Office for Schools

Diocese of San Diego – January 2015


The theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2015 is "Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service."

This theme was introduced in 2014 and the theme and its accompanying logo will be used through at least 2016. The theme includes several concepts that are crucial to Catholic education. The logo brings the theme to life. A cross, which is at the center of Catholic education, is the center of a swirl of colors. The logo's colors, movement and shadows portray the interconnectivity and community life that characterize Catholic schools.

Here are a dozen reasons to promote our Catholic schools (from NCEA).

  1. We offer an education that combines Catholic faith and teaching with academic excellence.
  2. We partner with parents in the faith formation of their children.
  3. We set high standards for student achievement and help them succeed.
  4. We provide a balanced academic curriculum that integrates faith, culture and life.
  5. We use technology effectively to enhance education.
  6. We instill in students the value of service to others.
  7. We teach children respect of self and others.
  8. We emphasize moral development and self-discipline.
  9. We prepare students to be productive citizens and future leaders.
  10. We have a 99% high school graduation rate, and 85% of our graduates go on to college.
  11. We cultivate a faculty and staff of people who are dedicated, caring and effective.
  12. We provide a safe and welcoming environment.

May God bless you and our larger Catholic school community as we celebrate all that we are, and all that we do, as Catholic schools.

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In Mission,

The Office for Schools Team

Did you know...

  • Catholic school students have the highest high school graduation in the country? Ninety-nine % of Catholic school students successfully graduate. (97.8% other religious; 95.2% non-sectarian; 78.2% public schools)
  • Total Catholic school student enrollment for the 2014-2015 academic year is 1,974,578?
  • Non-Catholic enrollment is 323,542; 16.4 percent of total enrollment?
  • Of the 6,594 Catholic schools, 5,399 are elementary schools and 1,195 are secondary schools?
  • The average student-teacher ratio in Catholic schools is 13:1?
(Source: NCEA)

Articles/Resources to check out in our Google Drive:

Celebrating our Catholic School Community

  • Congratulations to Erin James, one of the first grade teachers at School of the Madeleine, who was the recipient of the Teachers Are Heroes Award. The award recognizes and celebrates the work and the contributions of America’s teachers. Ms. James was nominated for the award by one of the parents at the school with a letter to one of the local radio stations sponsoring this contest. She was identified as an exceptional teacher who is fully committed to her students and the school community she serves. The San Diego County Office of Education sponsored the award in partnership with Lincoln Financial Media Company of San Diego stations, Azusa Pacific University, LEGOLAND, and Wendy’s. The presentation was held at school on Friday, November 14, 2014. Ms. James won a variety of gifts and prizes for herself and tickets to Legoland and a lunch from Wendy’s for her class.

  • Congratulations to new Eagle Scout, Evan Brannigan! Eagle Scouts is the highest rank in Boy Scouts - earned by only 4 percent of Scouts. Evan is a parishioner at Mary, Star of the Sea, a former graduate of Stella Maris Academy, and a current senior at St. Augustine High School. Way to go, Evan!

Evan is pictured below with his father, Superior Court Judge Joe Brannigan, after successfully completing his Eagle Scout Board of Review.
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Shared Office for Schools' Google Drive

In this Google Drive you will find resources for our educators and principals. Please send your favorite resources to and I will add them to our Drive. Thank you!

Diocesan Prayer

Lord, Jesus,

through the intercession of our patron saints,

San Diego and Our Lady of Refuge,

we beg you for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit

upon all of us called to be your disciples

and members of your Church.

Bless us to be obedient servants,

as you were obedient

in loving response to the Father’s love,

and to love one another

as you have first loved us.

Bless us with happy marriages and holy families,

with bishops, religious, deacons and priests

to image your presence among us,

and with dedicated lay people,

both married and single,

to be signs of your love in the world.

Help us to embrace

the mission you have entrusted to us,

in lives of fidelity, holiness and compassion.

San Diego, pray for us.

Our Lady of Refuge, pray for us.