Frequently Asked Questions

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Our schools welcome students and families of many faiths. However, we are a CATHOLIC school. Our curriculum includes religion courses where we teach the Catholic faith, and we have regular school masses that students will be required to attend.

Catholic school students gain exposure to other religions and traditions in the normal course of studies – but we focus religious teaching and training on the Catholic faith. Secondary school students may have more curricular choices to learn specifics of other world religions.

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We conduct standardized tests each year to assess student progress and grade level equivalency. This information is used by schools to tailor depth of knowledge and subject matter topics appropriately for each student. Check with your preferred school for more localized program offerings.

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We conduct standardized tests teach year to assess student progress and grade level equivalency. This information is used by schools to tailor curriculum appropriately for each student. Our schools make frequent use of tutoring and specialists to assist students who need help. Check with your preferred school for more localized program offerings.

Many of our schools have comparable programs and meet needs of students with special needs. Our programs are tracked on Individual Service Plans (ISPs). Contact specific schools in your area for information on the specific

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our schools do participate equitably with public schools in our localities. We share equitably in the benefits of Title I, Title II, and Title III programs, as well as Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) programs.

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Our elementary schools participate in nationally normed standardized testing each year. Our high schools conduct placement tests and college based readiness tests as well. As the State of Ohio testing protocols change, we do fully comply with all state test requirements as well. Results of all these types of tests are shared with our families.

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All of our schools follow the Ohio Catholic School Accreditation Association (OCSAA). The OCSAA is a collaborative undertaking of the Catholic dioceses in Ohio and is governed by the Superintendents of Schools who serve as the OCSAA Commission. The purpose of the OCSAA is to strengthen Catholic school identity and mission and to engage Catholic schools in the ongoing improvement of student learning.

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Our entire teaching faculty is required to hold valid state licensure for the grade level and subject area that they are teaching. In addition, teachers are required to maintain professional development continuing education in both subject area and catechetical certification.

Schools recruit and hire teachers based on their academic and spiritual preparedness to become a Catholic school teacher. Candidates must be academically fit for their subject area and grade level. Candidates must also provide authentic witness to the tenets of the Catholic faith.

Almost every one of our schools will provide for walk-in tours at your convenience. They will also have scheduled open house dates when all school programs will be available and viewable for tours. Contact specific schools in your area to see which dates work best for you.

Our schools offer a wide variety of extra-curricular activities including: sports; clubs; service based projects; scouting; parish based efforts; and many more projects and activities. Contact specific schools in your area to see which specific activities each school offers.

Most of our elementary schools are owned and operated by Catholic Parishes. The school is one of many ministries that the parishes support. Importantly, the Parish provides spiritual guidance and support religious education programs with the school, and provides physical and financial support to the school to keep school tuition and expenses as low as possible.

For the most part, YES. In most circumstances, local school districts provide equivalent transportation services to Catholic students/schools as they do for public school students/schools. Contact specific Catholic schools in your area to see what services are offered.

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Catholic schools are transformational; they make a difference in the life of every student. We purposefully blend our faith into every aspect of our school, curriculum, faculty & staff, and activities. We help students grow academically and in their faith lives. Come visit a Catholic school, and you will see the difference immediately.

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For generations, Catholic schools have focused on values that so many parents seek in a quality education: superior academics results; faith formation; the building of character; and a safe, caring community where your child is accepted, respected, and never lost in a crowd. So, what matters to you? (link to why choose a Catholic School.)

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We view parents as the primary educators of their children. We are here to help provide structure and content to supplement the faith, values, and education that parents want for their children. We provide the resources of a strong faith community to assist and support parents. You’ll never feel alone at our schools.

Part of the decision comes from your choice to make your child’s development a high priority for your family. Most of our schools operate with significant financial support of parishes and donations from those who choose to support the benefits of Catholic education. Many schools also work with families to provide need- based financial assistance. Talk to your local schools to see what is available.

Beginning in 2017/18, funds will also be available from the Catholic Education Foundation for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to help support needy families afford a Catholic education. See the financial assistance information page at http://catholicbestchoice.org.

Our schools have a rich history of superior academic performance: like students progressing years ahead of their grade level; and hundreds of millions dollars in college scholarships earned each year. But the most important benefit is to educate children in the Catholic faith, to instill purpose, values, and a Christian mission to their lives. This is what matters most!

In almost every case, YES. Contact your local schools for more specific information. We receive transfer students and welcome them into our schools, with knowledge of their appropriate academic standing and any special needs they may have. Some of our schools, programs, and grades levels may be total full, but we work diligently to accept transfer students.

In most cases, YES. An important part of Catholic teaching is centered in service to others. Our schools emphasize service to others as a vital Christian teaching, and we believe it’s an important part of living witness of the Catholic faith.

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Sometimes we do struggle. We do not have the advantage of public funds to maintain facilities. Sometimes our buildings aren’t as new or modern as our public counterparts. In general, the newness of the bricks and mortar do not materially impact the education purpose of our schools. For technology, however, we do not take a backseat in the use of technology in our schools. Each school has a technology plan, and we bring 21st century instructional methodology to our students.

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Our curriculum is first based on State of Ohio educational standards, which we are obliged to follow. Our curriculum in then adapted to include Catholic identity and spirituality across all subject areas to infuse the curriculum with Catholic content and teachings.

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Each of our schools has a unique ‘flavor’ or charism that fits the local community best. Make sure to try and visit several schools to see the subtle differences. The common thread is that all our schools are united in providing a superior educational experience steeped in the Catholic faith and tradition.

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We open our doors to families seeking an authentic Catholic education, regardless of their particular affiliation. We recognize school ministry as part of the overall evangelizing mission of the Catholic Church.

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We celebrate diversity in all of our schools. The word Catholic means universal, and we try to make every child feel welcome in our classrooms, playgrounds, and lunchrooms. A Catholic school is a close-knit community, and there is a place there for everyone.

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Catholic school students are far more likely to go on to college than peers in other schools. The curriculum is designed to meet and/or succeed the entrance requirements of colleges and universities, and our students consistently score higher than in measures of aptitude and achievement.

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Catholic schools are not just buildings, they are communities, comprised of administrators, faculty, staff, families, and students all working towards a common good. This collaborative approach surrounds students in a safe and caring environment, where students receive the attention they need. Of course, our schools and properties must also observe the same safety and security procedures as all other schools in Ohio.