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Catholic education model prepares students for life 

Updated: November 6, 2013 4:42PM



Choosing a high school is a lot like the decision that will come four years down the road when making post-graduation plans. Huge emphasis is placed upon fit. While not every student will attend a four-year college, all will benefit from a high school education that prioritizes preparation for life.

Catholic schools have long been an example of a three-faceted education model that is designed to form the body, the mind and the soul of each student. This holistic approach provides a strong foundation for professional life beyond high school, according to the Holy See’s Teaching on Catholic Schools.

In Chicago’s Catholic high schools, students are guided to become self-learners, critical thinkers and moral decision-makers. Curricula in each of the schools conforms to the Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative (CCCII), a program designed to implement the state’s Common Core Initiative within the context of a Catholic mission.

Rather than preparing students with a limited knowledge set to perform highly on standardized tests, Catholic schools aim to prepare students for excellence on any exam. Through energized classrooms, the work of passionate teachers and strategic lesson planning, private schools instill in each student a sense of curiosity and the desire to seek wisdom. These attributes become essential towards the high level problem-solving skills that make Catholic school graduates successful adults.

When visiting area schools, parents and students should consider the innovative approaches that are unique in each classroom. Teachers and principals are eager to share the various strategies incorporated throughout their school’s curriculum that may be just the match and fit for your student.

For more information about a holistic education in Chicago, contact St. Rita of Cascia High School at (773) 925-6600.

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