The School's Role in Faith Formation
Students plan and participate in class and whole-school liturgies on a regular basis. The pastor and faculty work together as a faith community to spread the Gospel Message. The faculty participates in a yearly religious inservice day to help them discern their roles in the Church's educational ministry. The students are given an opportunity for daily prayer and several penance services are conducted yearly. Students are instructed in religion at an assigned time each day. The catechetical process (life experience, faith development, and faith response) is used to present their traditions of our church, the lives of the saints, and formal prayer. Audio-visual materials, prayer services, and student planned liturgies enrich the learning process. The program is explained to the parents to encourage them to aid in the practical applications of the faith development process at home.
The Community's Role in the Educational Process
The role of the student, staff, and extended community: Students are encouraged to be inquisitive about their world and are further in the use of the inquiry method. Students are encouraged to share, in a positive manner, their abilities and interests with fellow students, but to be always mindful that their own work comes first.
The parish priests are included and expected to play an integral part in the spiritual formation of the students.
Teachers are expected to be available on a regular basis for parent and/or fellow faculty consultation before or after the school day. Teachers also must be available to students for extra help after school at least two nights a week. Teachers are expected to provide lessons that allow sufficient time for students interaction and growth.
Pupils are encouraged to choose their own learning activities when appropriate.
Principal and teachers interact at individual conferences and group meetings at least once a month. The principal is expected to be accessible to teachers before and after school.
Teachers are encouraged to know their students' family situation and interests outside of school and to use this knowledge to help build a trust relationship with each student.
Parents are expected to make their wishes and desires about their child's education known through surveys, meetings, and the school.
The community is viewed as resource for people and places to broaden the learning experience. It is the extended classroom.