Educating our children in the Catholic religion is our most important job as a Catholic school. As our mission states, we believe who our children become is just as important as what our children achieve and we strive to help our children become caring, Catholics who live out their faith every day.
At AACA, first through eighth grade students attend mass once a week and on Holy Days; with Kindergarten beginning after the Christmas Holiday break. Younger students are paired with mass buddies to make attending mass a communal and reverent time in our week. Religious education also takes place in the classroom. And, students take part in many service projects which builds upon our caring Catholic community at AACA.
At AACA, we work in cooperation with the St. Alphonsus parish to prepare students for the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation. AACA families wishing to have their children prepared for these sacraments are invited to join in the parish preparation. Each of our preparation programs includes family participation, parish activities, Sunday mass attendance and classroom instruction. Students at AACA are prepared for each sacrament during the school day but outside participation retreats, Sunday mass,etc. are expected. Full information about these programs is available on the St. Alphonsus Church website.
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING
Our program of Catholic formation expands beyond religious education and moves into the realm of teaching children what it means to treat others as Jesus would have, living the life of a Christian. In fact, educating and nurturing the whole child is a foundational component of who we are.
Responsive Classrooms is one of the tools we use to engage students in understanding what it means to commit one’s life to thinking beyond ourselves. The Responsive Classroom approach to Social and Emotional Learning provides a secure foundation for teaching and learning, represents our Catholic beliefs and values, and emphasizes teaching to the whole child. Click here to learn more about the ongoing Social and Emotional program efforts at AACA.