Why Island Catholic Schools?


"From the first moment a student sets foot in a Catholic school, he or she ought to have the impression of entering a new environment, one illumined by the light of faith and having unique characteristics."

Religious Dimensions of a Catholic School
Rome, 1998

What Makes A Catholic School Different?

A Catholic school pursues the same academic goals as other schools as it strives to assist students to achieve success in the traditional academic disciplines. Catholic schools follow the prescribed British Columbia provincial curriculum, and include as part of the core curriculum, a program of religious education approved by the local bishop.

The following are four of the distinctive traits that contribute to the culture and ethos of a Catholic school:

  1. The values that are promulgated are rooted in scripture as well as the teaching and tradition of the Catholic Church;
  2. Rich symbols of the faith are evident in the school and the motto and logo reflect the faith dimension that is present;
  3. Celebrations which range from simple classroom prayer to eucharistic celebrations are part of the school experience; 
  4. Teachers, administrators, and support staff understand their role as one of service. It is, in fact, a ministry.