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St. Rita Catholic School

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History, Mission & Philosophy

History
St. Rita Catholic School is a Catholic, co-educational day school for students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The school was established in 1964 by the Jesuits in conjunction with the formation of St. Rita Catholic Church. The school was staffed by the Bernardine Sisters of the Order of St. Francis for over 25 years. Lay professionals continue the work of the Bernardines today. All teachers are chosen for their competency and dedication. The Jesuits served the school since its inception through their ministry at St. Rita Catholic Church until 2003. St. Rita Catholic Community is now staffed by diocesan priests. Since 1964 the school has undergone six major expansions.

Today the school utilizes more than 60,000 square feet of classroom space, offices, science and computer labs, library, art room, gymnasium, locker rooms and cafeteria. The success of St. Rita Catholic School is due in large part to the partnership that exists between the school and the parish. The school is also blessed with faculty members, staff, administration and parents committed to ensuring the spiritual and academic growth of its students. Such commitment is evidenced by the number of former Spartans who now choose to educate their own children at St. Rita Catholic School.


Mission

The mission of St. Rita Catholic School, a parish community school, is to educate children in accordance with the educational ministry of the Catholic Church. We strive to foster spiritual, intellectual, physical, and social growth within each child to become a witness to Christian values as a member of our global community. As a part of this, the School invites parents to become active participants in their children's education since they are, as the Church affirms, the primary educators of their children.

Our Advisory Council produced the document attached below titled, "Mission is Effective When..." and shared it with our school families to enhance the implementation of our mission.


Philosophy

The guiding philosophy of St. Rita School is to provide a safe and caring environment in which optimum learning can take place. In this atmosphere, students are encouraged to develop fully in the spiritual, intellectual, physical, and artistic domains. Basic to the educational program at St. Rita School is a deep conviction that each child is a unique individual. Therefore, the school seeks to provide conditions in which each child’s needs can be addressed. The school stresses the formation of character, leadership and social justice and environmental issues. The school’s primary aim is to prepare responsible Christian citizens for a challenging and complex world.

Vision

Instilling Catholic principles in a modern world

St. Rita Facts at a Glance
Grades: PreK4 to 8th , Co-ed
Colors: Green and white
Mascot: Spartans
Enrollment: 672
Class Sizes: PreK-32, Kindergarten - 66; 1st to 8th - 75/grade
Classes per Grade: 2 classes of preK and 3 in other grades
Blue Ribbon School of Excellence 1998-1999
Weekly Mass
Spiritual Retreats and Prayer Buddies
Spanish Curriculum: Kindergarten to 8th
SMART Boards in every classroom
Full Athletic Program for 5th to 8th
Alphabetic Phonics Program for 1 st to 4th
Instructional Assistance in Kindergarten to 8th
Advanced Academics program for 5th -8th grade students