Vision for Catholic Schools
- Religious instruction and formation will be rooted in the Scriptures and teachings of the Catholic Church and the liturgical life of the parish.
- A distinctive Catholic environment of Gospel-inspired values will be integrated into all areas of curriculum and school life.
- Catholic schools will strive to be centers of educational excellence.
- Curriculums, programs and methodologies will be evaluated on a regular basis and updated to produce students who are prepared for employment, self-actualization, productive lives in society and for future education.
- State-of-the-art educational resources and up-to-date technology will be provided to support and integrate learning and instruction.
- In addition to a strong core curriculum, Catholic schools will offer extracurriculars such as fine arts, music, athletics and clubs.
- Where there is a need, Catholic schools will provide preschool, before and after school care, parenting classes for school parents, etc.
- Catholic schools will continue to encourage religious vocations and involvement of their students and graduates in parish life.
Faculty and Staff
- School faculty and staff will share the vision of Catholic Christian education, helping young people grow and mature in their faith.
- School faculty and staff will be State certified, competent and committed to academic excellence.
- Individual faculty members will be regularly evaluated based upon their spiritual involvement and professional growth.
- School faculty and staff will be compensated justly (salary and benefits), consistent with the Catholic Church's teachings on social justice.
- An increasing number of parents will choose Catholic schools because they embrace Catholic values and want a Christ-centered educational program.
- Catholic schools will be actively marketed to increase enrollment.
The quality and value of Catholic schools will be communicated to the public so that the public perception of Catholic schools in consistent with their results.
- Catholic schools will strive to reflect the economic and racial diversity of their surrounding community.
- Catholic schools will reach out to the non-Catholic community and will enroll non-Catholic children when space is available.
- Catholic school parents will be a major marketing force for Catholic schools.
- The bishops will provide leadership which continues to focus on the value and role of Catholic schools in achieving the mission of the Church in the Diocese of Portland.
- The clergy will provide leadership to achieve the level of excellence outlined in the Vision for Catholic Schools.
- Catholic school administrators will be qualified leaders, who have a vision for excellence in Catholic schools.
- Catholic schools will have active and supportive school boards and parent and alumni associations.
- Alumni support and local development income will grow substantially to match the budgetary needs of schools.
- Local and regional parish subsidy and diocesan support will be maintained at an appropriate level to achieve the Vision for Catholic Schools.
- Tuition levels will be sufficient to fund a quality Catholic school program.
- Tuition assistance will be aggressively developed and available to help families who cannot afford to pay full tuition at Catholic schools.
- Volunteers will provide strong support for Catholic schools.
- All parishes will value, support and advocate Catholic school education as an integral part of the Church's ministry.
- Catholic school parents and faculties will be actively involved in service to their parishes and to the community at large.
- Catholic schools will collaborate with one another, with parish religious education programs and with other agencies.
- The Catholic Church of Maine will continue to actively support the ministry of Catholic schools.
- Facilities will be maintained in good physical condition, to demonstrate a commitment to quality schools and stewardship of resources.
- Catholic schools will be opened or expanded in areas where Catholic schools are not available and there is a large and growing Catholic population that can sustain a school.