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The Catholic School Identity

by Laurie Mitchell, Director of Advancement, Holy Spirit Catholic School





Catholic schools have components which set them apart from public and other independent schools. The Catholic faith-filled education, focus on academic excellence, and involvement in the community identify these learning institutions. With 6,429 Catholic schools in the United States, Catholic education is impacting our country by providing the best in educational resources to students, encouraging them to become productive citizens. There are nearly 1.9 million Catholic school students enrolled in elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the United States saving the country an estimated $20 billion a year, based on the average public school per student cost according to the National Catholic Education Association. There is no doubt that Catholic education is an investment. Many families work hard to cover the costs of tuition, but find that the value of faith-filled, quality academics is well worth the effort. This year National Catholic Schools Week will take place January 28 through February 3, 2018. Holy Spirit Catholic School in Tuscaloosa will take part with other Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Birmingham school system and with Catholic schools all over the country to celebrate the contributions to young people, the Church, local communities, and the nation.


Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed. This year’s theme for National Catholic Schools Week reminds us that not only our students, but the teachers at Holy Spirit as well are continuous learners, servants, and leaders which make Catholic School education successful. Every student receives an accredited academic curriculum with Christian values, enrichment opportunities, exceptional music and fine arts programs, technology, and athletic teams that forms the student in mind, body, and spirit. As the only Catholic school in the Tuscaloosa area, Holy Spirit Catholic School makes every effort to carry on the traditions for which Catholic education is recognized. Beginning at the PreK3 level and continuing through 12th grade, Holy Spirit is accredited by AdvancedEd and is a member of the National Catholic Education Association and the Alabama High School Athletic Association. Before and afterschool care is available to accommodate the busy schedules of today’s parents, along with a college preparatory curriculum, honors and AP classes, enrichment activities, fine arts, and sports programs. The average ACT scores surpass local, state and national levels. The school takes pride in faculty and student achievements on the local, state, national and international levels. Catholic and non-Catholic students alike have benefitted from the rewards of receiving a Catholic School education at Holy Spirit. Everyone is invited to tour the school, meet teachers, and inquire about the programs that Holy Spirit has to offer during Open House on Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 12:15-1:30 pm, and again at the middle/high school on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 from 3:30-5:00 pm.