Who We Are
Our Lady of the Cross School was founded in 2021 in the year of St. Joseph, the Guardian of the Holy Family and under the patronage of Mary, Our Lady of the Cross, who leads the faithful to her Son, Jesus Christ. Our Lady of the Cross School is a lay-operated, non-profit 501(c)(3) established as a private independent school teaching in the Catholic tradition, and faithful to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church.
We recognize the truth that Jesus is the Master Teacher, the center of our school, and the measure of our Catholic identity. “Catholic Education is above all a question of communicating Christ, of helping to form Christ in the lives of others.” (Pope St. John Paul II)
We recognize that every person is created in the image and likeness of God and his/her dignity is rooted in this identity. To that end, we seek to educate the whole human person, intellectually, spiritually, and physically. We believe that all human life is sacred.
We recognize that the complexity of today’s society necessitates for children of God the solid curriculum, faith formation, and family community offered by education in the Catholic tradition.
We recognize that parents are “those first responsible for the education of their children” and that they have a duty of choosing a school “that will best help them in their task as Christian educators.” (CCC2229) Our school shares in this duty as an extension of the family. We do so in a faith community that upholds the family and practices virtue.
We recognize that the purpose of faith education is the formation of students who will be “good citizens of this world, loving God and neighbor and enriching society with the leaven of the Gospel, and who will also be citizens of the world to come, thus fulfilling their destiny to become saints.” (The Holy See’s Teaching on Catholic Schools, p 20)
We believe that gospel values should be evident and that a Catholic worldview must permeate all facets of the educational climate.
We believe that our school is a community, rooted in the social nature of the human person and the nature of Church and emphasizes teamwork, communication, cooperation, and relationship between all members of the school – Board, administration, staff, students, families, and benefactors – mirroring the atmosphere of the Christian family.
We believe that the school environment contributes to the community of the school, and should be a place of safety and beauty that gives clear, visible witness to our mission.
We believe that appropriate participation in prayer, the Sacraments, and devotions is essential to our mission.
We believe that all knowledge comes from God, and our academics focus on truth, reason, and foundational skills. We affirm that both faith and reason are necessary for students to strive for the fullness of truth, which informs their freedom, leads to just actions, and equips them with the tools to transform the culture through the practice of faith.
We believe that the study of academics is a study of truth revealed by our Creator. Rigorous study prepares students to contribute to society as responsible citizens and witnesses to Christ. The curriculum is designed to combine the best of traditional Catholic education at the foundational level (including phonics, reading, writing, cursive, math, memorization, and presentation) with the skills necessary for students to develop as critical thinkers, leaders, providers, and citizens.
We believe that education of the whole child includes mind, body and spirit. Physical education, play, sports, and an appreciation for art and music contribute to this development.
We believe that in all things, adults should give witness to virtue so that students are taught through practice and example that we glorify God in all that we do.