The primary reasons parents give for sending their children to Catholic schools are academic excellence, emphasis on Catholic values, healthy social relationships and a supportive educational environment.
The vast majority of all elementary and secondary Catholic school graduates go to college. 99% of Catholic secondary school students graduate and 97% go on to college. At Catholic schools, your child develops childhood bonds with children who share the same values for their future. Preparation for college is a clear goal and Catholic school graduates are often pursued by prestigious colleges.
The emphasis on external discipline in Catholic schools is intended to teach internal self-discipline. Students are expected to accept responsibility for their actions, to respect others and to make good decisions in the context of their faith experience.
Christ as a model
The goal of a Catholic education is to help children mature into Christ-like people. Students are encouraged to recognize the presence of Christ in themselves and others. The religious formation of children begun at home is continued in Catholic school.
A safe, supportive environment
Reverence for the human dignity of every person comes from recognizing Christ in self and others. More than “Drug-free zones” or “Gun-free zones,” Catholic schools strive to be “Christ-centered zones.”
Catholic school teachers expect every student to achieve excellence. Over time, Catholic school students come to internalize this value, enhancing their self-esteem.
Parents are a child’s first teacher. At Catholic schools, parents take an active role in their children’s education. The school supports families and works with them for the benefit of their child/children. When problems come up, parents are contacted and asked, “How can we work together to solve this problem?”
When you send your child to a Catholic school, your family becomes members of a special community. Like your children, you and your family will be enriched by the opportunity to grow in faith.