1. How would Holy Child Catholic School improve your child’s spiritual life?
Holy Child provides a wholesome and holy spiritual environment which aids parents as they strive to fulfill their obligations as primary educator of their children. Each day includes religious devotions and prayer. The students learn to lead and help each other in both their relationships with God through worship and in the way they live the Truths they are learning throughout the day. Because of our small size and our unique Classical, philosophy, we are able to offer intense spiritual formation. While a good part of our day looks similar to that of any given class in a typical school system, our ability to intersperse constant reminders and applications of our faith have resulted in a student body which truly loves their faith and eagerly participates in the spiritual activities we provide for them.
2. How will Holy Child’s academic formation challenge my child and provide better preparation for them than at any other school?
A good academic program starts first with the love of learning. The floodgates are opened for advanced learning to take place when students are immediately immersed in the grammar stage of the classical trivuum. This means that starting with Kindergarten, the students are exposed to great stories that have rich, beautiful language and exciting adventure. Development of memory and familiarity with language plays a major role at this stage of the child’s education. The student is exposed in a sophisticated way to all of the traditional subjects with a particular emphasis on Ancient History, Natural Science, Mathematics and Religion. Future plans include the incorporation of the Mother of Divine Grace Home School-styled dictation program so that students can start learning the ever-important writing and oral presentation skills that are a hallmark of a classical program.
In the Intermediate years, the grammar of learning is even more intensely pursued. English grammar, Latin, great books, the language of Math (numeration) and building thinking skills are combined with the acquisition of strong study skills so that high standards can be every student’s goal. It is important that at this stage that students demonstrate what they have learned on a regular basis. Poetry memorization, math facts contests, and our quarterly pot-lucks and student performance provide some of this outlet for display. It is at the last stages of this level that abstract concepts and logic are first introduced.
Finally, the students enter Mid-School and the History, Science, Math, and Languages become interrelated subjects in which the student strives to truly be able to take charge of the learning process. During this Logic stage of the Trivuum, students will again cycle through the important stages of pre-Christian and Christian history while at the same time being challenged to excel in each individual subject. Ability grouping is intensified at this point in Math and in any other subject for which the student can advance at a faster pace. Often times even our intermediate students can enjoy this advantage because of the flexibility of our programs.
3. What kind of extracurricular activities and “specials” classes are available to the students?
As a new school, we have the advantage of being able to grow the particular extracurricular activities that are most advantageous to our students. The popular activities that we offered this year were St. Vincent De Paul Club, Classical Latin League, Dance, Faith Bowl, Science Fair, and Choir. Next year, plans are to improve upon all of those activities and to start up a Math Counts team. Our “specials” classes include Music, Art, Spanish and PE. As a classical school, there is room for growth in these classes which should be an integral part of any classical program.
4. How successful is the school at recruiting teachers?
Is the school staffed with certified, experienced teachers? It is vital for a principal to be able to recruit qualified teachers and to know the characteristics of teachers who can best inspire, challenge and most importantly, teach students at the various grade levels. While we are primarily staffed with experienced, certified teachers, I do believe that students can benefit from non-certified teachers who can offer everything a certified teacher can, and sometimes more. This would be evident in the placement of young teachers in Mid-school classes where they can help to be role-models and help to religiously form the students in their care. In the end, great teachers do not come with predictable, constricted resumes. It is our aim to find them, nurture them and have them congeal as a team.