Mission, Vision, Belief Statements
Catholic Schools form Catholic students to be full and practicing members of the Church, are centers of evangelization that call all to live fully the message of Jesus Christ, and are centers of academic excellence that rigorously prepare students to be life-long learners and contributing members of the global community.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia continues its longstanding commitment to providing the highest quality Catholic education to the children of the greater Philadelphia area. As we enter the second decade of this century, we recognize that there are significant trends impacting our lives. These trends challenge our notions of traditional education, as well as our definition of what it means to be Catholic.
Our students live in a dramatically different world than the one in which most of today’s adults grew up. Advances in technology, changes in our demographics, the globalization of our economy, and the contradictions in societal values make the availability of a vibrant, relevant, rigorous Catholic education more important than ever. We must provide our young people with the tools and direction they need to function amid these challenges, including the guiding message of the Gospel.
To this end, the Office of Catholic Education has developed a strategic plan to guide the ongoing evolution, direction and development of our schools. This plan is a living document with goals created around five-year targets. Actions have been developed for year one only and will be extended annually to ensure the continued vibrancy and responsiveness of our direction. The plan will be assessed, modified, and improved based on its impact and effectiveness. What will not be modified, however, is the unwavering commitment expressed in our Mission Statement.
In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs.” As soldiers of Christ, we take seriously the call to strengthen the ongoing Mission of Catholic Education, and sustain it we will, well into the future of this 21st Century.
We believe our Catholic Schools are an integral part of the Church’s mission to teach young people how to proclaim the Gospel, build faith communities, celebrate through worship, and service to others.
We believe the goal of our Catholic Schools is to assist parents/guardians in preparing the next generation of practicing Catholics who are well educated in the Catholic faith and capable of leadership in creating a just and Gospel-centered society.
We believe our Catholic Schools are committed to academic excellence, fostering the intellectual development and growth of faculty and students as all embrace learning attitudes of the 21st century.
We believe student learning in our Catholic Schools begins with a rigorous curriculum presented in a learning environment that supports high levels of student engagement where ever-evolving technologies and 21st century skills are integrated with information relevant to the present as well as the future.
We believe all students in our Catholic Schools need to be given frequent opportunities to think critically, work collaboratively, and make appropriate choices in an academic climate that allows for growth in each student’s ability to express learning in creative ways.
We believe a safe, orderly and respectful learning environment is necessary for a quality, Catholic Education.
We believe our Catholic Schools embrace cultural diversity reflective of the world in which our students will live and work.
We believe supportive relationships enhance the learning capabilities of all of our students.