Intentional Catholic Education
Learning For Life Through Faith
Seeking of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.
Intentional Catholic education is a long tradition of education that emphasizes the seeking of truth, goodness, and beauty. This intentionally catholic approach teaches students how to learn and how to think.
What makes this education so effective? It is largely because of its approach to how and when students are taught.
Regardless of their learning style, children learn in phases or stages.
K-6th Grade Stage
7th-8th Grade Stage
9th-12th Grade Stage (continued elsewhere)
Intentional Catholic education aims to include instruction on the virtues and a love of truth, goodness and beauty in ordinary lesson plans. Students learn the arts, sciences and literature starting with classical Greek and Roman sources and Wisdom and input from ancient church fathers, Renaissance theologians and even Mozart.
Contrary to Public School
The structure of public school lends itself to questions, set up to say, “This is what you need to know, and here are the facts.
How does a philosophy that has been taught for centuries stay relevant in an education age immersed with iPads and apps, and careers driven by the digital economy, automation and personalization? Today, students are charged with shaping policy and fighting injustice, and have endless information, and misinformation, pushed to them. An Intentionally Catholic education provides the academic excellence and moral framework to fight this injustice and encourages students to pursue the why, how and who of ideas and decisions in addition to the what, and helps develop young people who own their power to enrich their lives and the lives of others.
Essential Marks of a Catholic School
Please click the dots on the Logo to know what it means/symbolizes.
FOUNDED ON CHRISTIAN ANTHROPOLOGY
(Symbolized by the Alpha & Omega)
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
Catholic educators should address the requirements of both the natural and the supernatural perfection of the children entrusted to their care.
The Catholic school must be founded on Jesus Christ, who, through his Incarnation, is united with each student. Christ is not an afterthought or an add-on to Catholic educational philosophy; he is the center and fulcrum of the entire enterprise, the light enlightening every boy and girl who comes into a Catholic school.
ALPHA & OMEGA LOGO:
In the book of Revelations, Christ refers to himself as the alpha and the omega. That is, the first and the last. These two letters symbolize the fact that Christ is the beginning and the end of all creation, and we hold him as the beginning and end of our school's being. Thus we hold the Alpha & the Omega as a part of our Identity, Christ with us and of us always.
IMBUED WITH A CATHOLIC WORLDVIEW THROUGHOUT ITS CURRICULUM
The Good, The True, & The Beautiful:
The “spirit of Catholicism" should permeate the entire curriculum. Catholic education is "intentionally directed to the growth of the whole person." An integral education aims to develop gradually every capability of every student: his or her intellectual, physical, psychological, moral, and religious capacities. If a Catholic school is to deliver on its promise to provide students with an integral education, it must foster love for wisdom and truth, and must integrate faith, culture, and life.
LOGO - QUILL & BOOK:
Symbolized with a quill and book, St. Sebastian School, strives for an Intentional Catholic Education focusing on educating the whole student, mind, body, and soul in the ways of the good, the true, and the beautiful.
ANIMATED BY COMMUNION & COMMUNITY
Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel -Socrates
A mark of a school’s catholicity is the emphasis on the school as a community but even more so as a "a genuine community of faith."
School is a community in four areas:
TEAMWORK among all those involved
COOPERATION between educators and bishops
INTERACTIONS of students with teachers
ENVIRONMENT provided by the school's
LOGO - PAPAL KEYS
Symbol Our Communion and Community as a part of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
SUSTAINED BY GOSPEL WITNESS
“You are the light of the world. Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)
As an authentic catholic school St. Sebastian School demonstrates the vital witness of its teachers and administrator. Serving as "Lights of Christ," we uphold the primary responsibility for creating a Christian school climate through our vocation as teachers and participation in the Church's evangelizing mission. We hold Christ as our example and guiding light, as the Teacher of all teachers, and we reveal the Christian message not only by word but also by every gesture of our behavior.
More than a master who teaches, a Catholic educator is a person who gives testimony by his or her life, and we choose to live our lives as a lights of Christ.
SYMBOL OF OUR PATRON
However, this was during a time of Christian persecution, and he was discovered to be a Christian and condemned to death. He was shot with many arrows and left for dead. Th brave soldier survived the first attempt to execute him, and went back to those who had ordered his death and preached against their attacks on Christians. Sebastian was again condemned and this time martyred.
The Arrows as a symbol of St. Sebastian exemplify to us his virtues and gifts of strength, stamina, perseverance, courage and justice in the face of adversity. St. Sebastian is the patron saint of soldiers, athletes, and those who desire a saintly death.
We use these arrows in our School Logo to remind us of our own call to be like this brave saint and have strength, stamina, perseverance, courage, and justice as we travel our own path through life.
INSPIRED BY A SUPERNATURAL VISION
(Hands of God & Adam by Michelangelo)
"A good school provides a rounded education for the whole person. And a good Catholic school, over and above this, should help all its students to become saints." (Pope Benedict XVI)
Education is a process that forms the whole child and seeks to fix his or her eyes on heaven. The specific purpose of a Catholic education is the formation of 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 TAKE GOD'S HAND and become saints.