What differentiates a Catholic school from other public or private schools?

Catholic schools are transformational; they make a difference in the life of every student, the Archdiocese says. The Catholic faith is purposefully blended into every aspect of the school, curriculum, faculty-staff, and activities. The schools help students grow academically and in their faith lives. Diversity is celebrated in all Catholic schools. The word “catholic” means universal, and Catholic schools try to make every child feel welcome in the classroom, playground, and lunchroom. A Catholic school is a close-knit community, and there is a place there for everyone. If you visit a Catholic school, you will see the difference immediately.

Do I have to be Catholic to attend a Catholic school?

No. Catholic schools welcome students and families of many faiths. Students learn about many faith traditions in Catholic schools. The schools open their doors to families seeking an authentic Catholic education, regardless of their particular affiliation. School ministry is recognized as part of the overall evangelizing mission of the Catholic Church. The curriculum does include religion courses teaching the Catholic faith and values, and students attend regular school masses.

Will a Catholic school provide a safe and secure environment for my children?

Yes. Catholic schools are not just buildings, they are communities, comprised of administrators, faculty, staff, families, and students all working towards a common good. This collaborative approach surrounds students in a safe and caring environment, where students receive the attention they need. Of course, Catholic schools and properties must also observe the same safety and security procedures as all other schools in the state of Ohio.

What is expected of Catholic school parents?

Parents are viewed as the primary educators of their children. Catholic schools are here to help provide structure and content to supplement the faith, values, and education that parents want for their children. Catholic schools provide the resources of a strong faith community to assist and support parents. Parents are part of Catholic schools. They are never alone in Catholic schools.

Are Catholic schools accredited?

All Catholic schools follow the Ohio Catholic School Accreditation Association (OCSAA), and are recognized by the Ohio Department of Education. The OCSAA is a collaborative undertaking of the Catholic dioceses in Ohio and is governed by the Superintendents of Schools who serve as the OCSAA Commission. The purpose of the OCSAA is to strengthen Catholic school identity and mission and to engage Catholic schools in the ongoing improvement of student learning.

Are Catholic schoolteachers certified?

Yes. The entire teaching faculty of the Archdiocese is required to hold valid state licensure for the grade level and subject area that they are teaching. In addition, teachers are required to maintain professional development continuing education in both subject area and catechetical certification.

Is transportation available to Catholic schools?

For the most part, yes. In most circumstances, local school districts provide equivalent transportation services to Catholic students/schools as they do for public school students/schools. Contact specific Catholic schools in your area to see what services are offered.

Will my child be asked to perform service projects?

In most cases, yes. An important part of Catholic teaching is centered in service to others. Catholic schools emphasize service to others as a vital Christian teaching, and believe it’s an important part of living witness of the Catholic faith.

How do Catholic schools keep up with facilities and technology of public schools?

Admittedly, they do not have public school funding to maintain facilities. Sometimes the buildings aren’t as new or modern as their public counterparts. The newness of the bricks and mortar, however, don’t impact the education purpose of the schools.

On the other hand, Catholic schools do not take a backseat in the use of technology in their classrooms. Each school has a technology plan and brings 21st Century instructional methodology to its students.