The Catholic Tradition First and foremost, St. Charles is a Catholic School. Christian values and moral teachings, as passed on through the teachings of the Catholic faith, are the foundation of all our programs.
We strive to build a community of faith based on the Gospel of Christ and His command to love one another. We also seek to assist each child in developing a personal relationship and friendship with the Lord that will guide and support him/her throughout his/her life.
Wherever possible, Christian teachings and values are woven into the various subject areas. Although our curriculum follows the guidelines established by the state of Indiana and our text books are adopted from state approved lists, the foundation of all our programs is religion and the Catholic faith.
Religious formation lies at the heart of our curriculum. Our most important goal is for both the students and adults in our community to discover and embrace the Gospel message of Christ and, by living it fully, to work for social justice in the world. Students in all grades at St. Charles study the life and mission of Christ and what it means to walk in His footsteps. Our pledge and our discipline code focus on Christ as our role model. The students’ self-worth is heightened by the knowledge that they are loved children of God. This sense of self-esteem is crucial to the character formation of our students. Students learn the importance of prayer as the foundation in building a personal relationship with God.
Religion Classes Each class starts its day with prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the school pledge. Our religion classes teach children to develop personal faith, discipline, and judgment. These religion classes meet daily and are an important part of our curriculum at St. Charles School.
As students mature and reach upper elementary and middle school grades, they study the sacraments, history, and special traditions of the Catholic Church. They are also encouraged to broaden their understanding of the place that their faith in Christ holds in their lives. They begin to see the relationship that should exist between their faith as Christians and their attitudes and behaviors toward the people around them. Service projects become a very natural expression of the faith of our school community in day-to-day life.
All students, regardless of religious affiliation, are expected to participate in religion classes and religious services and celebrations.
Family Church Attendance All parents, regardless of religious affiliation, are strongly urged to take a vital part in the religious education of their children and support what is being taught in the school by attending religious services with them each weekend.
NOTE: To receive the parish tuition rate, families enrolled as St. Charles parishioners must be attending weekend masses at St. Charles on a regular basis and contributing financially to the parish by verifiable means, i.e. stewardship envelopes, personal check, or direct debit. What a wonderful example this sets for our children.