Our Catholic Identity in Education is what distinguishes Saint Leo the Great School from all other schools!
We are a school for the ‘human child’, allowing him or her to fill a critical role in the future life of our Church, our country and our world (The Catholic School on the Threshold of the Third Millennium, 1997).
Five principles have been derived from Church documents relating to education, including the documents of Vatican II, documents from the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education, and the writings of various Popes. Any phrases found in quotation marks and much of the sentiment of the 5 principles were derived from these documents.
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Christ is the foundation of Catholic education at our school. He journeys with students through each class, every year as the “genuine Teacher”. He is the reason our school exists.
Our school climate reproduces, as much as possible, the “warm and intimate atmosphere of family life.” We recognize parents as our students first, most natural and irreplaceable teachers. Together we share an educational philosophy to form students' for a relationship with God and with others.
Rooted in Christ, the education at St. Leo the Great Catholic School is “continually fed and stimulated by Him in the frequent experience of prayer, Sacred Scripture, and the Church’s liturgical and sacramental tradition.”
In Catholic education at St. Leo’s, there is no separation between time for learning and time for formation. “It is a complex task to educate those who are created in the image and likeness of God.” We work very hard every day to educate the whole child; spiritually, intellectually, physically, emotionally and socially.
The hallmark of Catholic education is to impart “a Christian vision of the world, of life, of culture, and of history,” ordering “the whole of human culture to the news of salvation.” In other words, we give our students a Christian lens through which to view the world. “Clearly they can see the importance of working for the evangelization of culture and for serving the common good no matter where they land in their individual professional lives.” They are given a sound foundation at St. Leo the Great Catholic School to “see like Jesus sees and take on the responsibilities and duties of society and the Church.”