Following the example of Jesus, one need not be Catholic to “come and see” what Catholic schools have to offer. One need only respect the values of the Catholic community and be open to the experience of holistic formation in a Catholic school environment. Catholic schools in the Diocese of Cleveland do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of their educational policies, admissions policies, extracurricular programs, and other school-administered programs.
Cleveland Catholic schools seek to meet the unique learning needs of each student through a value-centered, inclusive education, rooted in the Catholic faith, that embraces the whole person. Research shows that students who learn differently or face unique challenges thrive in an environment that welcomes them, along with their spirits and gifts. The Diocese of Cleveland’s Better Together initiative seeks to enable all students to participate in elementary and secondary Catholic school classrooms by providing students, to the greatest extent possible, with the necessary services and support for success. This program of professional learning is building the capacity of Catholic schools to implement research-based strategies to support equal access to the curriculum and extra-curricular activities, regardless of their challenges, while ensuring high expectations are maintained for all students.
Catholic schools are built on strong cultures of Gospel Values. The community and family atmosphere is immediate, but our nation’s Catholic schools are also known for tremendous long-term benefits. In addition to higher overall achievement, they have been shown to be effective in closing achievement gaps, with disadvantaged students more likely to graduate from high school and eventually college than their public school peers. A large body of research demonstrates that Catholic schools also tend to produce graduates who are more civically engaged, including more likely to vote, more tolerant of diverse views, and more committed to service as adults. The hallmarks of a Cleveland Catholic school are its high expectations and caring people. Our schools educate as partners with parents, fulfilling Pope Francis’ call for Catholic Schools to “build an educational relationship with each student, who must feel welcomed and loved for what he or she is, with all of their limitations and potential.”