What will your child gain from attending Catholic school? An outstanding education that is well above standard? Critical thinking skills? Reading and writing fluency? Math skills? As a matter of fact, yes, all of that and then some.
A Catholic school education is so much more than high test scores and graduation rates — although those are certainly remarkable parts of it. In addition to following rigorous and innovative academic standards, the schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford provide a learning experience geared toward educating the whole person. What this means is that throughout our curriculum, we combine quality academics with an emphasis on core values.
So why are core values so important?
Because in today’s world we have a crisis of values, and it is essential to raise our children to be productive and virtuous citizens committed to the greater good. This exact goal is what Catholic teaching is all about.
In addition to offering an academic experience of excellence, we promote the value of self-discipline and responsibility. We encourage students to recognize the dignity of every human being and the importance of family and community. And we do all of this with a global perspective that will prepare our students to go out and create a more just and humane world. After all, according to Pope Francis, the Earth is our common home and we need to work together to make it a place where we can all live peacefully together.
What we teach your child is an extension of what she or he has learned at home from you. Our staff members serve as role models in a time when they are few and far between in the popular and media cultures. And when we do this together, working as partners invested in your child’s future, we create a moral education that lives on well beyond the classroom.
So as you can see, when your child is enrolled in a Catholic school, receiving a superior education is just the beginning. At the schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford, we strive to instill a morality that will remain with your child forever.
(To read more about Catholic Social Teachings, visit the Office of Catholic schools website, move your cursor over “Why Catholic Schools,” and click on “Religion” under “Curriculum Standards.” On the bottom of the page, you have the option to download the Archdiocesan Religion Curriculum Standards, which will list the teachings in Appendix 1 on page 123.)