There is a reason why people say that high school culminates in four of the most formative years of our lives. It is where we make some of our closest friends, discover new talents or hone existing ones, make lasting relationships with mentors, and take classes that inspire our futures. In between big wins, tough losses, group projects, research papers, rehearsals and opening nights, it is also where we learn skills we carry with us after graduation.
At Catholic High Schools of Western NY, we take our role in each and every student’s personal growth very seriously, and we are proud to help them develop the following skills before they finally flip their tassels on graduation day.
1. Problem-solving. Our challenging curriculum asks more from our students, which means they are prepared to answer tough questions and overcome any obstacles that come their way. We hold our students to high standards because we know they are capable of surpassing them! Our supportive staff will always be there to provide resources and guidance, and our small class sizes provide plenty of room for students to explore, learn from mistakes and grow.
2. Community service. We encourage our students to get involved in their school community and the greater community however they can. We also offer opportunities for service trips outside of the region. As a result, students foster their innate sense of service to a greater cause—a calling they will carry with them wherever they go in Western NY or beyond.
3. Teamwork. Our emphasis on community and camaraderie means our students are always in it together—on the field, on the stage or in the classroom. We believe extracurricular activities are an important part of the high school experience. They provide opportunities for students to explore their interests with like-minded, equally motivated peers who share their values as they work toward a common goal.
4. Self-motivation. While there is nothing like a sideline full of cheering fans, there will be times when our students have to be their own cheerleaders, take accountability for themselves and harness their inner drive to be successful—even and especially when faced with adversity. There will be plenty of opportunities for students to tap into this kind of initiative in their academics or in their chosen extracurricular activities.
5. Respect. Respect for peers, faculty and staff, and the larger community is at the very core of every lesson our students are taught both in and out of the classroom. We welcome students of varying backgrounds and beliefs and expect our pupils to do the same. Students can expect to engage in constructive discourse with those who have differing opinions or work cooperatively with others who see a different solution. As a result, they learn to approach new experiences with respect and openness to others.