Catholic Community Schools is a Catholic school system in the St. Cloud area with the following participating schools: All Saints Academy, Cathedral Middle and High School, Holy Cross School, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Francis Xavier School, St. Joseph Catholic School, St. Katharine Drexel, St. Mary Help of Christians School and St. Wendelin's Catholic School.
Inspired by the belief that our Catholic schools are an instrument of God’s love for all of us and vital to the persons and community we serve, we are dedicated to the faith formation, academic excellence, and individual success of our students, all rooted in the Gospel message of Jesus.
Why Catholic Education?
Jesus as Teacher
The primary Catholic School advantage is reflected in the philosophy that challenges students to improve the world by living and sharing Gospel values.
- Students explore their faith through classes and activities in Scripture and morality.
- Catholic Schools stress the character virtues of self-control and social-awareness.
- Faculty and staff are role models who share their faith, their talents, and their time.
- While not all students who come to the Catholic Schools are Catholic, all share experiences of faith and values.
- Catholic Schools encourage each student to accept the challenges of being a Christian in tomorrow’s world.
- Students accept others rather than exclude them, to understand the difference between right and wrong, and to commit themselves to serve God by serving others.
Excellence In Academic Achievement
A Catholic education is a stimulating education. High standards, strong motivation, effective discipline and an atmosphere of caring combine to foster excellence, and a high quality of student performance is supported by the evidence.
- Catholic School students score significantly above the national averages on standardized testing.
- Research shows that because of a greater emphasis on homework and study, Catholic School students develop more effective writing skills.
- Catholic High School students attend post-secondary education at a rate in excess of 98%, and are more likely to complete their program of studies.
- While providing a stimulating and demanding education, Catholic Schools give students a high level of individualized attention and personal sharing.
Family and Community
A Catholic School recognizes the parents and family as primary educators and joins with them to form a living community of shared visions.
- Catholic Schools encourage family input and involvement in the ongoing education of their children. Research shows that such a partnership results in higher attendance rates and lower dropout rates.
- The Catholic School curriculum meets all state regulations and guidelines. In addition, diocesan guidelines require a strong theological curriculum.
- Catholic School faculty members are fully qualified professionals committed to bringing out the best in their students as they grow in knowledge, skills, and values.
- Every child shares in an educational environment filled with love and concern — a community joining together to help create a better world.