Mission and Vision

Highland Catholic School serves children from the Lumen Christi Catholic Community and the surrounding neighborhood. As teachers, parents and parishioners, we form a Christ-centered faith community, fostering spiritual growth, academic excellence and commitment to justice in the name of Jesus.

Vision Statement

Highland Catholic School strives to be a premier Catholic school known for academic excellence within a Christ-centered community.

We are dedicated to:

  • enabling children to grow in their Catholic faith in an environment where the Gospel message is taught and lived;
  • encouraging children to be thoughtful, creative, and industrious in pursuing knowledge;
  • following a curriculum which includes basic skills and higher level thinking;
  • motivating students to reach their highest potential;
  • creating a desire in our students to respond to the needs of others by providing meaningful opportunities to serve the community;
  • ensuring effective education through a partnership between parents, students, and school staff;
  • providing a peaceful environment for children where respect, social justice, and reconciliation are foundational elements.

Catholic Identity

Religious Philosophy

At Highland Catholic School, we believe that by integrating Christian truth and values each day, students will recognize that religion is a way of life. By participating in service projects, interpreting scripture and understanding the beliefs, traditions, history and structure of the Catholic Church, students will be able to assume a role of stewardship in the faith community. Through their participation in worship and service, they will model the Catholic spirit, and influence others as they develop their faith.

Religious instruction is part of the core curriculum in each grade at Highland Catholic School and is required course work for all students.

Prayer and worship are integral components of the education students receive at Highland Catholic School. Attendance is required at liturgical celebrations (Masses and prayer services) that take place during the school day. Students who are not of the Catholic Faith will be expected to participate in these celebrations as they are able.

School Worship Opportunities

Highland Catholic School integrates Christian truth and values throughout each day.

Prayer

Prayer is an important part of each day at Highland Catholic School. It is incorporated thoughout the school day.

Liturgies

Highland Catholic School holds all-school monthly masses and celebrations of major Church feasts at Lumen Christi Catholic Community. Each grade, has primary responsibility to plan and carry out one all-school Mass per year. That grade provides greeters for the community and provides readers for the Mass. Teachers work with the students to help plan those special Masses. Family members are always invited to attend the all-school celebrations.

Each grade also has their annual “grade-level” Mass which provides a special gathering for a particular grade level and their parents/guardians. Students plan this liturgy and create special invitations. It is wonderful to have so many parents/guardians make arrangements to sneak away from work or home to join their child in Eucharist.

Fifth Grade and Seventh Grade Retreats

The fifth and seventh grade classes both participate in a one day retreats in the fall. Led by Youth Frontiers, the fifth grade retreat day centers on a theme of friendship. The seventh grade Youth Frontiers retreat serves to prepare these students for their upcoming role as 8th grade leaders for the school. It is a day of goal setting and peer support.

Service Projects

We strongly emphasize service projects at Highland Catholic School. In practicing the Gospel message, we extend our classroom experiences into community action. Delivering May Day Baskets to homebound and other community residents, collecting food for food shelves, and creating a giving tree for underprivileged children are some examples of the many service projects undertaken by Highland Catholic School each year.

Sacramental Preparation

Of prime importance is the inclusion of our children in the sacramental life of the parish through the celebration of Eucharist, Reconciliation, and Confirmation. Parents are the primary persons who nurture faith in their children. Lumen Christi Catholic Community staff takes the lead in preparing students for the sacraments. Students prepare for Reconciliation and First Communion in the second grade and Confirmation in the eighth grade.

A Note From Father Paul Feela

“A Catholic education is one of the most effective means we have to pass on both faith and the values of the Catholic tradition to the next generation. Highland Catholic School offers an excellent education for our children, providing a stimulating environment that encourages the development of the whole child. This well-rounded education is focused in academic excellence and grounded in the Catholic faith tradition. Highland Catholic School lays the foundation for our children to live up to their full potential as generous human beings in service to the wider world because of our foundational belief that all of us are children of God. Our parish school was built on the faith of past generations and it continues because of the faith and faithfulness of our parish community. I can imagine no greater gift that we can give to our children.”

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