Catholic School Education
Its task is fundamentally a synthesis of culture and faith, and a synthesis of faith and life: the first is reached by integrating all the different aspects of human knowledge through the subjects taught, in the light of the Gospel; the second in the growth of the virtues characteristic of the Christian. (The Catholic School, n. 37).
A Harvard University study conducted in 2000 (Campbell, p. 25) reported that Catholic School students performed better than other students on the three basic objectives of civic education: the capacity for civic engagement (e.g. voluntary community service), political knowledge (e.g. learning and using civic skills), and political tolerance (e.g. respect for opinions different from their own).
Catholic Schools are still the most effective means of forming adult Catholics that are active in their parish. 43% of those who had more than 8 years of Catholic School attended Mass every week (Greeley, p. 250).
If a student spends 8 years or more in a Catholic School, the advantage is higher math, reading and vocabulary scores. Spending less time had no significant impact on any scores. (Sander, p. 545).
Positive effects of Catholic Schools include (Greeley, p. 260 - 261):
ICS Professional Development and Curriculum Improvements
We continue to look at all aspects of our school to see how we can improve. The Japanese philosophy kaizen or continuous improvement calls for all people within an organization to search for ways to improve it. Not just the leaders or those in charge, but everyone. We have worked for greater collaboration and unity between and among grade levels and subject areas. The synergy in these relationships has already initiated new ideas and fostered greater collegiality among our faculty and will continue to improve our school.