The week of Jan. 30, Catholic schools throughout our diocese will join with others across the nation in celebrating Catholic Schools Week. It marks an appropriate time to reflect on the many blessings our schools bring to our families, children, staff and entire community.
Excellence has long been the hallmark of a Catholic-school education. At the center is the core belief that all children want to succeed and deserve the opportunity. An effective partnership between the school and family results in consistently higher New York state competency tests scores, significantly better high-school graduation rates and greater levels of college graduation for Catholic-school students as compared to many of our public-school counterparts.
These academic achievements, while certainly important, are not the only reasons parents choose Catholic schools for their children. They choose them because not only are their children given an outstanding foundation in core subjects, they also are presented with faith and morality all day long. This results in students being better prepared to face and succeed in a world that is growing more and more complex.
We thank the parents and guardians who have chosen Catholic schools for their children and vow to keep working with you to make your children the best they can possibly be. You have made an investment in your children’s futures that will serve them well throughout their lifetimes.
For those of you not yet familiar with our schools, we invite you to learn more. Visit www.dorschools.org and call the Catholic school nearest you to arrange a personal tour. We are confident that you will like what you see!
May God continue to bless you and your family.
†Matthew H. Clark, Bishop of Rochester
Anne Willkens Leach, Superintendent of Schools