Philosophy of Catholic Schools
Schools represent a vital part of any society and are a major source by which the wisdom and culture of a people are passed to new generations. Catholic schools reflect the importance of integrating the Catholic faith with the educational process; therefore, the Church sponsors and supports schools as the major vehicle for pursuing its teaching ministry.
In order for the Church to carry out the goals of this ministry, the Catholic bishops of the United States have established principles which serve as the foundation from which Catholic education flows and which our schools are committed to pursue:
- Communicating the Gospel message of Jesus
- Building and modeling a community of faith
- Orienting students to the obligation and experience of service
- Providing students with the opportunity for growth through worship
Though Catholic theology recognizes parents as being primarily responsible for the education of their children, achievement of these principles is shared by faculty members, the parish, and the Diocese.
The hallmarks of Catholic schooling are Catholic identity and Catholic culture. Catholic identity is clear and easy to maintain. We identify things through our senses. We see the crucifix or statue, we hear the bells, we taste the Body of Christ through the Eucharist, and we smell the incense. Maintaining a Catholic Culture takes time and intentionality. A culture that exists with people and processes that track the Gospel message, provides time for worship, and is based on service is what makes Catholic schools different. It is being intentional about this difference that helps to form the students into disciples and builders of the Kingdom here on earth which is the goal of Catholic schooling.
The Catholic schools of the Diocese of Columbus are also committed to creating and maintaining an academic climate which provides students the best opportunity to become productive, contributing citizens of their world. Equally important, the schools are sensitive to the uniqueness of each student and foster the giftedness of the individual.
At the dawn of the twenty-first century, the schools of the Diocese are expanding their vision to include education which develops productive citizens of a global society responding appropriately to differences among people and meeting the challenges of the technological age.