The primary reasons that parents give for sending their children to Catholic school are:
Emphasis on Catholic values
Healthy social relationships
A supportive environment
A Catholic education means…
College-bound peers – The vast majority, approximately 94% of Catholic school graduates, pursue higher education. Catholic School graduates are often pursued by prestigious colleges.
A rigorous curriculum – Most students take four years of mathematics, history, English, science, foreign language, and religious studies.
Self-discipline – Students are expected to accept responsibility for their actions, to respect others and to make good decisions in the context of their faith experience.
Christ as a model – The goal of a Catholic education is to help children mature into Christ-like people. Students are encouraged to recognize the presence of Christ in themselves and others. The religious formation of children begun at home is continued in Catholic school.
A safe, supportive environment – Reverence for the human dignity of every person comes from recognizing Christ in self and others. More than “Drug-free zones” or “Gun-free zones," Catholic schools strive to be “Christ-centered zones."
High expectations – Catholic school teachers expect every student to achieve.
Committed parents – Parents are a child’s first teachers. At Catholic schools, parents take an active role in their children’s education. The school supports families and works with them for the benefit of children.
A caring community – Catholic school parents provide hundreds of millions of volunteer service hours to their schools. Parents assist with everything from playground supervision, field trips and putting band-aids on skinned knees, to raising funds, installing computer networks and building new schools.