What better way to see why Catholic school is an excellent choice for your child than by hearing from actual parents of Catholic school students and former students, themselves!
“My parents sent me to Catholic elementary school because they were not thrilled with the school system the town I lived in provided. They wanted me to have a good education and to grow up in the Catholic faith. Also with the smaller elementary school, my class became more of an extended family — we grew up together very much like siblings.
I wanted to go to the Catholic high school. I had heard it was one of the best in the state academically, and I was beyond thrilled when I was accepted. The faculty was mostly religious personnel and again, I was able to continue my Catholic studies. The education I was provided was indeed excellent.”
--Heather, teacher, Seymour
“I originally sent my daughter to Catholic school because of the quality of the institution and the students who go there. I am also pleased to see that the students embody so much diversity and multiculturalism. Most of all I appreciate that the educators are united in teaching from a moral compass, which includes a routine of praying and respect for God and the Church. On top of all of that is the exceptional education.”
--G. King, Entrepreneur, New Haven
“I made the decision to go to a Catholic high school because it was college prep with a class schedule that would better suit my learning style. My parents agreed with my logic and enrolled me.
I had been home-schooled for a few years because when I was actually in school (K–3), I was quiet and shy and fell through the cracks. I needed high school to be different so that I could go to a good college.
It was very much worth the money to be in a safe environment with small classes and one-on-one interaction with the teachers.”
--Suzanna, Personal Trainer, Hamden
“My mother had gone to Catholic school and had benefitted greatly from it. The one she sent me to offered a much better education than the local public school, and aside from that, she liked that the Catholic school combined academic lessons with those on morals and good behavior.”
--Alex, Creative Director, Meriden
“I wanted a great education for my kids. I also loved the idea that Catholic schools combine academics with religious instruction. I had been sending them to catechism on the weekends, but within the Catholic school day, they received consistent religious instruction throughout the entire week. It really was the best of both worlds.”
--Colleen, First Mate, Waterbury
“I was in Catholic School from K through 12. Other than the great education, what I remember best is the camaraderie.”
--Brian, Copywriter, Hamden
“Both of my girls went to pre-K and kindergarten at our church's Catholic school and remained in parochial school through 8th grade. While they were attending, I went through a divorce from their father, and I kept them in so as not to disrupt another part of their lives. I was so thankful they were in Catholic school at this time because having faith is really important in order to survive difficult circumstances.”
--Jeanine, Teacher, Shelton
“My mother wanted me to go to a Catholic school in order to get a great education in a more focused environment. Honestly, I don’t think I would have done well in a public school. The small classes and individualized attention really brought out the best in me.”
--Janel, Public Relations Director, Bridgeport
“Even though I'm not Catholic, we enrolled our daughter at Our Lady of Mercy Country Day School in our hometown, Madison. We kept her in OLM through 8th grade because we knew she was receiving an excellent education and that the school focused on the entire child — their mental, physical, and spiritual selves — as well as the core values she and her peers have carried throughout their entire lives. We also loved that her classmates came from homes where education was a priority, and the kids were all encouraged at school — and at home — to study and be decent human beings. And although they graduated 8th grade over 30 years ago, they remain friends to this day.”
--Jan, Managing Editor, Killingworth
Do you want to know more? Visit the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Hartford to see for yourselves what these parents and former students are talking about.