Parents

Our Mission and Vision

As a mission of the Diocesan Church and the local parish communities, and in partnership with the family, Diocese of Youngstown Catholic Schools provide an education through which the rich tradition and truth of the Catholic Church are handed on, lived, and fostered. Children and young people are, in a unique way, prepared to participate in the life of the Church and society through a commitment to faith, self, lifelong learning, social justice, and service to the local and global church and community.

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Youngstown are valued for their clear Catholic identity, academic excellence, safe environments, and ability to inspire passion for learning and service within every student.  Our philosophy of care for the whole child (cura personalis) will nurture and sustain the unique God-given gifts of every student to enable each one to pursue and strengthen the Kingdom of God.

There are 25 Catholic schools throughout six counties in the Diocese of Youngstown and seven additional Early Childhood Centers. 

We invite you to contact one of our 25 schools and discover the difference a Catholic education can make in the life of your child(ren) – both here and for eternity!

Each Catholic school, as part of a larger believing community, has the mission to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through excellence in educational programs and service to the Catholic community in particular and in society in general.  The foundation of Catholic belief and practice is taught while developing a sense of community, an atmosphere for worship, and a concern for social justice.  These themes permeate all aspects of the school organization and curriculum which meet the religious, academic, emotional, social, and physical needs of the whole child.

Schools in the Diocese of Youngstown are honored to partner with parents in their children’s education. Our faith teaches that parents are our first teachers and first spiritual mentors.  Our schools accompany our students in their faith journey as they learn to know, love, and serve God in a community 

“Since parents have given children their life, they are bound by the most serious obligation to educate their offspring and therefore must be recognized as the primary and principal educators.”

Declaration on Christian Education, Vatican Council II

One of the key hallmarks of Catholic schools is the strength of the families who choose our schools for their children and their involvement in their children’s education. Research has proven that when parents are engaged with their children’s education, grades are higher, attendance is better and there is a stronger appreciation for lifelong learning.

“For this reason, in willingly welcoming parents’ cooperation, Catholic schools consider essential to their mission the service of permanent formation offered to families, to support them in their educating task and to develop an increasingly closer bond between the values proposed by the school and those proposed by the family.”

Educating Together in Catholic Schools: A Shared Mission Between Consecrated Persons and the Lay Faithful 

A successful partnership depends on communication between home and school. 

“It is incumbent upon parents to cooperate closely with the school teachers to whom they entrust their children to be educated” and “teachers are to collaborate closely with parents who are to be heard willingly.”

Canon Law, Catholic Education 796

Parents’ involvement in the school life of their child is an expectation.  Depending on family circumstances, this involvement can take many forms.  Examples include: support for school policies, providing homework, study, and organizational support for their children at home, attending parent-teacher conferences, communicating with school personnel directly about concerns regarding their children, appropriate social media presence,  helping with fund-raising, being active in a parent organization, or serving as a school volunteer.

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Safe Environment

“The parents and guardians who entrust their families to our care must be assured that every reasonable precaution will be taken by the diocese when it employs or accepts volunteer service from any person who will be ministering to children and/or vulnerable adults.”

-Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, Safe Environment Policy for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults

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