For years, educators, politicians, school administrators and more have pondered what is the secret to success in schools that carries on throughout life. Kathleen Porter-Magee, the superintendent at Partnership Schools in New York City, determined that the “secret sauce” for Catholic schools is the way Catholic values are woven into the curriculum within Catholic schools. Let’s take a closer look at how this claim might ring true.
According to a report from the Manhattan Institute, in the decades old discussion of school reform, the values, culture and beliefs within the school have been largely overlooked in how they relate to student success. Researchers determined that schools that looked like Catholic schools “on the inside” had better success in achieving key student outcomes.
The author of this study, Kathleen Porter-Magee, alludes to the idea of treating “every student as having equal worth before God” might be the magic, secret ingredient as to why Catholic schools hold a track record of success other schools would be wise to take notes.
Porter-Magee notes three core elements that drive the Catholic education model, that may not be visible to an outsider:
Through the curriculum in Catholic schools, “academic rigor is grounded in the belief that truth is objective, and the one goal of education is the search for objective truth.” To this end, this means the curriculum is created in such a way that students learn what they need to learn by looking for the truth to the question at hand.
In regards to seeing each student made in the image and likeness of God, students are held in high regard and the curriculum is aimed at helping bring out the best of their abilities. Catholic schools also foster a culture of virtue and helping students understand happiness is found when they do good.
Students who are educated through the Catholic school system understand these core values, and remember them through the rest of their schooling, their careers and in their lives, which offers a public benefit. Additionally, this proves to school reformers to focus less on individual achievement (though, of course, important), but to move to a bigger focus on “values, culture and beliefs” to benefit students long after they graduate.
As parents of students at St. Charles Borromeo School, know that by sending your child(ren) to our Catholic elementary school, you are setting them up on a path for success (academic, career-wise and personal) that will continue throughout their life.
Archbishop Ryan High School (First Quarter 2019-2020) First Honors: Dana Bell, Fernanda Blanco, Ryan Elkins, Dylan Plunkett, Timothy Tomlinson, Sarah Stein
Second Honors: Angela Barrett, Luke Contino, Tyler Farinella, Matthew Gonzalez, Grace Gramlich, Steven Gramlich, Jacob Grodsky, Julie Hicks, Hannah Mauer, Adriana Seiberlich
Conwell-Egan H.S. (First Quarter 2019-2020)
First Honors: Claudia Corbett, Carly Maw
Second Honors: Gabriella Cain, Blake Delia
Saint Hubert H.S. (First Quarter 2019-2020)
First Honors: Caitlin Barnard, Madison Hancock, Celeste Pizzaro
Second Honors: Natalie Canty, Sarah Crane, Isabella DeStefano, Keara Pizzaro
It’s that time of year again! While it may seem like the school year just started, that doesn’t mean it’s too early to re-register your child(ren) for the 2020-2021 school year at St. Charles Borromeo School.
Continue your child’s catholic education at St. Charles Borromeo School. Our school offers a rigorous curriculum and dynamic program for students in Pre-K through 8th grade in a faith-centered school that provides children with a loving and caring environment. Financial aid is available for qualifying families. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to provide your children with the best school possible!
If you are considering joining the St. Charles Borromeo School family, contact us to learn more and begin your enrollment process today! Fill out the enrollment form here.
Students Anthony S., David N. and Noel K. traveled to Shelbyville, Indiana this weekend to compete in this National Tournament. David & Noel’s team took 3rd place and Anthony took 6th. Awesome job, boys!
St. Charles Borromeo School celebrates the Feast of The Immaculate Conception this December. We celebrate each year on December 8th. This celebration actually honors the conception of the Virgin Mary, despite many thinking it is the conception of her Son, Jesus Christ.
In 1854, Pope Pius remarked: "The most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instant of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the saviour of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin."
We remember this each day, but most notable each year on December 8.
Advent season is upon us at St. Charles Borromeo School. During this time, we prepare in celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. During this time we pray, use the power of music and create advent wreaths and calendars to count down the days to Christmas.
The advent wreath comprises four candles we light each week. Three candles are purple, with one that is pink that we light on the third Sunday (Gaudete Sunday) of Advent. The candles represent the stages before the coming of Christ.
Each week in Advent has a theme. In the first week, we look forward to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. In the second week, we recall the teachings of John The Baptist about preparing the way for the Lord. In the third week, we continue to recall John The Baptist’s preachings, this time about the joy associated with the coming of Jesus, our Savior. In the fourth and last week, we focus on Mary, Joseph and the birth of Jesus.
Our teachings in religion classes at St. Charles Borromeo School reflect the themes of the Advent season.
Saint Charles Borromeo School wishes our school community a Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your time off from school with your friends and family! Take this time to reflect on the bounty and blessings in your life.