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 order to guide your quest for a school that best fits your child’s individual needs, we have composed a checklist of questions that will ensure that you’re asking yourself the right questions when facing this crucial decision. The questions have been compiled from school administrators, teachers, support staff and parents because we believe that education is most effective when approached as a community.
- Is the school accredited?
- Does the school strive to exceed state and national academic standards?
- Is the school known for implementing instructional best practices enhanced by the effective use of technology?
- Are the teachers highly qualified?
- Does the school have a high rate of graduation?
- Does the school offer support services for students with special learning needs?
- Are teachers available for extra help where needed?
- Are there accelerated programs in place for students who need to be challenged?
- Is school safety and a supportive environment top priorities?
- Are there specific school-wide behavioral expectations?
- Is there a fair and consistent discipline policy in place?
- Does an atmosphere in which creativity thrives exist?
- Does the environment allow for individualized attention to your child?
- Does the curriculum cater to a variety of skill levels and learning styles?
- Does the school have a high ratio of diversity, including faith, ethnicity, and socio-economic background?
- Is the academic curriculum based on the teachings of the Catholic Church?
- Are all lessons across the subjects infused with Catholic identity and social teachings?
- Do all studies emphasize a global perspective?
- Are the religion curriculum standards structured in strands that represent the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church?
- Do the classes and atmosphere allow the students to grow in their relationships with God?
- Is the school located in your neighborhood?
- Does the school encourage parental involvement?
- Does the school offer opportunities to develop a healthy competitive spirit and cooperation skills through athletics?
- Does the school offer students the opportunity to demonstrate an appreciation for God by using creativity sparked by the Fine Arts?
- Do the school’s academic and extracurricular programs promote social justice guided by a moral compass?
- Do the school’s activities encourage students to serve and support parish life and the local civic communities?
- Does the school function as a community?
If answering “yes” to many (or all) of these questions is important to you, we personally invite you to come discover what the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford have to offer. Our educational community offers a well-rounded learning experience that is good for both mind and soul.