We all have a mission in life, and that is to do our part in creating a world of good. Core values matter to us and we know they matter to you. Since the establishment of the first Connecticut Catholic school in 1830, we have integrated these principles into our academic curriculum. Today, the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford remain completely committed to this charge.
What does that mean?
It means that we believe a school should provide an education beyond just the core academic subjects. Don’t get us wrong, we consider academics a top priority — our test scores and graduation rates vouch for that. Nevertheless, we strive to educate the whole student, intellectually and spiritually, and for this purpose, have built our program around rigorous academic standards enriched by the tenets of Catholic tradition.
To begin with, we teach respect. The Gospel declares that every human being has unlimited potential and we must protect the dignity of all. That said, respect begins with the self. Catholic schools provide a safe, secure atmosphere that cultivates self-worth in our students, which in turn, allows them to see the worth in others. This respect is apparent in our diverse classrooms, full of students from all cultural, socioeconomic, and faith backgrounds. Catholic schools work tirelessly to eliminate the types of social groupings, or cliques, which inevitably leave students feeling alienated.
Within this mutually respectful community, the schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford provide a highly structured environment that mirrors the professional settings our students will encounter as they leave the classroom and enter the workforce. Not only do we recognize a chain of command, but in the name of career readiness, we also focus on providing the tools required for moving up that chain and becoming leaders.
For example, we know that in order to meet with this success, our students must be proficient in all types of social interactions, specifically social conventions. Accordingly, our teachings are devoted to honing interpersonal skills such as listening, conversing, and cooperating. We also work to inspire internal motivation, responsibility, and self-management. In other words, our students develop the qualities necessary to become productive, virtuous citizens and leaders.
Through our overall commitment to core values, the schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford are working at creating a world of good. Just think what we can accomplish if we do this together — one child at a time.