amplified by family and parish communities - is an important privilege for us in the Archdiocese. I applaud the many thousands of families who make substantial sacrifices to give their children this advantage. I am grateful to the men and women - both religious and lay - who dedicate their lives to Catholic education, for their contributions are both extensive and immeasurable. And most important, I congratulate more than 60,000 students in our Catholic schools for their hard work to understand and live the Gospel in all they do."
- Most Rev. John J. Myers, J.C.D., D.D., Archbishop of Newark
"Faith and moral principles are needed more in our society today than in any time in recent memory. The Catholic School continues to offer the best opportunity for students -- and families -- to experience an education of excellence in a faith-filled environment."
- Most Rev. James T. McHugh, S.T.D., Bishop of Camden
"God has shown His faith in us by committing the children to our care. We cannot fail Him; we cannot fail the children."
- Most Rev. Edward T. Hughes, D.D., Bishop of Metuchen
"I commend those who support our Catholic Schools where our children can learn from day to day that civility and patience are virtues based on the love God has for each of us and the love God expects us to have - and show - towards one another. Those who give Catholic Schools their full support on the strength of their conviction that we need our Catholic Schools to teach the fullness of divine truths and to strengthen the faith of our young people are in our prayers.
In Catholic Schools we can talk to God and we can talk about God’s laws and God’s ways. We can talk about God’s love and the dignity of every member of God’s family. We can talk about the respect and civility we owe one another. It may seem like a long way from Catholic school children being polite and thoughtful toward strangers to international leaders being cooperative and cordial to one another, but what better place to start than in the school as well as the home."
- Most Rev. Frank J. Rodimer, J.C.D., Bishop of Paterson
"The Catholic School system has been and remains the best means not only to hand down a full knowledge of the Faith, but also to foster the religious and spiritual foundation of the young for the future of the Church and society."
- Most Rev. John C. Reiss, J.C.D., Bishop of Trenton
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