As children grow, they have many questions… about the world, their own identities, powers greater than themselves, and their relationship with God.
As important as it is to be able to read, write, and understand math and science, many of the ultimate questions—about life, death, and the splendor and diversity of the world we live in—require a different sort of learning and depend on belief.
Catholic schools are faith-based communities where belief in God is part of the everyday environment, and not just in religion classes. There are Christian prayers and attendance at Mass, inspirational words and images throughout the schools, and frequent reminders of the message of Jesus for all the children of the world.
And yet, even though the Catholic message plays an important role in Catholic schools, nearly 15% of children who attend our schools are from non-Catholic families. The parents of these children value the academic excellence of a Catholic school education and the respect shown for beliefs, values, and a higher sense of purpose.
We are convinced it is important and enriching for children to experience religion firsthand. Their experiences give them a chance to understand the beliefs, purposes, issues, and practices of Catholic faith without prejudice or pre-conceived notions. With a firm sense of their values and faith, children can boldy go out in to a world in need of help and make a difference in it.
So whether you are a practicing Catholic, a former Catholic, or a believer in another faith, we urge you to give every aspect of your child’s character an opportunity to learn and grow. Catholic schools educate the whole child, including the mind, the heart, and the spirit.