The Benefits of a Catholic School Education

Catholic Schools are a smart investment for parents who want their children to grow into caring, faithful, and successful adults. Parents choose Catholic Schools for their children because of high academic standards, character development, and a safe school environment. While not all students who come to Catholic Schools are Catholic, but all share experiences of faith and values.

A Catholic education is a challenging education. We foster excellence by combining high standards, strong motivation, and effective discipline within an atmosphere of caring. The high quality of our students’ performance is supported by the evidence. Students in Catholic Schools score above the national average in reading, language, mathematics, science, and social studies. In many grades, the average Catholic School student is achieving at or above the top quarter of their national peers. Nearly all (97%) Catholic high school students in the Archdiocese of Newark attend college. In recognition of our schools work to achieve very high learning standards and close achievement gaps among students, over one-third of our elementary schools have been designated Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.

While providing a stimulating and demanding education, Catholic Schools give students a high level of individualized personal attention. This commitment is reinforced by participation in programs that are tailored to challenge advanced students and support those who experience difficulties in the various areas of study. Catholic Schools are constantly evolving their educational experience to offer opportunities in technology and engineering with emphasis on fostering environments of collaboration, critical thinking, community service, communication, research skills, and perseverance.

Catholic Schools are committed to the development of the whole student; therefore, extra-curricular activities are regarded as an important part of the total learning experience. A variety of choices are offered to reflect the uniqueness of each student, to generate a healthy sense of competition, to create a spirit of cooperation and to foster both leadership and creativity. Catholic schools offer a rich blend of dance, music, arts, and athletic programs.

The Catholic School philosophy infuses our total education program and challenges students to improve the world by sharing Gospel values and living Christ’s message of salvation through love and forgiveness. This philosophy helps form the minds, bodies, and spirit of students and leads them to a life of service to others. It sets our schools apart from public and private schools.

Catholic schools have developed programs of financial aid and scholarships to assist families in considering Catholic education for their children. So, besides exploring the Religious and Academic programs of the schools families should also explore their financial aid and scholarship programs. To find a school, please click here.