“Since parents have given children their life, they are bound by the most serious obligation to educate their offspring and therefore must be recognized as the primary and principal educators. This role in education is so important that only with difficulty can it be supplied where it is lacking. Parents are the ones who must create a family atmosphere animated by love and respect for God and man, in which the well-rounded personal and social education of children is fostered. Hence, the family is the first school of the social virtues that every society needs. It is particularly in the Christian family, enriched by the grace and office of the sacrament of matrimony, that children should be taught from their early years to have a knowledge of God according to the faith received in Baptism, to worship him and to love their neighbor.” (Gravissimum Educationis, Pope Paul VI, 1965 #3)


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



“In the New Covenant, prayer is the living relationship of the children of God with their Father who is good beyond measure, with his Son Jesus Christ and with the Holy Spirit.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, United States Catholic Conference, 1994, #2565)


“Just as Baptism is the source of responsibilities and duties, the baptized person also enjoys rights within the Church: to receive the sacraments, to be nourished with the Word of God and to be sustained by the other spiritual helps of the Church.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, United States Catholic Conference, 1994, #1269)
Standard: The school provides regular opportunities for the school community to experience prayer and the Sacraments.

* 1.

__  Parents are identified as the primary educators in appropriate school documents (e.g., mission statement, handbooks).

* 2.

__  The school provides formal opportunities for parents to learn about their role as primary educators.

* 3.

__  A formal, institutionalized part of annual parent-teacher conferences is a discussion of the child’s spiritual growth and development.

* 4. __        Administration encourages teachers to meet with parents outside of the annual parent-teacher conferences to discuss the faith formation activities of the school

* 5.

__  Administration provides opportunities for parents to meet and talk about the faith formation of their children.

* 6.

__  Every newsletter contains one or more articles related to the faith formation of children.

* 7.

__  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.