Last week a young lady who graduated from St. Paul High School in 1999 came back to see me and conduct an interview for a college project she was completing. She had just recently returned to college and is now pursuing a degree in education. I was so proud of her as she conducted her interview and also told me about her life as a young wife and mother. She related to me how important her St. Paul high school experience was in setting her foundations of faith and her desire to provide the same for her son.
Catholic education has been an option for parents in the Norwalk area for more than 85 years. Why should parents pay tuition for an education when we have good public schools that are free?
There are usually three reasons why parents make this choice: religion, academics, and environment. Our Catholic school is the most effective way of passing on our Catholic faith. The home, church, and school partner to give the child a strong spiritual foundation to face life's challenges by keeping God the priority in every classroom. Students attend mass once a week together and pray each morning, lunchtime and afternoon.
The academic programs at Norwalk Catholic School will challenge each student to reach their potential. NCS test scores have proven our student preparation in academics to be exemplary. Recently, our Norwalk Catholic Elementary School received Terra Nova test scores, which were above the average scores of other Catholic schools in our diocese. NCES was significantly higher in third-grade reading and science and also in fifth-grade math.
The environment of a Catholic school is largely different from other schools. Reminders of their Catholic heritage surround our students. Religious sculpture, bulletin boards, projects and priests in the hallways are a few of the examples that come to mind. There is also a feeling of respect in our school. This respect is exhibited toward each other, adults and visitors. I am sure this respect is evident in many of our local public schools as well. It is something I have noticed as particularly enjoyable when working with the students at Norwalk Catholic. A family atmosphere is promoted with parent volunteers visible in the school helping with events, recess and classroom projects.
These three factors sum up the top reasons people voice for making our Catholic school their workplace and/or school choice for their child. Registration will begin next month for the 2007-2008 school year.