Marist Catholic High School is a Christ-centered, welcoming community committed to academic excellence and preparing students to lead and serve others.
PHILOSOPHY OF CATHOLIC IDENTITY
To prepare students for this world and the next, Marist works in partnership with its parents and families with fidelity to the Gospel of Jesus Christ as reflected in the teachings and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church. As such, our first and foremost belief is that each and every person has been created in God's image. This truth permeates every facet of the school community and from it flow two basic assumptions: the highest human calling is to love and to be loved and the whole person is to be cherished, developed, and cared for.
With Christian faith as the foundation, education is a process that pursues wisdom and truth. In such an environment, education becomes a permanently self-expanding activity, leading to understanding and freedom. It is characterized by a palpable sense of self-discipline, graciousness, charity, and hope.
While Marist is called to address directly the many educational and spiritual needs of its students, it is not the students alone who are served. A Marist education inspires students to become moral, caring, and competent leaders who, with a sense of joy and zeal, place their gifts at the service of the common good and pursue a social order that is attentive to the welfare and rights of others.
Captured most succinctly by the school motto “We Are One,” Marist embodies a unique CHARISM which describes the experience of a Marist education. It includes these key qualities:
FAMILY SPIRIT - expresses what is most deeply experienced by Marist students, families, and staff. Although gathered for the express purpose of educating the young, the reality is much deeper and much broader. Family spirit means that each student is known and loved, and honored as a unique embodiment of God’s image. This is the treasure shared by all who enter these doors, and perpetuated through the legacy of students, staff and family who take on the challenges and responsibilities of being One.
FIDELITY TO FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST - an expression of holy audacity in a world where religious faith is often considered irrelevant. This faith and our willingness to call it our center fosters a school culture where faith is experienced as the source and the summit of all our activity. In this way, graduates depart challenged to make something of their lives as an act of service on behalf of the Kingdom of God.
JUSTICE - Considering the larger human family to be an extension of family spirit, Marist takes on a conviction of working for JUSTICE and offering ourselves in service and charity. This quality is a constant in our school culture, reflected in many activities and practices, compelling students and staff alike to reach beyond themselves in compassion for the world.
ZEAL - A spirit of ZEAL animates our daily work and play, as we engage with each other with a passion that communicates love of learning, love of people, love of God, and faith in a future guided by that God. This zeal is marked by excitement and energy, joyfulness and hope, through which to teach the mind and touch the hearts of our students.
CALLING - Seized by a conviction born of God’s CALLING, our family spirit, faith, work for justice and zeal are all sustained and guided by something larger than ourselves. God’s providence elevates our interpretation of mission from an obligation to which we submit to a vision to which we aspire. It is through us and our charism, gifted and called, that the Mission of Marist Catholic High School is brought to life!
INTEGRAL STUDENT OUTCOMES
To cherish, develop, and care for the whole person means we strive to be attentive to every component of a student's humanity: the spiritual, the intellectual, the social, and the physical. Each is essential and each complements the others. It is our hope and intent that upon graduation a Marist student exemplifies the following characteristics and attitudes: