Why choose Catholic schools? For your child

Why Catholic schools?

The Archdiocese of New Orleans has been asking that question in an ad campaign this month – you may have seen the commercials on TV or heard them on the radio.
Some parents, passionate about Catholic education, agreed to appear in our TV commercials to share their answers to that question.
Why do they choose Catholic schools?
They choose them for the sense of family, for the tangible presence of God’s love, for the security they feel and for the excellent academics rooted in the Catholic faith. There are many ways to answer the question, and the answers may differ for each individual.
I chose Catholic schools for my children because I wanted them to learn the skills needed to succeed in life; more importantly, I wanted them to learn that “success” in life is rooted in our response to God’s love. In Catholic schools, each child is treated in a sacred way, because we know that every person is created in the image of God. Catholic schools look at the world differently, through the lens of faith. That makes all the difference.
This week, we join the nation in celebrating Catholic Schools Week, showcasing our schools as Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.
If you have school-aged children, it’s a good time to ask: Why would I choose a Catholic school? You can check our website at www.whycatholicschools.org and see what others are saying. I hope you find the answer that is right for you!
Dr. Jan Daniel Lancaster is superintendent of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

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