Student Experience

Our Catholic schools go beyond academics – they shape and transform students through faith and build leaders with integrity.

Guided by our faith, students develop skills required for personal growth, family life and public service, empowering them to live full, altruistic and successful lives. Students get a well-rounded and enriching experience at our Catholic schools.

In addition to receiving a values-based education that lasts a lifetime, they also get:

Home Away from Home

We provide students with a safe, nurturing and caring environment they can call home.

An Inclusive Community

We offer an environment in which all are welcome and provide students and families with a strong support system.

Faith
Formation

Faith formation is integrated into daily academic lessons and students are immersed in Catholic-based, Christ-centric environments that educate the body, mind and spirit.

Spiritual Nourishment

Our Catholic schools are missions of love and learning that prepare each student to go out into the world and accomplish the great things God has planned for them.

Student Leadership Formation

Students learn to become concerned and enlightened citizens through acts of community service.

We invest in the entire student, providing them with a rigorous education that fosters creativity, emotional growth, integrity, and leadership.

Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of San Antonio are dedicated to ensuring our students achieve academic excellence and experience quality faith formation within the Catholic tradition of servant leadership. 

All of our schools are fully accredited by the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops Education Department (TCCB ED), which is part of the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission (TEPSAC) and recognized by the state’s Texas Education Agency (TEA). You can learn more about the TCCB ED accreditation process here: https://txcatholic.org/accreditation/ 

Early childhood (18 months+) and preschool (3s & 4s) are the earliest points of entry into our Catholic Schools. Research has shown that a high-quality preschool experience has positive effects on the brain architecture and development in a child’s early years1, particularly when the program is focused on supporting a “range of early skills, including cognitive (early language, literacy, math), social (theory of mind, empathy, prosocial), persistence, attention, and self-regulation and executive function skills (the voluntary control of attention and behavior).”2

The Catholic Preschool experience supports the whole child through the development of these early skills, which are critical through the preschool years and in preparation for the elementary school experience. We invite you to explore our school pages, where you can learn more about each school and schedule a tour today!

Academics

Focused on our goals of college and heaven, our Catholic schools are committed to providing a rigorous academic curriculum that nurtures college and career readiness, prepares students for 21st century challenges, and forms our students spiritually and socially.

Teachers implement best practices to build strong foundations and facilitate learning. Instruction is designed to provide students with opportunities for collaboration, communication, critical thinking and problem solving.

Catholic identity is intentional and integrated throughout all subject areas. Lessons are infused with Catholic social teachings and students are provided with service opportunities to foster moral development.

Standards are based on the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) and NCEA Standards. Together, these reflect a continuum of learning from Pre-Kindergarten through high school graduation. The Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of San Antonio exercise autonomy in discerning and selecting a course curriculum that best meets the needs of the school.

Catholic Arts & Academic Competition

Athletics

In perception and practice, sportsmanship is defined as those Christian qualities which are characterized by generosity and genuine concern for others. The ideals of sportsmanship apply equally to all activity disciplines. Individuals, regardless of their roles in activities, are expected to be aware of their influence on the behavior of others and model good sportsmanship.

Athletics are an important facet of the formation and growth of our students. Our student athletes learn what it means to balance the demands of highly competitive programs while remaining focused on excellence in academics. They are held to a high standard of integrity, sportsmanship, and leadership. Our schools participate in the CYO athletic league at the elementary grades and in the Archdiocesan Interscholastic Athletic League (AIAL) for middle school students. Our Catholic high school athletic programs are highly competitive and have earned many state championship recognitions in TAPPS.

Counseling & Guidance Program

Rooted in the mission of the church, our Catholic schools work towards offering counseling services that provide the developmental guidance and support necessary to help facilitate the intellectual, emotional, behavioral, social and spiritual growth of every child and youth served in Catholic Schools within the Archdiocese of San Antonio so they can more effectively handle their lives and their interactions with others.

The mission of the Catholic school counselor is to translate the mission of Catholic education and their school’s unique Catholic identity and faith traditions into a program of highly effective counseling services for students, faculty, and the school community. The primary areas of direct services include counseling, consultation, and coordination.

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