Choosing an education for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent. Not only is this choice essential for intellectual and spiritual growth, but it also provides the lifelong learner with the necessary skills to excel in a 21st-century world.
In this blog, we have created a directory of questions and the resources that you need to confidently choose a Catholic school education that will meet your individual child’s intellectual and spiritual needs. Here they are broken down in categories:
Is the school accredited?
- Accreditation is a large-scale process in which schools are evaluated on their ability to provide a quality education for all students by criteria set forth by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the same prestigious agency that accredits Yale and Harvard. Visit:
How is the academic curriculum?
- A solid curriculum should have structure, rigorous teaching standards, and be responsive to the needs of society so that students are provided with the skills necessary for college and career success. Examples of how this can be implemented can be found below:
Do all lessons across the curriculum focus on personal and social responsibility, as well as a respect for people of all faiths and backgrounds?
- Studies should emphasize a global perspective, which allows students to understand how social, economic, and political forces impact people around the world and how we are all connected no matter where we live. Visit:
EnvironmentWhat are the behavioral expectations and how are discipline issues handled?
- Students learn best with structure and discipline in a caring and nurturing environment. Schools should have a handbook that specifically explains behavioral expectations and the corresponding disciplinary procedures. Visit:
Does the school promote respect across all areas?
- Learning can only occur in a safe and secure environment, and schools should settle for nothing less. Visit:
- Schools should have a variety of means to reach out to families such as internet parent portals, teacher websites, and newsletters. Visit:
We hope that this blog has provided you with guidance in choosing the best school for your child as well as a better understanding of how a Catholic school may be an excellent option for your family.
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