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At St. Rose, we believe that we are always learning.” Our belief is inspired by the great artist Michelangelo, who at the dawn of his very accomplished life, wrote that he believed he still had so much more to learn. At the heart of our core values is the belief that every member of our community is a learner and no matter how young or old you are, or how much education you might have, we all have much more to learn. Learning allows our minds and souls to be set free to discover what is true, beautiful, and good in the world. This is the essence of an excellent Catholic education and as we are reminded by St. John Paul II, “this transmits a comprehensive vision of life…that liberates students in the most profound meaning of human freedom,” (Address to US Bishops May 30, 1998). 

We know learning can occur when we practice good habits. We are all most successful when we develop and practice good habits. Good habits are not only essential for academic success, but practicing good habits is the hallmark of faithful discipleship.

Five Core Values

Habits of a Catholic Scholar & Disciple

FAITH in Christ gives us the mental, emotional, and spiritual resilience  to achieve our personal bests and self-actualize. Faith instills in us the belief that God’s plan is bigger and more meaningful than everyday natural life, which creates a sense of purpose and deeper meaning to life.

Sense of COMMUNITY embraces spirit, character, culture, and relationship, which are vital elements of a healthy school. People within the community matter to one another with a shared faith that their needs will be met through commitment and togetherness. Being a part of a community  makes us feel as though we are a part of something greater than ourselves.

As people with INTEGRITY, we have a strong moral code and take responsibility for our actions. We listen to our hearts and do the right thing. We are a “whole” in our being, not of divided mind and are integrated with Christ, which frees us from inconsistencies. We are honest with ourselves and others and let our actions speak for who we are and what we believe in. 

INGENUITY allows us to view learning through unique lenses and find creative solutions to complex problems. We are critical thinkers, we challenge assumptions, seek alternative perspectives outside ourselves and rally the collective intelligence of our community members, which fosters collaboration and empowers us to generate better outcomes through effective decision making. 

POSSIBILITY fuels our passions, our purpose, our hopes and our dreams. We foster and cultivate the belief that “with God all things are possible.” (Matt 19:26) because this belief unlocks potential and untaps opportunity that creates new perceptual  awareness that unlimits us. Worldly bonds are transcended so that miracles may exist in our lives. 

Our Mission

Responding to Christ’s call to go and make disciples of all nations (Mt. 28:18),  our mission is to educate and inspire young men and women to love God, seek Truth, pursue excellence, and transform the world as excellent Catholic scholars and faithful disciples of Jesus.

Our Vision

Create a student-centered Catholic school where ALL families can receive an equitable, quality and authentic Catholic education for every child, despite any disadvantages, needs, abilities or language. Our visionary goals integrated with Christ will create transformational change at St. Rose of Lima. We will create an environment where every student and family member is empowered to fulfill his or her highest needs and becomes a member of a safe, positive and productive learning community. We are committed to faith formation, academic achievement, personal excellence and self-actualization.

Our students are assessed on their performance of these habits and more importantly, students are provided opportunities to reflect on their practice of the habits and to identify areas for continued improvement. However,  the Habits of Catholic Scholar and Disciple are not only for students. As the core values of our community, our teachers and staff in a special way are expected to be exemplars in word, action, and deed, of the five habits.

At St. Rose we do not seek to be the best in the world, but to be the best for the world. We believe our core values will enable every member in our community to practice habits that will enable them to respond adequately to the question, “How will I use my gifts to honor God in this world?”