Considering a Catholic School for your child? Take a moment to review this list of 23 key benefits — they'll assist in the research process and help you to assess the school options in your area.
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23 Key Benefits of Catholic Schools
- Parents choose Catholic schools for their children because of high academic standards; values-added education and a safe school environment.
- Catholic Schools stress the value of self-discipline and commitment.
- Catholic Schools encourage family input and involvement in the ongoing education of their children. Research shows that such a partnership results in higher attendance rates and lower dropout rates.
- Catholic School students score significantly above the national averages on standardized testing.
- Research shows that because of a greater emphasis on homework and study, Catholic School students develop more effective writing skills.
- Catholic School faculty members are qualified professionals committed to bringing out the best in their students as they grow in knowledge, skills, and values.
- Faculty and staff are role models who share their faith, their talents, and their time.
- The Catholic School curriculum normally meets state regulations and guidelines.
- Association and accrediting agencies help provide programs and instruments for internal and external evaluations on an ongoing basis
- Catholic Schools have an excellent success rate in educating minority students.
- Catholic Schools encourage each student to accept the challenges of being a better person in tomorrow's world.
- The emphasis is on participation by all students.
- Standardized test scores and a high college acceptance rate reflect that the Catholic School students are self-disciplined, self-motivated, responsible, and creative.
- Appropriate social and cultural activities, under school sponsorship, provide relaxation and creative outlets.
- Catholic Schools represent affordable excellence; there is an emphasis on efficiency and accountability.
- Tuition cost is often supplemented by the parish, so the Catholic community shares the cost of education.
- In addition to a strong program in the "basics," as well as challenging programs for gifted students, Catholic Schools add the significant "plus" of religious, moral, and spiritual development.
- Catholic Schools help students understand that each person is unique and valuable.
- Catholic Schools strive to create a special bond among the students, the home, the school, and the church, so that all share the strong sense of community.
- In Catholic Schools there is a mutual respect among students, faculty, and administrators which generates an atmosphere of care and concern.
- Catholic Schools join with the family to help students understand their special place in the family, the Church, and society.
- Students explore their faith through classes and activities in Scripture, Sacraments, Church, and morality.
- While not all students who come to Catholic Schools are Catholic, all share experiences of faith and values.