Why Catholic Education?

Why Catholic Education

A Catholic education is the most potentially successful kind of education that can be conferred.  Why?  Because of its foundation, aims, content, methods, and indicators of success.



The Catholic schools of the Diocese of Santa Rosa exist to form young persons in Christ and in culture.  The formation in Christ entails building the capacities of each student for life with God in time and in eternity.  The formation in culture entails building the intellectual, emotional, and physical capacities of each student for responsible life in society.





Catholic school education in the Diocese is distinguished by such religious principles as (that):

  • Humans are created in the image of God.
  • Christ—per Catholic Church understanding—is THE model for human living.
  • The human capacity for God—our faith—and the human capacity for truth—our reason—are complementary.
  • Love of God and love of neighbor are enjoined on all.
  • Freedom (rights) and responsibility (duties) are ordered to each other.

Catholic school education in the Diocese is distinguished by such professional principles as (that):

  • School and parents are educational partners.
  • The school engages the ‘whole person’ of the student.
  • Teachers are professionally competent and personally suited to educate.
  • The school commits to building the maximum learning capacities of students.
  • The student commits to working to maximum learning capacity (with the support of parents).



Student Outcomes

Each of the Catholic schools of the Diocese has crafted student outcomes.  Derived from the school’s mission and philosophy, these outcomes are broad statements of competency regarding what students value, understand, and do as a result of their experiences of the school’s educational program.