John Paul Regional Catholic School

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Why Catholic Schools?

"The word and spirit of the gospel are modeled daily by administrators, teachers, and staff promoting positive relationships between themselves and the students"
-John Paul Regional Catholic School Mission Statement
Catholic faith is at the heart of John Paul Regional Catholic School. Our faith is made known through daily religious instruction, classroom and school-wide prayer, service learning, and monthly mass.
 
As a Catholic School, JPRCS encourages students to become morally responsible members of society who spread peace and love through all aspects of their life. We strive to bring Christ's teachings into every aspect of life at John Paul Regional. Although John Paul Regional has a strong Catholic Identity, we are a very diverse school aiming to be examples of Christ's peace and love. 
 
By supporting the school events, leading our masses and prayer services, and allowing the students to be a part of the St. Gabriel Parish community, Monsignor Tom is an important part of our school community. 
Why Catholic Schools?
  • Catholic schools tend to operate as communities rather than bureaucracies, which links to higher levels of teacher commitment, student engagement, and student achievement (Marks, 2009)
  • Catholic Schools tend to produce graduates who are more civically engaged, more tolerant of diverse views, and more committed to service as adults (Campbell,2001: Wold, Greene, Kleitz., &Thalhammer, 2001)
  • In Catholic schools, the student achievement gap is smaller than in public schools(Jeynes, 2007; Marks & Lee, 1989)
  • In Catholic schools, overall academic achievement is higher (Coleman, Hoffer, & Kilgore, 1982; Sander, 1996).
  • The Catholic school climate, mission, and purpose positively impact student achievement and attendance (Bryk, Lee, & Holland, 1993).
Our Commitment to Service Learning
This year the JPRCS community participated in the "Feet for Francis Shoe Drive" where the students were encouraged to give new or gently worn shoes and sneakers. This fundraiser was started based on the call of Pope Francis to help and serve the poor. For the weight of the shoes collected, money was donated to the Archdiocese of Baltimore to defray the costs of the walking pilgrimage from the Baltimore Basilica to Philadelphia (104 miles) to meet Pope Francis. The shoes that were collected were used as inventory for small business owners or micro-entrepreneurs in 26 developing countries, including Haiti, Honduras, Tanzania, and Colombia.