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10/15/2018 12:01:00 PM
What to consider when choosing your child's school

Parents know all children are different, exhibiting their own unique needs, developmental path, talents and interests.

These are some points to ponder in the school selection process:

• Is the curriculum appropriate for my child’s talents and goals?

• Will the school be challenging without being overwhelming?

• Will my child be comfortable in the school’s environment? Will I?

• Are there opportunities for my child to pursue special interests?

• Look beyond the facilities – look at programs, teachers, services, the school’s leadership and vision.

• Does the environment reflect a Christ-centered approach to education – are there Catholic symbols, places for quiet prayer and gathering spaces for Mass; is the exercise of faith part of the everyday experience?

• Plan a visit – Study the options, check the website, tour the school and ask questions. Talk to administrators, teachers and current parents, and let your child experience a day in class.

Other factors to consider in a prospective Catholic high school:

Education and Values

• The school demonstrates a strong commitment to academic development and achievement, actively pursuing new ways to engage students and nurture their potential.

• A belief in Christ and a sense of Catholic identity should be reflected in the facilities, the curriculum, the faculty, the school’s mission and the daily activities. 

• Catholic schools emphasize morals, service and social justice.

A Choice for the Future

• Statistics show students in a Catholic school perform better academically, are much less likely to drop out and are much more likely to go on to college.

Disciplined Environment

• Catholic school students learn self-discipline, responsibility, and self-motivation in an environment both nurturing and structured.

• Control over admittance and expected behavior, lessons in courtesy and respect.

Not Lost in the Crowd

• Students and teachers share their faith during morning prayers and at special services.

• Trust develops when students feel free to discuss ideas and problems with their teachers. In a Catholic school, every teacher is an adviser.

• Catholic school provides a safe environment where children can explore ideas and feelings, and guidance that ensures they won’t get lost while exploring.

Committed Teachers

• Catholic schools attract teachers who view education as a vocation and are chosen for their abilities as role models, teaching skills and subject expertise.

• The majority of teachers are Catholic, committed to developing both spirit and  intellect.

Accountability

• Catholic schools are directly accountable to the families they serve; performance builds and maintains the school’s reputation.

Responsiveness

• Catholic schools respond to the changing needs of students and to the requirements of the “real” world. Look for services appropriate for your family and your circumstances.

Parental Participation

• Parent involvement is both welcome and key to the students’ success.

• Parents will be asked to participate in the social life of the school and help it advance.

• Special family liturgies for school community; special occasions may be marked with a special Mass.

Source: Independent School Management



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• High-schoolers take pride in actively promoting their schools to prospective students
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• 2018 High School Showcase




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