So Many Reasons to Attend ~ Catholic Education Benefits Are Plentiful!
The benefits of a Catholic education have been studied and well-documented. Results show that students who attend Catholic school receive a challenging, high-quality academic experience in a supportive environment, with an emphasis on Catholic values and college preparation. The self-discipline developed by students, along with learning to accept responsibility and to respect others, work together to create excellent life-long learners.
At St. Mary’s School in Bird Island, teachers and staff strive to develop the whole student: mind, body, and spirit. It is our goal to prepare our students for academic and personal success, St. Mary’s School has provided excellence in Catholic education for nearly 123 years.
In the diocese of New Ulm there are 1880 students who attend a Catholic School. 212 teachers serve these students in 14 elementary and 3 high schools. According to the U.S. Catholic Elementary and Secondary School 2018-19: The Annual Statistical Report on School enrollment states, “Based on the the average public school per pupil cost of $11, 841.00 Catholic schools provide $21 billion in savings each year for the nation.” There are 6289 Catholic Schools nationwide. Of those 1,478 are urban, 461 are inner-city, 2041 are suburban and 1,112 are rural. There are 6,289 Catholic schools in the United States. 5,092 are elementary/middle schools and 1,197 are secondary schools.
Catholic School education is an investment! Families work hard to cover the cost of tuition because they value faith-filled and quality academic formation for their children. We at St. Mary’s feel very fortunate to be able to provide families with the opportunity of receiving tuition assistance which is to help bridge the gap in making a Christ-centered educational investment an investment of a life time. This is our chance to shape the future of our students, the school and your community.
There are so many reasons to choose a Catholic School. The NCEA Catholic Educational Association acknowledges the follow as the Top 10.
#10 – We cultivate a faculty and staff of people who are dedicated, caring and effective.
#9 – We prepare students to be productive citizens and future leaders.
#8 – We emphasize on moral development and self-discipline.
#7 – We teach children respect of self and others.
#6 – We instill students the value od service to others.
#5 – We use technology effectively to enhance education.
#4 – We provide a balance academic curriculum that integrates faith, culture and life.
#3 – We set high standards for student achievement and help others succeed.
#2 – We partner with parents in faith formation of their children.
#1 – We offer an education that combines Catholic faith and teaching with academic success.
For as little as $16.96/day a child can attend St. Mary’s School in Bird Island. We are a school that embraces all denominations and sees the importance of bringing Christ into the hearts of all people. Through the integration of our academic classes, extracurricular activities, and spiritual growth opportunities, we invite our students to cultivate their God- given abilities. Our Catholic faith is evident in all that we do at St. Mary’s. The faculty and staff at St. Mary’s are individuals who are living out their vocations and whose unwavering commitment to the students and teachings of the Catholic Church have made St. Mary’s a very special place. The combined contribution of our faculty and staff, students, and members of the community yields an environment of faithful witnesses to the vitality of the Church and the importance of education. We strive to seek the Truth in all that we do, and attempt to make it our way of life. We are fortunate to be able to intertwine the importance of faith and education. We welcome all to visit and join the many great things happening at St. Mary’s! To learn more check contact the school directly at 320-365-3693 or contact us here. You can also learn more about our upcoming Open Houses for Play Island Preschool and Kindergarten. It would be an honor to spend some time with you and show you around our campus.
Mrs. Tracy Bertrand Sigurdson, Principal