High school is an important part of a young person’s life. In high school, students not only learn about reading, writing and arithmetic. They learn about values, morals, friendships and decision-making. At Antonian, this process is fostered by what we call “formation.” Student formation is about helping to shape the elements of character- be they spiritual, moral, intellectual, social, or physical, according to Judeo Christian values. This is accomplished through direct and repetitive interaction with a student by establishing standards, modeling acceptable behavior, and holding students accountable to these.
When Pope John Paul II spoke to Catholic educators in New Orleans, during his 1983 visit to the United States, he admonished the Catholic school and said, “Parents are the primary educators of their children. This responsibility can never be abdicated nor shall the Catholic school, no matter the circumstances, assume that responsibility.”
The final phrase of the Antonian mission statement—“in partnership with parents”—was purposefully inserted. When you bring your children to Antonian, we take them into our family and they become one of ours. After all, we are “in loco parentis” (in place of parents) and as such we will love, honor, and correct. Through all of this we acknowledge the words of Pope John Paul II and wish to include you in the formation of your children.
Collaboration of Parents
It is through the collaboration of parents and their involvement in the life of the school that formation happens. Parents may involve themselves in the school by assisting in its various clubs and organizations and through their involvement in the various parent groups. Parents are also expected to attend educational opportunities developed for the purpose of assisting them with the formation of their children. This parental collaboration will assist in protecting the parental climate of the school, support the school’s various policies, and to cultivate great friendships.