The Indiana Department of Education (DOE) tracks how each school’s students have grown from one year to the next in comparison to their peers across the state. I am proud to report that the DOE announcement of school accountability ratings this past week showed that Scecina Memorial High School once again earned a letter grade of A for academic performance and growth. Indiana’s Growth Model tracks students’ academic progress from one school year to the next using standardized test scores. Based on multiple measures of academic performance and growth, including college and career readiness, our school’s overall points totaled 93.2, an A rating.
As important as academic growth is, that is not the reason for our school, it is Jesus Christ. The following quote from an anonymous source says it best: “Let it be known to all who enter here that Jesus Christ is the reason for this school, the unseen but ever-present teacher in all its classes, the model of its faculty, and the inspiration for its students.” Jesus Christ is what sets us apart from public schools.
Our public school counterparts are unable to allow their students to practice their faith on a daily basis. This daily practice allows us to provide our students with a holistic approach to education.
Our teachers challenge their students to excel spiritually, intellectually, physically, and socially. All four of these characteristics is important to the ultimate goal of Catholic education. That goal “… is to form boys and girls who will be good citizens of this world, loving God and neighbor and enriching society with the leaven of the Gospel, and who will also be citizens of the world to come, thus fulfilling their destiny to become saints” (Gravissimum Educationis, 8, [Second Vatican Council]).
Of course, none of this is possible without the collaboration we have with you, parents and guardians, to provide your children with an excellent education rooted in Gospel values.
Thank you for allowing us to take part in this awesome responsibility!
Dr. Joe Brettnacher