In today’s climate of relativism, parents who hope to raise conscientious, ethical, and morally enlightened children really have their work cut out for them. Popular culture continually undermines their efforts by sending the message that “anything goes” and that concepts like faith, self-discipline, and respect for others are antiquated notions. But parents who send their children to Catholic schools find that the values they hope to impart to their children are upheld and reinforced in a supportive, caring environment. As a result, kids emerge better educated and better prepared to deal with the opportunities and challenges life has in store for them.
Here’s what a Catholic education will mean for your child.
Safe, supportive learning environment
With their emphasis on Catholic faith, individual responsibility, parental involvement, and respect for human dignity, problems such as behavioral challenges, substance abuse, and risks of violence are significantly lower in Catholic schools than in non-faith-based school systems. In addition, smaller class sizes mean that all students receive the support, personal attention, and interaction they need to excel academically.
Catholic school teachers understand the basic principle that self-esteem results from accomplishment, not vice versa. Students are expected to achieve in their academic endeavors, and they’re given the tools and support they need to do so. The bar of achievement is set high with the goal of preparing students for the rigors of secondary education and the working world.
Christ’s example is the foundation upon which Catholic education is based. Children are encouraged and nurtured to be Christ-like people and to recognize the presence of Christ in others. Parents appreciate the fact that Catholic schools uphold and strengthen the religious formation they’ve begun in the home.
Emphasis on self-discipline
Personal responsibility is a hallmark of Catholic education. Students are given the decision-making skills they need to make sound judgments throughout their lives and to extend the respect and dignity deserved by others. Self-discipline leads to academic success, which leads to a more significant contribution to society.
Parents who care
Just like you, other parents of Catholic school students want to play an active role in their children’s educational experience. In fact, many parents volunteer in a variety of capacities, such as playground or lunchroom supervision, classroom assistance, fieldtrip support, fundraising assistance, and many other areas. And the support works both ways. The schools are also happy to work together with parents as a team to help solve any problems or challenges that might arise.
Part of a community
When your child becomes a part of a Catholic school, your family also becomes a member of this supportive, enriching community, which will allow your entire family to continue growing in their Catholic faith.
College in the future
A college degree is critical to career success, and Catholic schools are focused on preparing students for entry into college. A very large majority of elementary and secondary Catholic school students attend college. In fact, according to the National Catholic Educational Association, 99% of Catholic secondary school students graduate and 97% go on to college.❦