St. Jerome Catholic School is a ministry of St. Jerome Parish. With our community, we share this mission statement:
The mission of St. Jerome Catholic School is we see God in all and respond with compassion and service while attaining excellence in education.
Here at St. Jerome, we strive to balance the students’ academic life with their spiritual life. Not only do students attend Mass once per week, but students host prayer services, stations of the cross, a live rosary, pray before school and classes and attend retreats.
Students attend Mass at St. Jerome parish at least once per week. Students also visit the chapel for Adoration time. The students pray as a community when the day is started at assembly. Students pray in the classroom, have an opportunity to pray at their classroom prayer corners and pray again as a community at the end of the day. Students have prayed the rosary, including a living rosary; they have prayed the Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent; they have received First Confessions, First Communion and Confirmation after being prepared. The school had a special week to celebrate St. Jerome with the parish. The pastor and principal encourages students and parents to attend Sunday masses, especially the Family masses at the beginning of the month.
The school integrates the Catholic faith throughout the curriculum. All teachers are certified Catechists and include faith in their teachings. Teachers have attended Theology of the Body workshops and will be introducing this curriculum August of 2019 in grades K-4. Students have discussions and write papers based on social justice around the world, including the United States.
Parents are always reminded that they are the primary educators of their children. They are encouraged to attend masses, assemblies, prayer services, concerts and more when it comes to their child’s school life. Communications are sent out to inform parents of faith formation activities for them and their children.
All classrooms complete at least one community service event during the year. Classes have collected money, food items, made crafts, helped to clean the Church and more. Fifth through eighth grades are also required to perform 10 hours of service hours per quarter. Parents have joined students at St. Mary’s Food Bank and more.