Essential Elements of a Marist Education:
How do you find the education you want for your child? Begin with a school’s mission statement and see how it is experienced by all members of its community.
Our mission at Marist School is to form the whole person in the image of Christ through instruction grounded in religious values, the teachings of the Catholic Church, and the spirit of the Society of Mary. Our mission shapes the experiences of students in our classrooms, hallways, playing fields, and stages.
Primarily, we seek to educate by using the example of Mary, the mother of Jesus and the first disciple of Jesus. According to the advice given in the 1850s by the founder of the Society of Mary, Father Jean-Claude Colin, to the faculty of the very first Marist school, we should seek to “think, feel, judge, and act as Mary would.”
Practically speaking, this advice gives our teachers, staff and administrators the following guidelines to build a relationship, as Mary would, with our students:
- Never hold something against a student; they are still young.
- Forgive students, and tell them that they are forgiven.
- Hold students accountable for their actions, but don’t judge them personally.
- Show students how to pray by praying before them and giving them opportunities to do the same.
- Engage the students – talk to them with respect, ask a leading question, check the sarcasm.
- Hold out hope when dealing with students and, if possible, offer them another chance.
- Encourage students to make their own choices, and offer to help in guiding their decisions.
- Take special interest in the student who needs extra care; be aware and include everyone as much as possible.
- Have fun with students but never at their expense.
- Be ready to apologize to a student if you have acted rashly or unfairly.
- Advocate for students if and when that is required.
These elements are emphasized intentionally in our community, and we believe it makes a difference in the development of each child. We encourage our students to embrace these ideals and use them in their relationships with others.
As you explore our Marist School community further, I am confident you will see each of these in action.
Jim Byrne ‘83
Director of Admissions