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5 Things Parents Gain From Catholic High Schools

Bishop Timon – St. Jude High School

Choosing where to send your child to high school is no small decision, and it is one you make with your child’s best interests in mind. You have chosen a Catholic High School education because you are excited about its lifetime benefits for your child, but you should know there are plenty of ways in which you will benefit as well—these highlights are just the beginning!

Here are 5 things to look forward to as a parent:

 

• Confidence in your child’s education. You want your child to get the most out of their four years of high school, which means you want them to be challenged to develop problem-solving skills they can use wherever they go next. Our comprehensive curriculum and attentive, supportive staff share these goals and work toward them every day.

• Support from an engaged parent community. Just as your child will be connecting with peers who share their goals and motivation, you will be introduced to a community of likeminded families with shared aspirations for their children’s futures. We are confident your child won’t be the only one forming lifelong friendships at school.

Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart

• Opportunities to stay involved in your child’s life. For many parents, getting involved with their child’s extracurricular activities is one of the most rewarding aspects of parenting. There are plenty of opportunities for Catholic School parents to play a supporting role in our many clubs, teams or community efforts.

• Meaningful relationships with a dedicated staff. Our small class sizes make it possible for Catholic High School teachers and staff to forge meaningful relationships with each of their students, which means they are perceptive to any challenges your child may experience with subject matter. They are committed to helping your child overcome any road blocks while keeping you informed every step of the way. Catholic High School teachers are also curious to hear from you, and receptive to any concerns or questions you may have.

Mount Saint Mary Academy

• Confidence in your child’s future. For the reasons we have mentioned here and more, you can feel confident that your child’s Catholic High School education is an investment in their future. They will make lasting relationships with peers and staff, learn critical problem-solving skills, and experience the spirit of community they can take wherever they go.

To learn more about our schools, please visit one of our upcoming open houses and mark your calendar for the 2020 Entrance & Scholarship Exam on November 21, 2020.

 

2019 Open Houses:

BUFFALO

BISHOP TIMON – ST. JUDE HIGH SCHOOL  All Boys
Sept. 24 (6-8pm)    Sept. 25 (6-8pm)
716-826-3610

BUFFALO ACADEMY OF THE SACRED HEART  All Girls
Sept. 27 (5-7pm)    Sept. 29 (11am-1:30pm)
716-834-2101

CANISIUS HIGH SCHOOL  All Boys
Oct. 6 (9:30am-12:30pm)    Oct. 7 (5:30-7:30pm)
716-882-0466

MT. MERCY ACADEMY  All Girls
Sept. 21 (10am-1pm)    Sept. 23 (5-7pm)
716-825-8796

NARDIN ACADEMY  All Girls
Sept. 29 (10am-1pm)    Sept. 30 (5-7pm)
716-881-6262

ST. JOSEPH’S COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE  All Boys
Oct. 6 (10am-1pm)    Oct. 7 (5-7pm)
716-874-4024

HAMBURG

ST. FRANCIS HIGH SCHOOL  All Boys
Oct. 6 (10am-1pm)    Oct. 7 (5-7pm)
716-627-1200

KENMORE

MOUNT SAINT MARY ACADEMY  All Girls
Oct. 6 (10am-1pm)    Oct. 7 (5-7pm)
716-877-1358

LANCASTER

ST. MARY’S HIGH SCHOOL  Co-ed
Sept. 19 (5-8pm)    Sept. 20 (5-7pm)
716-683-4824

TONOWANDA

CARDINAL O’HARA HIGH SCHOOL  Co-ed
Sept. 26 (5-8pm)    Sept. 29 (9am-12pm)
716-695-2600

5 Important Life Skills Students Learn from a Catholic High School

St. Francis High School

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.

Canisius High School

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.

Niagara Catholic

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.

2019 Open Houses:

BUFFALO

BISHOP TIMON – ST. JUDE HIGH SCHOOL  All Boys
Sept. 24 (6-8pm)    Sept. 25 (6-8pm)
716-826-3610

BUFFALO ACADEMY OF THE SACRED HEART  All Girls
Sept. 27 (5-7pm)    Sept. 29 (11am-1:30pm)
716-834-2101

CANISIUS HIGH SCHOOL  All Boys
Oct. 6 (9:30am-12:30pm)    Oct. 7 (5:30-7:30pm)
716-882-0466

MT. MERCY ACADEMY  All Girls
Sept. 21 (10am-1pm)    Sept. 23 (5-7pm)
716-825-8796

NARDIN ACADEMY  All Girls
Sept. 29 (10am-1pm)    Sept. 30 (5-7pm)
716-881-6262

ST. JOSEPH’S COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE  All Boys
Oct. 6 (10am-1pm)    Oct. 7 (5-7pm)
716-874-4024

HAMBURG

ST. FRANCIS HIGH SCHOOL  All Boys
Oct. 6 (10am-1pm)    Oct. 7 (5-7pm)
716-627-1200

KENMORE

MOUNT SAINT MARY ACADEMY  All Girls
Oct. 6 (10am-1pm)    Oct. 7 (5-7pm)
716-877-1358

LANCASTER

ST. MARY’S HIGH SCHOOL  Co-ed
Sept. 19 (5-8pm)    Sept. 20 (5-7pm)
716-683-4824

TONOWANDA

CARDINAL O’HARA HIGH SCHOOL  Co-ed
Sept. 26 (5-8pm)    Sept. 29 (9am-12pm)
716-695-2600

4 Ways To Prepare For The Entrance & Scholarship Exam

St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute

Preparing for any type of exam can be stressful, but there are plenty of things you can do to help you feel calm and confident on test day. The Entrance & Scholarship Exam is no exception, so we’ve compiled a short but helpful list of things to take into consideration as you prepare to take this exciting step toward your future.

1. Get your materials together the night before. Check with your testing location ahead of time to find out what materials you need to bring with you. Set these things aside ahead of time to prevent a last-minute scramble the morning of the test.

2. Rest properly and fuel with brain food. Be sure to get a good night’s sleep the night before and, if possible, the nights leading up to the test. Eating a healthy, well-rounded breakfast the morning of is also important to keeping you full and focused for the duration of the exam.

Mount Mercy Academy

3. Stick to a manageable study schedule. Do not pile on unnecessary stress by waiting until the last minute to cram for the exam. Set aside time to study each day leading up to the exam and allow for longer study sessions during the week prior. Your study schedule should include time to attend a review session at your school(s) of choice. Times and dates for each session are listed below.

4. Save the date and set an alarm. Mark your calendars for the day of the Entrance & Scholarship Exam to act as a reminder and to help you mentally prepare for test day. Give yourself plenty of time to get ready the morning of and be sure to arrive at the test site early enough to get settled.

Stay on track with positive self-talk throughout the test taking process—you’ve got this! Being mindful to prepare each day can only set you up for success. For more information on Catholic High Schools of Western NY and what to expect during the Entrance & Scholarship Exam, be sure to attend an upcoming open house.

Don’t forget to save the date for the Scholarship & Entrance Exam: November 21, 2020

2019 Review Sessions:

Girls’ Schools

Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart

October 26, November 2, November 16
9am – noon
Register here or call 716.834.2101

Mount Mercy Academy

November 12, November 13, November 14
3:30pm – 6pm
Register here or call 716.825.8796

Mount St. Mary Academy

Session 1: September 24, October 1, October 8, October 15, October 22
Session 2: September 26, October 3, October 10, October 17, October 24
4pm – 6:30pm
Register here or call 716.877.1358

Nardin Academy

October 26, November 2, November 9, November 16
9am – 11:30am
Register here or call 716.881.6262

Boys’ Schools

Bishop Timon – St. Jude High School

November 6, November 13, November 20
3:30pm – 5:30pm
Register here or call 716.826.3610

Canisius High School

November 2, November 9, November 16
9am – 11:30am
Register here or call 716.882.0466

St. Francis High School

October 19, October 26, November 2, November 16
9am – noon
Register here or call 716.627.1200

St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute

October 26, November 2, November 9, November 16
8:30am – noon
Register here or call 716.874.4024

Coeducational Schools

Cardinal O’Hara

Session 1: October 29, November 5, November 12, November 19
5pm – 7:15pm
Session 2: November 9
9:30am – 2:30pm
Call 716.695.2600 to register

St. Mary’s High School

November 6, November 7, November 8
4pm – 6pm
Call 716.683.4824 to register

 


2019 Open Houses:

BUFFALO

BISHOP TIMON – ST. JUDE HIGH SCHOOL  All Boys
Sept. 24 (6-8pm)    Sept. 25 (6-8pm)
716-826-3610

BUFFALO ACADEMY OF THE SACRED HEART  All Girls
Sept. 27 (5-7pm)    Sept. 29 (11am-1:30pm)
716-834-2101

CANISIUS HIGH SCHOOL  All Boys
Oct. 6 (9:30am-12:30pm)    Oct. 7 (5:30-7:30pm)
716-882-0466

MT. MERCY ACADEMY  All Girls
Sept. 21 (10am-1pm)    Sept. 23 (5-7pm)
716-825-8796

NARDIN ACADEMY  All Girls
Sept. 29 (10am-1pm)    Sept. 30 (5-7pm)
716-881-6262

ST. JOSEPH’S COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE  All Boys
Oct. 6 (10am-1pm)    Oct. 7 (5-7pm)
716-874-4024

HAMBURG

ST. FRANCIS HIGH SCHOOL  All Boys
Oct. 6 (10am-1pm)    Oct. 7 (5-7pm)
716-627-1200

KENMORE

MOUNT SAINT MARY ACADEMY  All Girls
Oct. 6 (10am-1pm)    Oct. 7 (5-7pm)
716-877-1358

LANCASTER

ST. MARY’S HIGH SCHOOL  Co-ed
Sept. 19 (5-8pm)    Sept. 20 (5-7pm)
716-683-4824

TONOWANDA

CARDINAL O’HARA HIGH SCHOOL  Co-ed
Sept. 26 (5-8pm)    Sept. 29 (9am-12pm)
716-695-2600

Addressing Your Kids’ Questions About Catholic High School

St. Mary’s High School

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.

Cardinal O’Hara High School

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.

Nardin Academy

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:

 

BUFFALO

BISHOP TIMON – ST. JUDE HIGH SCHOOL  All Boys
Sept. 25 (6-8pm)    Sept. 26 (6-8pm)
716-826-3610

BUFFALO ACADEMY OF THE SACRED HEART  All Girls
Sept. 27 (5-7pm)    Sept. 30 (11am-1:30pm)
716-834-2101

CANISIUS HIGH SCHOOL  All Boys
Sept. 30 (9:30am-12:30pm)    Oct. 1 (5:30-7:30pm)
716-882-0466

MT. MERCY ACADEMY  All Girls
Sept. 23 (1pm-3pm)    Sept. 24 (5-7pm)
716-825-8796

NARDIN ACADEMY  All Girls
Sept. 30 (10am-1pm)    Oct. 1 (5-7pm)
716-881-6262

ST. JOSEPH’S COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE  All Boys
Oct. 14 (10am-2pm)    Oct. 15 (5-7pm)
716-874-4024

HAMBURG

ST. FRANCIS HIGH SCHOOL  All Boys
Sept. 30 (10am-12pm)    Oct. 1 (5:30-7pm)
716-627-1200

KENMORE

MOUNT SAINT MARY ACADEMY  All Girls
Sept. 30 (12-3pm)    Oct. 1 (6-8pm)
716-877-1358

LANCASTER

ST. MARY’S HIGH SCHOOL  Co-ed
Sept. 20 (5-8pm)    Sept. 21 (5-7pm)
716-683-4824

TONAWANDA

CARDINAL O’HARA HIGH SCHOOL  Co-ed
Sept. 30 (9am-12pm)  
716-695-2600