St. Agnes of Bohemia School

Educating students for lives of faith, service, and leadership

 

 

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Mission and Philosophy

Mission

St. Agnes of Bohemia Catholic School is a Pre-K through 8th grade preparatory school in the heart of Chicago's Little Village. For over 100 years, St. Agnes has dedicated itself to educating immigrant families for lives of faith, service and leadership. We encourage spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional and social growth in the Catholic Tradition. We maintain high expectations for all members of our community to develop a sense of personal responsibility and self-motivation. This is accomplished within a Gospel-centered framework of justice and love. We do this so our students can be successful Christians and achieve excellence in high school, college and in life.


Philosophy

HOW STUDENTS LEARN: The student's ability to learn is strongly dependent upon a positive atmosphere and well-planned instruction.The classroom should inspire students to achieve their fullest potential, especially through cooperative learning projects. Instruction needs to address the learning styles of all students and be as individualized as possible. Learning should be experiential, improve critical thinking skills and instill a life-long desire to learn in each student.

HOME-SCHOOL CONNECTION: The student's first teachers are in the home, therefore, good communication and mutual respect between the school and the home is essential. Parents are responsible for a child's behavior. Their responsibilities include ensuring participation at Sunday mass, completion of homework assignments, and that the student attends school regularly and on-time. Parents are encouraged to be involved with the many co-curricular opportunities offered in the school and parish.

COMMUNITY-SCHOOL CONNECTION: St. Agnes is a positive presence in Little Village. It is a neighborhood school providing a faith-centered educational option for families in the area. Principles of social justice are taught through service learning projects which focus on the socioeconomic diversity of our neighborhood and world. It is important to continue to establish and utilize community-school partnerships.

CHALLENGING CURRICULUM: The field of education is constantly being reinvigorated by new research and theory, and the curriculum should evolve with those discoveries to prepare students for their future in high school and beyond. The goal of the curriculum is to create passionate and able life-long learners. The curriculum should be based on standards and emphasize a multicultural perspective. Technology should be used frequently, but with a clear purpose.

CATHOLIC IDENTITY: The school's Catholic identity is expressed through school-wide participation, especially in the traditions of the Latin American Catholic Church. Education is faith-based and gospel-centered. St. Agnes School has a strong connection with the parish maintained by the religious instruction provided by the priests and sisters.

HIGH EXPECTATIONS: Enrollment at St. Agnes School is a choice and a commitment. Graduates are expected to gain admittance to a well-reputed high school and college. Individual student needs will be met and help given, but students must be motivated and responsible for their education. Teachers and staff will hold themselves to the same high expectations that are placed on the students.

 

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