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