“Open, I say, open wide the doors for Christ.” — St. John Paul II
The doors to Catholic Schools in Northeast Florida are indeed wide open.
Wide open to learning. Wide open to service. Wide open to leadership.
Wide open to building the foundations for a life of happiness and success through knowledge and faith. Wide open to students and families who want to join a centuries-old pursuit of truth and wisdom.
The eight early learning centers, 24 Catholic grade schools and five Catholic high schools throughout Northeast Florida give daily witness to these principles.
Our schools feature rigorous academics. Our classrooms are filled with committed and passionate teachers. The teachers demand excellence, hard work and creative thinking. They also have the freedom and training to recognize the best way each student learns.
Excellence in athletics and extracurricular activities is a rich tradition in our Catholic schools. Hard work and sportsmanship are taught on playing fields throughout the Diocese. A wide variety of sports in the elementary and middle schools include basketball, soccer, volleyball, cross-country, softball, golf and flag football. At the high school level a variety of sports include football, baseball, swimming, wrestling and lacrosse.
Our Catholic schools in North Florida are places for free and striving exploration of the arts. Our schools offer a variety of programs in fine art, music and theater that tap into the essence of the human experience at a young age and teach children the wonders of human creativity and beauty.
Whether in the classroom, playing field or studio, there are no boundaries to the search for excellence and truth. We are free to teach the full canon of Western Civilization and there are no limits on our inquiry into the origins of the universe and the potential of God’s people. This freedom means that Christ is recognized in all things and compassion, ethics and the dignity of every human being are the true curriculum.
Catholic schools naturally produce leaders. By living lives of faith, rigorous pursuit of the truth and a strong sense of service, children naturally learn to lead and understand that only by serving can one be a great leader.
You don’t have to take our word for any of this. A simple visit to the Catholic schools of the Diocese of St. Augustine demonstrates that this spirit of learning, service and leadership is abundant. The success of Catholic school graduates in virtually every walk of life in Northeast Florida is also powerful evidence.
Our schools have produced eminent leaders in North Florida in business, law, medicine and politics. The consistent theme of the lives of these leaders is marked by lessons learned in Catholic schools. Their commitment to faith and reason, service to others and a core understanding of what it means to do the right thing, were learned at an early age and are exhibited in their lives of service to the community.
The excellent education Catholic schools offer quite literally spans the universe and it’s open to all in Northeast Florida. Any family that wants their child to pursue truth and beauty in an atmosphere of academic excellence, intellectual curiosity and service to others, will find the doors of our schools open wide.
Catholic Schools Week — Jan. 27 to Feb. 2
National Catholic Schools Week 2019 will be observed in dioceses around the country from Jan. 27 to Feb. 2, including the Diocese of St. Augustine. This year’s theme, “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.,” focuses on the important spiritual, academic and societal contributions provided by a Catholic education firmly rooted in the truth of the Gospel.
In celebration of Catholic Schools Week, all schools in the Diocese of St. Augustine welcome you to visit and learn more about the benefits of a Catholic education. An open house will be held in each of the schools within the 17-county region of the diocese on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
To find a school near you, visit ChooseCatholicSchool.com or call the Office of the Superintendent at (904) 262-0668.