Bishop Chatard High School, a dynamic educational environment for young men and women with different life experiences, is directed to the success of each student, focused on the growth of the whole person, and modeled on the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church.
Bishop Chatard High School prepares students for a life-long commitment to faith, learning, leadership, and service.
To Provide A Catholic Education
To achieve the mission of Catholic Education, as stated by the U.S. Catholic Bishops (1972) "To Teach As Jesus", the school provides a comprehensive religious program which includes:
Religious instruction faithful to doctrine and contemporary in presentation.
Instruction addresses both personal sanctification and social responsibility in light of Christian values and tradition. It does not emphasize one of these dimensions at the expense of the other nor is the religious instruction restricted to the religion classes. Efforts are made to relate all aspects of human culture to the news of salvation. Teachers point out the relationships between the Gospel message and the content of other academic disciplines.
Spiritual and moral guidance
Appropriate opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation are given. Spiritual and personal counseling are made available to the students. The goals and expectations of the school's code of student behavior, and other school-wide policies, are rooted in Gospel values.
Strong Youth Ministry
Youth ministry organizes school-wide and small-group liturgical worship. It also provides student retreats and days of recollection. Youth ministry establishes programs which train students for service to the less fortunate. It also arranges opportunities for student service to others.
Objectives of Bishop Chatard High School
During his 1987 pastoral visit to the United States, Pope John Paul II described it this way: "The ultimate goal of all Catholic education is salvation in Jesus Christ. Catholic educators effectively work for the coming of Christ's Kingdom. This work includes transmitting in full the message of salvation, which elicits the response of faith."
This ultimate goal is realized by the achievement of three specific objectives in our Catholic schools: to teach doctrine, build community, and motivate service.
To teach the doctrine of the Catholic Church: The transmitting of the objective content of our faith is the foundation upon which Catholic students will build their adult lives of faith.
To build community: It is very important that we call our students beyond the extreme individualism of our age and invite them into caring communities where they will learn about themselves, grow to their full potential, and discover the presence of God.
To motivate service: The message of salvation is communicated is by motivating young people to service. Catholic teaching doesn't end with doctrine. If it did, it would be rather sterile. Catholic teaching doesn't end with community building. If it did, it would be rather self-serving. Catholic education finds its fulfillment in motivating others to service, a dimension clearly rooted in the life and ministry of Jesus Himself.