Why would you send your child to a faith-based school rather than a public school? How different can the education be? School is school, right?
Actually, no, there are many important distinctions that separate a public education from one in the Catholic tradition. Let’s take a look at them.
Accreditation is a large-scale process in which schools are evaluated on their ability to provide a quality education for all students. Unfortunately, many parents don’t realize that a child’s attendance at a non-accredited school can impede acceptance to a notable college. Moreover, there is no Connecticut law that mandates accreditation, and consequently, not all public schools are accredited. In contrast, all Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford meet or surpass requirements set forth by The New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the same prestigious agency that accredits Yale and Harvard.
One of the most unfortunate aspects of public schooling is that students sometimes fall through the cracks. Large class size, socioeconomic inequalities, and budget cuts all play a part in this phenomenon. In addition, curriculums vary between public schools, and there is no set of essential academic skills being taught. Throw in the opportunity to take non-fundamental electives and the general lack of student accountability, and there is no guarantee that students will emerge as productive, responsible, and moral members of the community.
Conversely, Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford make certain that each student undergoes study of a core curriculum,emphasizing a culture of educational excellence through high standards, high accountability, and self-discipline. Small student/teacher ratio (18 to 1 elementary student to faculty ratio, and a 13 to 1 secondary student to faculty ratio) guarantees that every child will receive personalized attention and will never be at risk of being overlooked. See how Catholic school can brighten your child’s future.
Catholic schools pride themselves on the school’s atmosphere of mutual respect, structure and discipline, Gospel values, and emphasis on faith in action. In fact, we don’t just encourage it, we’ve made it a core component of our curriculum.
As educators, our mission is to provide a safe, nurturing, and secure environment in which our students can reach their full potential, academically and personally. Our standards are high and our students rise to meet them.
Yet we couldn’t do it alone. Only through the support of parents, community, and Christ could we be the family we are — all coming together with your child’s and the future’s best interests in mind.
In today’s world, for better or worse, academic merit is based on test scores. While we gauge achievement with a more comprehensive measurement, it is important to note that Catholic school students perform better on standardized tests than their state and national peers.
Graduation and Further Education
A celebrated 100% of Catholic school seniors graduate, with 99% pursuing further education. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the public school graduation rate is 81%, with the further education rate coming in much lower. The numbers speak for themselves.
So you see, public and Catholic education aren’t the same at all. To learn more about how the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford can help you in your child’s search for knowledge, meaning, and truth, we invite you to visit our webpage.