One of the most important questions you will ever ask yourself as a parent is where you will send your child to school. After all, they are required to spend 900 hours per year each year for 12 years in educational instruction – not including any kindergarten – which means that most children will spend over 10,800 hours under someone else’s tutelage and influence. This will deeply affect the way your child will view the world and build the foundation upon which he or she will make all future decisions. It’s well worth your effort and research to choose a place that closely aligns itself to your family’s values. One local option available to those who are considering private schools from preschool through grade 8 is St. Helen Catholic School.
“St. Helen’s has been providing academic excellence and religious training to North East Ohio since its inception in 1981. As your school of choice, we are prepared to provide a loving family environment that will help students to be nourished and grow to be the successful children God intends.” ~ About Us, St. Helen Website
“From the moment children enter our school,” says Sister Christin Alfieri, Principal of the school, “they are surrounded by an environment that fosters peace of mind and heart. In this age of uncertainty, we provide a safe and certain course that will give your child a chance to make a difference in our world. St. Helen School is the special place that can pave the way far into the future.”
Along with providing a state approved core curriculum, they also offer many extra curricular activities along with spiritual opportunities for personal growth and service. Each morning begins with prayer. Religious instruction takes place daily, building a moral foundation for your child. Prayer celebrations include Advent, Lent, May Crowning, and Saints’ days. Academic events encompass art and essay contests, a memory book, creative writing contests, science fair and competition for grades 7 and 8. Young Authors – books written, illustrated, and published by students in grades K through 5, and an economics fair are other unique opportunities offered by St. Helen.
Parents are encouraged to remain involved with their children. St. Helen School has a very active, committed group of parents who are highly involved in their child’s education process. A PAC – Parent Advisory Council is in place. Other parents volunteer at the clinic and help as aides in art classes and in the library. Room parents are also part of this committed group.
Competitive and non-competitive sports opportunities are available through the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) as well as partnerships with other local Catholic schools. Basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, baseball, and track teams assure plenty of year round chances for your child to engage in physical activity.
Tuition aid is available for families in need. Tuition assistance is available for those experiencing financial hardship. St. Helen School also offers payment plans and several tuition-reduction programs to all families.
Their highly qualified staff and team of specialists, along with their impressive and consistent achievement scores which have placed the students in grades 3 through 8 in the 95th percentile in the nation, should definitely place St. Helen on your list of schools for consideration!
For more information, visit their website