Ministry & Service
Catholic education matters because it seeks to educate the whole person — mind, body, and spirit. Our Catholic schools provide a safe learning environment where each student is nurtured and encouraged to live up to their God-given dignity. Students are challenged to learn not only for their own sake, but to help build up the world around them according to their values.
There are things that Catholic education provides that are hard if not impossible to find anywhere else.
In a survey compiled by a non-American, non-Catholic source, it was indicated that private school graduates are significantly more likely to actively participate in civic activities than their public school counterparts. Catholic schools were ranked number one in the percentage of graduates who actively participate in civic and community activities such as voting, volunteering, letter writing to legislators, and donations to charity - not just for a tax write-off, but out of a sense of justice.
Southern Tier Catholic School and Archbishop Walsh Academy promote service as an essential component of the curriculum. Many Catholic schools have service programs from kindergarten through 12th grade, and we offer similar opportunities; from helping at local food kitchens, to guiding students through creating their own service programs in the community. Catholic school students learn that they are in fact "their brother's keepers," and have a responsibility to respond to the needs of those around them.
STCS and Walsh are not just teaching students; the schools are nurturing a community of values that the students carry with them the rest of their lives.