Children Learn Best in a Well-Disciplined Setting
While there is no way to guarantee that unfortunate incidents will never occur, Catholic school administrators across the country have taken measures to assist teachers, students and families to deal with difficult behavior such as bullying and violence. To prevent the unthinkable, security measures have
been installed, ranging from surveillance cameras to lock-down codes, drills to evacuation plans and disaster rehearsals.
Children are the concern of everyone who is involved with the Catholic school. Our schools are not just buildings, but also places where the children know they are loved, protected and safe. They are free to learn and love each other in an atmosphere of care and concern even in a chaotic neighborhood.
In a Catholic school, students are encouraged to know and care for one another.
The Compelling Advantages of Catholic School
Parents often ask the question, "Can I afford to send my child to a Catholic school?" My response is another question: "How can you not afford it?" All parents want what is best for their children and will often sacrifice in order to provide it.
I know of many parents who will take on a second and sometimes even a third job to keep their youngsters in a Catholic school. One of my former associates did just this. When asked why, she simply said, "It's the right thing. Where else can I be assured that the Christian ethic that I value and cherish will be reinforced? Where else can I be assured that my child will be challenged and academically prepared for a future that no one knows about yet? When he gets on that bus, I know he will be in good hands, safe and secure as can be, and I will be informed when something is amiss."
In my own career as a Catholic educator, I have learned that Catholic schooling has many other compelling advantages.Continued in future postings, I will be outlining these advantages. Please check back.
Catholic Schools Develop the Whole Person
Catholic schools develop positive Catholic identity
Catholic families want to pass on their tradition.
Catholic Schools Really Do Matter
We all need Catholic Schools
Who benefits from Catholic School?
The truth is that the entire parish, the whole diocese and the universal church benefit from Catholic schools in ways that keep communities strong. So all Catholics have a duty to support them. Reawakening a sense of common ownership of Catholic schools may be the biggest challenge the church faces in any revitalization effort ahead. Thus, we Catholics need to ask ourselves a risky question: Who needs Catholic schools, anyway?
The answer: We all do. Much of the research on Catholic education conducted over the last five decades—from the Rev. Andrew Greeley to the University of Notre Dame; from the National Opinion Research Center to the work of independent, often non-Catholic scholars—has answered with a unanimous voice that without a doubt Catholic schools are an unquestioned success in every way: spiritually, academically and communally. More to the point, the graduates they produce emerge as lifelong practitioners of their faith. These Catholic graduates have been, are and will be our leaders in church and society.
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San Bernardino Diocese Schools Earn AP Honor Roll
AP courses, administered by the College Board, can help students in three significant ways. 1. By helping students stand out in college admissions, 2. By earning college credits, and 3. Allowing students to skip introductory classes. 82% of students say AP courses are more worthwhile than regular courses and over 3,000 colleges and universities worldwide received AP scores in 2012 for credit and placement.
This award demonstrates that our students are very well prepared for college and beyond.
Foundations and Donors are Critical to our Success
Studies have consistently shown that Catholic schools are educating minority students better than their public-school counterparts, despite the fact that per-pupil expenditures in Catholic schools are only one-third those of tax-funded public schools. Foundations and donors are critical in providing resources that will ensure there is capacity building, development of evidence-based best practices, continuous quality improvement, shared measurement and collective impact. Schools, investors and the larger community working together around a shared vision of excellence will lead to students who will indeed be "fit for the world in which they are destined to live," and ready and willing to bring about the Reign of God. Why engage in this process? The love of Christ urges us.
Why Attend Catholic School?
The Catholic School Advantage
Parents who send their children to Catholic school often cite safety and values as motivation for their choice. These two vital considerations are a huge part of the benefits students of Catholic schools receive, but they represent only a portion of what researchers call the Catholic School Advantage:
- 98% of low income, minority children graduate from high schools, compared to only 66% of all students in public schools.
- Hispanic and African American Students who attend Catholic schools are 42% more likely to graduate from high school and 2.5 times more likely to graduate college.
- 81% of students who graduate from Catholic schools attend college, compared to 44% of students in public schools.
- Students who attend Catholic schools are more likely to attend church and remain active Catholics as adults.
- Catholic school students are also more tolerant of diverse views, more likely to vote, more likely to be civically engaged, and earn higher wages than their public school peers.
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The Catholic School Difference
One of the most important decisions you’ll ever make as a parent is where to send your child for elementary and high school. Catholic schools provide a complete education that includes curriculum and programs that develop a well-rounded graduate. Studies show that the road to college success begins during a student’s elementary years. True college preparation begins in the early grades, not high school. In today’s economically competitive climate, college success means not just attending college, but obtaining a degree.