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What Are the Benefits of Studying at a Catholic School?

December 21, 2022
Guest Contributor
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What Are the Benefits of Studying at a Catholic School?

Choosing where to send your child to school is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent. A quality education that supports children’s intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being is vital to ensuring they reach their potential and achieve their dreams. This type of education is made possible with a curriculum imbued with faith. Below are some of the many benefits of attending a Catholic school.

A Solid, Spiritual Foundation

An education that provides students with a deeper understanding of what it means to live a spiritual life helps to develop and encourage their sense of self, so they can carve out a place for themselves in the world. Catholic schools are places where students find enduring values which give hope, meaning, and purpose to life. These values provide a firm place to stand in a rapidly changing world.

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An Emphasis on Serving Others

The Christ-centred mission of a Catholic school, by its very nature, contains a call to service in the greater community. Catholic schools help students to discover what it means to live a life of service, supporting their community through student-led activities and volunteering. Students also learn core values, such as empathy, kindness, and compassion. Our Faith calls us to be engaged in the world around us, to have hope, and to inspire it in others. With an education rooted in faith, students can respond to the needs of others in a way that grounds them in a sense of purpose and that strengthens our social fabric.

A Focus on Values

Catholic classrooms emphasize the importance of integrity, honesty, and trust by teaching students to be responsible for their actions, words, and deeds. Catholic school curriculums educate students to be respectful of others, the dignity of the human person, and the importance of ethical actions.

Sense of Community and Connectedness

A sense of community and feeling part of something bigger than themselves are vital to children’s well-being. At a Catholic school, students are immediately welcomed into a supportive and vibrant community of teachers, peers, and alumni.

Students can also take part in activities that make connections with the wider community, through acts of charity, bearing witness to social justice initiatives and environmental stewardship. There are many ways students can make connections and build a network of people on whom they can rely – and who will help them thrive.

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A Nurturing Environment

Whether you are Catholic or practice another faith, Catholic schools welcome students from all backgrounds to provide them with a positive learning environment. A faith-based curriculum exposes students to religious studies, world religions, and philosophy in order to stimulate their intellectual curiosity, expand their worldview, and enrich their global understanding of the role faith plays across cultures. Students can feel safe and supported, and feel accepted for who they are.

Catholic Graduate Expectations

The goals of Catholic schools in Ontario are to instill a desire for the pursuit of truth, to choose goodness, to create beauty, to cultivate a deep appreciation for others, and to help build a civilization rooted in love and compassion for a community that extends outward, so it can be felt globally.

Knowledge and learning are crucial, but they only make up part of what constitutes a well-rounded education. Developing values, committing to service, to others, and learning to align values with actions are also fundamental to a quality educational experience. At a Catholic school, students can grow in their faith and develop an appreciation for how it can inform their lives and the lives of others.