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The Five Marks of a Catholic School

Archbishop Miller presents five characteristics or marks that identify a school as authentically Catholic.

Mark One: Grounded in a Christian Anthropology
At their core, Catholic schools view the human person as having inherent dignity as a child of God. Since the foundation of our lives is in Jesus Christ, the Catholic school looks to him as our model and inspiration.

Mark Two: Imbued with a Catholic Worldview
The vision of the Catholic school is grounded in the teachings of Jesus and the Church. It is evident in our physical spaces, in how we use our time and resources, in our relationships, and in the quality of teaching and learning in our schools.

Mark Three: Animated by a Faith-Infused Curriculum
All areas in the Alberta curriculum are infused with our faith. Catholic schools promote a wisdom based society, teaching our students to be critical thinkers who evaluate facts in light of their faith and values and who are guided by the Church’s social doctrine.

Mark Four: Sustained by Gospel Witness
The most important condition for being an effective educator in a Catholic school is being in a relationship with Jesus Christ. Adults in our schools are expected to model this relationship in words and actions as they work with students who are deepening their own relationship with Christ.

Mark Five: Shaped by a Spirituality of Communion
Catholic schools strive for the unity found in the Trinity and this is evident in the relationships between Bishops, clergy, trustees, administrators, staff, students, and families. We see schools as community, not institutions, and create school climates that model the warm atmosphere of family life.

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