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Center for Catholic Education and Formation
Saint Thomas Seminary

Catholic Schools

The Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford believe in educating the whole person — mind, body, and soul. Our fundamental purpose is to infuse an above-standard core curriculum with teachings rooted in faith and Gospel truths. The innovative integration of both disciplines is our promise to you.

First, we practice what we preach. Our academic community welcomes students from all cultures, socioeconomic backgrounds, and ethnicities. We truly celebrate the rights and dignity of each and every human life. There is no social hierarchy here, and our students embody a belief in respect and equality that they transmit out to the world.

Moving beyond the individual, we cherish the family. The teachings of the Catholic Church tell us that the family is the most basic social structure, and it is our duty to provide strength and support to this domestic entity. After all, anyone who becomes a part of the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford becomes a part of our own extended family.

By the same token, we firmly believe that reaching out must stretch beyond the home. Inherent in all our lessons is the emphasis on moral education, community, and service, both with a local and global perspective. We instill, not an obligation, but a passion in our students, to help the poor, enforce social justice, and work for the common good.

Core values are at the center of our educational philosophy. When you become part of the Catholic school community, you can be assured that your child will emerge with a moral compass, and the ability to be critical and creative thinkers in an ever-changing diverse society.

We all have a mission in life, and that is to do our part in creating a world of good. Core values matter to us and we know they matter to you. Since the establishment of the first Connecticut Catholic school in 1830, we have integrated these principles into our academic curriculum. Today, the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford remain completely committed to this charge.

What does that mean?

It means that we believe a school should provide an education beyond just the core academic subjects. Don’t get us wrong, we consider academics a top priority — our test scores and graduation rates vouch for that. Nevertheless, we strive to educate the whole student, intellectually and spiritually, and for this purpose, have built our program around rigorous academic standards enriched by the tenets of Catholic tradition.

To begin with, we teach respect. The Gospel declares that every human being has unlimited potential and we must protect the dignity of all. That said, respect begins with the self. Catholic schools provide a safe, secure atmosphere that cultivates self-worth in our students, which in turn, allows them to see the worth in others. This respect is apparent in our diverse classrooms, full of students from all cultural, socioeconomic, and faith backgrounds. Catholic schools work tirelessly to eliminate the types of social groupings, or cliques, which inevitably leave students feeling alienated.

Within this mutually respectful community, the schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford provide a highly structured environment that mirrors the professional settings our students will encounter as they leave the classroom and enter the workforce. Not only do we recognize a chain of command, but in the name of career readiness, we also focus on providing the tools required for moving up that chain and becoming leaders.

For example, we know that in order to meet with this success, our students must be proficient in all types of social interactions, specifically social conventions. Accordingly, our teachings are devoted to honing interpersonal skills such as listening, conversing, and cooperating. We also work to inspire internal motivation, responsibility, and self-management. In other words, our students develop the qualities necessary to become productive, virtuous citizens and leaders.

Through our overall commitment to core values, the schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford are working at creating a world of good. Just think what we can accomplish if we do this together — one child at a time.