November 17, 2016

Why a Catholic Elementary School?

So, Why Should I Send My Child To Catholic School?

by Sister Carol Cimino, SSJ

Reprinted with permission from The Catholic School Administrators Association of New York StateCB2_2086

It’s perfectly natural for parents to ask this question. After all, the choice of where your child attends school is surely one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make as a parent.

Often, parents’ first question is: How much will is cost? Will I be able to afford it? Actually, that should be parents’ last question.

So, here are a few points to ponder as you make that decision.

Catholic schools acknowledge that parents are primary. Yes, we in Catholic schools believe that parents are the primary educators of their children. That’s why we promise to keep you informed about your child’s progress, any problems that he or she may be having, and how your child likes to learn.

In addition, we expect that you will be involved in your child’s education all through his or her school career. There are plenty of activities that your child will want to involve you in, from helping with homework to volunteering at school in whatever capacity you are able. That way, we demonstrate to your child that we are partner in your awesome responsibility to be his or her primary educator.

Catholic schools hold students to high standards. Catholic school teachers are professionally prepared and properly certified to meet the standards of every school. But because we acknowledge that parents want the very best for their children, we don’t hesitate to demand the best from your child.

Homework, projects, and even tests are rigorous in Catholic school. This is an act of faith in your child: a belief that your child ca reach his or her highest potential. The result is that Catholic school students outperform student sin other kinds of schools on all kinds of standardized tests.

But even more important, our teachers acknowledge that their students are worthy of the highest expectations because you believe the very same thing.

Catholic schools are different where it counts. The very core of the Catholic school is the Gospel teaching of Jesus, and the teachings of the Catholic Church. Central to the school day is prayer and the practice of “what would Jesus do.”

Catholic schools have religion as a subject every day and religion as a theme in every subject. Students have the opportunity to learn their faith and live it. Social justice is not only taught, it is lived, and our goal is to bring your child to awareness of God’s love for him or her, as well as his or her obligation to live a moral life and work for justice for others.

Catholic schools emphasize what matters in school. We don’t put a priority on sports or extra-curricular activities. We believe that a solid, academic, value-laden education is more important that the “frills.” You won’t find fads or social experiments going on in Catholic schools. We have found a formula that works and we simply continue to refine that formula. In Catholic schools, we get results because we believe that the tried and true can be trusted.

That doesn’t mean that Catholic schools don’t have up-to-date facilities and teaching tools. Our graduates are technologically literate, and they understand that computers and other technology are just means to learning; they are not the goals of learning.

These are just four good reasons to send your child to Catholic school. Add in the fact that we have been around for a long time, we employ administrators and teachers who are there for no other reason than to teach your child, and you’ve got many more reasons to give your child the education of a lifetime.

Why should you send your child to Catholic school? Look around; ask around; come around, and you’ll see that there really is no one answer. In fact, there really is no question.