|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
"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."
"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."
"God has shown His faith in us by committing the children to our care. We cannot fail Him; we cannot fail the children."
"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.
"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."