June 5, 2017

Do I Need to be Catholic to Attend a Catholic High School?

Written by Paraclete High School

When you think about the ideal high school experience, what comes to mind?

While the answer to that question is different for everyone, chances are that you see images of achieving your academic dreams, playing sports, hanging out with friends, or participating in fun after-school clubs.

But one aspect of the ideal high school experience is the same for everyone—you want to emerge as a better person after graduation. You want to learn, change, and grow.

Catholic high schools are well-known for providing all of that and more. Luckily, in most cases, you do not need to be Catholic to attend a Catholic high school.

An Environment of Nurturing the Spirit

Nationally, one-fifth of Catholic secondary school students are not Catholic, according to the National Catholic Educational Association. At Paraclete High School, 40% of our student body identifies as non-Catholic.

What do you need in order to attend a Catholic high school? The best experience will be had by students who share similar morals and values to the Catholic tradition, or those who are open to receiving the teachings of the church.

Families from different faiths often choose Catholic schools for reasons beyond simply academic reputation or class sizes. They are seeking something more, something they can’t always find in public schools. Non-Catholic families choose Catholic high schools because they want students to be exposed to morals and values in the classroom every day.

Is a Catholic High School Right for You?

So, if you are a non-Catholic, how do you determine whether a Catholic high school is right for you and your family? Here are a few signs that a Catholic high school may be the right choice:

You value a school environment that instills morals and builds character

Catholic high schools have long been known for providing high quality academic educations. But high school education can be so much more than that!

In Catholic high schools, not only are religious courses part of each student’s requirements, but the ideals of the faith are lived and practiced each day. Surrounding yourself with an environment that nurtures your spirit as well as your mind is rewarding in many ways.     

 You seek out positive role models

Whether it’s adults who model positive behavior or a peer group that shares your values, Catholic high schools are great places to find role models. 

You want to deepen your worldview and your faith   

As a non-Catholic, you may be wondering what the emphasis on Catholic teachings and traditions can offer you. Whatever your faith, learning through a Catholic perspective can deepen your understanding of your own religion as well as broaden your worldview.

 In most Catholic high schools, identifying as Catholic is not a requirement to attend. Many schools are happy to welcome a diverse student body and spread the values of the Catholic Church.

Have more questions about a Catholic education? Contact us at Paraclete High School.