What makes a Catholic school different?
Catholic schools educate the whole child. They address not only the intellectual, physical and psychological capacities of a child but also the moral and religious dimensions.
Catholic education is centered on the person of Jesus Christ who provides the most comprehensive example of the realization of full human potential.
A Catholic school is more than religion classes that teach about our Faith. It must be a vibrant Faith community where Catholic Christianity is both witnessed and experienced. It must be a place where intellectual growth is harmonized with spiritual, religious, emotional and social growth. Its distinctiveness must not rest solely on its religious education program.
Academic excellence is essential, but it is not enough to produce graduates well prepared in the arts and sciences. Catholic schools must produce graduates whose love for wisdom and truth lead to a worldview infused with Gospel values and Catholic tradition.
I am amazed and humbled by the sacrifices parents make to provide a Catholic education for their children. They recognize what makes a Catholic school different.
And I salute the administrators, teachers and staffs of our Catholic schools whose commitment to academic excellence and the Faith are what continue to make our Catholic schools different.
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