The Catholic school participates in the evangelizing mission of the Church and is the privileged environment in which Christian education is carried out.
– Congregation for Catholic Education, 1997
Recognizing the unique gifts and potential of each student, Catholic schools are uniquely poised to deliver excellence in education: a formation of the whole child in the light of Jesus Christ. Demanding but achievable standards and extensive study in core subjects prepares students for academic achievement in high school, college, and beyond. Our schools help students develop a love for learning, the unity of knowledge, and the complementarity of faith and reason to engage ideas. As an evangelizing mission of the Church, our Catholic schools seek to ensure that students encounter the person of Jesus Christ through sacraments, prayer, and high-quality spiritual formation. Through the development of virtue, students are equipped with the habits necessary to live responsible, productive, and holy lives. Within this formative environment, students are encouraged to respond generously to the invitation to serve God, others, and the common good.
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Archdiocesan Vision for Catholic Schools
As a vital Church ministry, our Catholic schools will be:
- Faith-filled: Our Catholic schools will be places where students are able to breathe in Catholicism, where the pastor, principal, teachers, and staff collaborate with parents in presenting a credible witness to Christ’s presence in the world. Students will have a genuine encounter with Christ, where they come to see and know that God’s plan for them and the world, as taught by the Church, is a plan that brings blessings and long-term happiness.
- Present: A broad, strong presence of Catholic schools with increasing enrollment across the Archdiocese is critical to our Catholic community. We will have a particular focus on Mission Schools, which will aid in addressing the Church’s social justice mission.
- Excellent: We will be academically excellent, forming the whole student – heart, mind, and soul. We will measure and prove our excellence simply and clearly, comparing to other local options for children.
- Inclusive: A welcoming and inclusive environment in our schools will attract Catholics and non-Catholics, parishioners and non-parishioners to attend. Our schools will be accessible for every family seeking a Catholic education.
- Broadly Supported: Given their criticality to our mission, our schools will be supported by all parishes in our Archdiocese.
History of Catholic Schools In the Archdiocese
The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis has a rich tradition of excellence in Catholic education. Bishop Cretin’s invitation in 1851 to the Sisters of Saint Joseph to lead the first school for girls in what was then the Northwest United States marked the beginning of the local Church’s investment in Catholic schools to advance the mission of Catholic education. Burgeoning from this original vision, Catholic schools in the Archdiocese have been blessed through the present day with committed leaders, dedicated teachers, and devoted benefactors. Catholic schools in the Archdiocese represent a core ministry of parishes.
Today, Catholic schools in the Archdiocese continue to build on this tradition of excellence:
- 91 Catholic schools (79 Catholic elementary schools and 14 Catholic high schools)
- 4th largest school district in the state of Minnesota
- Over 26,000 K-12 students enrolled; Over 3,500 in preschool
- 97% of graduates continue their education