Our school acknowledges the existence of immutable truths, present in the study of anything. These truths reveal an interconnectedness, unity, and intelligence that are abundant evidence of God as Creator, Source, and Sustainer of all. When learning is founded on the reality of unchanging Truth, students are strengthened to resist a superficial culture that denies God’s existence and His purpose for the world and humanity.
A transcendence that is God
Our school sings with the Psalmist: “The heavens declare the glory of God.” (Psalm 19:1) God’s creation demonstrates the attributes of the Creator, including human creativity. We pursue the best examples of the good, the beautiful, and the true because they are evidence of our fullest identity as being made in the image and likeness of God. Wonder and awe are the proper responses to God’s glory and are the fruits of Christian study. The school encourages these responses, which in turn fosters gratitude during everyday life.
It begins and ends at home…
St. Francis Xavier School provides a Catholic education that supports parents as the primary educators of their children. Our school is an extension of the home, and its design reflects that relationship. Throughout our building there are items that represent important aspects of home life. These are chosen in order to communicate the comfortable and nurturing environment in which parents, and in turn teachers, educate children by first revealing wonderful things to them. We also encourage a mutual sharing of learning between home and school; intentional parent involvement in the life of the school; and foster activities that promote community and family life.
Each student is a person...
Our school understands that each child is a person made in the image and likeness of God. The idea of the individual, with its emphasis on autonomy, is not accurate in expressing the unique identity of each person created by God and placed in relationship to God and community. The life of the Christian is a movement towards a relationship with the Trinity that is evidenced by love of neighbor. With this understanding, the school educates children to have capacity for relationship, attention, empathy, and imagination.
The virtuous life
Moral and intellectual virtues are essential to a Christian life. Moral virtues are habits that help us to want what is good. Intellectual virtues help us to think well. Both aid the Christian in the path to God. Our school trains in virtuous living through the example of virtuous teachers, and through the good habits we consciously instill in our daily activities.
Passing on what is most important
Our school joins parents and the Church in recognizing a rich culture of faith in history that is foundational to our Catholic identity. In every age, men and women have pursued truth, beauty, and goodness. Since the time of Christ, civilizations have striven to incarnate the truth of Christ by offering models for Christian thinking, art, justice, and mercy. Even cultures that lacked the full revelation of Christian truth still offer a valuable record of God’s interaction with and love towards humanity. With the gift of faith, our school develops in the minds of students a specific understanding of the world, of man, and of history.
The beauty in the Word
Our school recognizes that language is foundational to existence. St. John reveals, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) The Triune God speaks reality into being through the Word, who is Christ. Language, reason, thought, and expression are essential to our understanding of who we are as made in the image and likeness of God. For this reason, our school embraces the time-tested tools of the Trivium: grammar, logic, and rhetoric. In grammar, we focus on solid foundations in all areas of knowledge and skill. In logic, we focus on sound reasoning. In rhetoric, we develop the ability to express truth creatively, authentically, and effectively.