Catholic schools’ Christ-centered character defines their purpose
January 26th, 2016
By Nina Russo
The Department of Catholic Schools is excited about the future of Catholic education in San Francisco. Today almost 3,100 faculty and staff are educating more than 25,000 students in 73 Catholic schools and working with thousands of enthusiastic parents who want a Catholic education for their children. We are a vibrant part of the second largest school system in the United States.
That said, Catholic schools face challenges. And if they are to survive and thrive, they must meet these challenges head-on and make wise choices and astute adjustments. But this is not new. It has been the story of American Catholic education from the very beginning.
Catholic schools in the archdiocese are making a difference in San Francisco and they will continue to do so, following a simple plan for success. The schools will be distinctively Christ-centered institutions whose Catholic identity, character, mission, and culture defines their nature and purpose. They will offer an excellent academic experience that challenges all students and makes them competitive in the academic marketplace. They will continue to serve students and families no matter their financial situation. They will work closely with parents in the full formation of their children. This defined Catholic education in San Francisco in the past. It also will be what keeps Catholic education vital in the future.
From January 28, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.