Mission Statement and Educational Philosophy
The mission of St. Brendan High School is to provide its students with an authentic Catholic educational experience characterized by a safe and diverse environment of academic excellence, mutual respect, and the holistic development of the individual –intellectually, physically, socially, and spiritually.
Teachers and staff are on a journey of professional and personal maturation that enables them to help students grow in self-awareness and the awareness of our complex and global world. In addition, they help them become college and career ready in the 21st Century through the use of the latest educational resources and cutting-edge technological tools available. Thus, our school community builds its unity through a lived experience of faith, culture, innovation, and charity.
We accomplish our mission through an educational philosophy based on reason, freedom and unity.
1. Reason: our students learn how to think so that they can understand their lives and our complex world. Learning how to think involves inquiry, innovation, creativity, peer learning and group collaboration, ingenuity and project-based learning. Students learn how to think about their thinking and how to think out of the box. They study logic and learn how
to use reason in a logical way. They learn how to break down challenging word problems and case studies, how to make inferences, and how to develop strategic thinking. They learn how to develop research, collect data, analyze it, and test hypotheses.
2. Freedom: our students learn how to use their freedom so that they develop self-discipline and responsibility and take ownership of their learning and faith. They are encouraged to learn from their mistakes and life experiences, so that they grow and are eager to seek the truth. Thus, they live and share their faith, they become more mature and responsible, and they live fulfilling lives.
3. Unity: our school is a place of unity. At St. Brendan High School, God has called us to learn together and learn from each other. By gathering us together, God has united us and has provided a purpose to our friendship. This unity is visible through very special student-teacher relationships, solid parent-teacher partnerships, great alumni involvement, and the family environment of our school community. We share an ideal of
life – Christ – therefore, our lives and our community are constantly rebuilt.
"The things that we love tell us what we are." -St. Thomas Aquinas