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.
Saint Charles Borromeo School welcomes new and returning students for another exciting school year! We know the transition from the dog days of summer to a new school year can be daunting, but our faculty and staff are ready to make learning each subject fun and exciting! Your child’s teacher is dedicated to your students every need, and we have various resources to allow your child the well-rounded education to succeed starting early in life.
At Saint Charles Borromeo School, we encourage open communication between you, your child and your child’s teacher. Together, we will make sure you child’s educational needs are met!
Happy new school year! This one will be great!
Charter schools emerged in Pennsylvania about 20 years ago. To some, charter schools offered the best of both worlds. Charter schools are public schools, funded by tax dollars. But they are run by private companies. The idea was to allow private companies into the public education space with the belief that a more business-like operation would reduce red tape, provide more resources and improve student outcomes like performance on statewide or national standardized test scores.
Charter schools represented an immediate challenge to city Catholic schools. Families believed that the free alternative would be at least as good as the Catholic school option. Charter schools in Philadelphia deployed sophisticated, slick marketing tactics. They put their students in plaid uniforms. And they branded their companies with words like “academy.”
In the longer term, not only have Catholic and private schools in the city and suburbs alike been impacted, but charter schools are taking a bite out of traditional public schools. Substantial public money has been diverted to privately run charter schools at the expense of financially struggling traditional public schools.
Has the experiment worked? A fair amount of research indicates that charter schools in Pennsylvania do not work Pennsylvania’s charter schools place in the bottom half of all charter schools in the country according to at least three pro-charter ratings organizations. (Source) Students in Pennsylvania’s charter schools do poorly in reading and math compared to their other public school counterparts. (Source)
Philadelphia’s charter schools are missing key benchmarks. A recent report noted that Philadelphia’s 58 “traditional” charter schools tend to serve more affluent and less diverse families, which is seemingly contrary to their purpose. (Source)
In public school districts challenged with poor academic performance, school safety issues and crumbling infrastructure, charter schools may offer an appealing alternative, on the surface. But all to often parents overlook the obvious: Catholic education. While tuition is expensive, most schools have access to substantial financial aid. Catholic schools are all nationally accredited by the Middle States Association. Catholic school students typically outperform public school counterparts on SAT and AP scores and, on average, earn more in college scholarship dollars. Catholic schools, founded in faith and morals, offer the latest teaching technology and welcome families of all faith backgrounds into their communities.
As you consider the costs and benefits of your child’s educational options, look deeply into the performance of your local charter schools. Find out if they are accredited. Ask about their charter renewal. Compare standardized test scores, graduation rates, scholarship dollars and programs available to make the best choice possible.
There’s still time! Saint Charles Borromeo School has a few remaining seats for the 2019-2020 school year.
Saint Charles Borromeo School offers a rigorous curriculum and dynamic program for students in Pre-K through 8th grade. We are 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! Begin the application process today.