♣ Why Catholic
Parents want to
send their children to the best school available. Why is a Catholic
School special and different?
Catholic schools offer parents the opportunity to educate their
children in a school which serves as an extended family. The same
values taught at home are able to be taught in the school. Moral values
are better taught in a Catholic school because there is a common
agreement on what is believed and what is vital to the moral
Each student is created uniquely and requires individual attention. At
the same time he/she is taught to be a contributing member of a group.
Therefore, the formation of community is an important part of a
Catholic school education. The Catholic school teacher helps each
student come to learn his or her own special uniqueness, and how to
best express his or her talents and gifts.
Discipline continues to be a strength of Catholic schools. Discipline
that has self control, harmony, order and a sense of purpose as goals
for acceptable behavior describes the code of conduct for a Catholic
school. In national comparisons of standardized testing Catholic school
students continue to place well above the national average.
Catholic school is a sense of the spiritual, a recognition that we
depend upon God. Students are taught the value of both personal prayer
and prayer as a community of believers. As part of religious training,
they are also taught the importance of service to others.
St. Pat's has a very active Home School
Association. The H.S.A. provides a hot lunch program, financial support
for field trips, computers and technology, and upgrades to the
facilities. Fund raisers to help support these efforts include a
tuition raffle, gift-wrap sale, fruit sale, craft fair, golf outing and
educators welcome parental involvement. Parents are encouraged to keep
in close contact with the teachers and to jointly monitor the progress
of the student. Parents, by sacrificing to send their children to a
Catholic school, show them that education is a high priority. Through
the cooperative effort of the parent/student/teacher team children are
provided with the best available education, built on a foundation of
Christian values and love for each child.