Why Catholic Schools

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Why Choose a Catholic School? What matters to you?

For generations, Catholic Schools have focused on the values that so many seek in a quality education: superior academic results; faith formation and the building of character; and a safe, caring community where your child is accepted, respected and never lost in the crowd.

These are not abstractions. They’re not part of an educational “wish list.” At Catholic schools, these are tangible, visible realities forged from tradition, intellect, wisdom, and the passionate commitment of the region’s best teachers. So, what matters to you?

Superior Academics…and Results

  • Over 99% of Catholic school students graduate.
  • ACT scores are in the top 25% nationally.
  • Over 98% of high school students go on to college.
  • Last year, over a quarter of a billion dollars in college scholarships were awarded to area students.
  • Catholic elementary students test from one to three grades higher on Iowa standardized tests.

Faith and Character

Yes, Catholic schools are different. The experience is designed to be transformational, to make a difference in the life of every student. From Day 1 at a Catholic school, your child learns in a disciplined environment…one that respects every individual…one that seeks to promote selflessness, self-control, the pursuit of justice and faith in action:

  • Last year, area students provided over 130 thousand hours of service to their communities
  • Teachers, coaches and administrators emphasize a God-centered life of perseverance, courage conscientiousness and Christian charity
  • Studies indicate that strong character development may correlate – as much or more than academic achievement – to later success in life

The mission of a Catholic school is to provide a faith-filled education built upon Catholic virtues and the life of Jesus Christ. This is the foundation of a meaningful life. Catholic schools point the way to personal success rooted in moral character.

A Safe, Caring Community

People choose Catholic schools as an extension of their families. They want the values taught at home to be witnessed and lived at school. This is precisely what they get in a Catholic school community.

  • The Catholic school is a community where your child is accepted, respected and never lost in the crowd.
  • Our schools are accountable, responsive, and operate according to the highest professional standards.
  • Your participation is important and we welcome your involvement.

This is just the start. Read more about what a Catholic education can do for your student here. See why it’s worth every penny. If you care about your child’s performance, preparation and results, choose a higher standard…choose a Catholic school near you today.