Why Choose St. Cecilia as Your Catholic School?
“The legacy of a Catholic education is more than the knowledge imparted to our students; it is the development of a deep and abiding sense of faith, the realization of the value of moral character and the inspiration of a life-long journey of learning.”
—Daniel Cardinal DiNardo
At St. Cecilia Catholic School, we understand that parents are their child’s primary educators and have many options in selecting the right school for their child. Catholic schools provide rigorous curriculums in reading, language arts, math, science, social studies, fine arts, and foreign languages, while integrating faith into every subject. People choose Catholic schools as an extension of their families and family values. They want the values taught at home to be reinforced at school. This is exactly what you can expect at St. Cecilia Catholic School. We aim to provide challenging academics in a nurturing and supportive faith-filled environment for students to learn and grow. With smaller class sizes, teachers are able to address the individual needs of each child. They maintain high expectations for students and encourage them to discover their creativity and unique God given talents. Our committed parents, dedicated teachers and knowledgeable leadership create a culture of caring in the school. As a community, we are invested in the development of each child as a whole person.
Our mission at St Cecilia Catholic School is the ongoing Catholic formation and education of the whole child in mind, heart, and spirit, in preparation for an adult life of commitment and service.
Every student has the potential to succeed with a challenging and personalized academic environment. We are a community of learners who strive to exceed expectations and seek opportunities to explore and grow. Student learning is the driving force behind all that we do.
St. Cecilia fosters a sense of community and the importance of service to others. With a focus on actively living one’s faith and providing an example of character to others in daily life, we help students realize their own personal gifts as well as the contributions of others. As a community, we work together through our Giving of Ourselves program to engage in social-justice work for the greater community. We provide a safe, nurturing, and caring Catholic community where each child is accepted and respected by everyone.
Whether it is in the classroom or on the field of competition, we invite students to strive for excellence in all that they do. Providing for the spiritual formation of our students is part of our core mission and we are proud to provide a strong grounding in our faith that students will carry with them in all aspects of their lives. We celebrate as a school community at weekly Mass, participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and work together through service learning. All grade levels participate in age-appropriate religious coursework building a strong foundation for their faith and future. Our faith-centered environment encourages respect, responsibility, and reverence for a lifetime.
Consider these points:
- Over 99 percent of Catholic school students graduate. ACT scores are in the top 25 percent nationally.
- Over 98 percent of high school students go on to college. Catholic School graduates are often pursued by prestigious colleges.
- Over a quarter of a billion dollars in college scholarships were awarded to area students.
- Catholic elementary students test from one to three grades higher on Iowa standardized tests.
As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.
Nondiscriminatory Policy: St. Cecilia Catholic School follows a policy of non-discrimination with regard to race, color, or ethnic origin within its Christian philosophy. The policy of non-discrimination refers directly to, but is not limited to, the employment of all school personnel, the acceptance and participation of all students, and the solicitation and acceptance of gifts and donations.