Standard: The school has a mission statement and a philosophy statement which indicate the integration of the Roman Catholic Faith into all aspects of school life.

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The mission statement clearly indicates the relationship of the school to the parish.
The mission statement and philosophy are prominently displayed in the front office, every classroom, and the parish offices.
The mission statement and philosophy are included in relevant school documents such as handbooks, websites, etc.
The mission statement and philosophy are often quoted in relevant school publications such as the parent/student/staff handbooks, school newsletters, registration materials, etc.
The principal talks about the school's mission and philosophy when interviewing prospective students and their families.
The principal and pastor discuss the mission and philosophy of the school with prospective teachers, aides, employees, volunteers, coaches, etc. before hiring them / bringing them on board.
Policy established by the school board is based upon, and quoted from the mission and/or philosophy.
Strategic Plan/School Improvement Plan/Action Plan is based upon, and often quotes from the mission and/or philosophy.
Parents and students, teachers and staff can paraphrase the mission statement if note quote it exactly.


Standard: The school provides regular opportunities for the school community to experience prayer and the Sacraments.

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All children have the opportunity to attend Mass weekly.
All staff celebrate Mass with the children.
Children have the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Advent and Lent.
Every class has a "prayer corner" with religious imagery.
Teachers pray with their students often during the day.
Students experience a variety of prayer forms including memorized and spontaneous prayer.
Students feel/are free to pray for special intentions (e.g. parents, family members, pets, etc.).
Parents are responsible for teaching their children various memorized prayers as outline by the school.
Students have opportunities to experience some of the traditional forms of prayer and worship such as Benediction, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Stations of the Cross, Rosary, etc.
There are special prayer events throughout the year (e.g. blessing of the animals, blessing of the backpacks, etc.)
Children are encouraged to attend mass on the weekend.
Special attention is paid to the liturgical cycle of the church.


Standard: The school uses a Religion curriculum and instruction that is faithful to Roman Catholic Church teachings, and meets the requirements set forth by the USCCB.

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The school's written curriculum includes Catholic values infused with 'secular' curricular areas (e.g., when discussing the American Civil War values of human rights and economic justice are central to the discussion).
Reference to relevant Church documents is made throughout the curriculum. For example, reference could be made to U.S. Catholic Bishops Pastoral Letter on Racism, 1979 wen talking about racism in society.
Religion textbooks that are used are in compliance with the Catechism of the Catholic Church and approve for use within the diocese by the Local Ordinary.
Sacramental preparation is according to the guidelines of the Local Ordinary.
The school uses a standards-based Religion curriculum that has been approved by the Local Ordinary.
The teachers understand the mission of the Church and make a special effort to educate the whole child, using a variety of teaching methods and strategies that help the student to "order the whole of human culture to the news of salvation."


Standard: The formation of teachers for catechetical and instructional competence is ongoing.

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All teachers have current catechist certification according to local Archdiocesan norms, or are in the process of obtaining such catechist certification.
Administration (pastor and principal) provide ongoing faith formation activities for teachers as a routine part of teacher in-service.
Staff, as a staff, participate in annual retreat days and other activities tat help build a faith community among the staff.
Staff meetings include time for prayer and time for discussion about Religion, Catholic values, and the faith formation of the entire school community (parents, students, staff).


Standard: The school maintains an active partnership with parents whose fundamental concern is the spiritual and academic education of their children.

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Parents are identified as the primary educators in appropriate school documents (e.g., mission statement, handbooks).
The school provides formal opportunities for parents to learn about their role as primary educators. 
A formal, institutionalized part of annual parent-teacher conferences is a discussion of the child's spiritual growth and development.
Administration encourages teachers to meet with parents outside of the annual parent-teacher conferences to discuss the faith formation activities of the school.
Administration provides opportunities for parents to meet and talk about the faith formation of their children.
Every newsletter contains one or more articles related to the faith formation of children.
Parents are involved in the faith formation of their children, and their successes (e.g., helping children memorize prayers) is reported back to the parents.


Standard: The school helps students develop a service-oriented outreach to the Church and civic community after the example of Jesus.

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Service opportunities are rooted in Catholic values - that students and faculty provide service because that is a hallmark of Catholicism, not because it is a graduation requirement.
Students are expected to complete a minimum number of service hours each year.
Students are expected to provide a clearly defined portion of these service hours by providing service to their parish of registry.
Service opportunities are organized by school staff and are age appropriate.
Students voluntarily participate in service opportunities for which they receive no credit toward school-mandated service.
Service opportunities are an overt expression of the Themes of Catholic Social Teaching.


Standard: There is widespread use of signs and sacramentals, traditions and rituals of the Roman Catholic Church throughout the school.

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Every classroom as clearly displayed crucifixes.
Other religious imagery exists in classrooms throughout the school.
Quotations from Church documents (e.g., Gravissimum Educationis, To Teach as Jesus Did), inspired writers (e.g., Thomas Merton, Joan Chittister) etc. are found in handbooks, on bulletin boards, in lesson plans, etc.
Students participate in a variety of traditions and rituals of the Church, e.g., Stations of the Cross, Advent Wreath, daily Angelus, etc.


Standard: All school personnel are actively engaged in bringing the Good News of Jesus into the total educational experience.

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The principal builds a faith community that is welcoming, prayerful and makes a clear statement that this is a Catholic faith setting.
Prayer permeates the school. It is not limited to morning announcements.
Teachers bring Gospel values into their ordinary teaching experiences.
The school provides ongoing opportunities for faith formation for students, parents and staff.
Teachers realize that their first responsibility is to be attentive to their own relationship with Jesus Christ. 
In every religion class, the teacher attempts to connect faith with life.
The teacher attempts to relate the moral, ethical, or spiritual ramifications to each area of study.
The school reaches out to parents to engage them in the religious formation o their children in every grade - not just sacramental preparation grades.
Members of the school community (students, parents) reach out to the newly baptized through cards and gifts of welcome.