This is probably the most frequently asked question by parents considering a Catholic school education for their children. There are 4 basic responses:
- Catholic education is a life transforming experience. Class by class, grade by grade, relationship to relationship, day by day the students are transformed to see the world through the lens of our faith. What exactly does that mean? It means that we are children of God and must respect ourselves as such. Students learn to respect the space, possessions, opinion, and body of one another. They learn to be fair, honest, and respectful. They practice being articulate, reasonable, and hope-filled individuals.
- Catholic education is delivered in a small, safe environment. For the most part elementary schools average about 200 students (Pre-K -8) and high schools average about 400 to 600 students (9-12). Every effort is made to equip buildings with sound safety features, updated communication systems, and practiced responses to emergency situations.
- Exemplary behavior is expected. Parents are intimately involved in the process. They expect that their youngsters will respond appropriately to high expectations set forth by each Catholic school. Home and school work as a team – parents being the first educators of their children, and school personnel who replicate the process on a daily basis working in collaboration with parents.
- Curriculum in the Archdiocese of Hartford carries the recognition of excellence. It is carefully created in every subject area with the integration of gospel message and Catholic social teaching. It surpasses the national standards for academic achievement as demonstrated by performance on standardized testing. The curriculum is sought by many Catholic school districts in the United States. It is followed by certified teachers who deliver several models of education including Pre-K, multi-age, STREAM Academies, and the very effective traditional school format.
The final product of a Catholic elementary school is high school students poised and articulate, formed by the consistent opportunities to express themselves both orally and in written word. They are well-rounded graduates who have experienced every academic subject including phonics, literature, language arts, math, science, robotics, coding, history, geography, world language, the arts, and physical education built on a strong foundation of faith, hope, and concern for others in the world - both underserved and advantaged.
History often references the fact that education is a gift for life; Catholic education is the gift for a life well-lived and the promise of life beyond.