Opting out of the public school system might seem like a no-brainer to you, but in the mind of your child, the decision to leave their familiar district can be overwhelming. We’re aware that attending a Catholic High School is a big decision for your family, which is why we’ve taken the time to break down the most common concerns we hear from students upon enrolling.
Here’s how to address them with your child:
● Will I have to wear a uniform? Some of our schools require uniforms, and some don’t. If your child is worried about whether or not his or her personal style will be squandered by wearing a uniform, they needn’t be concerned! Uniforms actually help raise productivity in the classroom by eliminating distractions. Plus, your young adult will be happy to realize they can have an extra few minutes of sleep each morning without the need to select an outfit for school! As an added bonus, many WNY Catholic High Schools offer dress down days for students to showcase their individuality through their attire.
● What about sports? Catholic schools offer just as many options for sports and extracurriculars as public schools. Our smaller class sizes allow for greater opportunity for students to participate and excel in higher levels of play.
● What about the teachers? Yes, our teachers have high expectations – but it’s only to help our students reach their full potential. Our staff teaches with a foundation of faith that builds students’ character while giving them the tools they need for the future. We truly care for each and every one of our students and do everything we can to help them succeed.
● How will I make new friends? This is possibly the best part of attending a Catholic High School! Your child will be surrounded by similarly motivated peers who encourage one another to succeed. By making friends with the same core values and aspirations, our students enjoy a higher level of discourse and discussion – both inside the classroom and in social settings – all while forming lifelong relationships.
Encourage your child to come along to one of our upcoming Open Houses to learn more and see why WNY Catholic High Schools are truly a place where motivation meets opportunity.
Open House Dates:
BISHOP TIMON – ST. JUDE HIGH SCHOOL All Boys
Sept. 25 (6-8pm) • Sept. 26 (6-8pm)
BUFFALO ACADEMY OF THE SACRED HEART All Girls
Sept. 27 (5-7pm) • Sept. 30 (11am-1:30pm)
CANISIUS HIGH SCHOOL All Boys
Sept. 30 (9:30am-12:30pm) • Oct. 1 (5:30-7:30pm)
MT. MERCY ACADEMY All Girls
Sept. 23 (1pm-3pm) • Sept. 24 (5-7pm)
NARDIN ACADEMY All Girls
Sept. 30 (10am-1pm) • Oct. 1 (5-7pm)
ST. JOSEPH’S COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE All Boys
Oct. 14 (10am-2pm) • Oct. 15 (5-7pm)
ST. FRANCIS HIGH SCHOOL All Boys
Sept. 30 (10am-12pm) • Oct. 1 (5:30-7pm)
MOUNT SAINT MARY ACADEMY All Girls
Sept. 30 (12-3pm) • Oct. 1 (6-8pm)
ST. MARY’S HIGH SCHOOL Co-ed
Sept. 20 (5-8pm) • Sept. 21 (5-7pm)
CARDINAL O’HARA HIGH SCHOOL Co-ed
Sept. 30 (9am-12pm)