Statement of Educational Philosophy

Statement of Educational Philosophy

An authentic Catholic education helps parents to form young Christians into committed disciples capable of living out their vocations as missionary citizens in the world.

Authentic Catholic Education

An authentic Catholic education is committed to Jesus Christ and his gospel, as promulgated in the teachings of the Catholic Church and lived out via the witness of the faithful. It recognizes that all Truth is God’s truth, reinforcing the integrated relationship between faith and reason. It implements a rigorous curriculum uniting divine revelation, human learning, and pedagogical best practice.

Forming Committed Disciples

The gospel of Jesus Christ is “good news that saves” (cf. 1 Cor. 15) and the Church is charged with “making disciples of all the world,” (cf Mt. 28) so that all might be saved. Yet, before one can “make disciples of the world,” he or she must first be a committed disciple themselves.

The work of discipleship takes a lifetime. A good Catholic education helps to build a solid foundation for discipleship in two ways: first, by supporting parents’ formation efforts and secondly by helping students to discover their true identities in Him.

Supporting Parents

While parents bear the primary responsibility for educating and forming their children into committed disciples, Catholic schools play a significant role in supporting them. First, Catholic schools provide a rich community of faith – allowing parents to feel confident that their young people are being properly shepherded. Secondly, a good Catholic education provides a competitive academic environment, ensuring their students are well positioned for success – in this life, and the next. Finally, a good Catholic education ministers to the whole human person – mind, body, and spirit – offering an integrated approach to character formation and development.

Support Student Identity

An authentic Catholic education provides ample opportunities for young people to encounter Christ. It helps them learn to hear – and respond to – his voice, deepening their relationship with Him. As this relationship deepens, students experience interior freedom, gain confidence in Him, and increase their desire to live in Him and share Him with others.

Discerning Vocation

The goal of every Christian is to hear the Father say “well done, my good and faithful servant…Come, share in your master’s joy” (cf Mt. 25) at the end of this life. God has gifted each human being with a unique set of talents, designed to advance His reign. A good Catholic education facilitates the discovery of these special talents, and offers guidance on how they might be used to serve their families and communities.

Missionary Citizens of the World

Most students will be called to live out their vocations as citizens in a fast-moving, hyperconnected secular world replete with numerous social, economic, political, and environmental challenges. An authentic Catholic education seeks unity in diversity, encourages thoughtful stewardship over carelessness, adopts technology as a means and not an end, and embraces Christian love over secular sophistry. The Catholic school is itself an active citizen in its community and a missionary forming missionaries for the salvation of the world.

The Catholic Leader

The goals of Catholic education are necessarily ambitious because Christ’s charge is ambitious. Yet, we are gifted with the Holy Spirit who assists us in accomplishing these aims.

The role of the Catholic leader is threefold. First, it is to recognize that Christ is the real leader and will reveal the appropriate path forward. Thus, he must listen for and then communicate Christ’s vision to the institution and her stakeholders. In that process, Christ’s vision will become refined and clarified, so that it can be properly articulated, communicated, and executed.

Second, the Catholic leader must set the appropriate targets for the organization to succeed, while gathering and organizing the appropriate resources needed to ensure success. Those resources include the human, financial, and technical tools necessary to accomplish the organization’s goals.

Finally, the leader must steward those resources, so that the institution is sustainable. This includes aligning the stakeholders around the vision, husbanding financial resources, investing in the right people responsible for carrying out the organization’s mission, holding them accountable for performance, and building systems that both reduce (or eliminate!) any distractions or burdensome waste and streamline processes that facilitate desired outcomes.

Throughout this process, the leader must continue to listen to Christ and maintain a rhythm of communication with stakeholders to ensure alignment, make adjustments, and perpetuate growth.

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