Catholic schools have been a beacon of light to this nation, from their earliest days that preceded the nation’s founding by more than 150 years.
Understand that education is a formative process, centered on Jesus Christ the Teacher, and ordered to the cultivation of wisdom and virtue, which leads to human flourishing.
Proclaim that truth, goodness, and beauty form the soul, are worthy in their own right, and are meant for everyone.
Embrace the Church’s understanding of the inherent dignity of the human person, recognizing that all are made in God’s image and all share a common destiny with Him.
Recognize that parents are the primary educators of their children, and seek to form a partnership that best serves the needs of children and families.
Foster communion and community, echoing the Gospel call to gather all nations in Christ, and thus are animated by a sense of compassionate service to all.
Provide a ladder to the poor, the immigrant, and the marginalized, in accord with a centuries-old tradition of lifting many from poverty to a more prosperous life. The poorer and more at-risk a student is, the greater the relative achievement gains in Catholic schools. A black or Latino child is 42% more likely to graduate from high school and two-and-a-half times more likely to graduate from college if he or she attends a Catholic school.
Recognize that academic excellence is the birthright of children and seek to provide a rich and challenging education to all students.